Friday, January 25, 2013

Innovators & Legends Fiber Exhibit

Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber
December 13, 2012 – March 17, 2013
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave.
Muskegon, MI  49440
(231) 720-2570

It is worth the drive to Muskegon to see this fiber show.   The Muskegon Museum of Art has a reputation for having a fine collection.  They also do a fine job with special exhibitions.  This is the last special show in their celebration of 100 years as a museum.  The work is beautifully installed giving the viewer and the work room to be together.  It is just the right size.  You can be delighted without feeling overwhelmed.

Artists in the show:  Adela Akers     Ilze Aviks     Susan Taber Avila     Mary Bero     Susie Brandt    
Sandra Brownlee     Mira Burack     Deborah Frazee Carlson     Nick Cave     Nancy Crow     Anica Cuppetelli    Lindsay Ketterer Gates     Sally Hayden Gilmore     Layne Goldsmith     Ted Hallman     Karen Hampton  Geary Jones (also guest curator)     Mary Anne Jordan     Lewis Knauss     Gerhardt Knodel     Hyuk Kwon     Jane Lackey    Gyöngy Laky   Mi-Kyoung Lee     Jiseon Lee Isbara     Joan Livingstone     Tom Lundberg     Amy Clarke Moore     Mark Newport     Laura Foster Nicholson     Hwa-Jin, Oh     Michael Olszewski     Jason Pollen     Sara Rockinger     Arturo Alonzo Sandoval     Cynthia Schira     Celeste Scopelites    Warren Seelig     Kay Sekimachi     Piper Shepard     Carol Shinn     Sherri Smith     Pamela C. Turczyn     Pauline Verbeek-Cowart     Sarah Wagner     Jon B. Wahling     Katherine Westphal     Anne Wilson     Bhakti Ziek

Lots of Michigan connections in the group!
Also worth seeing is the ReMix of the permanent collection with new acquisitions made for the 100th anniversary of the museum.  The museum does an excellent job of presenting the new work in the context of expanding the collection in accordance with its established history in the community.  Read the labels carefully to savor the stories of how each work came into the collection.

A restaurant I cannot recommend too highly is
The Hearthstone Bistro
3350 Glade St. just off Seaway Drive at the corner of Norton Ave.
Muskegon, MI  49444
(231)  733-1056, call to see if you need reservations
Hours:  Mon – Thurs 11a – 10p; Fri-Sat 11a – 11p; Sun 4p – 9
This is the place to go if you want a very special experience, with excellent food beautifully presented by polite and knowledgeable wait staff.  $$$
Otherwise there is a Traverse City Pie Company as well as other chains in the area.

Dolores S. Slowinski
PS  If I can survive driving up there in white out conditions between Grand Rapids and Muskegon, don’t let weather deter you!  Ha!

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