Art in an Age of Transition: Northern European Prints from the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will be on view from January 27 to April 7. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00.
Opening Reception will be on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Guest Speaker: Guest Curator, Stanley E Weed will speak at 6:00 pm
Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.
This exhibition highlights a remarkable selection of Northern European prints from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts ranging from the 15th to 17th centuries. The prints in this exhibition were produced at a time when the medium first emerged as a distinguished art form. Bracketed by two of the most famous graphic artists of their day, Albrecht Dürer (d. 1528) and Rembrandt van Rijn (d. 1669), the twenty-four prints on display illustrate the vast array of styles, techniques, and uses of prints during the Renaissance and early modern eras. Other featured artists include: Jan Muller, Hans Burgmair and Wenceslaus Hollar.
In the 16th and 17th centuries the graphic arts were experiencing a renaissance of their own as highly skilled artisans transformed the humble devotional print of previous generations into collectable masterpieces of art. Printmaking allowed artists significant freedom to supplement their income in between commissions, and to explore a diverse range of themes without the restrictions of patrons. Given that printmaking did not require a large monetary investment, and that large numbers of images could be printed from one plate for mass distribution, almost every artist of the era participated as either a designer or actual printmaker. Exhibited in this show are the works of fourteen different artists representing the regions of Germany, the Netherlands, Flanders, Bohemia, and England.
Art in an Age of Transition does not focus on one specific technique or theme but rather serves as an introduction for exploring this formative era in the history of printmaking. Presented together are all four of the major printing techniques that artists had at their disposal including woodcut, engraving, etching, and drypoint prints, allowing for a side-by-side comparison of each technique’s characteristics and qualities.
The exhibition has been planned, curated and installed by UM-Dearborn’s 2016 Museum Studies Seminar class. The students have also been responsible for the text and design of the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The university is happy to have been able to provide its students with this rare, hands-on educational experience.
Additional gallery lectures:
• Guest lecture on “Rembrandt, the Experimental Etcher: Self-Portraiture, Landscape, and Merriment” by Shelley Perlove, Professor Emerita of the History of Art of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, specializes in Italian and Dutch art of the seventeenth century. Her scholarly interests include art and religious culture in early modern Europe, the Hebrew Bible, material culture, and the visual arts, and visual typology in sixteenth-century art. She is the author of two award-winning books published by Penn State University Press: Bernini and the Idealization of Death, and more recently with Larry Silver, Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age. She has written more than thirty articles, essays and reviews appearing in such journals as Burlington Magazine, Gazette des Beaux Arts, and Artibus et Historiae and has curated five exhibitions devoted to early modern prints. Most recently she served as consultant to the exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” which opened at the Louvre. Her current book project investigates the religious works of Rembrandt’s Dutch followers.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery located on the 3rd Floor of the Mardigian Library. Open and free to the public.
• Special presentation by Lynne Avadenka, Director of Signal Return Letterpress Studio in Detroit, on the revival of traditional printmaking in Detroit. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery located on the 3rd Floor of the Mardigian Library. Open and free to the public.