FIA to Host Temporary Edvard Munch Exhibition

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch – best known for his painting The Scream – estimated that he had produced around 30,000 graphic works in his lifetime. Starting Sunday, July 5, more than 25 of those pieces will be on display at the Flint Institute of Arts.

On display through September 6, the exhibition includes lithographs, woodblocks, etchings, drawings, drypoint and intaglio, mostly from his early years. (Munch’s graphic activities spanned 50 years from his first prints in 1894 to his death in 1944.)

Munch was associated with the international development of Symbolism in the 1890s and later regarded as a pioneer in the Expressionist movement. Like some of his contemporaries’ works, his art was very much influenced by his mood and personal life.

The Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Click here to learn more.

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3 Things to See and Do at the Flint Art Fair 

Art Fair picIt’s been 48 years since the first annual Flint Art Fair took over the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Since then, the family-friendly event has grown considerably, with officials predicting a turnout of 170 artists and 10,000 visitors at this year’s fair on June 20-21.

“It’s just this iconic event that kicks off summer in Flint,” says Tracey Stewart, the event’s coordinator. “When you see the Flint Art Fair coming, you know it’s summertime.”

A few things to be on the lookout for this weekend include:

1. The works of featured artist Anni Crouter. A Chicago-native who grew up on a farm in rural Michigan, Crouter has made a name for her lifelike paintings of both domestic and wild animals. In 2013, she took second place for her Polar Expressed paintings at ArtPrize, and is competing in this year’s competition as well.

2. The sounds of the Young Musicians Community, a nonprofit organization teaching youth about music in Lapeer County. The 2nd Degree Burns and 3rd Degree Burns will play alternating sets throughout the day on Saturday. “They put together these rock ‘n’ roll bands that tour around the state, so the kids can get some real world experience in venues like this,” Stewart says. “I think the art community will be really receptive to it.”

3. Interactive play at the art activity booth. Kids and adults alike can take part in a variety of crafts, including face painting, sand art and making peonies out of coffee filters.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens (65+), children (12 and under) and FOMA members.

Also, all exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts will be free and open to the public during the two-day event.

For more information, visit www.flintartfair.org/event-details.

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Michigan Activity Pass Provides Free Access to Hundreds of Parks, Cultural Attractions

Poster%2024x36[1]Michigan residents, take note: Your library card now provides you with access to explore hundreds of state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas – for free.

As part of the Michigan Activity Pass program, library cardholders can print out one-use admission passes simply by visiting their local library or the program’s website. (The passes are good for seven days after being printed.)

In Genesee County, participating locations include:

  • Applewood Estate
  • Buick Automotive Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Sloan Museum
  • Whaley Historic House Museum

When planning a visit to a venue through the MAP program, program officials recommend calling ahead to verify hours of operation.

For a full list of participating sites, click here. The program will run through May 23, 2016.

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7 Area Museums to Visit Before, During and After International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan  Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

International Museum Day falls on Monday, May 18 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Genesee County. Why not visit one of the following?*

  1. A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum: Houses military artifacts, collection of early Fenton area newspapers dating back to the 1840s and more. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (310 S. Leroy St., Fenton)
  2. Davison Historical Society & Museum: Showcases early Davison businesses and prominent citizens. Open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (263 E. Fourth St., Davison)
  3. Flint Children’s Museum: Inspires lifelong learning in children ages 2-10 through hands-on play. (1602 University Ave. Flint)
  4. Flint Institute of Arts: The second largest art museum in Michigan. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission to its galleries and special exhibitions Monday. (1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  5. Flushing Area Museum: Located within the former Flushing Depot. History displays rotate periodically. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (431 W. Main St., Flushing)
  6. Sloan Museum: Features regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science demonstrations. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission Monday. (1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  7. Whaley Historic House Museum: A Gilded Age museum that seeks to promote the history of Flint and inspire all forms of historical inquiry. Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes. (624 E. Kearsley St., Flint)

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*Please note that not all museums will be open May 18. Call ahead to confirm hours while planning your visit.

‘Beauty, Passion, and Bliss’ on Display at FIA through Mid-August

René Lelong's "Sarah Bernhardt Conversing with William Gladstone at Her London Exhibition of 1879, n.d."

René Lelong’s “Sarah Bernhardt Conversing with William Gladstone at Her London Exhibition of 1879, n.d.”

A new exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts will examine the making of art in the 19th century – a time when attending the French Academy put hopeful artists on track to fame, awards, and public and private commissions.

Open to the public starting Sunday, Beauty, Passion, and Bliss will consider the influence of the Academy, which focused on teaching well-established traditions (i.e., draftsmanship, the importance of historical subject matter), concepts that were later challenged in the late-19th century by artists such as the Impressionists.

Pulling from the collection of the New York City-based Dahesh Museum of Art, the exhibition will feature 50 artworks covering subjects ranging from classical mythology and biblical subjects to landscape and animals. Featured artists include Jean-Léon Gérôme, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Jacques Pradier.

Beauty, Passion, and Bliss will be on display from May 17 to August 16 at the FIA, at 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Click here to learn more.

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‘Around the World in 80 Wines’ Set for Saturday

Photo  by Roger Kirby.

Photo by Roger Kirby.

Take a trip around the world with a first-class selection of wines at the 16th Annual “Around the World in 80 Wines” fundraiser. The wine-tasting event, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, will also offer an assortment of cheeses, breads and charcuterie, as well as samplings from area restaurants and bakeries

As always, the museum galleries will be open for viewing (food and drink are not permitted). The Mott Community College Jazz Combo will provide live entertainment.

Each guest will receive a complimentary tasting glass and can purchase any of the wines tasted well below suggested retail price.

As part of this year’s Wine Pull contest, guests can pay $20 to receive a mystery bottle of wine. The selection will range in price with some high-end options.

Tickets are $60 for members of the FIA and/or Junior League of Flint, and $75 for non-members. For more information about the event, to be held at the Flint Institute of Arts, at 1120 E. Kearsley St., click here or call 810-234-1695.

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Local Theater Screens Independent, International Films on Weekends

theater

Love movies, but looking for something a little less mainstream? Check out the Flint Institute of Arts Theater. Each weekend, the 330-seat venue – in cooperation with the Friends of Modern Art – presents independent, international and classic films that otherwise would not be screened in the Flint area.

This weekend, the film of choice is Force Majeure, a Golden Globe finalist for best foreign film. The two-hour, R-rated movie follows a Swedish family besieged by an avalanche in the French Alps. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The following weekend, April 24-26, the FIA Theater will present The Search for General Tso, which looks at the origins of Chinese-American food.

General admission is $6 with discounted prices available for FOMA and FIA members. On Fridays, couples can opt for the theater’s “Date Night” package, which includes two film tickets, two drinks and a cheese plate. It is available from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the theater, visit www.flintarts.org/films or call 810-234-1695.

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