Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
FEBRUARY 4 - MAY 15, 2021
Curated by renowned author, curator, historian, and photographer Dr. Deborah Willis, Professor
and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at
New York University, Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers a distinct and inclusive overview of photography in the United States and beyond. Dr. Willis s selected gems from the KIA s significant photography holdings range from the mid-nineteenth
century to the present, revealing how photographers have the unique ability to preserve moments, people, and places. Expressly interested in highlighting the time in which these
photographs were made and collected, Willis imagines the stories and events that encouraged KIA curators to acquire these images over the past 60 years. This seminal exhibition includes nearly 100 photographs that juxtapose a diverse group of photographers who reveal everyday life across
rural and urban communities, explore modern photographic aesthetics, document pivotal moments of social change and conflict, and present artists as both celebrities and ordinary
people. Ansel Adams, Dawoud Bey, Matthew Brady, Sheila Pree Bright, Barbara Crane, Imogen Cunningham, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon,
Barbara Morgan, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, P. H. Polk, Diego Rivera, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, James VanDerZee, Edward Weston, Minor White,
Garry Winogrand, Ernest Withers, and Marion Post Walcott among many others will be on view.
Dr. Deborah Willis, author of more than 30 publications and the 2000 MacArthur Fellow, will write the featured essay for the catalog that accompanies the exhibition and that will be
available for purchase in the Gallery
Unveiling American Genius
Unveiling American Genius
This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about our culture, art, and history.
Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.
Through The Years
Through the Years: Selections from Our Asian Collection
January 30- March 21, 2021
Through the Years: Selections from the Asian Art Collection is an expanded reflection on the KIAs holdings of East Asian art collected during the past 50 years. Featuring works that span from the seventh century BCE to present day, this exhibition will highlight artworks that include Chinese painting, Japanese printmaking, decorative arts, and contemporary ceramics. Contemporary artists Arnold Chang and Sunghyun Moon, as well as renowned potter Shji Hamada and kiyo-e printmaker Hiroshige Ando, are among other notable artists.
Through the Years will display some of the finest works in the museums collection, acquired through the generosity of private donors and the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund. The growing collection of Asian art and the work of internationally renowned artists shown over the past 10 years has allowed the KIA to offer its patrons a fuller understanding of the history of art and the world around them. This dynamic display invites viewers to explore a range of themes, subjects, and the innovative use of materials. Not only will the virtuosity of these artists be evident in the works on paper, ceramics, and sculpture, but it will also reveal the vast contributions of East Asian Art to the fabric of art history.
Modern Abstractions: Japanese Prints from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection
December 2020 - March 7, 2021
The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art. Modern Abstractions: Japanese Prints from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection is a celebration of our benefactors contributions to the KIA 's efforts to illuminate the significant cultural impact of the Arts of East Asia.
This unique exhibition examines modern Japanese printmakers of the 1970s and 1980s to reveal abstraction as a form of artistic experimentation and a means of global conversation. Well-known printmasters like Toko Shinoda, Iwami Reika, Tesuro Sawada, and Fumio Tomita will be on view, alongside other master printmakers. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Joy and Timothy Light Collection, these works present avant garde, dynamic, and precise techniques in Japanese printmaking, while also shedding light on a unique area of their collection. The special selection of works on paper demonstrates how printmakers in Japan were on the pulse of "and even distinguished themselves within "global dialogues and happenings/practices surrounding abstract art.