Current Exhibitions

East Asian Culture Exhibition

May 29 – September 1, 2019

This exhibit will explore China and Japan, each with their own a unique cultures, languages, cuisines, customs and traditions. The exhibit will showcase Japanese Friendship dolls including an original doll from 1927, and two replicas of terra cotta warrior statues gifted to the Museum by the Chines in 2008. In addition, the exhibit will have cultural items, clothing, hand-crafted stonework, ceramics, basketry and more. There will be a special hands-on children’s area with costumes, tea ceremony items and calligraphy supplies.

Curated by The Detroit Children’s Museum

Origami Interpretations:
Merging Artistic Visions
by Gloria Garfinkel

June 1 – September 1, 2019

Gloria Garfinkel’s provocative colors and patterns burst forth like firecrackers in this exhibition. Electrically hued design, expressed as paintings, sculptures and collage prints showcase the artist’s interest in the fashion and decorative motifs of Japan. Viewers are invited to shake up her Flip paintings by manipulating hinged sections to create artwork of their own choosing.

Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates

Science Paints Our World: Chemistry & Art

June 4 – September 1, 2019

The 20th century brought significant advances in science & technology, including the rise of modern paints. These materials provided an expanded paint palette that influenced modern abstractionists & post-modern painters. Explore the science behind modern paints and enjoy works created in this media by artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Charles Pollock, Alexander Calder, Kenneth Noland, John Hoyland, Morris Louis, Jules Olitski, Friedel Dzubas and Helen Frankenthaler.

Public Reception: June 8 | 7 pm

Exhibition sponsored by the American Chemical Society – Midland Section; and DOW Coating Materials

Image / Roy Lerner, Getting Traction I (detail), 1994 Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts. 2000.51 

Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Permanent Interactive Invention Space

In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive. Through hands-on activities and interactions with facilitators, children and their families will engage in the process of invention through activities that incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art and creativity. Learn more.

POP-UP Exhibition
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

July 1 – July 15, 2019

Traveling displays and cultural samplings showcasing the role of Second Baptist Church in the history of the Underground Railroad; Jazz in Detroit Before Motown; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s historic speech at Cobo Hall. Location: Brick Lobby.

Created by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.

Nobody Barks in LA feat. Snoopy

On loan through SEP 2019

Tom Everhart’s most famous painting has been exhibited in prestigious museums including the Louvre, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Spazio Flaminio in Rome and the Johnson Space Center. 1998 | Acrylic and enamel on canvas | 96″ x 128″

Upcoming Exhibitions – Check back for updates!

58th Greater Michigan Exhibition

SEP 28 – NOV 3

The 58th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition is one of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan. Organized by Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts, this exhibition provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists. The gallery spaces at the Center provide a dramatic stage for the display of contemporary work and are especially suited for the exhibition of large-scale works.