Upcoming Exhibitions at the KIA

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The Way Forward: New Acquisitions at the KIA
July 28 - December 2

This diverse selection of 80+ works acquired over the last four years reveals our eagerness to enrich one of the community's most treasured assets -- our art collection. In pursuit of our vision to bring the visual arts to everyone, we work to make evident that innovation, intelligence, talent, and beauty exist within and emerges from people representing every walk of life. We seek and acquire new works to expand not just our holdings, but our understanding and appreciation of the culture of the American experience, along with global perspectives of life from around the world. The show includes paintings, photography, collage and mixed media works, drawings, prints and multiples, and ceramics. The first phase of the exhibition will open in the Groos and Markin galleries on July 28, and an international group of artists will be featured in the Joy Light East Asian Gallery beginning August 25.




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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line
September 15 - January 6, 2019

Essenhigh is known for her experiments with enamel paint, traditional oils, and printmaking in her fantastical images of the everyday, both urban and rural. Essenhigh s large-format paintings are filled with otherworldly expression; ghosts and gods, monsters and maenads carry Essenhigh's portrayal of the 21st-century human from her brush into the viewer's imagination.




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do it
October 27 - March 3, 2019

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation about how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether written instructions by artists, as a point of departure, could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. Nearly 20 years later, do it has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide. Each do it exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to and adds a new set of instructions, while it remains global in the scope of its ever-expanding repertoire. This open exhibition model has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever take place, giving new meaning to the concept of the "Exhibition in Progress."