'The Gift: The Print Portfolios of Exit Art' now on display

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Photo of a print from Exit Art.

Portion of a print from Exit Art

KALAMAZOO—The art exhibit "The Gift: The Print Portfolios of Exit Art" is on display at Western Michigan University's Monroe-Brown Gallery in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts through Friday, Nov. 15.

About Exit Art

During its first decade, Exit Art, the premiere not-for-profit cultural organization in New York City, presented artists whose work challenged notions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and equality. It mounted a series of mid-career retrospectives which helped to bring wider public attention and critical acclaim to artists who are now firmly established, including Jimmie Durham, Willie Birch, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Tehching Hsieh, Martin Wong, Adrian Piper, David Wojnarowicz and David Hammons.

In its second decade, Exit Art identified a new generation of young, emerging artists with diverse backgrounds and organized a series of exhibitions, launching the careers of artists such as Shirin Neshat, Fred Tomaselli, Nicole Eisenman, Roxy Paine, Patty Chang, Julie Mehretu, Sue DeBeer, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Chakaia Booker.

In its final decade, Exit Art became a leading voice in experimental art, producing exhibitions that illuminated the pressing issues of its time while supporting artists whose works reflected the transformations of our culture. By 2012, its 30th and final year, Exit Art had organized more than 200 exhibitions, events, festivals and programs featuring more than 2,500 artists.

Gallery hours

RCVA galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Don Desmett at donald.desmett@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2455.