New MW Gallery exhibit explores uncertainty in times of upheaval

FLINT — MW Gallery is beginning the new year with a new exhibition titled, “Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection.”

The exhibit, featuring over 40 works of art, examines many of the national and international social and political issues of the day through the work of abstractionists, photojournalists, figurative and conceptual artists represented in the Mott-Warsh Collection. Artists featured include Emma Amos, Radcliffe Bailey, Dawoud Bey, Hughie Lee-Smith, Fabrice Monteiro, Gordon Parks, Adrian Piper, and Lorna Simpson, among others.

The exhibit’s theme references the uncertainty many people have expressed regarding their current situation and future—a universal theme many artists have contemplated. “There seems to be a sense of uneasiness in the air, whether we’re talking about the climate of divisiveness that characterized the 2016 presidential election and continues in its aftermath, ecological issues, protest movements, such as Black Lives Matter, gender discrimination, immigration, and so much more. What’s remarkable is that much of the work in this show was created up to 50 years ago, yet the themes are still so relevant today,” states MW Gallery director and curator, Stephanie James.

A special component of the exhibit is The Truth Is I Hear You, a project by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas. This 42-minute film is the culmination of the public artwork, In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), which traveled to Flint in August of 2016.

The booth, which has toured the world, spent two weeks in Detroit and Flint as a result of a collaboration between Cranbrook Art Museum and MW Gallery.The film is shown concurrently at MW Gallery and Cranbrook Art Museum through March 19. It is accompanied by a documentary about the project by Detroit filmmakers, The Right Brothers.

The MW Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and the second Friday of each month from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for Flint ARTWALK. The gallery is located on the corner of Saginaw Street and E. Court Street with the entrance located on E. Court Street.

Details: 810-835-4900 or visit G.G.

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