New Exhibitions

American Portraits from the Permanent Collection

The Midwest Museum of American Art presents another in a series of its spotlight exhibits, “American Portraits from the Permanent Collection”, opening on Friday, October 27 and continuing through April 2018. As an adjunct to the museum’s Story of American Art survey of 200 years, this exhibit complements the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional by including several well-known Michiana artists whose works are found in concert with major artists of the past. The timeframe covered by the 21 works in “American Portraits” features images from the 19th Century through the 21st Century calling into question ideas of gender, race, age, politics, and social conditions.

Since the human image has been a constant presence in art since the beginning of time, these portraits show the faces that not only record the presence of the sitter but reflect the artists’ personal visions carrying the ideas and opinions about the human condition for viewers to ponder. Portraiture in American Art was a dominant form until the art of the landscape became popular by mid-to-late 19th century.

Included in the MMAA collection highlights are works by Tuck Langland, Granger, IN, David Labrum, South Bend, IN, Brandon Briggs, Bowling Green, OH, and Harry Ahn, Berrien Springs, MI. Paintings by Joseph Sheppard, Baltimore, Maryland, Maxine Schacker, Toronto, Canada, and Douglas Hofmann, New York, are also included. Historically recognized artists associated with the exhibit Ivan Albright, Mary Cassatt, John Steuart Curry, John Singer Sargent, Raphael Soyer, and Andy Warhol

The American West: Vision & Revision

Since the theme of the American West has been a truly unique chapter in the Story of American Art for more than one hundred and fifty years, a new exhibit will be presented for the New Year on the second floor of the museum. Featured will be never-before-seen works representing the time-honored subject of Native Americans, mountain men, and pioneers of westward expansion. Curated from the permanent collection this exhibit will remain on view as an adjunct to those works shown in the vault gallery through September 2018.

The Flower Show

This exhibit opens concurrently with the work of Lad Hanka and presents an opportunity to explore the topic of flowers as seen in the work of eminent artists represented in the MMAA Permanent Collection. The exhibit includes works by nationally recognized artists such as Janet Fish and the regionally renowned work of artists like Jacqueline Gnott. Take a walk through the garden before you experience the Birds & the Bees. Special floral arrangements have been provided through a collaboration with Matzke Florists to enhance the experience. Thanks to Jenifer Rupnow and Stan & Linda Rupnow for working with the MMAA as good neighbors in the Arts & Entertainment District.

The Birds & the Bees: Works by Ladislav Hanka

A new exhibition featuring the work of Ladislav Hanka, Kalamazoo, Michigan, opens April 11 and continues through July 15.

The artist lives with his wife, sculptor, Jana Hanka, in a world of nature, that involves their passion for apiculture or beekeeping. While Jana’s work is involved with the subject of horses, together they have become master apiarists. Lad Hanka collaborates with active hives as the bees create unique beeswax or honeycomb formations over the top of his hand-wrought etchings of birds (he is a trained ornithologist), trees, fish, & images of other insects. As a scientist, Lad Hanka, was very involved with field study of nature, but after obtaining his MFA from Western Michigan University, he decided on the path of artist as his main career. Today his work can be seen in over 25 galleries across Michigan and the Midwest. He has been the topic of a PBS special recently in Pennsylvania. His work has been featured in exhibits in Russia and his ancestral home of Czechoslovakia.