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ARTbreak: The Chrysalis Institute for Emerging Artists – A Model for BIPOC Creators

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

The Chrysalis Institute aims to expand the spectrum of opportunities available to emerging BIPOC artists by supporting self-exploration, self-care, and contemplative practices. As the Founder and Director of the Chrysalis Institute, Alessandra Pye is deeply aware that creative practice is in direct relationship to socio-emotional wellness, capacity building and identity development. This talk invites participants…

Rookie Detectives: Alma’s Art

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

Calling all Rookie Detectives! This is our first-ever case, and we’re going to gather clues about all the colors Alma loves to paint with. The Rookies will get to take home their own masterpiece of color after we’ve cracked the case.

Young, Gifted, and Black: The Timelessness of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

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

Following the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, director Anthony J. Hamilton joins us to speak about the play and the playwright’s remarkable legacy. Hamilton will dissect the given circumstances of A Raisin in the Sun through a detailed excavation of Hansberry’s text, identifying of the timeless themes included…

Art Detectives: Ablaze with Color

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

Arty Mouse and his Art Detectives will learn all about the artist Alma Thomas. We’ll create a masterpiece inspired by Thomas’ vibrant works and explore color in the KIA galleries.

Film Screening: “The Love Tapes” by Wendy Clarke

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

This Valentine’s Day, join us for a special ARTbreak celebrating love in all its forms, as we screen The Love Tapes by experimental filmmaker Wendy Clarke. Clarke’s project, which began in 1977 and continues to this day, has a simple but powerful premise — participants from all walks of life speak extemporaneously about their experiences…

“Recipe for a Perfect Wife” by Karma Brown

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

In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be…

Reifying Black Geographies: The Tropical Performances of Maya Angelou and Josephine Baker

Virtual Event
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Samantha A. Noël is an Associate Professor of Art History and the Hawkins Ferry Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art at Wayne State University. Her research centers on the history of art, visual culture, and performance of the Black Diaspora. Noël’s 2021 book, Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism, investigates how Caribbean and American modern…

Locating Identity in the Abstract: A Panel Conversation

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

BIPOC artists from across the country, including Mary Ann Rose and Nanette Carter, will join Kalamazoo-based Maya James for a conversation about the ways in which they use abstraction to break down barriers of race and gender in their work. Sharing personal stories and examples from their careers, these artists will demonstrate how abstract art…

Locating Identity in the Abstract: An Artmaking Workshop with Maya James

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

Following the artists’ panel on Joe Overstreet’s Boxes, local artist Maya James will lead an artmaking workshop for college students and young professionals. Participants in the workshop will explore art as an expression of identity and beliefs, engaging in writing and artmaking exercises to produce original works that reflect their own senses of self. Maya…

“Women’s Work” in the 1950s: Nine Branches on a Feminist Tree

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

In this virtual presentation, art collector Michael T. Ricker provides a closer look at nine female artists whose works, loaned from his personal collection, are on view in the exhibition Art, Music, and Feminism in the 1950s. His presentation explores the various pathways that these artists took while negotiating the challenges of midcentury careers in…

RAD Fest Screendance Preview

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

For 14 years, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers has hosted a growing number of cutting-edge dance artists from around the globe for a weekend of performances, classes, and connections at the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest). The festival, curated by Rachel Miller, is quickly rising to the top of contemporary U.S. dance festivals. Screendance,…

Rookie Detectives: Lots of Dots

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

There are dots outdoors and dots on floors; dots in the air and dots at a fair. In all actuality, there are lots of dots in the KIA galleries! The Rookies will look at and create amazing works of dots.