Unveiling American Genius

Opening Spring 2020

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A reimagining of our permanent collection galleries on the lower level, which exhibit just a fraction of the museum s collection of nearly 5,000 artworks. Rather than being organized along a timeline, this exhibition demonstrates a new methodology to show the multitude of influences that make up the American experience; to explore the role that art can play in forming collective or individual notions of national identity; and to illuminate previously marginalized voices.

Unveiling American Genius will show how artists across time and genres have conveyed our nation s triumphs, its ambitions, its social structure, and even its failings.

Richard Koppe, Blue Silence, 1962, oil on canvas. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, gift of the artist. 1962/3.507