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Threads of History

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

Ginger Owen-Murakami will discuss her path to the creation of new work ­­­— ­­Girl’s Own Guide, a series of wet plate collodion images and mixed media collages. This work amalgamates themes of honoring history and familial nostalgia. Owen-Murakami is Professor of Photography at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.…

Art Detectives at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch 7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo, United States

Read, make, and look! Arty Mouse and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are coming to four Kalamazoo Public Library branches for Black History Month. At each branch, we will read a different book about an African American artist, look at examples of their work, and then make an artwork to take home. Tar Beach by…

The KIA heART pARTy

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

Art Detectives at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch 1112 Gayle Ave, Kalamazoo, United States

Read, make, and look! Arty Mouse and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are coming to four Kalamazoo Public Library branches for Black History Month. At each branch, we will read a different book about an African American artist, look at examples of their work, and then make an artwork to take home. Take a Picture…

The Obliterating Whiteness of the Ashcan Circle and U.S. Visual Culture

Virtual Event Virtual Event

The Ashcan Circle, perhaps more so than any other collection of U.S. modernist artists, is almost synonymous with the notion of realism: urban, gender, classed, labored, ethnic, and yes, even racial realism specifically. Yet what can it mean that the dialogues of this most “real” visual production have been quiet to serious engagement with Blackness?…

Art Detectives at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, United States

Read, make, and look! Arty Mouse and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are coming to four Kalamazoo Public Library branches for Black History Month. At each branch, we will read a different book about an African American artist, look at examples of their work, and then make an artwork to take home. Life Doesn’t Frighten…

Book Discussion: Cup of Light

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

by Nicole Mones American appraiser Lia Frank must trust her instincts and memory when it comes to her latest task of authenticating a vast array of Chinese porcelain pieces in Beijing, China. Weary of herself and others, Lia may be unsure of herself but her eye for rare beauty and special touch when it comes…

Art Detectives at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, United States

Read, make, and look! Arty Mouse and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are coming to four Kalamazoo Public Library branches for Black History Month. At each branch, we will read a different book about an African American artist, look at examples of their work, and then make an artwork to take home. Alma’s Art by…

Black Art: In the Absence of Light

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

In celebration of Black History Month, the KIA presents a free screening of the acclaimed 2021 HBO documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light. Directed and produced by Sam Pollard, the film was inspired by the 1976 exhibition Two Centuries of African American Art, the first large-scale survey of African American artists, curated by…

Listen, Feel, Imagine: Discovering Nuestra Tierra through Musical and Somatic Research

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

RADicle Residency is a collaborative nature-based residency between Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers’ RAD Fest program and The Croft of Horton Bay, MI. Each year, a selected dance artist creates a work at The Croft in the fall, and that work premieres in Kalamazoo at RAD Fest in March. This year’s RADicle artist is Amanda Ramirez…

Art Detectives at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library Washington Branch 1244 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, United States

Read, make, and look! Arty Mouse and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are coming to four Kalamazoo Public Library branches for Black History Month. At each branch, we will read a different book about an African American artist, look at examples of their work, and then make an artwork to take home. My Hands Sing…

Art Hop: RAD Fest Screendance Preview

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

For 15 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. RAD…