Current Exhibitions

Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture

This exhibition focuses on notable pieces of 20th century furniture from GRAM’s collection, with select loans. By the early 20th century, modernized furniture factories had transformed the industry, enabling mass production and distribution of furniture. After World War II, technological innovations were made as wartime innovations were repurposed for peacetime use. Building on these advances, 20th century designers and manufacturers developed furniture that was materially and technologically innovative yet simple enough to produce in large numbers, with an eye to making high quality furniture available to the average American. Works in the exhibition by Charles and Ray Eames, Eugene Masselink, Finn Juhl, and others—all of whom had direct ties to Michigan—attest to the state’s central role in the creation and development of 20th century design.


Westnofa Workshop (Norwegian). Balans Maskuli and Balans Femini, c. 1984. Wood, steel, foam, and upholstery. Gift of Design Quest (c/o Jorgen T. Sorensen), 1985.7.4 and 1985.7.5

Eugene Masselink (American, 1910–1962). Eight-Fold Screen, 1956. Stained walnut with paint and gilt. Museum Purchase, 2006.28


Spring and Summer 2015

Menagerie features many works that are inspired by the animal kingdom, by artists who have depicted fauna through the ages. This diverse, animal-themed exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from GRAM’s permanent collection and select loaned works will feature artists from the 18th through 21st centuries, including Mathias Alten, John James Audubon, Deborah Butterfield, Andy Warhol, and many others.

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Agnes Miller Parker (British, 1895–1980). Two Rabbits, 1936. Wood engraving on paper. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Mabel H. Perkins, 1949.2.14. © Mrs A D Quickenden


GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore!
November 28, 2014 – Oct 11, 2015

In a 2012 pilot project and again in 2013, GRAM curators selected works originally shown in various ArtPrize venues, from designers, filmmakers, draftsmen, sculptors, installation artists, and painters, to be part of an exclusive extension of the ArtPrize experience at GRAM. Chosen for their artistic strength and resonances with the Museum Collection, with upcoming exhibitions, and with the unique architectural setting, the works from ArtPrize were carefully placed among works in the collection from all periods, on all three floors of the Museum, from shortly after the close of one ArtPrize through the end of the next.

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore! will again showcase some of the strongest works across ArtPrize 2014. GRAM curators will select 10–15 works to be announced at the conclusion of ArtPrize, and installed within the Museum in October and November, to be available for viewing by Thanksgiving weekend.