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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Chinese Art at the Crow Museum of Asian Art

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

Inaugural Joy Light Annual Lecture in East Asian Art featuring Dr. Jacqueline Chao   Originating in China, "rock paper scissors" is a hand game used to fairly settle disputes or make decisions. Referencing the game of “rock paper scissors” as a playful metaphor,  Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Museum…

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Everyone is a Member Day!

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

For one day, everyone is a member of the KIA! Enjoy membership benefits like discounted classes at the Kirk Newman Art School (when purchases in-person), 10% off at the Gallery Shop, and access to the Meader Fine Arts Library on Saturday, Nov. 20. Stop into the KIA to shop the sale at the Holiday Art…

ARTbreak: What Do Asian Americans Smell Like?: Biopolitics of Race and Gender in Anicka Yi’s Olfactory Works

Virtual Event

Dr. Eunice Uhm is the KIA/Kalamazoo College’s new postdoctoral fellow, specializing in modern and contemporary Asian and Asian diaspora art. She is also a recipient of the National Committee for the History of Art Travel Fellowship and the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective Grant at Ohio State University, where she recently defended her dissertation and…

Kalamazoo Art League: Philip Allen – The Work of Jon Imber

Virtual Event

Jon Imber (1950-2014) was an American artist who experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all of his life, from figurative painting to landscapes and abstraction. Join Jill Hoy, his wife, as she introduces us to Jon's passion for art-making and its ability to create transformative experiences - his lasting legacy. The last two…

Book Discussion: Drinking from the River of Light

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

by Mark Nepo Discussion Leader: Gayl Walker From the publisher: Just as no one can live without inhaling and exhaling, no one can live without feeling and expressing. The life of expression is how the heart breathes and how our spirit grows in the life that carries it. Writing, whatever form it takes poetry, story,…

ARTbreak: Encounter (virtual)

Virtual Event

Leilei Chen and Beibei Chen are artists, educators, and twin sisters from China. Their collaborative work is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics, and philosophy; they have always been interested in engaging with environmental and cultural issues through ceramics and painting. Their work, Gaia I, is in the KIA permanent collection and will be on…

ARTbreak: The Resonance Project

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 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. Africa, Imagined reveals how the arts of Africa are woven into modernism and extend deeply into contemporary art practice today, while also recognizing a variety of complicated pre and…

An Evening with Conrad Egyir

Virtual Event

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…

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…

ARTbreak: The Dance of Social Justice

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

“The Dance of Social Justice” is a lecture-demonstration which Wilkins has designed to be an introduction to his background and his journey of art and social justice practices leading to his RADicle project, “The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging.” “The Conversation Series” culminates in a multi-media performance and is tailor-made to…