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Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge

August 20 through November 1, 2015

 


Wolfgang Horn
red pins
2008
tag pins, men's suit
L. C. and Margaret Walker Galleries and Michael and Kay Olthoff & Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
Opening Event: Thursday, August 20
5:30 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge examines the state of fibers and textiles in the fine art world today. The exhibition has been developed by the Muskegon Museum of Art in coordination with Guest Curator Geary Jones of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The artworks on display reveal the diversity of the fine art textile and fiber movement, and its transformation into a multi-media and discipline-spanning phenomenon. Participating artists come from around the world, including an invited slate of 27 artists that are visionaries in the field: Luis Acosta, Kyoung Ae Cho, Kate Anderson, Ewa Bartosz-Mazus, Lia Cook, Thomas Cronenberg, Nancy Crow, Patricia Hickman, Jan Hopkins, Wolfgang Horn, Ferne Jacobs, David Johnson, Gerhardt Knodel, Gyöngy Laky, Maximo Laura, Tom Lundberg, Libby Mijanovich, Laura Foster Nicholson, Krystyna Sadej, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Chizu Sekiguchi, Sherri Smith, Ixchel Suarez, Yoshiko Wada, Dawn Walden, Carole Weller, and Bhakti Ziek.

 

A slate of artists selected from juried submissions received from countries around the world will join these masters. Narrowing from a field of over 400 entries, jurors Ferne Jacobs and Namita Gupta Wiggers selected 79 works from 51 artists for inclusion. These juried pieces join those by our invited artists for a showing of over 120 fiber and textile based artworks. One artist from the juried portion of the show will be selected by Ferne Jacobs and Namita Gupta Wiggers for the California Fibers Beyond the Boundaries Award. This award is sponsored by California Fibers and is given annually to a fiber artist for artistic innovation in subject matter, materials and/or technique in a national or international fiber exhibition. The winner will be announced at a later date

 

Viewers will find tapestries, quilts, weavings, sculpture, basketry, and a host of other forms on display, from functional works to fully abstracted shapes. This is a remarkable opportunity for West Michigan to see truly contemporary, international artwork by artists that defined and continue to transform a major art movement

 

One artist from the juried portion of the show will be selected by Ferne Jacobs and Namita Gupta Wiggers for the California Fibers Beyond the Boundaries Award. This award is sponsored by California Fibers and is given annually to a fiber artist for artistic innovation in subject matter, materials and/or technique in a national or international fiber exhibition. The winner will be announced at a later date.

 

Extreme Fibers will open at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, December 6, 2015 and run through March of 2016.

 

Program support provided by the Michigan Council for the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

 
 
 

87th Regional Exhibition

June 4 through August 5, 2015

 



Thursday, June 4, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s juried 87th Regional Exhibition opens June 4 with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Awards will be announced at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. The Regional presents two-and three dimensional works created over the past two years by professional and amateur artists from throughout Michigan. Works in a wide variety of media, theme, and style will fill two large galleries at the MMA through August 5, 2015. Many of the works in the Regional will be available for purchase.

 

More details, award winners, and images of top award-winning artworks will be posted soon.

Thursday, June 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Meet the Artists

Meet award winning artists from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s 87th Regional Exhibition during this gallery walk and talk event. The artists will discuss their work and answer questions. Refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

The 87th Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and Shape Corporation, with additional support from WGVU Public Broadcasting and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts. Awards are underwritten by Huntington Bank.

