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KIA offers two new exhibits
Sheila Pree Bright, Untitled #14, from the plastic body series 2003, archival inkjet print.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts staff and a guest curator have dug into the KIA’s vast permanent collection to create two new exhibitions.

Framing Moments, which closes May 15, explores what it means to make and collect photography. Guest curator Deborah Willis, an artist and photography scholar, chose 125 photographs that highlight how photographers create images that preserve moments, people and places. The photos are from the mid-19th century to the 21st century.

The second exhibition, Unveiling American Genius, is described by the KIA as a “reimagining of the KIA Permanent Collection to illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arises from all corners of American society.” The exhibition explores key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about American culture, art and history through abstract and contemporary works, including landscape, still-life and portraiture. This long-term exhibit opened in December and will run indefinitely.

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