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February 20 through April 27, 2014
February 20 through May 11, 2014
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Thursday, January 23
Wednesday, March 12
Thursday, March 13
August 20 through November 1, 2015
The Muskegon Museum of Art announces a call for entries for Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, a two-part exhibition that will feature artwork from established and emerging textile artists from around the world.
• Part one of the exhibition is comprised of the artwork of some of the world’s top fiber artists, to include: 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.
• Part 2 of the exhibition will feature artwork selected by a 3-juror panel (Ferne Jacobs, Gyöngy Laky, Namita Gupta Wiggers). Entry in this section is open to artists, 18 years and older, from any country.
Artists are invited to enter up to two works of fiber and textile based art for consideration. Entry is $50 for one or two artworks. The exhibition will be held August 20 to November 1, 2015 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan.
Eligibility: All Artists 18 years or older may enter.
Eligible Entries: Only completed works of art are eligible for jury selection. Samples of artworks will not be accepted. Artwork selected by the jury must be available for exhibition during the entire run of the show. Only original works are eligible. Two-dimensional pieces may not exceed 6 feet (1.8m) wide by 10 feet (3m) high. Three-dimensional pieces may not exceed 8 feet (2.5m) high by 4 feet (1.2m) by 4 feet (1.2m). All artwork must weigh less than 100 lbs. (45 kg). Only work easily handled by two people will be accepted.
Submission: All entries must be submitted through the CaFe website at www.callforentry.org. Registration on this website is free. Images must be uploaded to the site, and conform to the site requirements. (JPEG format only, 72 dpi, no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest dimension, 3 MB max size) Include title, media, date, dimensions, and any special instructions for installation. There is a non-refundable $50.00 fee per artist.
Entry Condition: Accepted works must be ready for presentation. All framed works should be fitted with wire or D-Rings. Wall hung panels (quilts, tapestries, etc.) should be fitted with Velcro, hanging pockets, or similar accommodations. For ease of shipping, the MMA will supply a hanging rod or Velcro strip for the wall if not included. Pedestals will be provided, but if your piece requires a special mount, one must be supplied with the artwork.
Shipping: Accepted artworks should be shipped prepaid, in a reusable container, to: Art Martin, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440. 231-720-2575. The MMA will pay for return shipping using FedEx Ground for U.S. domestic shipment and FedEx for international shipment. Artists requiring other return shipping methods must contact Art Martin at 231-720-2575. Return methods other than FedEx will be at the artist’s expense.
Photography: Artists will be asked to supply a high-resolution photograph for any accepted entries. (300 dpi, minimum of 8 inches or 2,420 pixels on the shortest dimension.)
Important Dates: All entries must be submitted to the CaFe website by November 14, 2014.
November 14, 2014 – Deadline for entries.
January 30, 2015 – Artist notification begins.
April 24, 2015 – Deadline for hi-resolution images
July 31, 2015 – All artwork should be shipped to arrive by this date.
August 20, 2015 – Exhibition opens
November 1, 2015 – Exhibition closes. Return of artwork begins.
Art Sales: All accepted work is eligible for sale through the MMA Store. The MMA commission is 40%, and must be included in the purchase price. Work offered for sale will be sold as exhibited. If the work is not for sale, please indicate “NFS” on entry.
Publication: An illustrated publication, as the budget allows, will accompany the exhibition.
Liability/Publicity: Entries will be handled with all possible care, but the MMA is not responsible for any loss or damage for any cause whatsoever. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition implies agreement on the part of the artist with all stated conditions. The MMA assumes the privilege of photographing or using any work entered in the exhibition for the purpose of publicity or education, unless the artist notifies the MMA in writing to the contrary.
Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art and guest curator Geary Jones.
March 6 through May 25, 2014
Illustrations from Bluffton, My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Step back into local history and the heyday of vaudeville and Buster Keaton with an exhibition of original illustrations from the new, acclaimed graphic novel* Bluffton, My Summers with Buster Keaton by Pennsylvania-based artist and Newbery Medal winner Matt Phelan.
Bluffton tells the story of Henry, a young boy who befriends the most famous resident of Muskegon’s Bluffton neighborhood Actors' Colony. Tucked into the Bluffton neighborhood, the Colony was a remarkable place in the first decades of the 20th century. The nation’s vaudevillians made their summer residence here, working up fresh material for upcoming seasons and, more importantly, unwinding and enjoying Muskegon’s still-incredible lakeshore.
Matt Phelan’s work has quickly garnered critical acclaim. The School Library Journal writes, “Phelan’s watercolors are expertly rendered and soft in focus, but pop at just the right moments, simultaneously showing the sleepiness of the town, the glamour of show business, and the energy of summer.” Kirkus Reviews states Phelan’s Bluffton is “thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville history.” Have fun and enrich your view of the era and local lore with a special family day, Buster Keaton film screenings, and an historical Bluffton walking tour.
