|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. This 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.
|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,
|Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
February 6 - May 16, 2021
Curated by internationally 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 will explore what it means to make and collect photography. Culled from the Kalamazoo institute of Arts distinctive photography collection, ranging from the mid-19th century to the 20th century, extending to the 21st century, this presentation will explore how photographers create images that reserve moments, people, and places. Willis states, for the last 60 years, KIA curators attempted to build a unique collection based on the aesthetic, political, and everyday moments of their time. By focusing on the times they were made and collected, Willis reimagines and explores what stories and moments the KIA curators were drawn to by iconic photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dawoud Bey, Matthew Brady, Sheila Pree Bright, Barbara Crane, Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans, Dorethea 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, Marion Post Walcott, among many others. This seminal exhibition will feature approximately 125 photographs that juxtapose international and regional photographers who captured topographic images of iconic buildings, explored modern photographic aesthetics, and documented pivotal moments of social change and conflict, revealing everyday life.
Raised in China during the Cultural Revolution, Yun-Fei uses historical folktales to speak to the environmental issues and mass migration as a social commentary through his art. The show with new works exposes violence against Asian Americans as he expresses race-based threats and contrasts the cultural revolution in China to the propaganda, misinformation, and fear that the U.S. is experiencing today.
|Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time & History
This exhibition with new art considers the impacts of colonialism on Black consciousness, as well as the resulting legacy of violence currently dominating contemporary events and headlines. The show addresses American society's inability to confront and reconcile its tragic past. Gray s sculptural and photographic compositions conceal, reveal, and link images of contemporary culture and the environment to express hidden relationships in the legacies of colonialism, inequity, and slavery forced upon the African diaspora.