David Jay Spyker

February 9 through April 16, 2017

Robert D. & C. Corcoran Tuttle Gallery

David Jay Spyker creates ultra-realistic paintings of the land and shore, including dynamic images of crashing waves along the beach. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Spyker exhibits throughout the region, and his works are included in the collections of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the South Bend Museum of Art.

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Blow Up Inflatable Contemporary Art

February 23 through April 23, 2017

L. C. and Margaret Walker Galleries A & B

Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

Visitors to the gallery will encounter a life-size inflatable Trans Am, 14 foot tall pink bunnies, and a 25 foot long reclining Buddha-inspired figure, to name just a few of the dynamic and wildly engaging inflatable sculptures installed in the gallery.

Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, 2000, inflatable nylon balloons, 6.5 x 6.5 x 15.8 feet each, photo by Kioku Keizo, Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Lewis deSoto, Paranirvana (Self-Portrait), 2012, painted nylon, fan, 6 x 26 x 7 feet, courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

Billie Grace Lynn, White Elephant 1, 2007, ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, 10 x 6 x 8 feet

Guy Overfelt, Untitled (1977 Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am replica), 1999, inflatable nylon and electric blower, 4.5 x 17 x 7 feet, Courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of this fun new exhibition featuring giant blow-ups, including giant bunnies, a massive Buddha, huge Trans Am, gigantic elephant, and more! Refreshments and balloon animals by “the Balloon Guy” Jim Perry will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Balloons Super Saturday
This Super Saturday will take you up, up and away! We will explore and create with the wonders of blow up art. Save up your hot air; you will need it for this floating adventure.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: Up!
(96 mins.) Join the unlikely pair of Carl, an elderly homebody, and 8-year old Russell, a wilderness explorer, as they trek on a worldly adventure marked with a villain, a rare bird, and LOTS of balloons.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours
Enjoy a guided trek through Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Learn how to make balloon animals with Jim “the balloon guy.”

Super Saturday free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner


David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum

February 9 through April 16, 2017

David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum: The Illustrations of David Shannon

David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum highlights the whimsical and humorous art of internationally acclaimed author and illustrator David Shannon. One of his most popular books, No, David, is a semi-autobiographical story of a young boy being constantly told, “No, David!” by his mother. Seventy-five original illustrations—including sketches, studies, and final illustrations—for this book and others will be on display.

David Shannon’s work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, as well as numerous book jackets and posters. After illustrating several books by other authors, Shannon was encouraged to try writing his own stories. His first book How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball was named a New York Times best-illustrated book in 1994. No, David received a Caldecott Honor in 1999. Shannon has written and/or illustrated over 35 books for children.

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This exhibition is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media Sponsor—WGVU Public Media. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Preacher and His Congregation

November 10 through March 5, 2017

The Photographs of James Perry Walker


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


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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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.


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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