Political Campaigns call for Comfort Flicks

by Stacy Opalewski Walsh I’ve been living in a sick house for two weeks.  In times like these, when there is no other escape, I turn to my favorite art: film.  With two young children I rarely get to indulge in this pastime, and almost never in a theatre.  Since our habit has weakened, my … Continue reading

The Surrealism of Banality: Real/Surreal at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

I encourage everyone to see Real/Surreal at the GRAM regardless of how you feel about Surrealism, since it features works by Modernists who are not typically associated with the movement. Two of the most recognized Surrealists, Salvador Dali and René Magritte, are notably absent, however the GRAM has on display Dali’s 1973 series Twelve Tribes of … Continue reading

Reflecting on Windows: What do Terry Johnston and Claude Monet have in Common?

I met Terry Johnston in April of 2010, at Michigan Land of Riches, the first SiTE:LAB event at the old public museum on Jefferson Street. Before I was allowed to start installing, I was informed that I had to have my picture taken in one of the wildlife dioramas. The resulting portraits of every participating … Continue reading