Seeing nature through an experience of collecting and observing gives voice to the moment. We breathe deeply and find the earth looking back at us. There is more than process and observation – the sight line for meaning looks out to all parts of life on earth. – Jon Hook
The exploration of the natural environment is a central theme within the works of artists Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson. Inhaling the Universe marks an experimental new adventure by the artists and nature alike played out in the KAC galleries. Sculpture, art and installation, stimulated by, and made in collaboration with nature, reflects on the passage of time and lifecycles; it leads viewers on a thoughtful and conscientious walk through a wonder-filled landscape.
Hook’s wood-fired ceramics use an intense and industrious process that emphasizes the use of local materials for firing as well as glaze making. He reduces local plants such as hay, cattails, thistle, and clay to their molecular essence, which is then used to create unique glazes. He is a forerunner and expert in his field, specifically concerning sustainable and regenerative firing and ceramic studio processes. Hook has received two consecutive Indiana State grants that aided his research of an oil drip burner system to assist the wood-fired kiln on their farm. Hook’s dedication to eco-mutualism in the environment has evolved to center on regional identity. His work creates a sense of place through the use of indigenous patterns of relationships with his community and the natural materials of he and Petersons’ home.
Peterson’s work explores all types of paper fibers and processes including paper works, prints, artist books, and environmental installation pieces. She combines paper arts, printmaking and book arts to make works that address human relationship to the environment. Peterson received her BFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in printmaking from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has lectured and taught extensively, including at Ox-Bow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sciola de Graphica, Venice, Italy, Paper Museum Steyermeuhl, Austria, Syracuse University and Indiana University. She currently teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I invite the place that I live to encompass me, wholeheartedly. It is a workplace for my development as an artist and critical thinker of the world we live in, especially the place we all call home. The environment and its workings are ever-present in my work. I look at the world around me symbolically and present it as such in the work that I create. I observe connections between the plant, animal and human world that present concerns, desires and realities for many of us to consider or experience. – Andrea Peterson
AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 29
My work is synonymous with a fairytale; the paintings are dark, yet humorous. Animals play a leading role and the work blends together to form a narrative. There’s a moral of the story, one that hints at humans’ relationship with nature with a knowing wink. There is an intuitive wisdom in nature. ~ Casey Roberts
Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.
White House photographs by Pete Souza. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, Viviano creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. Manufacturing Cities visually models how populations move and are modified as a result of industry, creating a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. Viviano’s use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.
April 12 – May 26
How is body language represented, depicted and interpreted? It is readable? Is it natural, affected, subliminal or known? Is it political? Historical? What is it telling us about this contemporary moment? Body Language is an exhibition that explores this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It speaks to multiple generations and it is indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.
This exhibition sponsored by:
In tandem with the Body Language exhibition, dance artist Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers will creatively install multiple screenings of newly developed dance performances and body movements. Rabbers is a member of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance and has performed for Coldplay, Omi, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Poet Theatricals, The Union Project Dance Company, LACDC, Clairobscur, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera, Diavolo EdCo, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company.
This artlab exhibition explores the evolution of domestic appliances and how they have gradually shaped humans into creatures of comfort. Consisting of sculptural apparatuses connected through the elements and functions of domestic appliances, Yehelena & Michael re-imagine these household object’s place within consumption, preservation, sustainability, and necessity. By altering the functionality of domestic appliances, the tools are turned into metaphors that reflect our dependency on these devices and the desire to break free from their comforting grasp at the same time.
artlab Visiting Artist Talk: Yhelena and Michael Hall
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
5:30 – 6 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us as welcome artlab artists Yhelena and Michael Hall to their opening talk before the official gallery opening reception.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This exhibition is sponsored by Parrett Company.
Curated by Sara Terry and Teun van der Heijden, Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story tells the incredibly moving stories of the people left behind after the cameras have moved on from a war zone. Drawing on photographs from over fifty photographers, these personal and often poetic post-war views unveil not only another side to the devastating effects of war, but also tell the stories of people coming together to rebuild and heal. Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story illumines and defines our humanity while giving visibility to those coping with the lingering ramifications of conflict.
