Around Town: Rembrandt at the DIA, Cranbrook’s Grand Reopening, U of M’s ‘Face of Our Time’
Need a break from stressful holiday shopping? Here are a few local art exhibits worth checking out this weekend. And if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a visit! Park West Gallery will be open Friday, 9am – 6pm and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm (map).
NO OBJECT IS AN ISLAND: NEW DIALOGUES WITH THE CRANBROOK COLLECTION
The first exhibition in the Cranbrook Art Museum’s newly redesigned building highlights works once forgotten in closed storage. Pieces by 50 leading contemporary artists and designers are juxtaposed in challenging ways, providing insightful pairings to depict their similarities. Museum director and co-curator, Gregory Wittkopp, notes that some of these pieces have never been on display before, making this an exhibition you don’t want to miss.
When: Nov. 11, 2011 – March 25, 2012
Where: Cranbrook Art Museum
FACE OF OUR TIME
Five photographers – Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, and Richard Misrach – document five different perspectives on contemporary culture. From Sobol’s interpretations of life in the Arctic to Misrach’s photographs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, each artist sheds light in a discerning, provoking way, commenting on the development of pop culture today.
When: Nov. 12, 2011 – Feb. 5, 2012
Where: University of Michigan Museum of Art
REMBRANDT AND THE FACE OF JESUS
For the first time ever, 64 of Rembrandt’s paintings, prints, and drawings come together in a study of the artist’s unique style as he depicts the face of Jesus. Against the grain for his time, Rembrandt humanized Christ in the mode of popular 17th century culture, rather than representing him in the popular, glorified manner, as a chiseled Greek god. In this series, guests will have the ability to follow Rembrandt’s progress through the years, beginning with a heroic, godlike representation then shifting to his break with tradition.
When: Nov. 20, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012
Where: The Detroit Institute of Arts
To learn even more about the artist and his work, visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection at http://rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com.