92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2021

September 23 through November 10, 2021
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Out of caution and respect for our artists, the annual juried Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition has been postponed until 2021. The Michigan Contemporary Exhibition will run September 23 through November 10, 2021. Call for Entries will go live in April 2021. Entry information will be posted later, as soon as it becomes available.

We remain committed to this important event, our celebration of the talents of Michigan’s artists. The past several years of the show have been particularly striking and we look forward to sharing it with our audiences when it returns in 2021. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

GLASS Treasures from the Permanent Collection

July 7 through November 29, 2020

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present GLASS Treasures from the Permanent Collection, a spectacular and immersive glass experience, July 7 – November 29, 2020. The exhibition will transform the L.C. and Margaret Walker Galleries into a dynamic and vibrant display of translucent color (and sound!) with works from our incredible collection of vintage and modern glass and offer the very rare opportunity to experience the impressive entirety of the MMA’s fine art glass.

The Exhibition

Works by the artists that defined the studio glass movement, including Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, and Marvin Lipofsky will join works by today’s new masters. The exhibition will also highlight collections of vintage Tiffany and Steuben lamps and glasswork alongside pieces from the pioneering days of contemporary studio glass, to give guests an exciting glimpse into the technologies and interests that have shaped the glass movement.

Tiffany (American, 1848-1933) and Tiffany Studios
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Secundino R. Veiga. 1986.7, 1981.46, 1981.53, 1981.54

Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941)
Cobalt Blue Persian Set with Cadmium Red Lip Wraps (detail)
Blown and shaped glass, 1992. Gift of the SPX Corporation. 2002.3a-n
Photo by Frederic Reinecke

Four decades of studio glass collecting and working with established artists allows us to share the changing nature of this special medium—one that captures the imagination unlike any other. Because of the size of our permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography (along with our aggressive schedule of presenting 16-20 rotating exhibitions annually), we simply do not have space to display more than a few spectacular examples of glass at a time.

John Miller (American, born 1966)
CB w/ LTBP
Blown and assembled glass, 2020
Museum purchase, through the gift of the Margaret “Peggie” Stone Estate
2020.4

Tuttle Family Legacy

This exhibition also celebrates the legacy of C. Corcoran “Corky” Tuttle and her husband Robert Tuttle, who introduced the museum to studio glass and helped guide our collecting. Without their knowledge and generosity (and continued dedication of their children), this collection of treasures would not have been possible.

Daniel Clayman (American, born 1957)
Clear Volume
Cast glass, assembled, 2010
Gift of the Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Family in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art
2011.22

Stephen Rolfe Powell (American, 1951-2019)
Lurid Gasp Johnson
Blown glass, 1999
Gift of Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle
2005.1
Photo by Marc Hoeksema

GLASS: Treasures from the Permanent Collection is the cornerstone of the Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past exhibition project that devotes all the MMA galleries to presenting as much of our incredible permanent collection as possible.

GLASS Treasures is underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Hines Corp., Nichols, Lorin, Northern Trust, Rehmann, Anonymous, and GLASS SHAPERS: Shirley Gossett, Don & Nancy Crandall, Tim & Anne Erickson, Floyd & Caron Farmer, Patricia Flynn, Steven & Caroline Mayberry, Garry & Charlotte Olson, Vance & Deborah Smith.

     

 

SHAPING THE FUTURE, CELEBRATING THE PAST

June 23 through November 29, 2020

The Muskegon Museum of Art holds an internationally recognized permanent collection of art, boasting important works by artists such as Edward Hopper, John Steuart Curry, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Catlett, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre Bonnard. Begun in 1910, today the collection features paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, glass, and decorative arts covering a wide range of genres and time periods. A collecting institution, the MMA continues to acquire, through gift and purchase, both historic and contemporary art as a vital component of its mission. Through the summer and fall of 2020, all of our galleries will highlight and explore the various facets of our collection, celebrating our most recognized masterworks and bringing out more rarely seen objects that define over 100 years of collecting.

As the MMA looks to the next hundred years, join us in celebrating and exploring this renowned Muskegon treasure.

Virtual Preview Tour

Glass: Treasures from the Permanent Collection

L. C. and Margaret Walker A Gallery through November 29, 2020
This major exhibition showcases works by many of the artists that defined the studio glass movement along with works made by today’s new masters.

Underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Hines Corp., Nichols, Lorin, Northern Trust, Rehmann, Anonymous, and GLASS SHAPERS: Shirley Gossett, Don & Nancy Crandall, Tim & Anne Erickson, Floyd & Caron Farmer, Patricia Flynn, Steven & Caroline Mayberry, Garry & Charlotte Olson, Vance & Deborah Smith.