This exhibition is underwritten by Harbor Steel & Supply Corporation. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.
* “a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and presented as a book,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_novel
Thursday, March 6
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Lecture and book signing by Matt Phelan
Enjoy refreshments and meet artist Matt Phelan, creator of the graphic novel Buster Keaton’s Bluffton. Free and open to the public
March 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Elephant Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Stomp into the MMA for an enormous day of fun and activities. Free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
10:00 am & 1:00pm
Buster Keaton Films
Old-timey laughs for all ages!
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Guided Exhibition Tours
Explore Buster Keaton’s Bluffton: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan with a museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Make & Take
Create elephant sized art with a twist.
Thursday, March 13, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Buster Keaton Documentary
(45 mins.) Buster Keaton is considered one of the greatest comic actors of all time. This film tells the story of Keaton’s career and eclectic life, which included many childhood summers spent in the Bluffton neighborhood of Muskegon. Illustrator and author Matt Phelan highlights those summers in his fictional graphic novel Bluffton, original illustrations of which are on display in the Cooper Gallery. Brown Bag Film admission is free.
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am & 4:00 pm
Bluffton Artist Colony Walking Tour
Join local historian, Ron Pesch as he guides a walking tour highlighting the homes and hangouts of the lively group of over 200 vaudevillian actors that took up summer residence in Bluffton’s bygone artist colony. You will walk away with a new appreciation for Buster Keaton and the showbiz clan that loved Bluffton, which they considered their true home when not on the road. The tour begins at the old Bluffton Elementary School parking lot. Reservations are not required. In case of rain the walking tours will take place Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 pm. Questions: Call 231.720.2587.
Saturday, April 26, 1:00 pm
Buster Keaton Film Festival at the MMA
The MMA will showcase three classic Buster Keaton short films from early 1920s: Cops, One Week and The Boat in conjunction with the Museum’s Buster Keaton’s Bluffton exhibition. All three of the famous silent films are restored 16mm prints; One Week is a restoration by David Shepard, the world’s foremost silent film preservationist. These are the actual film prints—not DVDs. Era-specific music will accompany the films. Local historian Ron Pesch will be on hand to talk about the films, their connections to Muskegon, and answer questions.
Film admission is included with paid museum admission:$7.00 Adults
Free admission for Muskegon Museum of Art Members & children ages 17 and under
(1922) Buster accidentally gets on the wrong side of the law, and his attempts to correct his situation only get him in deeper trouble. This movie is packed with clever physical gags and surreal cinematography. The Library of Congress added Cops to the National Film Registry in 1997.
(1920) Two newlyweds start a new life with a do-it-yourself house in a kit. Things don’t go quite as well as the instructions directed. Many of the classic films stunts Keaton became famous for were first seen in One Week.
(1921) Buster attempts to build a boat (The Damfino) and launch his family on the high seas. This 1921 film was directly inspired by Keaton’s summers on Muskegon Lake.
Free Classroom Books for Educators
Each teacher that visits the exhibition with their students will receive a copy of Bluffton for their classroom, while supplies last.
February 20 through May 11, 2014
Martin Janecky, Czech Republic
Hero 222.223, 2013
Hot sculpted glass
14 x 34 x 11 inches
Pulpy Whopper Den, 2012
Hot sculpted glass
14 x 18 x 12 1/2 inches
Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
Technical advances in studio glass have enabled artists to push the boundaries of what they are able to create, moving beyond the vessel to make sculptural objects that depict the world around us. Using blowing, casting, lampwork, and cold working, and some combining glass with found objects, metal, and paint, the artists in this exhibition have given shape to figures, interiors, animals, and still-lifes. Technique is integral to the content of the art, as the character of the glass shapes how the object is made and perceived. In the case of these pieces however, literal representation also allows the viewer to understand the form without knowing exactly how it was made.
For some works, the lightness and fragility of glass brings an airy quality to the subject matter, with slender, transparent forms merging to create figures and objects. Artist Emily Brock builds highly complex, miniature narrative scenes filled with tiny plants, figures, furniture, and architecture. Equally small in scale are the lampwork figures of Lucio Bubacco, which twist around traditional vessel forms in themes inspired by medieval theater and classic Venetian glasswork. Slender tendrils of glass form flowers, plants, and flights of bees in Paul Stankard’s technically astounding paperweights, delicate objects frozen in place by nearly invisible glass.
