Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture 1979-2015
January 27-April 9
Opening Party: Friday, January 27 - 6:00 pm
Albert Paley is an internationally acclaimed artist who has continuously pushed the boundaries of his work, its process and materials through several contexts. He emerged in the mid-1960s as an artist goldsmith and by the end of the 1960s he became involved with the forging of steel. He is a longstanding leader in the metal arts where he is widely recognized for evolving blacksmithing into the realm of public art and commissions.
Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture 1979-2015 incorporates recent works Paley has completed in the forged process alongside earlier pieces and drawings. Included in this exhibition are several sculptures completed at Steneby, The School of Craft and Design at the Unviersity of Gothenburg, Sweden and other smaller works that exemplify his master of the forged technique. Exquisite drawings completed for finished works show the depth of his process, taking the idea from two to three dimensions.
This exhibition has been organized by the Paley Studios Archive and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.
Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection
April 14-June 25
Opening Party: Friday, April 14 - 6:00 pm
Reflections visually relays personal stories of community and place through a diverse selection of artworks from the collection of costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. Featuring 50 works including paintings, works on paper, collages, and fabric works, Reflections presents the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present. The exhibition focuses largely on figurative and representational artworks, presenting pieces by such noted artists as Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett, Eudora Welty, and Bette Saar, among others. Together, these complementary works present a snapshot of life within the African American community as well as by artists working in close proximity to it.
Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington DC in collaboration with the office of Myrna Colley-Lee.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14
Join us for the opening of Reflections. Live music, small bites and a cash bar will provide an elegant evening out. Youth are invited to create art in the KAC studios while adults enjoy the exhibition (the children’s art workshop is free for KAC members/$10 per non-member family).
COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
MONDAY, APRIL 17
Join KAC curator Tami Miller for an intimate tour in the galleries. Discover the narratives and historical significance of the artworks on view and information about the artists who made them.
LECTURE BY BELINDA TATE
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Executive Director Belinda Tate will speak about the significance of the Reflections exhibition. Tate served as Director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem University, one of the nation’s top African American art galleries, for 15 years. She began her tenure at the KIA in 2014.
GEORGE KRASL MEMORIAL CONCERT
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Explore African American history through music inspired by the art of Reflections. This concert is presented in memory of George Krasl. Donations appreciated.
EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
SPECIAL SCREENING OF RUBY BRIDGES - BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Youth are invited to watch a special spring break screening of the movie Ruby Bridges at the Benton Harbor Public Library (1hr 30 min). Discussion and hands on art making activities led by a KAC faculty artist will follow.
FAMILY DAY: ART & STORIES
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Families are invited to an exhibition reception in the KAC galleries specially designed for youth. Special snacks and beverages will be served. The Story of Ruby Bridges will be read and discussed in relation to the art. A hands-on art making activity for youth will be featured in the lobby.
SUGGESTED EXHIBITION RELATED READING FOR YOUTH
A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art by Jerry Butler
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole
Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden by Claire Hartfield
Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling
June 30-September 10
Opening Party: Friday, July 7 - 5:00 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 22 - 3:54 am
Coney Island 40 Years by Harvey Stein & Sculpture by Carole Feuerman
JUNE 30 – SEPTEMBER 10
Opening Party: Friday, July 7, 5-9 PM in conjunction with the Krasl Block Party
Coney Island 40 Years tells the tale of world-renowned photographer Harvey Stein’s 40-year romance with “America’s Playground.” Stein’s timeless black-and-white images, taken from the 1970-s through 2010, capture that quintessential weird and wonderful quality central to the mythos of this iconic Brooklyn beachfront. This exhibition is organized by the Traveling Exhibitions department of Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.
Carole Feuerman is one of the foremost hyperrealist sculptors working today. A pioneer in the field, she has produced convincingly lifelike sculptures since the 1970s. Her colorful life-size and monumental figures of bathers hold a captivating serenity and charm.