ARTbreak: Masked Up – Robert Colescott and Me with Dr. Paul Solomon

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

Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century includes works of art by Kehinde Wiley, Ebony G. Patterson, and jc lenochan. Before them, before all of them, came Robert Colescott. Despite Colescott’s widespread profound influence on generations of American artists, his name is missing from survey courses on 20th-century American art. Who was Robert Colescott? What did…

Art, Activism, and AIDS: In-Gallery Visit with Jordan Eagles

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

Artist Jordan Eagles will be in the KIA galleries for two special 90-minute sessions at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eagles uses animal and human blood in his artworks to explore themes of life, death, spirituality, equality, and politics related to the human body. In works like American Carnage 6/4-11, currently on view in Unmasking…

Art, Activism, and AIDS

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

In honor of World AIDS Day, a distinguished panel will discuss the legacy of artists like Felix González-Torres and Jordan Eagles who use their work to explore the impact of HIV and AIDS on our society. In addition, the panel will delve into how artists continue to use their artworks to make powerful statements about…

Art Hop: Community Response Performance

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

Visit during the December Art Hop and we will “give the gift of art” — in the form of new compositions created by Kalamazoo-based musicians and performers. The KIA has partnered with Yolonda Lavender to curate an evening of creative performances inspired by Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century. Lavender is a singer/songwriter, as well…

Community Conversation: A Healing Circle

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

The KIA’s third and final Community Conversation around Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century will take the form of a Healing Circle led by Alessandra Pye, Psychotherapist, Facilitator, Artist and Founder/Creative Director of The Chrysalis Institute for Emerging Artists. This event will focus on exploring intergenerational healing circles as a means of recovery. This Community…

Art Detectives: Paper Planes

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

Two friends enjoy making paper airplanes together and feel unable to keep creating when a move separates them. Arty Mouse will learn how they get their creative spark back. We will make paper airplanes inspired by two artworks in the galleries. Then we’ll have a flying test — whose paper plane can fly the farthest?…

ARTbreak: Live Salon

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

In the spirit of Faisal Abdu’Allah’s work in Unmasking Masculinity, the KIA has invited local stylists to participate in a Live Salon. A local barber will speak about the role that barbershops play in the community and invite a member of the audience to chat while having a haircut. Reserve Your In-person Ticket

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Al Weiwei

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

Ai Weiwei's sculptures and installations have been viewed by millions around the globe. His architectural achievements include helping to design the iconic Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. His political activism made him a target of the Chinese authorities, which culminated in months of secret detention without charge in 2011. Here, Weiwei explores the origins…

ARTbreak: Mark Cassino

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

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

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

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

The Night Watchman

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

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…