Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

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Contemporary Luminism: Realism in the Modern Context

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Brooks Anderson Landscape painter A landscape painter is known for his gifted handling of composition, detail, and clarity of light, Anderson will discuss his artistic development and the experience of translating atmosphere and natural phenomena into artistic expression.   Art League has offered lectures promoting understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the visual arts for KIA…

Book Discussion

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Parable of the Sower (Novel and/or Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler From the publisher -  When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren…

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

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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

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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…

ARTbreak: Encounter (virtual)

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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

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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…

An Evening with Conrad Egyir

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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: Centering Diverse and Authentic Cultural Voices in a Museum Gallery

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Museums are colonial institutions that traditionally prioritized academic knowledge and devalued traditional knowledge and lived experience. They have historically marginalized communities by hoarding their cultural objects while holding themselves up as the arbiters of cultural greatness. Current calls to action to address internal structures of racism in museums have inspired an uptick in hiring BIPOC staff for senior leadership positions,…

The Future Starts With You Symposium (College Students)

Virtual Event

Are you a student interested in working in museums? The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) has partnered to host a one-day virtual symposium aimed to assist university students who may be seeking careers in arts institutions. During this unique event from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,…

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Unveiling American Genius Symposium

Virtual Event

Learn more about the day's activities at kiarts.org/unveiling-american-genius-symposium/ 11:30-12:00pm: Welcome and Setting the Stage for the Day 12:00-1:00pm: A Woman's Voice: Then and Now? 1:15-2:00pm: The Resonance Music Project: Connecting Music and Art in Unveiling American Genius 2:15-3:30pm: Panel: The Future of American Art   Tickets are only $10 to virtually attend the symposium.  Reserve…

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