The artwork of Charles McGee, Bill Rauhauser and Clinton Snider will be featured in Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA. The exhibit examines the idea of home across eight broad categories: Urbanization, Displacement, (In)security, Domesticity, Childhood Imagination, Home and Community, Melancholy and the Sublime.
Alumnus Charles McGee, whose interdisciplinary art career spans seven decades, is considered one of Detroit’s most influential artists and a significant figure worldwide for his contributions to late-20th century African American art. McGee attended the Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts (now CCS) from 1947-1957. Making Home includes his “Urban Extract II,” a three-dimensional multimedia object exploring decay and the passage of time. Other works by McGee are a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
In 1969, McGee curated the groundbreaking exhibit “Seven Black Artists” at the Detroit Artists Market, part of a growing interest at the time in artwork exploring the African American experience. The summer following the Market show, he founded Gallery 7, a focal point for Detroit’s black artists. In 2008, McGee was the inaugural recipient of the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.
Making Home also features the painting “Willis,” a landscape by Clinton Snider (’97, Fine Arts) in the Melancholy category that depicts an abandoned house flanked by a barren tree and unraked leaves. Snider’s work was also featured in the 2004 international exhibit, Shrinking Cities in Berlin (the show later travelled to Detroit’s MOCAD) and the 2015 publication Essay’d, examining the work of Detroit artists.
The late Bill Rauhauser, a member of CCS’s Photography department for more than 30 years, was a seminal figure in Detroit’s photographic community. Noted primarily for his street photography and portraiture, Rauhauser influenced generations of photographers for more than 60 years.
His portrait of two girls leaning against a soldier on a Detroit bench was included in the famous 1955 exhibit Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Rauhauser also founded the pioneering gallery Group 4 and from 1972 to 1984 led “Documenting Detroit,” a partnership between the College and the Detroit Historical Society in which CCS Photography students recorded the city’s physical landscape and cultural life.
The DIA exhibit features Rauhauser’s untitled photograph of a seemingly abandoned house in a field, its windows broken out. He was named a Kresge Eminent Artist in 2014.
Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA opens on June 6, 2018.