Basketball player’s art collection on display

FLINT — A contemporary art exhibition is new to the Flint Institute of Arts. The “Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot & Kimberly Perry Collection”, which is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, will be on display from Jan. 26 through April 13.

The exhibition features the artwork from 36 African- American artists and three artists of the African Diaspora. A variety of media makes up the exhibit which includes painting, photography, collage, sculpture, prints and video.

The collection is owned by former NBA player and Memphis native Elliot Perry and his wife Kimberly. The pair started collecting historical works first in 1996. Both saw it as an opportunity to preserve their heritage and history.

After some time, the pair started collecting contemporary art with the intention to cultivate relationships with the artists. Elliot Perry said that his passion for art has now rivaled his love for basketball, “This collection tackles so many different issues, and it shows the rich heritage of African American people in so many diverse ways,” he said, in a press release.

The contemporary art is part of a bigger event. FIA and the Detroit’s Charles H Wright Museum of African American History partnered in bringing the Perry Collection to Michigan. The modern art work will be on display in Flint and the more historical works will be on display in Detroit, simultaneously. This is the first time visitors will be able to participate in this type of event. Anyone who buys a ticket for one show will be admitted in to the other for free.

The FIA will celebrate the opening of this exhibition with the seventh annual Community Gala on Jan. 25 from 6-9:30 p.m. The Gala will feature a lecture by Dr. Erica James, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. Following the lecture guests will have the opportunity to meet Elliot and Kimberly Perry, view the collection and attend a reception of live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Admission for this event is $35 for members and $50 for non-members.

The FIA is located 1120 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI. 48503 in the Cultural Center Park two blocks off I-475 between UM-Flint and Mott Community College. For more information visit or call 810- 234-1695.

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