Ongoing Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre

To see a list of special shows, events, concerts, and more please check out our detailed community events calendar here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. The following are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:

  • Through March 12, 2017: Out of the Fire: Masterworks of Ceramics. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Although we may think of ceramics as a material used to create functional objects like vases, bowls, plate, and mugs, in the mid-20th century, ceramics moved from a traditional craft form to a material used to create unique sculptural works of art. This exhibition features work by some of the finest ceramics artists in the U.S. - Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Otto and Vivica Heino, and others - who marked the emergency of the American Studio Ceramics Movement. Tue. & Wed. 11 am - 5 pm; Thur. & Fri. 11 am - 8 pm; Sat. 11 am - 5 pm; Sun. 12 - 5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through March 19, 2017: Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material for her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine their relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Tue. Wed. & Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through March 19th: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Gilmore Theatre Complex. Jeremy is trying to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he finds himself responsible for a very unique egg. While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, friendship and the power of love. 269-387-6222. $.
  • Ongoing through April 2017: The Golden Age of the Sports Car. Gilmore Car Museum. The Gilmore Car Museum will take guests back in time in this limited engagement exhibition, "The Golden Age of the Sports Car," featuring some of the most sought after sports cars of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including a 1949 MG TD Roadster, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1967 Porsche 911, and many more. 269-670-5089 $.
  • Through April 13th, 2017: Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Antique Market. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Come check out the market for some great deals and great merchandise! Choose from new and used items, handcrafted items, antiques, and much more!  Market will be closed Nov 1-2, Nov 8-9 & March 7-8. (Tue. & Wed.) 8 am-2 pm. 269-383-8761. FREE.
  • Through June 4, 2017: And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Curated by artist, historian, and national lecturer Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features works of superb artistry that draw on the enduring American tradition of narrative storytelling through the textile art of quilting. The beautifully handcrafted quilts featured in And Still We Rise were created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network and narrate the history of the African American experience, capturing the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Frederick Douglass to Mae Jemison to the first African American President. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns, and symbols, these quilts can relate stories that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our history, furthering the conversation of racial reconciliation in America. As the founder of the nonprofit, 1,700-member Women of Color Quilters Network, Mazloomi is in a unique position to bring together quilts from more than 50 contemporary artists that reflect on moments in history that have contributed to transformations of social justice in America and across the globe. Comprising 67 unique story quilts, this is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that makes a spectacular collective visual impact and showcases the diversity, creativity, and power of a texture-rich, color-saturated folk art form. The quilts of And Still We Rise represent their artists’ mastery of a diverse range of fiber art techniques, among them free-motion quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, fiber collage, fusing, and hand beading. Reflecting each artist’s unique story, training, and style, the materials incorporated into the textile narratives include cotton, batik, organdy, metal, newsprint, beads, found objects, photo transfers, buttons, shell, wood, and vintage fabrics. The works of And Still We Rise engage visitors to reflect on and respond to significant national events from the 17th century into the 21st century. The exhibition’s resonant theme is the triumph of the human spirit within African American culture. By exploring and unpacking events of four centuries through a female-dominated art medium, the quilts of this exhibition bear witness to and relate perspectives that written history has often neglected. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.