The exhibition is a ten-year retrospective of the work of the groundbreaking documentary photography program The Aftermath Project. Founded to help change the way the media covers conflict – and to educate the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace – The Aftermath Project has discovered some of the most groundbreaking photojournalists in the world – as well as internationally acclaimed photographers Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Davide Monteleone, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, and Jim Goldberg, among many others – working on post-conflict themes.
The end of war does not mean peace. It is simply the end of war, the end of death and destruction. Every story of war includes a chapter that almost always goes untold – the story of the aftermath, which day by day becomes the prologue of the future. Sara Terry (Founder of The Aftermath Project)
Aftermath: War Is Only Half the Story originated by The Aftermath Project, Los Angeles, and toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.
AFTERMATH OPENING PARTY
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
6 – 8 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition in the Krasl Art Center galleries and meet Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry.
The Collective of Benton Harbor will walk guests through a calming breath and yoga sequence throughout the evening, and be able to answer questions on how breath control can aid in your personal journey with conflict.
Small bites from Bistro on the Boulevard and a cash bar available.
PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY AFTERMATH CURATOR, SARA TERRY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
10 AM – 12 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Save the date! Join Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry, who will lead an engaging panel discussion with community members on the themes covered in this exhibition. Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She founded The Aftermath Project in 2003.
Steven E. Gross is a Professional Photographer whose work has greatly influenced the field of wedding photography due to his photojournalistic style approach. He is also known for his candid editorial, commercial and portrait photography. Steven served in the U.S. Air Force and traveled abroad before studying photography at Columbia College. His photos have been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Magazine and numerous publications nationally & abroad. Gross spent six years on the board at Inspiration Corporation, with four of those years as the board President.
Kent Laudeman is the former Director of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army and the United States Reserves. Kent served in the military for 28 years with deployments to Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and summer training OCONUS (Germany, Netherlands), and Cuban Refugees-Camp McCoy. He has a background in higher education, including student personnel, administrative work, counseling, and teaching at Indiana University South Bend and the United States Military Academy.
John Matuszak is a Staff Writer for the Herald Palladium in Southwest Michigan. John covers a wide range of topics including education, politics, national and regional news. His writing has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Times, News & Observer, The State, Roanoke Times, The Telegraph (Macon), The Olympian and more.
Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit grant and educational program that supports photographers covering post-conflict stories and disseminates their work. The Aftermath Project develops new conversations in the photojournalism and documentary photography worlds about the importance of aftermath issues. Sara has completed several significant projects and is presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. completing many significant projects. She is the curator of the exhibition Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story and will lead the panel discussion.
COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR: Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Walk through the galleries and learn more about the art on view with KAC Deputy Director, Tami Miller.
Mandala, Allison Svoboda, 2012.
In this extended exhibition, Allison Svoboda’s ethereal collaged paper mandalas remain on view through February 3. If you have not seen the show already, be sure to visit. Svoboda uses ink paintings and fine papers to build delicately layered flower-like shapes that float off the gallery walls.
Frank Martinez, Blanco y Negro, 2008, mixed media
Building on recent events, this timely exhibition reflects more than twenty-five Cuban artists’ ruminations on the quotidian, social, and political realities of the island and the contemporary world. The island geography and political intensity of Cuba inform the work in a way that is immediately identifiable, often concealing coded, even subversive, ideas while simultaneously celebrating the richness of Cuba’s cultural identity. Peeling away the layers of Cuban art often reveals a story of struggle caused by the US embargo and its economic and political consequences, the social upheaval that a true revolution produces.
Spanning several generations, these contemporary Cuban artists come from an unusual place: a country embargoed by our own because of its socialist revolution. All of the artists in this collection grew up in socialist Cuba, and many graduated from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte, built at the beginning of the revolution, Havana’s equally excellent San Alejandro Art Academy or the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Others graduated from local art schools. Despite their disparate backgrounds, aesthetic sensibilities, subject matter, materials, and styles, there is something uniquely Cuban about the art in this collection.
Mid-America Arts Allliance co-organized Arte Cubano with the Center for Cuban Studies (NYC) to synthesize two extraordinary private collections held by Kathy and Marc LeBaron and Karen and Robert Duncan. This exhibition could not have been made possible without their collecting vision and loan generosity. The Center for Cuban Studies opened in 1972 and was organized by a group of scholars, writers, artists, and other professionals, in response to the effects of US policy toward Cuba.