 
 
 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame:

May 7 through July 26, 2015

 


Kadir Nelson
American, born 1974
Pittsburgh Crawfords
Oil on canvas, 2006
Purchased in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art through the gifts of the Joseph and Trudy Schulze Family Diversity Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Thomas U. and Elizabeth Tuttle, and the MMA Art Acquisition Fund
2013.10

William Allen May
American, 1912-2002
Baseball Action
Silver gelatin print
Gift of the Greater Muskegon Camera Club
1946.124

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Thursday, May 7
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Gallery Walk and Talk with Associate Curator Art Martin and Curator of Education Cathy Mott

Celebrate summer in Michigan with an exhibition that features artworks inspired by sports and leisure. Take Me Out to the Ballgame reveals sports through the eyes of the artist—how physicality and human interactions translate into the visual arts. Figures in action lean across the picture plane, capturing a dynamic moment in time, while other images show moments of rest, or step back to depict a richly colored landscape with tiny figures at play. This group of works from the MMA’s permanent collection provides just a glimpse into the inspiration the strength and grace of athletes has provided artists for thousands of years, from the sculptures of Ancient Greece to the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge, wrestlers and boxers of George Bellows, and sports figures of LeRoy Neiman.


The exhibition is anchored around some of the MMA’s favorite paintings and sculptures: The Baseball Game by George Bellows, Fastball by Albert Wein, and two original paintings by Kadir Nelson for his book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Artworks by Toulouse Lautrec, Joseph Golinkin, Eadweard Muybridge, and vintage sports images from Muskegon area photographers are also included.

Underwritten by Swanson Pickle Co., Inc. Additional support provided by Thomas and Elizabeth Tuttle and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts. Opening Reception underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers.

THOMAS AND ELIZABETH TUTTLE

 

 
 
 

Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction

April 30 through August 9, 2015

 

 


Manierre Dawson (American, 1887-1969)
Afternoon II
Oil on canvas, 1913
Gift of the Artist
1969.5

 

Michael and Kay Olthoff & Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) was the first American artist to paint abstractly in the first decades of the twentieth century—a significant accolade in art history. Dawson’s college training in civil engineering was a strong influence on his remarkable creative vision. Of local import, the artist moved from Chicago to Ludington in 1914 and spent 55 years running the family orchard, painting and sculpting as time allowed, until his death in 1969.

 

The exhibition will present 20 paintings that explore Dawson’s formative years from 1907 to 1915, taking as its main focus Afternoon II, among the MMA’s most significant holdings. The painting is dated 1913, the year of the famed Armory Show—a pivotal event that affirmed Dawson’s modernist instincts: his “inventions.”

 

Lenders to the exhibition include the Illinois State Museum; the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; the Manierre Dawson Gallery, West Shore Community College; and several Chicago private collections.

 

Following its premier at the MMA, the exhibition will be shown at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts from August 29 through December 13, 2015.

Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction
has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. The exhibition is generously underwritten by the Consumer's Energy Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


Thursday, April 30
5:30 pm Opening Reception

7:00 pm Lecture by Sharon Bluhm
In 1977, Sharon Bluhm purchased the Dawson family vacation home in Ludington, Michigan, and continues to live there today. Join us for Bluhm’s fascinating look at Dawson’s life and art based on her years of research on the artist.

 


 





 
 
 

Alex Bernstein: Mirroring Nature

April 2 through June 21, 2015

 


Alex Bernstein
Black Mountain 2, 2013
Cast & cut glass, fused steel

Alex Bernstein

Green Steel Half-Moon
Cast, cut glass, fused steel
2014

 

 

 

Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Gallery

Alex Gabriel Bernstein carves cast glass to create his boldly colored and highly textured sculptural forms. His techniques, cutting away glass and incorporating added metals, are designed to mirror natural processes of transformation—erosion, oxidation, and the carving and shifting of water are all reflected in these elegant works. The artist approaches these works as narrative landscapes, a visual journey through not only physical terrain, but layers of light and color.
Alex Gabriel Bernstein’s parents, William and Katherine Bernstein, were established glass artists and he grew up within the American studio glass movement. He received a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts and went on to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2007, he returned to his hometown of Asheville, NC to work full time in his studio.
Alex Bernstein: Mirroring Nature was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, in cooperation with Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan.

UNDERWRITTEN BY
The Corky Tuttle Fund of the Muskegon Museum of Art

 

 
 
 
 
 
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