A photograph by Dawoud Bey of two women at a paradeDawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Two Women at a Parade, 1978 (2011 print), gelatin silver photograph, 8 x 11 7/8 inches. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 2018.21. © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Drop-in Tour: African American Artists in the Collection

February 16, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Visit GRAM during Black History Month for a guided drop-in tour exploring the work of black artists. The Museum’s growing collection of over 6,000 objects contains work by notable contemporary black artists like Dawoud Bey, one of today’s most important and influential photographers, and James Van Der Zee, a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Discussion will also include the work of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and others, all of whom explore themes of race, class, and representation, making art work that is grounded in specific African American identity while simultaneously engaging more shared, universal themes.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the Museum’s main lobby at 1pm. No registration required.