Current Exhibitions

Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
October 26, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Marks of Genius showcases the superb drawing collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, featuring 100 outstanding drawings, watercolors, and pastels spanning more than 500 years—many of them rarely exhibited. The exhibition highlights the immediacy of drawing and explores its multiple roles as a means of study, observation, problem solving, a record of the artist’s imagination, and a medium for creating finished works of art. Both European and American artists are featured, including such celebrated masters as Tiepolo, Watteau, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Delacroix, Degas, Homer, Kollwitz, Schiele, Nolde, Matisse, Mondrian, Lichtenstein, Ruscha, and Warhol.

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Exhibition Sponsors:

Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr.
The Brooks Family – Holland
Burr & Company


Re-Envisioning The Nutcracker
November 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015


This holiday season brings the premiere of a brand new production of The Nutcracker by the Grand Rapids Ballet. Under the direction of Artistic Director Patricia Barker, the ballet will feature the creative vision of Chris Van Allsburg and Eugene Lee.

Re-Envisioning The Nutcracker, GRAM’s complementary exhibition, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of designing and staging the collaborative production. Items to be included are Chris Van Allsburg’s original drawings for the set and production design, scale models of the sets, and examples of the costumes designed by Patricia Barker. Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg is the renowned author of The Polar Express, Zathura, Jumanji and other classics. Eugene Lee is the Tony Award winner for set design of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Wicked, and the Emmy Award-winning production designer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Exhibition Sponsors

Wege Foundation
Porter Foundation

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.

Drawings from GRAM’s Collection
October 26, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Organized to complement Marks of Genius, this selection of drawings from GRAM’s permanent collection brings together some of our most celebrated works with others that are rarely on view. Drawings from the 15th century through the modern era are grouped into the following categories: religious subjects, the figure, landscape, abstraction, illustration, and architectural studies.

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (French, 1859–1923)
Seventeen Cats on a Ledge, 1901
Pencil, black chalk and black ink, over traces of blue chalk
Museum Purchase, Stuart and Babs Hoffius, and Jon and Carol Muth, 2006.38

Jessica Joy London: A State of Wonder
October 23, 2014 – January 2, 2015


Jessica Joy London, American, b. Guyana, 1983. Detail, Float, 2014. 4’ x 8’. Ink on Yupo paper.

Jessica Joy London creates paintings that are artifacts of chance, conscious decision-making, and the fixed laws of natural phenomena. For inspiration, London closely observes the ordinary in the everyday and often integrates simple materials into her art. She incorporates water from her fish tank, garlic and onion skins, grapefruit, leaves, and grasses. She combines these with colored inks spilled in a systematic and methodical way onto the synthetic paper. Her bright, abstracted images look both biologically organic and mysteriously imagined.

“I imagined if it rained color, the landscape would look like my paintings. Shades of blue would flow from leaf to fallen leaf picking them up and repositioning them on bright green blades of grass and grey concrete in harmonious compositions”. —Jessica Joy London

Exhibition Sponsors:
Porter Foundation Frey Foundation
The Jury Foundation
Media Sponsor:
Michigan Radio – 104.1 FM

Also on view:

Intersections by Anila Quayuum Agha

Adonna Khare (American, b. 1980)
Elephant Whirlpool, 2014
Carbon pencil on paper
Museum Purchase, with funds from Bill and Marilyn Crawford and the Artist, 2014.10