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ARTbreak: Mark Cassino

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

Have you ever wanted to see a microscopic object up close? Kalamazoo photographer Mark Cassino will share his twenty years experience with the art and science of snowflake photography. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, Cassino will discuss the development for making high magnification photographs of snowflakes using ordinary photographic equipment. Interesting aspects of individual snowflakes…

Art Detectives: Perfect Square

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

Let’s think outside the square! The perfect square is torn up, has holes poked through it, or crumbled, but it always transforms into something new. Let’s create our own perfect square and look for fun shapes in the galleries. Reserve Your In-person Ticket

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ARTbreak: Moment In Time – The Kalamazoo County Photo Documentary Project

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

In 1984, during the 100th anniversary celebration of Kalamazoo becoming a city, a group of photographers spent a few months documenting what life was like in the community. Since then, the project has expanded to a year-long process of documenting Kalamazoo County every decade or so, most recently during 2020. Learn about the history of…

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The Night Watchman

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

In The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from…

ARTbreak: Look and Listen

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

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought “What is going on in this picture?” and want the tools to examine artworks more thoroughly? Join Jessica Sundstrom, Associate Curator of Youth and Family Programs at the KIA, to learn how to use the three key questions of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). Be surprised to…

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

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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…

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, United States
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…

Film Screening: “The Love Tapes” by Wendy Clarke

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

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, United States

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…

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

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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…

All the Reasons Why I Love Lucy

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

Vitameatavegamin. The chocolate factory. Wine making in Italy. Each of these phrases probably calls to mind the image of a “zany redhead” named Lucy Ricardo. But did you know that Lucille Ball, the star of I Love Lucy, was one of the first female studio heads in Hollywood? During its peak in the 1950s, Desilu…