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Muskegon Museum of Art January & February 2017 Calendar

January 5 and February 16, 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday Evening Open Public Tours
Drop in for docent-guided exhibition tours. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer.

Thursday, January 5, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The Power of Myth
Episode 1: The Hero’s Adventure (repeat screening)
(60 mins.) Long before medieval knights charged off to slay dragons, tales of heroic adventures were an integral part of all world cultures. Campbell challenges everyone to see the presence of a heroic journey in his or her own life. Winter Brown Bag Films feature all six episodes from The Power of Myth, which explores how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. Scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture. The episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. The final episode will be shown February 23. Brown Bag Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Thursday, January 12, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The Power of Myth
Episode 2: The Message of the Myth
(60 mins.) At their deepest level, myths teach us how to live–with ourselves, with others, and with the mystery at the heart of life.
Episode 3: The First Storytellers
(60 mins.) All of our culture’s rituals have their roots in the myths of ancient hunters, who told stories and acted out rites to bring their lives into harmony with nature.
The Power of Myth explores how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. Joseph Campbell the scholar and Bill Moyers the journalist touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture.The episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. Brown Bag Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.


Thursday, January 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
The Cranach Portraits
5:30 Reception/7:00 PM Lecture
In 2013, conservator Barry Bauman treated the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Lucas Cranach portraits of Martin Luther and Katherine Van Bora. Bauman’s work revealed previously unseen inscriptions, the mystery of which was ultimately solved at a small church in Germany. Senior Curator Art Martin will detail not only the newly discovered information about our Cranach portraits, but discuss the historical context in which they were painted and share details about the intertwining lives of the artist and his subjects. Free and open to the public.

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 four thousand years! Underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
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. Learn how to make dumplings at the famous Betelnut in San Francisco and then travel to Chinatown to see how family and friends prepare for the festivities that surround this special holiday.
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.

Monday, January 16, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
MLK Free Community Day
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our doors will be open Monday, January 16, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm with free admission for all.
Activities will include:
• Crafts in the classroom
• Muskegon High School AP Art Student docents in the galleries
• Reading station in The Preacher and His Congregation exhibition gallery
• Up from the Bottoms documentary film showing on the hour throughout the day
Sponsored by Meijer.


January 19 through March 23, 2017
2017 Art Talks Back
A Poetry Contest Based on Art
All adult/college area writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on one of 10 selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets. The competition opens January 19 and ends March 23. There is no fee to enter. Competition guidelines, images of selected works, and required entry forms will be available, starting January 19, at the Museum gift store or may be downloaded from the Museum’s website: www.muskegonartmuseum.org. Questions? Call the MMA Education Department 231.720.2587 or email: cmott@mpsk12.net. An Awards Ceremony and Award Winners Reading will be held April 20, 6:00 pm. First Place Award is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.

Thursday, January 19, 5:30-8:00 pm
Art Talks Writing Salon
Help us kick off the first day of the Art Talks Back poetry competition with this opportunity to see the artwork selection and gather to start writing. Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 26, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The Power of Myth
Episode 4: Sacrifice and Bliss
(60 mins.) Like a seed that dies only to be reborn, the archetypal hero must undergo the death of the ego to achieve new life and the revelation of bliss. The Power of Myth explores how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. Joseph Campbell the scholar and Bill Moyers the journalist touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture.The episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. Brown Bag Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Thursday, January 26, 6:00 pm
Chinese New Year Date Night
$20 per person/$15 member price
Join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Asian-style hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a special gallery walk. Inspired by How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography. Cash bar. Purchase tickets in the MMA Gift Store or call 231.720.2580. How to Return is sponsored by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers.

Thursday, February 2, 6:00 pm
The Fine Art of Calligraphy
Quick Art Crash Course with Jane Ewing
Join master calligrapher and author Jane Ewing for an overview of the history of calligraphy, from early scribes to the contemporary calligraphers who create painterly pieces with gestural lettering. Q & A will follow the half-hour program. Cash bar. Free admission.

Thursday, February 9, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The Power of Myth
Episode 5: Love and the Goddess
(60 mins.) From kâma to agape to courtly romance, Campbell explores the mythology of love and the role of the female as the giver of life and form. The Power of Myth explores how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. Scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture. The episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. The final episode will be shown February 23. Brown Bag Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Thursday, February 9
Opening Event
David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum
5:30 pm Reception
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition featuring original illustrations by children’s book author David Shannon. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation.

February 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
The Mad Hatter is known for his hats and the Queen of Hearts would certainly be lost without a heart or two adoring her dress. Check out the portraits in the MMA’s permanent collection…What attributes or objects make them unique? Underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: Alice in Wonderland
(75 mins.) Join Alice on her adventures as she falls down the rabbit hole and enters the crazy and strange world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the terrifying Queen of Hearts.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours: Discover portraits in the MMA’s collection with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take: Make your own self-portrait. What attribute or object will you add to give your own unique touch? A hat, a special piece of jewelry, a fancy dress, stripes?!


