Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change Exhibition at Dennos Museum Center

  • Presented By: The Dennos Museum Center
  • Dates: June 6, 2021 - August 15, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: The Dennos Museum Center
  • 1410 College Dr
  • Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: $6 for Adults, $4 for Children 17 & under, and Free for Members, NMC Students and Faculty, NARM, ROAM, and EBT card holders
  • (231) 995-1055
  • About

    Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change presents outstanding works of art by artists who have enlightened and uplifted America in countless ways. The exhibition honors aspects of African American history and culture and its contributions to all of America, highlighting a select group of artists who use art as an indispensable tool for social commentary and change.

    The artwork assembled here—paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture—reflect an important part of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ collecting history. Many were created by world-renowned artists and are regarded as masterworks.

    Together, the artwork in Resilience can be interpreted as a visual poem that was arranged over nearly 150 years by 39 women and men using their unique perspectives and extraordinary skill. While not a linear or fixed narrative, this dynamic and complex composition presents layered conversations about race, gender, endurance, triumph, and universal spirituality in a way that educates, reprimands, challenges, celebrates, and loves America.

    We invite you to explore each work of art to uncover the true nature of the human spirit to survive and thrive in spite of personal and sociopolitical obstacles. We encourage you to recognize and honor the spirit of resilience in yourself and others.