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Infrared Photography by

Christopher Light Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Through March 18 $5 suggested donation, free for members, (269) 349-7775

Kalamazoo native Christopher Light presents his urban and natural world shots through in- frared digital photography in his museum debut. Though infrared light is invisible to the human eye, digital cameras are sensitive to this portion of the light spectrum. Light’s infrared style presents his photographs uniquely, as there is a lack of atmospheric haze, foliage appears light and skies are dark.

Alisa Henriquez, Woman I UICA, Grand Rapids Through Feb. 16 $4-$8, members are free, (616) 454-7000


Milwaukee Art Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Colescott’s work, and GRAM’s own collection, the exhibition showcases 73 Colescott prints made between 1948 and 2008. Typically humorous and colorful, Colescott’s etchings tell a story all their own. GRAM Associate Curator Cindy Buckner addresses the exhibition’s presentation of the characteristics adherent to the artist’s work. “It shows his work in theories,” she said. “Within the print

it tells a story and within a series of prints it tells a larger story.” One of those stories can be found in Colescott’s piece,

History of Printmaking: Picasso at the Zoo, 1978. Part of a larger series, the piece looks back to Colescott’s predecessors and their

A Vivid Imagination I

N ITS FIRST STOP AS a traveling exhibition, Warrington Colecscott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire has come to the Grand Rapids Art Museum through Jan. 15 and emphasizes the artist’s work over an impressive 60-year span. Curated by Mary Chapin and taken from the

body of work. With this print, Colescott puts a magnifying glass on Pablo Picasso’s life, rife with mistresses and children, and exclaims that the artist must surely have taken them all to the zoo, and hints that this is where many of his ideas must have come from. Not only does Colescott’s work pay humor-

Alisa Henriquez takes the highly digested portrayal of women in media and pop culture and vomits them out to create collages relating themes of gender, beauty and material desire. She picks her collage pieces from popular women’s magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Glamour and represents them in a way that is overloaded and complex – similar to the way we consume these images in grocery stores and our own homes.

Throughout January, GRAM presents

ous homage to famed artists, it mixes past with present in a playful, satirical way as he often laces fact with fiction. Buckner says the exhibi- tion’s humor will be a magnet for viewers in Grand Rapids. “It reflects the current taste for fine art that borrows from

WARRINGTON COLESCOTT: CABARET, COMEDY & SATIRE Grand Rapids Art Museum Through Jan. 15, 2012 $5-$8, free for members, (616) 831-1000

Warrington Colescott: Artist, Storyteller & Trailblazer, a lecture series that offers a chance to learn more about the influential artist’s impact on the art world and his use of narrative and image to tell stories in varying and exciting ways. Join Mariel Versluis, Artist and Associate

Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Kendall College of Art and Design on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Cook Auditorium for Warrington Colescott and the History of Printmaking and on Jan. 14 at

current culture and history,” she said. “He includes found ob- jects in his prints. He’s combining things from popular culture into a high art form. And also the fact that it has inside jokes that people need to be familiar with in order to get the joke in the print.”

2 p.m. join Brett Colley, Artist and Associate Professor in Art & Design at Grand Valley State University, for Whether to Laugh or Cry: Satirical Printmaking in America. n

PICTURED: History of Printmaking: Rauschenberg at Tamarind, in Hollywood, 1978 Soft-ground etching andaquatint, Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo credit: Michael Tropea



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