Art Museum Exhibits Schedule
~ March – July 2005 (Reception gallery 1st Floor)
A selection of drawings, paintings and sculpture donated to
this museum in the past year.
~ 4.7.05 – 7.3.05
Reception – Thursday, April 7, 2005
BEADWORK OF WOODLAND INDIAN TRIBES
This will be an extensive exploration of the design and making
of beadwork on all manner of objects, exclusively by so-called
“Woodland” American Indian tribes of which there
are an estimated 38 distinct ones, researched and in collaboration
with Mike Slasinski (#781-1152) a local collector of Native
American artifacts with extensive contacts in the field, and
with Ziibiwing Chippewa Cultural Center. The heyday of Woodland
tribes is generally thought to span the years 200 BCE –
1700 CE. Up to five private Michigan collections will be included.
In the opinion of many scholars, Woodland art of this kind
surpasses any other in complexity and brilliance of color.
About 250-300 artifacts will be presented, from 21 Woodland
tribes, covering the period 1750-2000 CE.
~ 7.15.05 - 9.12.05
SAGINAW ART MUSEUM 2ND MICHIGAN
INVITATIONAL - ARCHITECTURE
The second annual invitational will be thematically focused
upon architecture as a fine art; to include drawings, plans,
elevations, sketches, conceptual renderings, photography,
and models etc. by and about Michigan architects and architecture
including the influence upon commercial and residential design
by A.B. Dow, Wright, Saarinen, Kahn, Richardson and Platt.
It is also hoped to draw some understanding about Michigan
architecture from the dwellings of native tribes who pre-dated
anglo settlement. Collaboration with Ziibwing Cultural Center,
Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, Cranbrook Art Museum and Wayne
State University Press.
~ July – Sept. 2005 (Reception Gallery 1st Floor))
ARCHITECTURE ON PAPER
From our permanent collection (e.g. Piranesi, Platt, Frantz),
and maybe a couple of nice things borrowed from other places
or individuals. OR, possibly an exhibition of architectural
plans/blueprints and family photos of Ring family and their
home and garden, coordinating with centennial of the mansion.
~ September 22, 2005 – January 8, 2006
MEXICO: ART AND CIVILIZATION
The folk and fine art specifically of Mexico celebrating the
color and visually astonishing array of their cultural history
and people. Special events/music/food associated with the
reception and during Dia de los Muertos, National Hispanic
Month, Anniversary of Virgin of Guadalupe and throughout the
Feliz Navidad seasons, in extensive collaboration with several
hispanic Michigan governmental, educational and private cultural
organizations and individuals. This show will be one component
of Saginaw’s host city role in statewide festivities
under the auspices of the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking
Affairs, and the Mexican Consul in Detroit.
~ January 19 – March 5, 2006
VACLAV VACA: VISIONARY SURREALIST
(A Retrospective 1975 – 2005)
50 oil paintings in traditional technique, representing 30
years of art by Toronto based Czech ex-patriot/devout Roman
Catholic artist Vaclav Vaca (pronounced “Vatslaf Vasa”),
a former danseuse with the Czech ballet who fled Soviet Communism
seeking asylum in Canada. The paintings are essentially spiritual
(though not literally religious) or even mystical surrealism,
a veristic form of representational art. Medium in scale,
and painted in accordance with the most traditional technical
~ March 15 – June 15, 2006
THE INVENTIONS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
An exhibition lent by The Exhibition Alliance (New York State)
from the IBM collections they were given, some of which were
shown here in 1988. 16 working Da Vinci models plus graphics,
supplemented with other models built by Michigan art, science,
technical and engineering students, plus an attempt to engage
retired tool and die Union workers.
~ May – July 2006 (Reception Gallery)
SAGINAW JAPANESE TEA HOUSE ANNIVERSARY
This will be an exhibition of several unique Japanese treasures
owned by local collectors, coordinated under the auspices
Mrs. Yoko Mossner to recognize the 25th anniversary of our
~ July - September
SAGINAW ART MUSEUM 3RD MICHIGAN
INVITATIONAL – PHOTOGRAPHY
3rd annual invitational exhibition continuing All-Area tradition,
focus on Michigan photography in all its forms.
