Current Exhibitions at the KIA
|L'esprit: Exploring Wit and Beauty in French Prints
June 15 - August 25, 2019
Celebrate the joys and foibles of French society and culture between 1830 and 1930, when Paris was the world capital of artistic creativity, innovation, and opportunity. The daily life of all people "from the city and country, rich and poor, famous and anonymous "grew to become a most popular subject. The exhibition is organized according to several major themes that dominate the museum s holdings, and fully half of our collection s French prints are featured. These include depictions that glorify or ridicule the ever-present French State, landscapes of the monuments and street life found in big towns and cities, bucolic renditions of farm life, the adoration of beautiful women, the love of children, and the fruitful relationship that arose between printmaking and literature. Among the artists on view are Théodore Géricault, Honoré Daumier, Charles Méryon, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Georges Rouault, and James Tissot. A small number of our French photographs round out the display.
Georges Rouault, Bittersweet, 1935, aquatint. Collection of the KIA, Director's Fund Purchase
|Orna Ben-Ami: Entire Life in a Package
June 8 - August 18, 2019
Orna Ben-Ami brings attention to the global refugee crisis through her welded iron works in this exhibition, creating highly symbolic pieces that carry universal, local and deeply personal meanings. Ben-Ami has developed of unique process of selecting photographs of people with their belongings, sculpting the belongings in iron and attaching the welded pieces to the enlarged photographs. Ben-Ami cuts and welds the iron by hand to "soften"it and shape into familiar forms that represent the strongholds of identity and physical and emotional weight of their journey. She is one of the few female welders celebrated internationally.
|West Michigan Area Show
May 18 - August 25, 2019
This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. A guest juror selects roughly 100 works for the show, from hundreds of submissions. More than $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 17. The public is invited to vote for their favorite work during the summer, and the Peoples' Choice Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will be awarded in August.
Shown: Douglas LaFerle, Kali s Wheel, motorized kinetic sculpture with found objects