For other works, casting brings a sense of weight and density, with finishes that range from opaque to transparent. Wendy Saxon Brown uses a pâte de verre technique to create languid figures in fanciful interiors, their surfaces glowing but impenetrable to the eye, emphasizing their fanciful, playful nature. Tim Tate’s humorous figures and still life objects are equally opaque, their finishes soft and waxy in appearance. Contrasting this opacity are the semi-transparent candy colors of Stani Borowski and Lucy Lyon. Borowski incorporates found objects as well, emphasizing the density of his glass with metal and wood elements. The cast skull in Antoine Leperlier’s work is fully transparent, allowing the viewer to see the symbols imbedded within.
Translating Reality: Representation in Glass is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, in cooperation with Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI.
The Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County
February 20 through April 27, 2014
Stephen De Staebler
Two Found Legs
Fired clay, 2008
Courtesy of the Estate of Stephen De Staebler and Zolla Lieberman Gallery.
L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery B
Stephen De Staebler (1933-2011) is an internationally recognized sculptor best known for works in clay that combine a figurative element with forms reminiscent of fragments of an ancient, yet familiar, culture. The clay, palpable and of the present, both defies time and memorializes its persistence.
The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler: Elegies in Clay features 12 figurative worksfrom late in De Staebler’s career. Each work examines, through the fragile yet resilient medium of fired clay and pigment, the transience of individual lives against the remarkable endurance of humankind. De Staebler studied with Peter Voulkos, a renowned abstract sculptor who elevated ceramic’s categorization as mere craft into the realm of the fine arts. De Staebler, deeply influenced by Voulkos’s emphasis on clay’s organic properties and expressive potential, departed from traditional ceramic vessel-making and instead worked large slabs of clay into distinctive hand-built assemblages.
The late-career works (2005–2010) selected for Elegies in Clay are dramatically fragmented; they appear as if re-assembled from an archaeological site as pieces of a lost history. Barely recognizable sections of legs, feet, or torsos emerge from rough stacks of clay built up into elongated, elegant forms. Silent and meditative, the visitor is left to imagine if these newly created “artifacts” were once complete figures, or perhaps columns or decorative elements from a lost former civilization.
This exhibition has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with the estate of Stephen De Staebler and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.
Thursday, February 20
5:30 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture by Charles R. Loving: Fragility and Resilience: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler
Charles R. Loving will discuss Stephen De Staebler’s figurative sculptures that juxtapose the frailty and transience of individual lives against the remarkable resilience of humankind. Loving, a great admirer of De Staebler, is Director of the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, and Curator of the Snite’s George Rickey Sculpture Archive.
Thursday, February 27, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film | 2012 American Craft Council Gold Medal Winner: Stephen DeStaebler
(9 mins.) This short interview gives the viewer a chance to enter into the work and mind of Stephen De Staebler. Timothy Anglin Burgard, Curator at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and sculptor John Toki discuss how De Staebler’s work evolved and provide an inside look at his studio and favorite sculpting tools.
Exhibition support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Blue Lake Public Radio.
January 9 through March 16, 2014
L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A
Paper cutting is a study in contrasts: a thin, fragile material is pierced with sharp knives, lasers, or stamping devices, the inherent fallibility of the art form making it all the more compelling. Papercuts, developed by artist Reni Gower, brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using many kinds of paper and tools, seven artists have created more than 30 works that range from narrative commentaries to structural abstractions and complex installations—bold statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of hand to paper through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China.
Through large and small scale pieces, the artists reveal a range of possibilities achieved by cutting, bending, and folding paper. Complex patterns and teeming cityscapes are established using a single cut sheet, while other artists cut and assemble multiple layers of paper in intricate installations.
Guest artist Michelle Forsyth will install her work live, for the public, beginning January 8 and finishing January 11. Join us for this exciting opportunity to speak to the artist and watch her process.
Thursday, January 9
5:30–7:00 pm Reception and Artist at Work
Enjoy refreshments and engage with artist Michelle Forsyth as she continues working on her custom installation for our exhibition in Walker Gallery A. This event is free and open to the public.
January 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flip & Fold Paper Art Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Explore how paper, an ordinary 2-D object, transforms into unique and complex 3-D work of art. Watch paper airplanes turn into real planes in the animated Disney film Planes, tour Papercuts with a museum docent, watch Michelle Forsyth install her artwork, and make your own paper sculpture.
Brown Bag Films
Bring your lunch and enjoy free admission, coffee, and cookies!
Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm
Artists from Papercuts
Thursday, January 23, 12:15 pm
Between the Folds
Thursdays, February, 1:00–3:00 pm
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. February tours feature Papercuts: The Art of Contemporary Papercutting.
Free Super Saturdays, Brown Bag Films, and Public Tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.