October 9 - Novemeber 9, 2008

Stern_herestoyouLife As A Legend: Marilyn Monroe

This major biographical exhibition, presented by MMR / Mobile Medical Response, Inc., explored the life of this Hollywood icon from her earliest days as Norma Jeane to posthumous reflections. The presentation examined her life through photographs and paintings by more than 65 artists in styles ranging from fashion photography to Pop Art. Artists included Bernard of Hollywood, Sam Shaw, Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Andy Warhol, and many others. This extraordinary exhibition of nearly 300 objects was held exclusively in Michigan at the Saginaw Art Museum. The Museum collaborated with Pit and Balcony Community Theatre on two Monroe-related plays, Some Like It Hot and Marilyn Forever Blonde, a unique, original one-person performance, starring Sunny Thompson, and written by Greg Thompson from the words and music of Marilyn Monroe. The Museum also collaborated with the Temple Theatre which showed two Monroe movies, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

Though her life ended far too soon, the world’s fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s magnetic appeal and much publicized private life continues to thrive. There has never been another Marilyn. She displayed a unique personification of femininity, naiveté and sexuality. For decades artists have been inspired by Marilyn to create works representing this instantly recognizable figure with her platinum hair and dazzling smile. Marilyn Monroe personifies glamour and sensuality. This exhibition celebrated the many sides of this 1950’sglamour goddess, who became not only a Pop icon but an immortal legend.

BERT STERNHere’s to you from The Last Sitting, 1962/1978 C-Print © Bert Stern


June 29 – September 7, 2008

They Practice What They Teach2008 FIFTH ANNUAL MICHIGAN INVITATIONAL – They Practice What They Teach: A Selection of Recent Paintings by Michigan College and University Faculty

  1. Museum’s Fifth Annual Michigan Invitational exhibition presented the finest examples of contemporary painting being produced by members of the painting faculty in Michigan colleges and universities. 72 works by 35 artists currently teaching in 20 academic institutions were on display. The exhibition featured original, two-dimensional paintings created within the last five years, in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. This exhibition was sponsored by Team One Credit Union and Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission.


January 27, 2008 – August 24, 2008

Eanger Irving Couse ExhibitionAn Unforgotten Past: Images of the Native American by Eanger Irving Couse

The exhibition presentedworks, including sketches, studies, photographs and major studio canvases, selected from the Museum's permanent collection, that demonstrate the artist’s working process and methodology in creating his body of work. One of the founders of the Taos Society in New Mexico, Eanger Irving Couse became one of the most well-known 19th and early 20th century painters of the Native American. His passion for capturing their culture and lifestyle were revealed in this exhibition.


March 30 – June 8, 2008

Lois TeicherLois Teicher: A Sculptural Retrospective 1979 - 2008

Lois Teicher's work consists of fabricated metal sculptures, which have been described as abstract reductive. These monochromatic works consist of forms reduced to essential geometric shapes, utilizing modern materials and technology. This exhibition, presented by HealthPlus of Michigan, featured major works created over 29 years including maquettes, photographs, and sketches by this living Michigan artist and educator. She has been honored with grants and awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts, Arts Foundation of Michigan, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. 


January 18 – March 9, 2008

A Sense of PlaceA Sense Of Place: Landscapes from the Saginaw Art Museum Permanent Collection

The exhibition featured a selection of more than 70 artworks created over a period of three centuries. These works show the history and significance of important American and European landscape paintings, drawings and prints collected by the Saginaw Art Museum since its inception 60 years ago. The scope of the works selected revealed how each artist created a poetic sense of place in the depiction of a specific motif. The artists invite the viewer to inhabit this place, to observe the surroundings, and to contemplate the cultural context in which the art was created.

On display were paintings, drawings, and prints by well-respected artists such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Jasper F. Cropsey, John Frederick Kensett, Charles Adams Platt, Philip Koch, Robert Hopkins, Frederick F. Ramsdell, and Charles Warren Eaton, among others. The exhibition presented an opportunity for the Mid-Michigan community to explore in depth the significant collection of American and European landscape paintings held by the Saginaw Art Museum.


September 16 – January 6, 2008

Art & Spirit of IndiaArt and Spirit of India

This exhibition featured hundreds of objects borrowed from individuals in the Saginaw community and many associated with the India Association of East Central Michigan, representing the wealth and beauty of Indian culture through its paintings, sculpture, and textiles. The presentation intertwined artistry and design with the history, religion, and philosophic traditions of the great civilization of India. The idea for this exhibition was conceived in recognition of the rich cultural diversity of our Mid-Michigan region and in tribute to the unique contributions of our Indian community. In addition, each weekend throughout the exhibition the Museum featured a special presentation on aspects of Indian culture.