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West Michigan Symphony: Celebrating 75 Years

September 18 through November 2, 2014






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Christy DeHoog Johnson
Petit Fours
Mixed media on wood panel

Sheila Grant
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas

Katherine Bourdon
Synesthesia: Urban Jazz
Acrylic on canvas
Alcoa Foundation and Ernest & Marjorie Cooper Gallery


The MMA will host a special exhibition to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the West Michigan Symphony this fall. The exhibition will feature artwork commissioned by the Symphony for its new office, performance, and outdoor space in the downtown Muskegon Russell Block building. The MMA is also inviting artists and Symphony fans and supporters to create their own anniversary celebration cards which will be on display as well.

Commissioned Artists featured in the exhibition
Richard Dorean Brinn
Lee S. Brown
Christy DeHoog Johnson
Sheila Grant
Michelle Newman
Adam Dahlstrom
Timothy Norris
Sheryl Budnik
Katherine Bourdon
Jon Workman
Amy Wilkinson

All artworks will be installed in the WMS offices following the close of the exhibition.


Thursday, September 18, 5:30 pm
Opening Reception

Seventy-five years and growing and going strong through the years…
Celebrate at the opening reception for the exhibition. The event takes place at the MMA and will feature music performed by Sylvia Norris, WMS principal harp. Reception admission is free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.

 

The commissioned works of art have been generously underwritten by Dr. Fred and Deb Brown.

The exhibition is underwritten by Nichols. Additional support is provided by Blue Lake Public Radio.

 





 
 
 

Remember and Rebuild: Picturing the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Photographs by Amy Dreher

September 11 through November 9, 2014

 









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All photographs by Amy Dreher, Photographer for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York. All rights reserved.


Construction Worker

Tribute to 9/11 Victim Welles Remy Crowther at the South Pool Parapet
Protecting himself in his trademark red bandana, 24-year-old Crowther guided people to safety from the 78th floor of the South Tower before perishing in the Tower’s collapse.

 


FDNY Ladder 3 at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, NY

World Trade Center steel remnants and artifacts like this vehicle were stored until they were moved into the Museum. Ladder 3 company lost all who responded on September 11, 2001.


Installation of WTC tridents at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
A surviving signature structural element of the World Trade Center - shrouded in cloth being lowered into place at the 9/11 memorial site. This was one of two Tridents returned to the site. They now stand sentry in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The Memorial Site
From an elevated construction perch high atop One World Trade Center, photographer Amy Dreher captured this stunning view of the 9/11 Memorial site, its lighted squares outlining the original footprints of the Twin Towers. Photo used with permission the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Photograph by Amy Dreher, Photographer for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York. All rights reserved.

North Pool at Twilight
Photograph by Amy Dreher, Photographer for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York. All rights reserved.

Survivor Tree
In bloom at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx

 

 

L. C. & Margaret Walker Gallery I

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 individuals from all walks of life, among them victims with ties to Michigan, perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2006, construction of a memorial and museum commenced on the former 16-acre site of the original World Trade Center.

 

The Muskegon Museum of Art has the unique privilege of being the first American art museum to tell the story of the creation of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Remember and Rebuild honors all those who died; pays tribute to the construction of an important national site of remembrance; strengthens our sense of national identity; and expresses the unity, respect, and inspiration that people from all over the world bring to their experience of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Remember and Rebuild is also the first exhibition to feature the work of 9/11 staff photographer Amy Dreher, and the first to introduce to a national arena a selection of artifacts from the vast collections of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.


This exhibition has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in cooperation with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York. Remember and Rebuild is underwritten by presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, and co-sponsors PNC, Rehmann, and Rolar Products, Inc.; with additional support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Richard and Nancy Morgenstern, Port City Group, Ramos and Sons Auto Body and Towing, the Rotary Club of Spring Lake, Port City Group, Roger and Marilyn Andersen and the MMA NYC Tour Group, MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.

RELATED PROGRAMS

September 11, 2014
REMEMBER AND REBUILD OPENING EVENT

5:30 pm Opening Ceremony & Public Reception
7:15 pm Lecture by Amy Dreher
An outdoor ceremony, open to the public, paying tribute to those who perished on September 11, 2001 will precede the opening of the exhibition. Muskegon County police and firefighters, Muskegon firefighters who traveled to Ground Zero, elected officials, and local union and trade representatives will be honored guests at the ceremony. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, the Museum will open its doors for the public reception for Remember and Rebuild, followed by a lecture by National September 11 Memorial & Museum staff photographer Amy Dreher. Limited lecture seating available, First come-first seated. Auditorium doors open at 6:45 pm.

