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AA GPAA BALFOUR.jpg: The welded metal sculptures of Paul Maghielse are on display at the Grosse Pointe Artists Association. Photo courtesy of GPAA.
Traditional gender roles bent at Primary Space
HAMTRAMCK – Primary Space Gallery is proud to announce “Survive This!” – a solo exhibition of work by David Williams. The exhibition will begin with an opening celebration on Saturday, April 3 with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. The show will run through Saturday, April 24.
Williams’ long history with Neo-Pop has provided him with an array of reused images, tugging on such self-proclaimed influences as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basqulat and David Salte.
“Survive This!” features provocative paintings from a show called “Painting For The New Medici” (ArtMiami 2003). These paintings were inspired by a sabbatical to Florence where Williams discovered the gender-bias and vanity of the Medici family. The show also includes many goading new pieces, including cyanotypes and works on paper.
Williams bends the “traditional” gender roles by empowering women scavenged from fetish ‘zines of the late 1950’s and early 60’s. These “warrior” women engage imaginary foes while seemingly innocent boy scouts look on from the background.
David Williams work is about sex and power, the gender lines that dare not be crossed and manipulating that power to feed ones own fantasy.
Steel yourself to GPAA for metal sculpture show
GROSSE POINTE PARK – The Grosse Pointe Artists Association presents April’s Fool, “The Balfour Project,” a one-man exhibit of GPAA member Paul Maghielse’s fanciful welded metal sculpture.
A2SO offers daytime recital series for seniors
ANN ARBOR – The Matine Musicale Daytime Series for senior citizens celebrates the start of a fourth season, beginning with a performance by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Maestro Arie Lipsky and pianist Kathryn Goodson, featuring a concert entitled, “History of the Cello.”
Included on the program are Beethoven’s “Sonata for Cello in A Major,” Debussy’s “Sonata for Cello” and “The Swan” from Saint-Sans’ “Carnival of the Animals.”
The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 at the Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive in Ann Arbor.
The Matine Musicale Series is a five-concert recital series of classical music presented by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Music Director Arie Lipsky and the A2SO’s brass, string and woodwind ensembles. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County join together to provide this opportunity for senior citizens to enjoy top-quality professional music at an affordable, midday time and location.
Cranbrook graduates exhibit work
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Join the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum for the 2004 Graduate Degree Exhibition which runs April 18 to May 4. The annual exhibition showcases the creative work of the Academy’s graduate degree candidates, and provides a window on the future of contemporary art in America.
Seventy-eight students will exhibit their innovative thesis work in consideration for a Master’s degree from one of the Academy’s ten departments including 2D Design, 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture.
Admission to the exhibit is included with museum admission.
A Members’ Opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.
UMMA exhibit explores gardens
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) proudly presents “The Changing Garden: Four Centuries of European and American Art” through May 23.
This exhibition explores the changing taste, aesthetics and uses of gardens from the late 16th to 20th centuries and features more than 150 works-prints, drawings, photographs, illustrated books and paintings by nearly 100 artists.
The exhibition traces European and American garden spaces from the Italian villas of the powerful Medici family and the royal showcase of Louis XIV at Versailles to New York City’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Crissy Field. It includes works by many well-known names from art history, such as Eugene Atget, George Bellows, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Honore Daumier, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, Edouard Vuillard and James McNeill Whistler. Works by Claes Oldenburg, Bruce Davidson and Michael Kenna provide a contemporary perspective.