GRAND RAPIDS – Here’s one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep: see more art. Kendall College of Art and Design is inviting the public to the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building’s Fed Galleries, where three new quirky and colorful exhibitions await to inspire, enthrall and provoke.
Beginning Jan. 14 and running through Feb. 15, these new exhibitions will engage visitors’ senses with films, illustrations and drawings to provide soul-warming stimulation during the long and icy tenure of winter in Michigan. The Fed Galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Crossing the Rubicon
Crossing the Rubicon presents viewers with five films that follow a central character as he/she passes a point of no return in their lives through a moment that shapes them through sorrow or through joy. This exhibition is built on the idea that a good story is still worth slowing down for, even amidst the frenetic pace of our hyper-connected modern world. Stories are more than entertainment – they are links to our history and our collective consciousness that frame our relationships with one another and give us a window into cultures, perspectives, and ideas that are different from our own.
Come see the most outstanding illustration work of 2013 in Illustrators 55, a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. The 40 works on display were selected in a juried competition and are broken up into seven categories (Sequential/Series, Uncommissioned, Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, and Moving Image). Whether a person is looking to inspire his/her own illustrations or if a person is just interested in exploring the medium, this is an opportunity to see what America’s most innovative, exciting and stylish illustrations look like.
Lather Rinse Repeat: Work by Sara DiDonato
Within the imagined world of her drawings, artist Sara DiDonato explores ideas surrounding the ever-changing nature of feminine identity. Cultural norms constrain the subjects of her compositions – girls from various historical eras depicted in fantastical acts of balance, contortion, and female-identified rituals. In addition to DiDonato’s thought-provoking work, Lather Rinse Repeat will also feature a special free gallery talk with the artist on January 22 from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.