Sunday, February 12, 5:00 pm
Deadline to Submit Postcard Salon Artwork
The Annual Postcard Salon exhibition and sale returns February 23 through March 9 to showcase the creative talents of West Michigan artists of all ages, from beginners to accomplished professionals. Past years have seen over 1,000 cards on view, and visitors can spend hours hunting for favorites. Artists can submit up to five 4 x 6 inch cards in a wide array of media. On March 9, the final night, local art collectors can buy the cards for $30, with proceeds split between the artists and the museum. This is a true community event, so help us celebrate the creativity of West Michigan by making, viewing, and buying these miniature works of art. This year’s event is underwritten by G & L Greek Chili Dogs.
To Enter Artwork:
• Cards may be hand delivered or mailed to the MMA at:
Attn: Postcard Salon
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440
• Cards must arrive at the MMA by February 12 in an envelope with your name, address, and phone number or email. We will not accept cards without this information. Label the back of your cards with your name and the title.
If you have any questions, contact Art Martin at 231.720.2582 or amartin@mpsk12.net.

Thursday, February 23, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
The Power of Myth
Episode 6: Masks of Eternity
(60 mins.) All cultures create “masks”—names and images for God—to serve as metaphors for inexpressible transcendence, the being beyond all being and the idea beyond all thought. The Power of Myth explores how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. Scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, and pop culture. The episodes pull in many of the same topics explored in Expressions of Faith. The final episode will be shown February 23. Brown Bag Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Thursday, February 23
Opening Event
Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art
5:30 pm Reception
Celebrate the opening of this fun new exhibition featuring giant blow-ups, including bunnies, Buddha, Trans Am, elephant, and more! Refreshments and balloon animals by “The Balloon Guy” Jim Perry will be provided. Free and open to the public. Underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation.


Thursday, March 9
Postcard Salon Reception & Sale
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Sale
Purchase original works of art for only $30 each. The MMA splits the sale price 50/50 with the artists. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 pm. The Sale starts at 7:00 pm. MMA members get a 5-minute head start at 6:55 pm. The Frame and Mat Shop of Grand Haven, Holland, and Rockford will be on hand Thursday, March 9 to sell custom postcard frames for only $5. Buy original art and take it home framed. Frame sales will benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS
Through March 5, 2017
The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker
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. The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with Cole’s death in 1981. The exhibition 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 and Blue Lake Public Radio.

Through February 12, 2017
Expressions of Faith: Religious Works from the Permanent Collection and Rare Manuscripts from the Van Kampen Foundation Scriptorium
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. A loan from the Van Kampen Foundation Scriptorium—a collection of ancient, Medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts and books—is also featured in the exhibition. The Foundation has lent both hand-copied and printed Bibles, including those illustrated by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The exhibition will also 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.
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, Blue Lake Public Radio, and Faith Animal Care PLLC.


Through February 12, 2017
How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography
The use of photography as a medium of artistic expression in China is a fairly recent development. With more artistic freedom for Chinese photographers to explore western approaches to the use of the medium, we see the beginnings of more conceptual and experimental work. Photography is also being used as a documentary statement in response to the modernization of China and a market economy. The artists in this exhibition—photographers who have all gained international recognition for their work—bring their own unique approach and sensibility to the stories they tell through their imagery. Underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers. Additional support is provided by WGVU Public Media.

Through February 12, 2017
Recent Acquisitions
Artworks acquired in the past five years, either by purchase or gift, for the MMA permanent collection.

February 1 through March 26, 2017
Statewide Exhibition: Seaside
Two Paintings from the Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Different in style and technique, these artworks by William Adolphe Bouguereau and Edouard Manet depict figures by the shore, a popular subject for artists across cultures and centuries. This traveling exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, and will be supplemented for its Muskegon appearance by seaside paintings from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s own permanent collection.

February 9 – April 16, 2017
David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum: THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF DAVID SHANNON
David Shannon’s work 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 was How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, which was named a New York Times best-illustrated book in 1994. His semi-autobiographical story, No, David!, received a Caldecott Honor in 1999. Shannon has written and/or illustrated over 35 books for children. Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media Sponsor—WGVU Public Media.

February 23 through March 9, 2017
Postcard Salon
This annual non-juried exhibition features hundreds of small-scale original artworks, each measuring four by six inches, created by artists of all ages from throughout the region. All of the artworks will be available for purchase at $30 each at a reception and sale on March 9. The Frame and Mat Shop of Grand Haven, Holland, and Rockford will be on hand Thursday, March 9 to sell custom postcard frames for only $5. Buy original art and take it home framed! All proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art. Postcard Salon is sponsored by G&L Greek Chili Dogs.


February 23 through April 23, 2017
Blow Up: Contemporary Inflatable Art
This exhibition features artists who use air as a sculptural medium. While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism, and war. Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s Sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco), Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Christo and Jean-Claude. Underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation. Media Sponsor—WGVU Public Media.

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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