A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Join us in celebrating the opening of this new exhibition. Music, small bites and a cash bar will supplement the wonderful art on view to make this a truly unique and enjoyable evening.
COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Join KAC Deputy Director & Curator, Tami Miller, for an informative tour in the galleries. Learn about the selected artworks, the artists who made them, and how their work informs our understandings of Cuba today.
David Huffman, Hoop Dreams, 2007, color softground and spitbite aquatint etching; image courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA
There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press presents fourteen artists who capture the personal narratives and political discourses of African Americans across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. This powerful exhibition of figurative and abstract artworks channels the poetics of human experience from past and present, and boldly presents ideas about history, identity, personal story, and spiritual inspiration.
~ Carrie Lederer, Curator ‘s Statement (excerpt)
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
Louisiana Bendolph (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Mary Lee Bendolph (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Loretta Bennett (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Samuel Levi Jones
Kerry James Marshall
Loretta Pettway (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Since 1996, the Krasl Art Center has been celebrating art and community with its Biennial Sculpture Invitational. The Biennial places large-scale contemporary sculpture outdoors throughout the cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan – along the scenic waterfronts and parks, and integrated throughout urban and artist communities. This special exhibtion shows the finest artworks by today’s public artists. It is accessible, engaging and fosters exploration of both fine art and its surroundings.
The 2018 Biennial Sculpture Invitational is supported by civic partnerships with the cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, and cultural collaborations with the New Territory Arts Association and the Box factory for the Arts.
Bill Boyce (Benton Harbor, MI)
Isaac Duncan, III (Chatanooga, TN)
Albert LaVergne (Paw Paw, MI)
THE KRASL COLLECTION JOINS THE BIENNIAL
As the Krasl Art Center grounds are under construction this summer as part of its Sculpting Community project, the KAC permanent collection moves offsite and joins the Biennial Sculpture Invitational in the community. New surroundings for familiar artworks provide fresh contexts, encourage seeing the works anew and celebrates over 35 years of collecting sculpture.
As the Sculpting Community project is underway outdoors, the Krasl Art Center invites guests of all ages and abilities to participate and enjoy a unique, fun, and playful atmosphere that is far from business-as-usual!
Summertime in the Galleries encourages visitors to explore aspects of KAC’s new grounds by participating in collaborative art projects, examining sculpture, and reflecting on themselves and public spaces. KAC’s newly designed grounds will feature a stunning sculpture by world-renowned artist Richard Hunt. Before the sculpture is installed in this Fall, experience its monumental scale and dynamic twists and turns in the galleries via a life-size silhouette. Come investigate and learn about how public sculptures are made and touch sculpture models on display!
Exhibition Sponsor: The John DeVries Insurance Agency
While the Sculpting Community project is under construction on the KAC grounds this summer, campers will create their own exciting construction project in the artlab gallery. Using cardboard and make-do fasteners, campers will create buildings, structures, and vehicles that benefit communities of the future. Artist Keith Stevens will help campers work collaboratively and individually. Once the camp ends on June 30, visitors to KAC will have the opportunity to add their own futuristic cardboard creation to the collaborative installation.
Batik is a Javanese word that refers to a traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing, in which a pattern is made on both sides of cotton fabric with warm liquid wax applied by a tjanting, a small brass cup with a spout. After the wax cools and solidifies, the cloth is dyed with a primary color and the wax is then removed, revealing the pattern where the wax had once been.
The success of the wax prints in Africa is driven by many factors, such as the culture, taste, and desires of African consumers. Clothing in Africa serves an important means of communication, sending secret messages and retelling local proverbs. Clothing also depicts a person’s social status and position, political convictions, ambition, marital status, ethnicity, age, sex, and group affiliations. The names and stories associated with the fabrics differ from country to country and region to region. One fabric may have different names in different countries, depending on the symbolism that the consumer can read in the fabric.
The history of the African wax print is a history paved along colonial trade routes and globalization in the post- colonial era. Though not originally African, these textiles have become ingrained in African culture and society, and loved and identified as their own.
The exhibition Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints is curated by Dr. Gifty Benson and organized by ExhibitsUSA/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO.