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Art with a View

Art with a View features the artwork of five professional Michigan artists with disabilities. The exhibit consists of 25 pieces, 23 of which are two-dimensional (oils, mixed media, watercolors, pastels and photographs) and two pieces which are three-dimensional (mixed media). This exhibit illuminates the artistic achievements of professional Michigan artists with disabilities. Conventional attitudes and audience preconceptions about disability are challenged. Audiences have opportunity to expand their understanding of artistic diversity.

Artrain USA

Artrain USA, the nation’s only traveling art museum on a train, presents Artistry of Space, an exhibition from NASA and the National Air and Space Museum art collections. This engaging exhibition features 78 paintings, prints and other works from more than 50 American artists, including Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and James Wyeth, that reflect the excitement and energy of the U.S. Space Program. This exhibition will travel onboard Artrain USA through 2002. Call for information on the 2003 exhibition.

Between Power and Spirit: Sacred Spaces in Ancient Peru

The monumental stone architecture of the Incas framed the development of one of the most advanced and mysterious civilizations in all of human history. This exhibit explores these majestic Inca creations as expressive and interactive architectural settings. Joseph Hines drew on his background in Peruvian archeology and environmental design in producing this exhibition of fine black-and-white photography accompanied by insightful labels. The Center for Creative Studies supported Mr. Hines’ study of Inca architecture in 17 panels and labels, about 100 linear feet. (May accompany the slide presentation, Between Power and Spirit.)

Cultural Reflections: Inuit Art from the Collections of the Dennos Museum Center

This exhibition is drawn from the extensive collection of Inuit art held by the Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College. Approximately 20 stone sculptures and 30 prints by artists of the Canadian Arctic are featured. The works reflect the traditional culture of the Inuit people, including sections related to nomadic life, survival, arctic wildlife and the spirit world. The exhibition requires about 150 running feet of wall space and secured cases for the sculpture but can be adapted to fit various sized gallery spaces and available cases. The exhibition comes with interpretive text panels, labels and brochures. Teacher education packets, docent training and curatorial lectures also available.


Elliott Erwitt Photographer

Elliott Erwitt (born 1928) is known for his magazine photography, documentary projects and news stories. He has traveled the world making visual records of people and places. This selection of 25 images from the 1960s and 1970s, drawn from the Kresge Art Museum’s collection, takes viewers from America to Afghanistan. Using a traditional approach to black and white photography, he captures the “indecisive moment,” chance witty and humorous juxtapositions of people and things.

FairTime! Series of Three Exhibitions: America’s Fairs, Livestock Heritage, and Horse Racing

This series of three exhibits depicts the origins of America’s agricultural fairs as educational institutions, community organizations and places for celebration. Exhibits are illustrated with reproductions of fair advertising art, originally created from 1880 to 1920, from the collection of The Fair Publishing House, Inc. Rental fees pro-rated for fairs since they typically do not need the full month rental. Each exhibit includes 20–29 pieces and runs 75–100 running feet.

FAMILY ALBUM: A Journey Through Life

This exhibit of 22 two- and three-dimensional mixed-media art pieces was created over a six-year period and in part supported by an ArtServe/Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Creative Artist Grant (1999). The work is based on family photographs, letters, documents and artifacts and addresses universal issues such as childhood memory, socialization, war, immigration, family tradition and generational turnover. Numerous art techniques (photo transfer, book making, digital imagery, beadwork and embroidery) are combined in this work.


Great Lakes Native Quilting

The first exhibition devoted to North American Indian quilting in the Great Lakes region, it examines the historical introduction of quilting as well as the contemporary use and meaning of quilts made by Oneida, Odawa, Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Mohawk quiltmakers. The exhibit includes photographs, biographical sketches, explanatory text panels and contextual settings which visually demonstrate uses of quilts in Great Lakes Native communities. Requires 850 square feet, plus 200 linear feet of wall space.

Images of Human Rights: South African Prints

Featuring 29 fine art prints created by artists representing the nine provinces of South Africa, this print portfolio was conceived and released in 1996, commemorating the newly post-Apartheid nation’s Bill of Rights. This set of prints is circulated in North America as one of a series of activities between Michigan State University and a consortium of agencies in South Africa. Requires 75–100 running feet for display.


Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s Mexico

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (born 1902) has been photographing his native Mexico for over 70 years. Called the grand old master of Mexican photography, Bravo observes Mexican life with an involved and compassionate eye. His seemingly simple compositions include landscapes, anonymous figures, daily life and carefully cropped details. Often surreal in quality, Bravo’s technically brilliant art is revealed in these 15 photographs from the Kresge Art Museum collection from one of his portfolios, printed in 1979.

Michigan Surface Design – 10 Years

Michigan Surface Design presents 25 pieces of work involving color, pattern, line and texture. A display of virtuosity and ethnic diversity focusing on decorative and functional fabrics. This includes weaving, quilting, printing, painting, embroidery, felting and dying, techniques that have been and still are an integral part of the American aesthetic. Adaptable to exhibition space. Easily installed, each piece is equipped with its own hanging device and an exhibit-ready, informative label. Lectures and workshops available.

Michigan’s Heritage Barns: An Artist’s Perspective

The great variety of barns in Michigan reflects our diverse agricultural heritage. Through 22 black-and-white portraits by photographer Mary Keithan, barns are presented as works of art. This exhibition also includes labels, written by members of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, that help visitors understand how barns reflect the state’s agricultural history and the cultural diversity of the individuals and communities that built them. Requires 40–60 running feet for display.

Rags, Rugs, and Weavers: A Living Tradition

The process of weaving rags into beautiful and useful household items came to Michigan with immigrants from northern Europe. Today, Finnish-Americans in the Upper Peninsula continue the tradition, participating in a shared cultural activity learned from family members or neighbors. This exhibition explores this textile tradition through the work of eight accomplished weavers. Rugs, descriptive panels, sample materials, tools and photographs illustrate all aspects of this art. Requires 125–150 running feet.

Storytelling Through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards

Popular since the advent of photography, “tall tale” postcards rely on techniques that combine photographic images of different relative sizes into a single picture, generally depicting exaggerated objects and humorous, outrageous lies. Many in Michigan are related to hunting and fishing, gigantic vegetables and animals. This exhibition of over 40 “tall tale” postcards explores photographic art and its relationship to localized oral storytelling and cultural tourism. Requires 75–100 running feet for display.


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