Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery
The largest of the Richmond Center's four exhibition spaces, the Albertine Monroe-Brown gallery is dedicated to large installations, national and international group and solo exhibitions.
The Richmond Center galleries are currently closed for the summer.
We will reopen with an exciting suite of exhibitions in September, 2021.
The following exhibitions closed on May 1, 2021
EYES ON UKRAINE
Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers:
Igor Chekachkov, Alexander Chekmenev, Eugney Kom, Vitaly Fomenko and Lana Yankovska
© Igor Chekachkov
Opening March 2021
Organized by VASA, an online center for media studies.
Curated by Roberto Muffaleto and Igor Manko.
In 1970s and ‘80s Ukraine, under strict state censorship, photographers mainly worked underground, and it was only after 1990 that artists emerged free from soviet ideological constraints. Twenty-eight years later Ukraine photographers are experiencing the freedom won by the struggles of previous generations. The work presented here by five Ukrainian artists from different geographic regions and different generations may be best understood as a rich example of that transition from censorship to freedom.
Featuring five contemporary photographers from throughout Ukraine, Eyes on Ukraine covers nearly 25 years while also reflecting the current political interest in Ukraine. From direct social reportage on the toil of Donbas miners, to complex techniques using found material, from elaborated quasi beach photos, to reflections on the annexation of Crimea, the selection showcases the diversity of themes and approaches that are characteristic for the art of photography in the country.
VASA, an online center for media studies, created the current traveling exhibition Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers from its commitment to provide Ukrainian photographers and film makers a platform for their voice. Over the last four years, VASA exhibited the work of photographers associated with the Kharkiv School of Photography (4 exhibitions tracing the 1970-80 until current time), Crimea (images and film), Ukraine Project, the war in the Ukraine, and a number of individual artists presented in the VASA Front Page Project. All of the exhibitions, essays and films have been archived on the VASA platform (vasa-project.com).
Ken Freed’s Gift to the University Art Collection
Honoring Professor Emeritus Curtis Rhodes
Studio of Louise Nevelson
In 1976, while Kalamazoo-based artist Ken Freed was in graduate school at Western Michigan University, he received a Ford Foundation Grant to create a suite of ten intaglio prints. Mentored by Professor Curtis Rhodes, who founded the print collection within what is known as the University Art Collection today, Freed took as his muse the subject of the artist’s studio. Aided, as Freed recalls, by “the kindness of so many artist who took pity of a twenty-some year-old student from Michigan,” Freed visited the studios of Lowell Nesbitt, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Philip Pearlstein, Louise Nevelson, Richard J. Haas, William S. Haney, Stephen Woodburn, Hiroshi Murata and Robert Indiana. Completely devoid of figures, the resulting prints provide an intimate view into the very private spaces that gave way to works of great public interest and historical significance.
About the artist:
Ken Freed was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 14. He started painting at 15 and was the youngest artist to have a one-person exhibition at the Battle Creek Art Center. He attended Davidson College and received a B.A. as one of the first art majors in the history of the school. During graduate school, Freed earned purchase awards in several national painting, print, and drawing exhibitions as well as grants. He received a MA from SUNY Oswego and a MFA from Western Michigan University. Freed has exhibited in many parts of the country and has won over thirty purchase and cash awards in competitions.
Mr. Freed has been a full-time painter for more than 30 years and has taught for nearly three decades at the Kirk Newman School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art to full capacity classes each session. His many private and public portrait commissions include the Irving Gilmore Commission for the Gilmore Theatre Complex for Western Michigan University and a recently completed an 8' x 20' mural on panel for Community Inclusive Recreation, Battle Creek, MI. His work may be found in many public collections including museums, college and corporate collections and was exhibited between 2001- 2004 at the Navy Pier International Exhibition in Chicago. His work is representational with an emphasis on the observation of abstract properties of form and color within the naturalistic orientation. Much of Mr. Freed’s recent work focuses on portraiture, figure paintings, and self-portraiture. New work includes egg tempera, casein/oil emulsion as well as oil paintings.