2018-01-11 / Living

What’s happening at the FIA in January and February

Current Exhibitions

A scene from the movie “Step” showing at the Flint Institute of Arts in February. 
Photos provided A scene from the movie “Step” showing at the Flint Institute of Arts in February. Photos provided Through – March 18

The Art of Containment

Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

Collecting art often involves a number of motivations, but for Sidney Swidler the main catalyst was the excitement he got from the objects themselves. In 1984, Swidler began collecting contemporary ceramics and, since that time, he has collected more than 1,000 objects.

Future exhibitions

Jan. 13-April 15

Everyday Life in 19th-century Japanese Prints

This exhibition curated by Sarah Lippert will explore Japanese prints from the FIA's permanent collection. Dr. Sarah Lippert associate professor of art history at the University of Michigan-Flint will be guest curating the exhibition.

Jan. 21-March 31 Ubuhle Women Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

A work belonging to Kawita Vatanajyankur, showing at the FIA. A work belonging to Kawita Vatanajyankur, showing at the FIA. Feb. 1-28

Squeezers explores the limitations of our bodies, the continuing challenges of mundane labor, and the ongoing tasks for feminism in a globalized and digitally networked world.

April 21-Aug. 12

From Lens to Eye to Hand

From Lens to Eye to Hand reexamines this important movement in contemporary art that found its roots in the late 1960s in California and New York and continues today.


Jan. 15

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Flint Public Library|Flint Institute of Arts

Festivities begin with a keynote address from Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, a reenactment of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a musical performance. The celebration continues with a step performance by The Gamma Delta Kudos and The Kappa Leadership League followed by a reception with refreshments.

Jan. 20

11th Annual Community Gala

The Flint Institute of Arts celebrates the opening of Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. The gala will feature a conversation with Curator Bev Gibson and Ubuhle artists Ntombephi “Induna” and Zandile Ntobela.

FOMA Film Series

Jan. 12-14

Loving Vincent

(U.K./Poland, 2017) Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, 94 min., rated PG-13

Beautifully depicted in oil-painted animation, this has been called “an unusual kind of biopic” by The New York Times. It tells of the final days of Vincent van Gogh as investigated by a man who comes to the last town where Vincent lived in an attempt to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter.

Free Programs

Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m.

Free Video Series | Art á la Carte

Art à la Carte is a series of informative videos focusing on the arts. It is offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or pick up something from The Palette Café. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.

Book Discussion

The Muralist

By B.A. Shapiro

Part I – Jan. 24 • 1:30 p.m.

Part II – Feb. 7 • 1:30 p.m.

Free to the public.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love, and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II.

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Free Family Activities

Jan. 15 • 4-6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day:

The Colors of Greatness

Everyone has a favorite color—a color that makes us feel strong or happy or safe. It can remind us of important, life-changing events and, when combined, can tell a story. Martin Luther King’s story is one of greatness. As an advocate for peace, justice, truth, equality, and change, he inspired all of us to be more like him. To celebrate, weave a small personal reminder using colors as symbols of how MLK influenced your life.

Community Partnerships

Feb. 8


(U.S., 2017) Directed by Amanda Lipitz, 84 min., rated PG

Follow the senior year of a high school girls step dance team against the backdrop of inner city Baltimore. The Chicago Sun-Times calls this film “deeply moving and inspirational… but also… very entertaining.”

In partnership with Communities First, Inc. Culture Shock Program.

Details: Call 810-234-1695. — G.G.

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