Art in an Age of Transition: Northern European Prints from the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
When: January 27, 2017, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Where: Alfred Berkowitz Gallery Mardigian Library
OPENING RECEPTION: January 27th, 2017
5 pm - 7 pm
Guest Speaker: Guest Curator Stanley E Weed
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.
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.
Additional gallery lecture:
• 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. Open and free to the public.
Category: Exhibition, Special Event
Submitted: January 9, 2017, 10:58 AM
Approved by: Barbara J Kriigel