Future Exhibitions


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.


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

NUTCRACKER

Chris Van Allsburg, American, b. 1949. Drawing of The Nutcracker Opening Curtain with Drosselmeyer, 2014.

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.


Edward Burtynsky: Water
February 1, 2015 – April 26 , 2015

WATER

Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, b. 1955. Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Station, Baja, Mexico 2012. Digital Chromogenic Print. Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery & Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York.

Through enormous color aerial photographs by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, this exhibition explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource—water.

Over the past five years, Burtynsky traveled across the globe, weaving together an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented life cycle and the roles that it plays in modern life: as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource.

These images—sometimes elegant and sometimes haunting, many bordering on the edge of complete abstraction—hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.