exhibitions

Expressions of Faith

December 8 through February 12, 2016
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Opening Event

Expressions of Faith: Religious Works from the Permanent Collection with Rare Manuscripts from the Van Kampen Collection opens on Thursday, December 8 with a public reception and lecture by Calvin College Professor of Art and Art History Henry Luttikhuizen. The reception will start at 5:30 pm and the lecture will start at 7:00 pm. The event is free.

Joos van Cleve Flemish, ca. 1485-ca. 1540 St. Jerome in Penitence Oil on wood panel, circa 1516-18 Hackley Picture Fund Purchase 1940.47

Joos van Cleve
Flemish, ca. 1485-ca. 1540
St. Jerome in Penitence
Oil on wood panel, circa 1516-18
Hackley Picture Fund Purchase
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About Expressions of Faith

Expressions of Faith combines the written and printed word with the visual arts to examine the impact that religious faith has made on artists who, in turn, helped disseminate and form various belief systems. In giving visual form to religious figures and stories, artists shaped how believers perceived their faith, and in doing so influenced the evolution of the religion itself. Outside of the practice of faith, images of Christ and the Nativity, of Greek gods and goddesses, of Hindu deities such as Kali and Ganesh, and the Jewish Menorah are still immediately recognizable in our shared popular culture.

The majority of the artworks in Expressions of Faith are drawn from the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art. The exhibition includes imagery from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and African and Japanese spiritual traditions.

The exhibition also features a loan from the Van Kampen Foundation Scriptorium, a collection of ancient, Medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts and books. The Foundation has lent both hand-copied and printed Bibles, including those illustrated by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The display will include a rare showing of a Torah from the Temple B’nai Israel of Muskegon and additional artworks and Bibles from the Holland Museum, Center Gallery at Calvin College, and other private and institutional lenders.

The exhibition will be on display in the L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A through February 12, 2017.

Sponsors

Expressions of Faith has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. Presenting Sponsors are Richard and Cynthia Lindrup and the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation. Additional support has been provided by PNC Bank, Webb Chemical Service Corporation, Faith Animal Care PLLC, Blue Lake Public Radio, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.

RICHARD & CYNTHIA LINDRUP

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RELATED PROGRAMS

Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm
Impressions: Printmakers take on Expressions of Faith
With Lee Ann Frame and Andy Jagniecki
Printmaking can take on many forms, from woodblock cuts to etching; each print is unique in its creation. Join contemporary printmakers, Lee Ann Frame and Andy Jagniecki as they walk through Expressions of Faith and talk about their favorite prints, technique, and overall impression of the prints on display. Q & A time follows the half-hour presentation. A cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Thursday, February 2, 6:00 pm
The Fine Art of Calligraphy
With Jane Ewing
Join master calligrapher and author Jane Ewing for an overview of the history of calligraphy, from early scribes to contemporary calligraphers who create painterly pieces with gestural lettering. Q & A time follows the half-hour presentation. A cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Thursdays, December 8, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23
12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film Series: The Power of the Myth
The MMA’s Brown Bag Films series will feature The Power of the Myth this winter. Joseph Campbell the scholar and Bill Moyers the journalist explore how myths hold the key to understanding human experience and touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture. The six episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. Brown Bag Film admission is free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at noon. The Brown Bag series is underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

December 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Alphabet Super Saturday
Celebrate the alphabet and some of the ancient ways letters have been used in everyday objects and art. Activities include the film William Wegman’s Alphabet Soup, guided tours through the Expressions of Faith exhibition, and a fun art workshop making hand-illuminated initials. Super Saturdays admission and activities are free and underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

The Preacher and His Congregation

November 10 through March 5, 2017
Photo by James Perry Walker
"Reverend Louis Cole"

The Photographs of James Perry Walker

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Rev. Cole, Mary Cole, Man & Pee Wee Gatewood Church Slayden, MS

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Gatewood baptizing #1 Slayden, MS

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker, November 10, 2016 through March 5, 2017. The public is invited to an opening reception and special program on Thursday, November 10, starting at 5:30 pm. The event will run through 8:00 pm and is free.

In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County in northern Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience.

As a circuit preacher, Reverend Cole gave services at multiple churches of his own, and served as a guest, substitute, or assistant at others, in addition to attending baptisms, weddings, revivals, funerals, fund raisers, deacon meetings, committee meetings, and the like. The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with Cole’s death in 1981.

The Preacher and His Congregation is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000.

Sponsored by The Schulze Family Diversity Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Additional support is provided by Blue Lake Public Radio and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs–an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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David Deming: Sculpture

September 8 through December 11, 2016
Rocker by David Deming

Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery

David Deming: Sculpture presents in bronze, steel, and stainless steel, 20 works from the four major series of the artist’s abstract sculpture: Rockers, Tri Pods, Flora Bellas, and Centurions—variations of which have engaged him for more than four decades. Wood-constructed “sketches” and works on paper give further depth to our understanding of David Deming’s exploration of three-dimensional form. His outdoor sculpture, Rocker, installed at the MMA’s Clay Street entrance, introduces visitors to the large-scale public works for which he is best known.

Cleveland-born David Deming grew up in the industrial Midwest of the 1950s and 1960s, where he was attracted to the versatility of metal and its aesthetic possibilities. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his early sculptural pursuits reflected his particular interest in figuration. He was inspired by Henry Moore’s organic figurative sculpture, but also by David Smith’s non-objective steel fabrications with their interplay of geometric forms. In Deming’s sculpture, form and shape relationships evolved into interlocking geometric structures, as well as fluid configurations. These retain the essence of figurative gesture and movement and remain the core of the artist’s creativity today.

Sponsored by Harbor Steel & Supply Co. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio  Additional support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts

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Thursday, September 8
Public Opening Event
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Talk by David Deming

Centurian by David Deming

Centurian by David Deming

Black Florabella by David Deming

Black Florabella by David Deming

Rocker by David Deming

Rocker by David Deming

Rocker, 2015 Stainless steel with painted steel base Lent by the artist David Deming’s fascination with the versatility of metal as a sculptural medium arose from his immersion in the industrial environment of his native Cleveland. Since his college days, he has explored four themes in his abstract sculpture: Rockers, Tri Pods, Flora Bellas, and Centurions. The artist’s stainless steel work, Rocker, located at the Museum’s Clay Street entrance, introduces visitors to his large-scale outdoor installations.

Rocker, 2015
Stainless steel with painted steel base
Lent by the artist
David Deming talks about his stainless steel work, Rocker with MMA Preparator Lee Brown and Sr. Curator Jane Connell. The sculpture is located at the Muskegon Museum of Art Clay Street entrance is temporarily in place as part of the exhibition.

Edward S. Curtis the North American Indian

May 11 through September 10, 2017
Piegan Encampment

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation. The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced. The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

In May of 2017, The Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.

A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.

PRESS KIT

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian is underwritten by Patrick O’Leary, Hines Corporation, Nichols, the Hilt Foundation, Dr. Fred and Deborah Brown, Hooker DeJong, Inc., Jan and Chris Deur, Alcoa Foundation, Frank and Susan Bednarek, Jon and Jane Blyth, Deborah DeVoursney,  Rehmann, Orville and Susan Crain, Chemical Bank, the John Max Busard and Elizabeth Busard Fund in Memory of Dr. and Mrs. R.I. Busard, an Anonymous Fund, the Mark and Rosemary Lambert’s Dream Fund and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and Allen and Anne Dake.

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