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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
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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…

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

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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, United States
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Celebrated artists from across the country, including Nanette Carter, Adia Millett, and Mary Anne Rose (widow of late abstractionist Herbert Gentry), will join Kalamazoo-based artist and activist Maya James for a conversation about the ways in which abstraction can be used to break down barriers of race and gender.  Join these amazing artists in-person at…

“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
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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…

Artistry and Innovation in Japanese Ceramics and Printmaking

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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Explore Expressions in Paper and Clay with faculty from the Kirk Newman Art School. Julie Devers (Chair of Ceramics) and Deborah Mattson (Chair of Printmaking) will discuss works from the exhibition, which highlights the vibrant, engaging, and innovative traditions of Japanese printmaking and ceramics spanning the past fifty years. This exhibition continues the Kalamazoo Institute…

Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part I

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its seventh year, and more than 50 artists have completed the program.The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA…

More Than a Pretty Face: The Power of Portraits

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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Portraiture as an art form has been in existence for at least five millennia. A portrait conveys not only its subject’s physical characteristics, but may also reveal key aspects of an individual’s personal psychology, as well as unique insights into disparate social, cultural, and political histories. The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution outlines…

Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part II

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its seventh year, and more than 50 artists have completed the program.The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA…

Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part III

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its seventh year, and more than 50 artists have completed the program.The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA…

Girls in 1950s Media

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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In 1950s American culture, teenagers were the focus of sustained media attention. A recently defined social category, “the teenager” ignited hopes and fears about changes in America’s political and economic landscapes. Films about teenagers in this period often portrayed them in extreme terms, either as obedient followers of social systems or as juvenile delinquents who…

Remembering C. C. Wang — Artist, Collector, and Connoisseur of Chinese Paintings

C. C. Wang is considered to be one of the 20th century’s foremost connoisseurs of pre-modern Chinese painting and calligraphy. He amassed the finest private collection of masterworks outside of Asia. However, his fame as a collector overshadowed his own significant achievements as a creative artist. New York native Arnold Chang studied painting and connoisseurship…