~ September – December
PROTEST POSTERS OF THE COUNTER CULTURE
150 posters from the sole existing most comprehensive collection
of American works, maintained by Michael Rossman, founding
member (with Mario Savio) of the Free Speech Movement at UC
Berkeley, lifelong K-12 Natural Science teacher, and author.
To include a day-long colloquium/panel discussion with (possibly)
3-5 experts in the field: e.g. Bobby Seale of the “Chicago
Seven”, a representative of US armed forces veterans,
contemporary poster artists from Lansing/Ann Arbor, and Michigan’s
own John Sinclair.
~ January – March
ROECKER AND MICHIGAN MODERNISM 1920-1950
An examination of Michigan modernist painting, sculpture and
work on paper by Julia and Henry Roecker, and approximately
50 other artists from the SAM permanent collection, local
private collections and other regional museums. To be co-curated
with Jean Beach, and having a modest academic publication.
~ March – May
OSPREY: CELEBRATION OF LIFE
(A Survey 1985 – 2006)
An exhibition of 20 pedestal-scale bronze cast sculpture in
contemporary mythological themes as interpreted by this California
artist. It will be her first museum exhibition. It will include
a photographic display, a film, plaster castings and works
in progress, and two large banners showing her completed monuments.
~ June – August
SAGINAW ART MUSEUM 4TH MICHIGAN
INVITATIONAL – DECORATIVE ARTS
Focus on furniture and the entire gamut of Michigan regional
~ September – December
THE MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET
Borrowed from the Richard Gere & Drepung Loseling Foundation,
the exhibitions will include their sand painting mandala (with
opening and closing ceremonies), a lecture by a Tibetan monk,
and a photography exhibit of 20 pieces.
~ January – March, 2008
AMERICAN SURREALIST INITIATIVE
Works of art by 100 –150 American and neighboring artists,
on the theme of veristic (aka true to life, surrealist) Surrealism,
one work of art by each artist.
~ March – June, 2008
CRYSTAL FOREST: LOIS TEICHER (A RETROSPECTIVE
About 30 geometric works (one per year), very large and pedestal-scale,
in painted fabricated steel and/or aluminum by this established but
little-recognized DetroIt artist. One of her public commissions
is featured prominently at Flint’s Bishop Airport.
~ June – September, 2008
SAGINAW ART MUSEUM 5th ANNUAL MICHIGAN
INVITATIONAL - PAINTING
The 2008 invitational will be devoted to the art of painting
in Michigan, in all its forms.
~ September 13 – November 9, 2008
LIFE AS LEGEND: MARILYN MONROE
268 works by 80 international artists (including Andy Warhol,
Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson) in various media on
the topic of Marilyn Monroe, exclusive showing throughout
Michigan and Toledo region, published catalogue, toured by
International Art & Artists, and curated by Artoma, Hamburg
~ November 2008 – February 2009
THE SCULPTURE OF JOHN CAVANAUGH
4O years of bronze sculpture (40-50 objects) by John Cavanaugh,
cost-free ($15,000 value!) exhibition sponsored by The John
Cavanaugh Foundation, Washington, DC. It may be shown elsewhere
in Michigan at Dennos and/or Kalamazoo. The artist’s
work is figurative, in the expressionst tradition, and internationally
extremely well-respected among art museums. This tip-offer
came to us as a result of Accreditation and accelerated professional
standards at this museum.
~ March – April 2009
LUMINOUS LIFE: JESSICA DUNNE (A RETROSPECTIVE
1975 – 2008)
This will be a 33-year examination of American still-life,
urban and rural landscape paintings and prints by a San Francisco
artist whose career has quietly advanced tremendously in the
past ten years. She is a daughter of the late Phillip Dunne,
at one time a Black-listed Oscar winning screenwriter . Her
husband is a world-famous surfer, and Oncologist.
~ September – December, 2009
COSTUMES AND REGALIA
This would be our season-opener “blockbuster”
focusing on costumes and regalia of all kinds and cultures,
to include a Fashion Show, borrowing from local and national
collections, and engaging the fashion industry and communities
at the highest level.