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.
Presenting Sponsor Wege Foundation Contributing Sponsors The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, Rothbury Farms, Glen Johnson and Tom Merchant, Miller Johnson, Mitchell and Karen Padnos, Bill and Kate Scarbrough Media Sponsor Michigan Radio 104.1 FM
Michigan Artist Series: David Greenwood: Stop Motion
February 12 – May 17, 2015
GRAM presents a retrospective of sculpture by Grand Rapids artist David Greenwood that demonstrate his use of symbols and allegory in reflecting on the human condition. The exhibition includes an array of Greenwood’s inventive, realist works—with pieces created from 1985 to today—that demonstrate his confident handling of wood and other mixed materials. He continues to straddle the boundary between the conscious and unconscious mind, “searching for those images that are both unique and universal.” Greenwood was recently honored with the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from Kendall College of Art and Design, where taught Sculpture and Functional Art for over 30 years.
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free for members, free with general admission
Cash bar opens at 6:00 pm, lecture begins at 7:00 pm in Cook Auditorium.
The Jury Foundation
ABOVE: David Greenwood
Mamba Mambo. Wood, stain, paint.
24 x 60 x 12 inches.
Courtesy of the artist
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.
Friday, April 10, 2015 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free for members, $5 for non-members Free for Art.Downtown participants
GRAM will be open late this evening to participate in Avenue for the Arts’ gallery/studio/shop hop event. This one-night event features several hundred local artists showing in galleries, businesses, and studio spaces all around downtown Grand Rapids. GRAM is one of the featured trolley stops of the evening, making it a great place to start your experience. Our featured exhibition will be Art of the Lived Experiment, which is on view from Friday, April 10 through Friday, July 31, 2015.
T.J. Wilcox: In the Air
Member Preview of T.J. Wilcox: In the Air Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free, members only
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York