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Book Discussion (virtual)

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan's Mountains & Coasts in Search of My Family's Past by Jessica J. Lee From the librarian: This read lauded as "genre-shattering" is a tale of finding your place in a changing world. Let’s make it through Kalamazoo’s less sunny months together, and again gather in person for…

Movie Night! Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (postponed)

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

POSTPONED - NEW DATE IS COMING SOON Do you remember seeing Bill Traylor’s work in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem? Get to know more about the artist in Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Born enslaved on an Alabama plantation, Traylor witnessed major changes during his lifetime that influenced his artistic process. Traylor…

Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Using a uniquely curated combination of loans and works from the KIA’s collection, spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art will juxtapose mostly West African works of art with European and American modern and contemporary works to explore three key themes: escapism, social inquiry, and cultural reclamation. The exhibition begins…

ARTbreak: The Resonance Project (virtual)

Virtual Event

Rufus Ferguson is a multi-instrumental musician and educator and is Assistant Professor of Jazz and Popular Music at Albion College. He will speak about his original compositions as part of the Resonance Project. This partnership between the Connecting Chords Music Festival and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts invited musicians to create original music inspired by…

Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art Opening (virtual)

Virtual Event

Join us in a virtual celebration of Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art, the KIA’s first exhibition opening of 2022. Virtual guests will hear from the KIA’s Chief Curator Rehema Barber as she highlights the works by African artists within the exhibition.   Rehema Barber Africa, Imagined will explore how artists of varying…

ARTbreak: Africa, Imagined with Chief Curator Rehema Barber

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Join Chief Curator, Rehema Barber, for an informative and lively presentation about the artists and works featured in Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art. Exploring three key themes (escapism, social inquiry, and cultural reclamation), Africa, Imagined reveals how the arts of Africa are woven into modernism and extend deeply into contemporary art practice…

An Evening with Conrad Egyir

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Conrad Egyir, Irving’s Class, 2021, oil, acrylic, mounted wood on canvas. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase. Conrad Egyir will provide insight about his practice, rise within the contemporary arts scene, and one of the KIA’s newest acquisitions by the artist entitled, Irving’s Class, 2021. A Cranbrook Academy of…

$5

Art Detectives: Me and Uncle Romie

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Let’s meet James and his Uncle Romie! Arty Mouse will read Me and Uncle Romie, a book about a boy who goes to visit his uncle, the artist Romare Bearden. After we read the book, we will make a collage and the Art Detectives will get to see a work by Romare Bearden in the…

Book Discussion: Things Fall Apart

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

By Chinua Achebe Discussion Leader: Mariam Konate From the publisher: Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy…

ARTbreak: Hidden Women of Color with Jerome and Delma Washington

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Jerome and Delma Washington are the minds behind the art project Hidden Women of Color. This project is a series of portraits of African American women who lived between 1744-1996 who deserve to be seen for their achievements. These women, who include artist Edmonia Lewis and explorer Merze Tate, stepped out of their assigned roles…

Screendances with RAD Fest

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

For 13 years, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers has hosted a growing number of cutting edge dance artists from around the globe in Kalamazoo for a weekend of performances, classes, and connections at the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival. The festival, curated by Rachel Miller, is quickly rising to the top of contemporary dance festivals in…

$5

ARTbreak: The Dance of Social Justice

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Helanius Wilkins has devoted himself to using the lenses of Black masculinity and cutting-edge choreography to rethink race, class, identity, human diversity and tragic turns of inhumanity…”— Clarence E. Page, Pulitzer Prize Journalist, Chicago Tribune. Helanius Wilkins, an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, innovator, and educator based in Boulder, Colorado, will present a lecture-demonstration titled “The…