Current Exhibitions



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T.J. Wilcox: In the Air
MAY 17 – AUGUST 30, 2015

Artist T. J. Wilcox’s In the Air is a dazzling panoramic film installation, presenting viewers with a captivating, multidirectional, bird’s-eye view of the New York City skyline.

Using the latest in digital video technology to capture footage atop his penthouse studio—18 floors above Union Square in Manhattan—Wilcox’s work is a 360-degree, cinematic record of a day in the city, compressed into a 30 minute film. The New York Times has given rave reviews for In the Air, saying that, “the majesty and clarity of this wraparound vista is stunning. The city looks older, almost timeless, without the details of street traffic and storefronts.”

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and curated by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.

ABOVE: T. J. Wilcox, In the Air, 2013 (installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art). Ten-channel panoramic video installation, black-and-white and color, silent, 30:42 minutes looped. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from Daniel and Pamella Roland DeVos 2014.62. © Bill Jacobson/T. J. Wilcox Studio

The Grand Rapids presentation has been made possible by:

Presenting Sponsor
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Contributing Sponsors
Sydney DeVos

Lizbeth O’Shaughnessy Progressive AE

Robert Daverman, AIA / GRCF Triangle Associates, Inc.

J. Visser Design



Surroundings: Yun-Fei Ji and Susanna Heller
May 17 through August 30, 2015

Both Yun-Fei Ji and Susanna Heller create distinctive two-dimensional works in panoramic formats. Ji is best known for his drawings, which he executes in Chinese watercolor ink on traditional paper. Heller has long been inspired by her walks through the metropolis in creating her paintings, which are long panels that incorporate a variety of perspectives of bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels, and scaffolding. Serving as a complement to T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, this two-person exhibition draws strong contrasts and comparisons between these two artists’ graphic formats and particular objectives and those of T. J. Wilcox’s all-encompassing cinematic view of Manhattan.

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Yun-Fei Ji, Detail, The Three Gorges Dam Migration, 2009. Edition 108 of 108. Hand-printed watercolor woodblock mounted on paper and silk. 15 7/8 x 123 3/4 in. Edition of 108. Photo: Christophber Burke. © The Artist / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai


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.

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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



Henri Rivière’s Paris Lithographs
May 17 through August 30, 2015

Henri Rivière was a well known artist and printmaker associated with the Le Chat Noir cabaret circle of artists in Montmartre, an area of Paris where Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec also worked. This exhibition showcases GRAM’s collection of lithographs by Rivière, which features a series of views in and around Paris that suggest the romantic associations of the city at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition reflects Rivière’s significant interest in Japanese prints, as his works’ striking diagonal compositions and focus on similar scenes at various times of day—and in different weather —recall techniques of Japanese woodblock printmakers.

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Henri Rivière (French, 1864–1951). Detail, L’Ile des Cygnes, 1900. Lithograph on paper. 20 1/2 x 32 inches. Museum Purchase, 2003.8. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris



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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



Art of the Lived Experiment
April 10 – July 31, 2015

GRAM is one of three venues in Grand Rapids—along with Kendall College of Art and Design and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)— to present Art of the Lived Experiment, a thematic group exhibition of contemporary art that addresses change, adjustment, and social perceptions in the lives of disabled people. The exhibition will explore technological advancements, social stigmatization, and the day-to-day experiences of people living with disabilities.

Art of the Lived Experiment is the centerpiece of the DisArt Festival, which includes a series of talks, performances, and presentations at various venues around Grand Rapids that aim to inform the public and inspire conversations about the human experience of disability as it relates to the production of art.




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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.