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.

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.


How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography

December 8 through February 12, 2017

Wang Ningde Some Days 7 Photography 2001

December 8, 2016 through February 12, 2017

The use of photography in China as a medium of artistic expression is a fairly recent development, and this exhibition presents the works of contemporary Chinese photographers using the camera to document their responses to the modernization of China and its burgeoning market economy. As China reaches the point of its post-boom years, Exhibition Curator Steven Harris of M97 Gallery in Shanghai, China, suggests a more contemplative period is setting in. With the public having now seen through the veil of glittery consumerism and all it promised, he now sees artists and thinkers seeking the means of how to return to find what is left of their roots. This exhibition includes works by Adou, Huang Xiaoliang, Liang Weizhou, Song Chao, Lou Dan, Lu Yanpeng, and Wang Ningde presenting contemporary images of the Chinese people and environment, reflecting tradition and change, and offering social commentary.

This exhibition is composed of photographers who have all gained international recognition for their work. Of this group Adou and Luo Dan are perhaps most recognized for their work documenting the ethnic minority groups in China; Adou, the Yi from Sichuan Province and Luo Dan, local villagers in Yunnan Province. Song Chao, a coal miner and amateur photographer from Shandong Province, emerged on the international stage after producing an impactful series of portraits of his fellow coal miners during the period 2001-2005. A painter turned photographer, Liang Weizhou depicts the industrialization and post-industrialization of the water towns and countryside around his native Shanghai, while Huang Xiaoliang and Lu Yanpeng present composed and landscape images of delicate and dreamlike quality.  Finally, Wang Ningde’s conceptual images explore the tension between modern China and memories of the Cultural Revolution in his iconic series Some Days, for which he achieved international acclaim.

How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography was organized by M97 Gallery in Shanghai, China, in cooperation with the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

Underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers. Additional support provided by WGVU Public Media.

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January 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chinese New Year Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Join us as we learn all about the Chinese New Year, a traditional festival that the Chinese have celebrated for more than 4,000 years!
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: Cooking With Kids: Celebrating Chinese New Year
(30 mins.) Explore the history, traditions, and delicious food surrounding the Chinese New Year.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours: Visit How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take: Create and learn about the Chinese symbols and animals that mark the Chinese New Year.

Thursday, January 26, 6:00 pm
Chinese New Year Date Night
Join us for Asian-inspired
hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a gallery talk inspired by How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography. Cash bar.
$20 per person/$15 member price. Purchase tickets at the MMA Gift Store or call 231.720.2580.

Expressions of Faith

December 8 through February 12, 2016

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

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Flemish, ca. 1485-ca. 1540
St. Jerome in Penitence
Oil on wood panel, circa 1516-18
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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.


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.







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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

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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