From the Director



Far be it for me to speak to the science of global warming…but right about now I’d more than welcome it, and I bet you would too!  Enough already of winter.  Really???

One thing you can count on…is that it is always warm inside at the Saginaw Art Museum!  Having kicked off March with our 12th annual Cheeseburgers In Margaritaville we set the tone for balmy, tropical breezes and sunshine.  Hopefully it will bring it on!

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On View

Strolling Through Paris Circa 1890


March 13 - June 6, 2015

Graphic Arts Gallery

Photos from the Permanent Collection

Strolling through Paris ca. 1890 is designed as an exploratory stroll through France’s capital city just before the turn of the 20th century. The 25 photographs that are on display all hail from the Saginaw Art Museum’s permanent collection and are arranged in order as if one were walking through the streets – enjoy Paris! 


Book Club

April's Book: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, April 14 at 10am

See more upcoming books here!


1.24-HourBankingEdward Koren: The Capricious Line

April 3 - June 27, 2015

Special Exhibition Wing

This exhibition celebrates the five-decade long career of cartoonist and TheNew Yorker contributor, Edward Koren, and features approximately 50 works on paper, many displayed for the first time, which cover a range of issues and themes present in society. Koren's cartoons elicit laughter and stimulate thought. These heavyweight ink drawings demonstrate Koren's artistic talents and mastery of drawing. The Saginaw Art Museum will be the first museum to host the exhibition.





Adopt a Work of Art

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The Adopt a Work of Art program is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to Take Part in the Art through the sponsored support of objects in the Saginaw art Museum’s collection. Adoption of a piece can be a truly unique, meaningful and ongoing way to recognize friends, family and business associates, while at the same time supporting the Museum.

Learn more and see available pieces for adoption here.


Highlights from the Collection

Albert-Ernest Carrier-BelleuseWarriors on Horseback, 1847Picture2

This bronze is the work of 19th century French sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, who specialized in the neo-Baroque and neo-Rococo styles affiliated with Romanticism. The Romantic Movement was driven by the interest in human emotions, and reached its zenith in the early decades of the 19th century. The style was effectively a reaction against its contemporary: Neoclassicism. Like other Romantic artists, Carrier-Belleuse rejected the calm sensibility in classically-inspired works, instead favoring fluidity and drama in composition.

In Warriors on Horseback, the viewer bears witness to a vicious hand-to-hand combat between two men clad in classically-inspired attire (a rare theme in Carrier-Beleuse’s work). However, the Classical influence stops there. In terms of form, the four figures – two horses and two men – blend one into another, each twisting and turning wildly in Romantic fashion. Fully in the round, the sculpture gives the illusion of morphing and changing when viewed from different angles. In addition, the artist’s use of negative space beneath the legs of the horses gives the work a quality of weightlessness, and the variety of textures employed are responsible for its convincing realism.

Carrier-Belleuse’s name is well known in the world of art history, and this may be partly due to the fact that between 1864 and 1870, the renowned Auguste Rodin was employed as his workshop assistant. Emperor Napoléon III also employed him in public projects during the massive rebuilding of Paris from 1851 to 1870.