   

Tiffany Group
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Secundino R. Veiga

Stephen Rolfe Powell (American, 1951-2019)
Lurid Gasp Johnson
Blown glass, 1999
Gift of Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle
2005.1
Photo by Marc Hoeksema

 

 

The Arts of Japan

L. C. and Margaret Walker B Gallery through November 29, 2020
Japanese ceramics and print collection
Underwritten by The Hilt Foundation and Michael & Patricia Wade

Sumida Ware (Japanese, circa 1890-1941)
Thousand and One Monkey Vase (detail)
Glazed ceramic, not dated
Gift of George and Martha Hilt. 1997.189

 

Pictures of the Best Kind

Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery through November 29, 2020
The MMA’s most recognized and celebrated works of art by contemporary and historic artists.
Underwritten by PNC Bank

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967)
New York Restaurant
Oil on canvas, 1922
Hackley Picture Fund Purchase, 1936.12

 

 

From Dürer to Rembrandt: Five Centuries of Art and Faith

Theodore and Joan Operhall Gallery through November 29, 2020
Works on paper from the earliest days of printmaking in 15th-century Germany and 17th-century Holland along with paintings by Dutch, German, and Swedish artists demonstrate the significant influence of faith on the advancement of art.

Joos van Cleve (Flemish, circa 1485-circa 1540)
St. Jerome in Penitence
Oil on wood panel
circa 1516-18
Hackley Picture Fund Purchase. 1940.47

Graphic: 19th- and 20th-Century Prints and Watercolors

Theodore and Joan Operhall Gallery through November 29, 2020
Examples from the golden age of printmaking in late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe to the etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and screenprints of today

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
The Mandolin Player
Etching on paper, circa 1889
Purchase, L.C. and Margaret Walker Fund. 1949.13

The Artist’s Lens: 20th- and 21st-Century Photography

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery through September 27, 2020
Photography by nationally and internationally recognized photographers, including a selection of prints from Edward Curtis’s photographic masterpiece The North American Indian, as well as our own Michigan artists.

Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
Placating the Spirit of a Slain Eagle – Assiniboin
Photogravure on Holland paper, copyright 1926
Purchased by subscription, transferred from the Hackley Public Library and Muskegon Public Schools. 2014.6.634

 

A Living Legacy: Modern and Contemporary Art

Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery through September 27, 2020
Modern pieces that bridge the distance between our early paintings and today’s art and works by contemporary artists

Maria Tomasula (American, born 1958)
Please Don’t Go
Oil on panel, 2010
Purchased in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art, through the Shaw and Betty Walker Foundation Fund. 2012.8

RUSSELL PRATHER: LAYERS AND LIGHT

October 8 through January 17, 2021

Russell Prather: Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Prather, a Michigan artist and Professor at Northern Michigan University, creates his multi-layered artworks from mylar, paint, and various hardware, establishing hybrid sculptures that shift in form with the viewer’s perspective. Multiple flat layers of opaque and translucent surfaces combine to create illusions of three dimensional forms. Combined in many instances with light, Prather’s work is intended to confound our habitual way of understanding what we see, and in that dilemma, opens ourselves to new ways of perceiving and understanding.

Russell Prather
“Crust Mantle Core”, 24″x 19″x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2020
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Crust Mantle Core”, 24″x 19″x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2020
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Crust Mantle Core”, 24″x 19″x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2020
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Crust Mantle Core”, 24″x 19″x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2020
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Pod”, 12″ x 9″ x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2019
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Pod”, 12″ x 9″ x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2019
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Pod”, 12″ x 9″ x 15.5″, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, 2019
Photo courtesy of the artist

Russell Prather
“Void in Blue”, 17” x 14” x 12”, tinted acrylic medium on layers of polyester film, Led light panel, 2019
Photo courtesy of the artist

 

POSTCARD SALON

October 15 through October 31, 2020

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

The annual Postcard Salon returns for the fall of 2020, a showcase of the amazing creativity of our artist community. 4 x 6 inch artworks from artists of all ages and skill levels adorn the gallery walls, inviting guests to peruse over 1,000 pieces of original art in a wide array of media.

We are installing cards that were submitted earlier in the year before the Salon was rescheduled. Due to the volume of entries we are not able to return cards until the close of the show in November and will not be accepting any additional cards for this rescheduled showing.

Sale

Purchase original artworks for $30 each!
Friday, October 30, 1:00 – 4:00 pm; and
Saturday, October 31, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Exclusive MMA Member Hours

Membership has its perks!
MMA members-only entry and sales will be offered
Friday, October 30, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Gallery occupancy limits will apply.

Due to healthy and safety measures gallery occupancy is limited to six guests. Visitors wanting to spend more time enjoying the cards are encouraged to visit in advance of the sale dates of October 30 and 31.  

The 2021 Postcard Salon scheduled for early winter has been cancelled, as it runs too close to the 2020 showing. Look for the Salon to return in late January/early February of 2022.

Underwritten by G&L Chili Dogs. Check out the G&L website for take-out information!