2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival — A festival celebrating diversity of the piano repertoire and featuring world-class musicians, April 8–May 15, various area locations, 342-1166; see thegilmore.org for full schedule.
Huge Outdoor White Elephant Sale, Sat., May 14, 9am to 2pm, Kalamazoo (rain date May 21, same hours), People's Church, 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, just north of W. Main St., near 131 exit. 50 percent of proceeds to benefit Afghan refugee families recently settled in the local area. Vast selection of used, high-quality household decor, kitchen items, small furnishings, toys, books and more.
Boats at the Barns — Antique and classic boats and engines, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 14; tickets available online. Open to all types, styles and sizes with a focus on antique & classic boats and engines - wooden, metal and fiberglass. Show off your pride and joy, project restoration or barn find. If your boat is over 25 years old, we want to see it.
Vintage Travel Trailer Rally — Display and camp overnight in your vintage (25 years old or older) travel trailer or RV on the main show fields or camp overnight in a modern trailer or RV in a separate area on the museum grounds; trailers available for spectator viewing 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 14; registration required for participants and tickets for spectators.
Traces the history of the academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences, Feb. 5–Sept. 18.
Broken into 12 “rounds” in tribute to the structure of a boxing match, the exhibit will trace the history of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences there. Details about the gym and the communal living space at the house will be uncovered, along with stories about the fighting techniques and philosophies of the trainers that made the gym in Kalamazoo unique and successful.
This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about our culture, art, and history.
Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.
The Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery is awash in vivid colors, fun shapes, and interesting patterns – some of the fundamental building blocks of art. Let’s explore how artists have used these elements in different and unique ways. Do any of these shapes surprise you? Can simple colors make a realistic picture? Can a pattern evoke a feeling? Consider these elements and then see if you can identify them in our other galleries or even outside of the KIA!