I Remember
Community Sharing and Video Taping

Thursday, September 18    1:00-3:00pm
Thursday, October 2    1:00-3:00pm & 5:00-7:00pm
Thursday, October 16    1:00-3:00pm
Thursday, October 30    1:00-3:00pm & 5:00-7:00pm

The tragic attacks of 9/11 created lasting effects and many personal stories about that day. Knowing that visitors may wish to share their stories, we have partnered with Baker College of Muskegon’s second-year Digital Video Production students to help us capture our visitors’ stories, ultimately creating Muskegon’s own video memorial project and tribute, including installation shots of Remember and Rebuild. A copy of this project will be gifted to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.


Thursday, October 16
The Stories They Tell

6:30 pm Light Refreshments. Cash wine bar.
7:00 pm Lecture by Jan Seidler Ramirez
National September 11 Memorial Museum Chief Curator and Director of Collections Jan Ramirez will discuss the fascinating challenge of determining what tangible records to preserve from the tragedy of September 11 and its aftermath. From the monumental to the intimate, whether pulled from the 9/11 wreckage or created in the following days and months as spontaneous memorials, each artifact (including those shared on display at the MMA in Remember and Rebuild) has a story to tell.

Thursday, October 23
Supporting Their Own
Stories from Muskegon Firefighters Who Visited Ground Zero

6:30pm Light refreshments, Cash wine bar.
7:00pm panel discussion
A group of nine Muskegon firefighters traveled to the 9/11 site following the attacks. What they witnessed was nothing short of life-altering. These firefighters will join us to share images and talk about their experiences at the 9/11 site, as well as the how they honored their fallen brothers at numerous memorials and funerals. Learn more about their first-hand experiences during a Q & A session following the discussion.

Brown Bag Films & Super Saturdays
This fall, these regular MMA programs offer special opportunities—through film and positive family activities—to explore 9/11 history, experience, and recovery in depth. These programs are free and underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

 

Brown Bag Films
Film admission is free with paid museum admission.
Brown Bag Films are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
Thursday, September 11, 12:15 pm and
Sunday, September 14, 2:00 pm
102 Minutes that Changed America

This film features eyewitness accounts of the September 11, 2001 tragedy as it unfolded at the World Trade Center. There were 102 minutes between Flight 11 and Flight 175’s impacts in the North and South Towers and the eventual collapse of both buildings. This film documents the responses of eyewitnesses watching these horrific events in real time through images and recordings.
Thursday, September 25, 12:15 pm and
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 pm
Rebirth

Rebirth documents the stories of five survivors whose lives were forever altered by the events of 9/11. A series of interviews over a 10-year period record their lives, showcasing how they worked through the trauma and grief of losing loved ones and colleagues as they slowly altered their experiences into newfound hope and healing. Produced by Project Rebirth (www.projectrebirth.org)
Thursday, October 9, 12:15 pm and
Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 pm
New York: The Center of the World, 1946–2003

The film chronicles the history of the World Trade Center, from its rise to its fall, from the beginning that was shrouded in controversy and politics to the architectural work, building processes, and daunting engineering challenges of its construction, and ultimately, to its last day on 9/11.
Thursday, October 23, 12:15 pm and
Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 pm
9/11

(129 mins.) Jules and Gedeon Naudet thought they would be working on a documentary about an average day of a rookie New York City firefighter. What they didn’t know, and could have never anticipated, was what they began filming on the morning of September 11, 2001. Their film ultimately became a documentary of 9/11 and captured many powerful moments of extraordinary acts of courage and compassion as their cameras rolled at what would become known as Ground Zero.

Super Saturdays
Family Saturdays

Super Saturday admission and activities are free and underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

 

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
9/11 Super Saturday

See how the World Trade Center site was rebuilt, why we create memorials, and how first responders help our community; create a peace brick to honor and remember 9/11; visit with City of Muskegon firefighters who will be on site with their trucks, and watch the film The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film
The Man that Walked Between the Towers  
(30 mins.) This Andrew Carnegie Medal winning film by Mordicai Gerstein was inspired by the true story of Philippe Petit and his daring 1974 high wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Film is narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours
Tour Remember and Rebuild with an MMA docent and special guest Amy Dreher, Staff Photographer for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
11:00 am – noon Firefighters & Fire Truck Visit
Make sure you stop in the MMA back parking lot to check out a REAL fire truck and visit with the City of Muskegon Firefighters!
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Honor and remember 9/11 by designing your own peace brick. Activity takes place in MMA classroom.

Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
American Super Saturday

A special day for families to join in celebrating America as we focus on companion exhibitions Remember and Rebuild and Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States, which is the story of the United States told in 51 photographs, representing each state and the District of Columbia.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm  Film     
Scrambled States of America
(28 mins.) The states are bored and long for a change, so they decide to swap spots in hopes that each can get to see a different part of the country. This film is based on the book Scrambled States of America, which was written and illustrated by one of our hometown favorites, Laurie Keller.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours
Explore The World in a Few States with an MMA docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Yay for the mitten state! Create art based on our favorite state—Michigan of course!

