From the Director
For the past 2 1/2 years the FIA has been involved in, what is for us, a unique collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (CWMAAH) in Detroit. Collaborating with another museum, in itself, is not so unusual, but what makes this partnership unique is the splitting of a private collection into two separate parts and showing them both concurrently.
Regarded as one of the most important collections of African American art in the country, the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection represents more than a decade of collecting by the former NBA player and his wife. With less than an hour's drive between Detroit and Flint, a visitor can encounter more than 100 works in a variety of media (including paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography), ranging in date from 1929 to 2013, by more than 70 artists. In Detroit, Point of View: African American Art Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection
will feature works by artists of the mid- to late 20th century, which is the foundation of the Perry Collection. The selections for Flint, titled Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection
, will include 50 cutting-edge artworks of the early 21st century, the majority being created in the last 10 years.
A full-color catalogue of the collection will be published jointly by the FIA and CWMAAH with essays by Dr. Erica James, Assistant Professor, History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University, and Dr. Jacqueline Francis, Associate Professor, California College of the Arts. Exhibiting these works in two different venues, yet bringing them together in a single catalogue, offers viewers a comprehensive introduction to the Perry Collection and publishes many of these works for the first time.
The collector Elliot Perry will be present at the FIA opening on January 25, 2014. In conjunction with the exhibition opening, and in celebration of African American History Month, the FIA will host the annual Community Gala fundraiser organized by the Community Gala Committee, who generously donate their time and energy to make this event, now in its seventh year, a memorable experience for all.
In a related collaboration, the Flint Public Library will host Elliot Perry to speak with area high-school students and educators during the week of the exhibition opening. And, of course, FIA programs such as Art a la Carte, K-12 Educational programs, and gallery tours are also planned throughout the exhibition.
I look forward to seeing you when you visit, and be sure to bring a friend to share the experience..
John B. Henry III