Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection
April 14-June 25
Opening Party: Friday, April 14 - 6:00 pm
Reflections visually relays personal stories of community and place through a diverse selection of artworks from the collection of costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. Featuring 50 works including paintings, works on paper, collages, and fabric works, Reflections presents the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present. The exhibition focuses largely on figurative and representational artworks, presenting pieces by such noted artists as Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett, Eudora Welty, and Bette Saar, among others. Together, these complementary works present a snapshot of life within the African American community as well as by artists working in close proximity to it.
Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington DC in collaboration with the office of Myrna Colley-Lee.
LECTURE BY BELINDA TATE
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Executive Director Belinda Tate will speak about the significance of the Reflections exhibition. Tate served as Director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem University, one of the nation’s top African American art galleries, for 15 years. She began her tenure at the KIA in 2014.
GEORGE KRASL MEMORIAL CONCERT
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Explore African American history through music inspired by the art of Reflections. This concert is presented in memory of George Krasl. Donations appreciated.
SUGGESTED EXHIBITION RELATED READING FOR YOUTH
A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art by Jerry Butler
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole
Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden by Claire Hartfield
Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling
EXHIBITION SPONSOR: LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE & TYLER HONDA
June 30-September 10
Opening Party: Friday, July 7 - 5:00 pm
Coney Island 40 Years by Harvey Stein & Sculpture by Carole Feuerman
JUNE 30 – SEPTEMBER 10
Opening Party: Friday, July 7, 5-9 PM in conjunction with the Krasl Block Party
Coney Island 40 Years tells the tale of world-renowned photographer Harvey Stein’s 40-year romance with “America’s Playground.” Stein’s timeless black-and-white images, taken from the 1970-s through 2010, capture that quintessential weird and wonderful quality central to the mythos of this iconic Brooklyn beachfront. This exhibition is organized by the Traveling Exhibitions department of Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.
Carole Feuerman is one of the foremost hyperrealist sculptors working today. A pioneer in the field, she has produced convincingly lifelike sculptures since the 1970s. Her colorful life-size and monumental figures of bathers hold a captivating serenity and charm.
KRASL ART CETNER MEMBERS' SHOW: HONORING THE PAST
September 15-October 29
Opening Party: Friday, September 15 - 6:00 pm
As the Krasl Art Center prepares to break ground on its newly designed outdoor space in 2018, we reflect on the rich history and individuals that have made the Sculpting Community project, the Krasl Art Center, and greater Southwest Michigan community all that it is. In a similar vein, the fall artlab artist Carrie Rubinstein reflects on her family’s personal history to imaginatively create spaces that came before her lifetime.
In 2017, KAC member artists are invited to celebrate, share and honor their own past in the members’ show. Whether it is a reflection on self, others, materials, places or time, artists are invited to submit 1 never-before-seen artwork for display in the KAC galleries.
I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past. ~ Jimi Hendrix
ARTWORK DROP-OFF Sunday, September 10, 1-4 PM & Monday, September 11, 10 AM – 6 PM
REGISTRATION Available onsite during drop-off
Not a KAC Member? JOIN NOW or when you bring in your artwork