 

   

 

 
 
 

Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts

August 14 through October 26, 2014

 

CONSTRUCTIONS #84: NO!
2007 ©NANCY CROW
75"  WIDE  X  70”  TALL
Machine-pieced by NANCY CROW
Photo by J. Kevin Fitzsimons

STRUCTURES  #5
2006-2009 ©NANCY CROW
84 1/4"  WIDE  X  67  1/2”  TALL
Screen-printed fabrics by NANCY CROW
Machine-pieced by NANCY CROW
PHOTO: J. Kevin Fitzsimons

The Muskegon Museum of Art will open an exhibition of 10 art quilts by Nancy Crow on August 14. Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts, organized by the MMA, will be on display through October 26, 2014.

Nancy Crow is a household name among quilters and fiber artists and is celebrated for her innovations in fine art quilting. Pieces from Crow’s recent monotype series will be shown alongside the vibrant colors and patterns of her earlier works in the MMA’s Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery.

Crow has been making quilts for over 30 years and maintains a large studio and teaching facility on her 100-acre farm east of Columbus, Ohio. She was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1999 and in 1996 received two major awards: the Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and The National Living Treasure Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to participating in group shows around the world, she has had major solo exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery; the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; the Cultural Arts Museum, Konstanz, Germany; the Auckland Art Museum and the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre in New Zealand; The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Miller Gouger Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA; the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY. A major figure and pioneer in fine art quilting, she has taught quilts as an art form in Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. She is featured in two recent books: Nancy Crow (Breckling Press 2006), and a Synderman Gallery exhibition catalogue titled Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures (Breckling Press 2007). She is also the author of Nancy Crow: Improvisational Quilts (C & T Publishing, 1995), Nancy Crow: Work in Transition (American Quilters’ Society), Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences (American Quilters’ Society, 1992) and Gradations: From the Studio of Nancy Crow (Quilt House Publishing, 1955).

Support for this exhibition has been provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Broadcasting.

 
RELATED PROGRAMS


Opening Event Thursday, August 14
5:30 pm Reception and 7:00 pm Lecture by Nancy Crow

Nancy Crow: Transformational Quilts will open with a reception and an opportunity to meet renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow, who will present a talk following the reception. The event is free and open to the public. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.


Monday through Friday, August 11-15
9:00 am – noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Nancy Crow Workshop
Sets and Variables I & II: Using a Simple & a Compound Motif

Renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow will teach this class for intermediate to advanced level students. Students must possess free-hand cutting skills and very good machine-sewing skills. Please visit our website for complete description and materials and equipment list.
Class Fee: $650 ($350 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (downtown Muskegon, MI)
To register, call Roxanna at 231.720.2571

Thursdays, August 14-28, 1:00-3:00 pm
Nancy Crow Open Public Tours

Drop-in for free guided tours of Transforming the Quilt.

 
 
 

Color and Whimsy: The Art of Jacques Potin

June 5 through September 4, 2014

 


Jacques Potin
Le Phare de Deauville (detail)
Not dated
Oil on canvas
Gift of Anonymous Donors
1992.71

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

French painter Jacques Potin creates intensely hued paintings with a bright, cheerful quality of light and space. Figures stroll in sunny landscapes or sit quietly in busy interiors. In other works, stylized birds nest or wheel about the sky in abstract patterns.


Jacques Potin was born in France in 1920 and spent much of his career there before later settling in the U.S. He is best known for his work in creating designs for tapestries produced by the Gisèle Brivet workshop in Aubusson, France. Many of the drawings and paintings on paper in this exhibition share the style and motifs of those tapestry designs. Potin was also a painter and sculptor, and had a solo exhibition at the Galerie Iris Clert in Paris in 1971.


Potin was a colleague of fellow French artist Françoise Gilot, exhibiting with her on at least one occasion, at the Parrish Art Museum in South Hampton, New York in 1970. The Potin works held by the Muskegon Museum of Art come from a single anonymous donor, part of a collection of works by Françoise Gilot, Luc Simon (Gilot’s husband from 1955 to 1962), and Jacques Dutil.


While the artist’s career is little known, Jacques Potin’s paintings possess a wonderful sense of color, atmosphere, and playfulness. Semi-abstract, the paintings depict figures along shorelines, canals, and within brightly lit interiors. The people within the works appear relaxed, enjoying a holiday or quiet moments of ease.

Thursdays, June 5-26, 1:00-3:00 pm
Potin Open Public Tours
Drop in for free tours of Color and Whimsy, led by MMA docents.

 
 
 
 
 
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