/ Kruizenga Art Museum

Exhibitions

Currently on display 

BLACK LIVES MATTER, BLACK CULTURE MATTERS

August 18–November 21, 2020

Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters features fifty artworks that address a variety of topics in African American history and culture from the end of the Civil War to the present. The exhibition attempts to provide some historical context for the current Black Lives Matter protests against systemic racism in criminal justice, education, jobs, health care and housing. It is additionally a celebration of Black culture and the many ways that Black culture has enriched American life over the past two centuries.

Image: John Brown Praying, Jacob Lawrence, 1977, Screen print, Purchased with funds donated by Ronald ’62 and Gerri Vander Molen, 2020

 "John Brown Praying" by Jacob Lawrence

DOminion Over the Earth

NEA Big Read 2020 Online Exhibition
September 18–November 21, 2020

Dominion Over the Earth was organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum in conjunction with the Hope College 2020 NEA Big Read Lakeshore program. In consideration of the 2020 Big Read book, Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, which recounts the story of the crew of an early 19th-century American ship that sank in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while hunting whales, this online exhibition features a selection of artworks from the Kruizenga Art Museum collection that explore changing attitudes toward the natural environment in Europe and America from the 18th century to the present.

Image: Earth on Fire, Cleon Peterson, 2020, Screen print, Hope College Collection

 Earth on Fire by Cleon Peterson

RESILIENCE, RESISTANCE AND REVIVAL IN 20th-CENTURY YORUBA ART

January 17–November 21, 2020

Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art examines the survival and evolution of Yoruba art and culture in Nigeria through the periods of British colonization and post-colonial independence. The artworks included in the exhibition illustrate how Yoruba art has been shaped by the twin forces of continuity and change through the 20th and into the 21st centuries.

Catalog available for free download on exhibition page.

Image: Justice, Lamidi Fakeye,  ca. 1994, Mahogany (Gift of Bruce M. Haight)

 "Justice" by Lamidi Fakeye

ABOUT OUR EXHIBITIONS

The Kruizenga Art Museum galleries are typically installed with a mix of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. These exhibitions and displays are planned to complement course offerings in the college’s academic curriculum and usually change, partially or completely, at the beginning of each semester.

The museum’s exhibitions are further augmented by lectures, artist demonstrations, film series, musical concerts, dance and theater performances and other relevant educational programs. An endowment gift from Holland residents Dave and Jane Armstrong provides funding for at least one exhibition-related lecture every year, while other programs are made possible through annual gifts and campus partnerships.