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Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Current Exhibitions

Mapping the Universe, photo by Michael Hannum

The Photograph: Arrival and Resolution

Open through January 4, 2015

This exhibition examines the work of four distinctively different artistic perspectives in contemporary photography: Greg Seman’s classic and romantic depictions of Northern Michigan landscapes and lake panoramas; Kike Calvo’s poetic photographs of the human form immersed in the world of dance; Misha Gordin’s mysterious surrealistic conceptual vision; and Michael Hannum’s enticing abstract photo-montaged compositions.

Although different in theme and approach, each photograph requires an arrival, at either, a place, a point in time or in conceptual ideation. Each then is artistically and technically manipulated and refined to its final resolution … The photograph.

Seman photographs on loan from Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College; Gordin photographs on loan from Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan and the Dennos Museum Center; Calvo and Hannum photographs provided courtesy of the artists.

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Marshall Fredericks

Sketches to Sculptures, Rendered Reality:
60 Years with Marshall M. Fredericks

Open through January 4, 2015

Featuring 30 bronze sculptures, several bronze reliefs, archival reproductions of 35 drawings and sketches and numerous augmenting documents and photographs, this exhibition represents a 60-year body of work (1938-1998) by Marshall Fredericks. The artist worked early on as an assistant of renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, himself a student of the great master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Milles’ influence on Fredericks was realized in his bold, stylized and symbolic compositions.

On generous loan from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Permanent Exhibitions

Hall of Ideas

Hall of Ideas

The Hall of Ideas is a permanent interactive exhibition comprised of three levels of colorful and engaging stations tracing the spiraling evolution of civilization of this region.

“This is a source of ideas to stimulate all ages to create and appreciate the facts and feelings of life.” ~ Alden B. Dow

Explore the Hall of Ideas
ViewSpace - Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Permanent Exhibition

ViewSpace

Winner of the 2003 Muse Award, ViewSpace brings the wonders of celestial exploration to the Museum through recent photographs from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. (ViewSpace availability is dependent on gallery exhibition schedule).

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Midland Center for the Arts Fish Tank

Saltwater Aquarium

Over 100 fish occupy our beautiful 450-gallon saltwater aquarium, delighting visitors of all ages. MCFTA and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library have teamed up to research information about the tank and its inhabitants. Come discover facts about the fishes’ home regions, ecology, habitat, food, symbiotic relationships and more! Visit often, because our aquarium is an ever-changing learning experience!

Located near the Information Desk, the aquarium is free and open for public viewing during building hours.

Made possible through a generous donation from David and Patti Kepler of Midland.

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Foucault Pendulum

While it had long been known that the Earth rotated, the introduction of the Foucault pendulum in 1851 was the first simple proof of the rotation in an easy-to-see experiment.

At Midland’s latitude of 43.6156 degrees, our Foucault Pendulum takes about a day and half to return to its original orientation.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Museum School Faculty Exhibition Midland Center for the Arts

Studio School Faculty Exhibition

January 17 – April 19, 2015

On display are the creative visions of the professional artists who teach classes at our Studio School.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm

Stations of the Cross: Gib Singleton Sculptures

The Stations of the Cross: Gib Singleton Sculpture

January 17 – April 19, 2015

Renowned American sculptor Gib Singleton’s interpretation of the last hours of Christ’s life is an art experience that creates a spiritual and emotional connection for the soul. His religious works are in the collection of the Vatican Museum, and his bronze crucifix adorned the world-famous crosier carried by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Exhibition on loan from the Hutchison Family Foundation.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm

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Crosses: The Paintings of Craig Keith Antrim

January 17 – April 19, 2015

Highly textured contemporary paintings exhaustively explore the theme of the cross in a prolific examination of religious symbolism.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm

Tamassy

Italian Master Drawings: Selections from the Tamassy Collection of Northwood University

January 17 – April 19, 2015

A selection of drawings from the 14th to 18 centuries focusing on religious themes, including Venetian, Florentine and Roman works. Artists include Francesco Guardi, Parmigianino, Annibale Carracci, Lodovico Carracci, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Andrea Sacchi and others.

Exhibition on loan from Northwood University.

Opening Reception January 24 • 7 – 9 pm

Leonardo da Vinci machine

OPENING JANUARY 24, 2015!

Leonardo da Vinci:
man • inventor • artist • genius

January 24 – May 17, 2015

Experience genius and be inspired by one of history’s greatest artists, scientists and inventors. This exhibition has traveled the world and includes more than 60 invention models and 21 replicated works of art, allowing visitors the rare opportunity of considering how the masterpieces relate to the artist’s love of science and nature. This is truly an educational exhibition of unequaled fascination!

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SPECIAL EVENT!
Interpreting The Last Supper
January 24 • 6 – 7 pm

View a true-to-scale replica of the masterpiece as Museum Director B.B. Winslow leads an informative analysis of this iconic painting. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15.

Tour organized by Event Marketing Service GmbH (EMS), Vienna, and distributed by Exhibits Development Group (EDG), USA.

Exhibition sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning CorporationCatholic Federal Credit UnionGreat Lakes Loons, and Associated Builders and Contractors (Greater Michigan Chapter). Print sponsor Quick Reliable Printing. Media sponsors 96.1 WHNN, 102.5 WIOG, WMCU Public Broadcasting and WNEM TV5.

Decoding by Marissa Voytenko

Between Order and Chaos: Marissa Voytenko Encaustic Paintings

April 25 – June 26, 2015

Abstract images centered around structures, occasional text and drawn images. The 2014 GMAE award winner’s attraction to the mysterious and “almost-but-not-yet” yields artwork that allows the viewer to understand an image, while leaving space for wonder and thoughtful interpretation.

Paper Sashiko by Hiroko Lancour

Integrated Patterns: Structured Abstraction

April 25 – June 26, 2015

This invitational exhibition features work by artists from across the country employing extensive use of pattern, repetition, geometry and structural organization.

Stephen Sebald

Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings

July 11 – September 27, 2015

The 2014 GMAE award winner’s extremely detailed realist charcoal portrait drawings are recognized for excellence, precision and craftsmanship.