Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion features 45 one-of-a-kind haute couture looks by Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen. Van Herpen is internationally acclaimed for her combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic, innovative techniques—including some of the world’s first examples of 3D-printed fashion.

Selections from ArtPrize Eight: Past/Present/Future
Selections from ArtPrize Eight: Past/Present/Future
October 10, 2016 – October 30, 2016

What do artists have to say about the past, the present, and the future? The artists participating in ArtPrize Eight at GRAM approach this theme using a broad variety of ideas and materials.

Mirror Memory
May 30, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Drawn entirely from GRAM’s permanent collection, Mirror Memory surveys two centuries of photographic landscapes, portraits, novelties, and experimental works, including examples of early daguerreotypes and tintypes, classic black and white images, and large-scale digital prints in bold color.

The Collection in Context
May 22, 2016 – August 14, 2016

The Collection in Context celebrates the diverse range of GRAM’s collection, with additional works borrowed from other institutions. Many of GRAM’s signature artworks will be on display, including works from Asher B. Durand, Alexander Calder, and Gordon Parks, among others.

Whistler and his Circle: Etchings from the Permanent Collection
May 22, 2016 – August 14, 2016

James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) was an international artist, one of the 19th century’s true masters. This exhibition focuses on five of the artists who worked alongside him: Otto Bacher, Frank Duveneck, Francis Seymour Haden, Alphonse Legros, and Mortimer Menpes, as well as other artists who knew Whistler personally. All of the prints in the exhibition were created during Whistler’s lifetime, giving the viewer a unique window into the artistic world surrounding this remarkable artist.

Maureen Nollette: Honorable Ordinaries
May 19, 2016 – August 14, 2016

Maureen Nollette’s work explores the beauty and meaning of repetitive patterns, grid systems, and their collective place within both modern art and traditional textile crafts.

Maurice Sendak
April 9, 2016 – May 22, 2016

This celebration of Sendak’s work includes original illustrations, prints, and drawings as well as accompanying photos and comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities who have been influenced by Sendak’s creative spirit.

Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture
February 23, 2016 – September 4, 2016

This exhibition focuses on notable pieces of 20th century furniture from GRAM’s collection, with select loans.

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
January 31, 2016 – April 17, 2016

The Newcomb Pottery enterprise emerged after the Civil War as a quietly radical experiment, offering Southern women the unprecedented opportunity to train as artists and support themselves financially.

Michigan Artist Series Sally England: New Knots
January 31, 2016 – April 17, 2016

Sally England is a fiber artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ojai, California. She has gained national acclaim for her work in macramé, an ancient form of textile making using decorative knots.

GRAM Selects ArtPrize Seven: Encore
November 27, 2015 – August 14, 2016

GRAM Selects ArtPrize Seven: Encore will showcase some of the strongest works exhibited across Grand Rapids during the annual art competition.

Michigan Artist Series Norwood Viviano: Global Cities
November 19, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Global Cities comprises a group of hand-blown glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, each of which represents an international city, such as Grand Rapids, Rome, or Beijing.

Michigan Made
November 9, 2015 – March 29, 2016

Drawn entirely from GRAM’s permanent collection, Michigan Made showcases the excellence and originality of Michigan artists and designers from the 19th century to the present.

Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective
October 25, 2015 – January 17, 2016

A retrospective exhibition of prints, watercolors, and oil paintings by Grand Rapids native Reynold Weidenaar, celebrating his varied and remarkable career on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Shared Sensibilities: Weidenaar Among his Contemporaries and Predecessors
October 25, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Shared Sensibilities places Reynold Weidenaar’s prints alongside those of his predecessors and contemporaries.

ArtPrize Seven at GRAM: Nature/Nurture
September 17, 2015 – October 11, 2015

Nature/Nurture will explore the circumstances of every-day life and the complex character of identity.

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air
May 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore!
November 28, 2014 – September 17, 2015

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore! showcases some of the strongest works across ArtPrize 2014.

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

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

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

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

ArtPrize at GRAM 2014: [DIS]COMFORT ZONES
September 18 – October 12, 2014

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
May 18 – August 24, 2014

LEGACY: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection
February 2 – April 27, 2014

Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting
October 20, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water
August 16 – October 27, 2013

ArtPrize 2013 at GRAM: Re-imagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature
September 12 – October 6, 2013

GRAM Selects ArtPrize2012: Encore!
Winter 2013 – October 6, 2013

The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter
May 10 – August 25, 2013

Heather McGill: Oblique Angle
April 26 – August 14, 2013

Jon McDonald: Slavery’s Chill
February 15 – April 14, 2013

Salvador Dalí’s Twelve Tribes of Israel
October 19, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Robert McCann: New History Painting
November 2, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Inspired by the Season
December 21 – January 6, 2013

Real/Surreal
October 19, 2012 – January 13, 2013

ArtPrize 2012 at GRAM: Transformation
September 14 – October 7, 201

Patches of Color
August 17 – October 22, 2012

Cities in Transition:
  What Happened Here? GRAM, Ecliptic, and Rosa Parks Circle
  Detroit Then / Now / Next
  Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore
  Perspective on the City: Four Centuries of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
  My City in Transition
June 1 – August 26, 2012

Robert Rauschenberg:
  In Context
  At Gemini
February 3 – May 20, 2012

  Synapsis Shuffle
March 3 – June 3, 2012

Michael Pfleghaar 
February 10 – April 22, 2012

Warrington Colescott 
October 18, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Prophets, Priests, and Kings: Woodcuts by Chris Stoffel Overvoorde 
November 18, 2011 – January 28, 2012

Michigan Perspectives 
October 21 – November 13, 2011

ArtPrize® 2011 Exhibition at GRAM 
September 21 – October 9, 2011

The Blue Bridge: An SIU Architecture Project 
May 26 – August 7, 2011

Birds of America: Audubon Prints from Shelburne Museum 
April 15 – August 14, 2011

Awash in Color: Watercolors by Michigan Artists from the Permanent Collection 
March 8 – September 4, 2011

Ladislav Hanka: Meditations on Michigan’s Land, Lakes and Rivers 
March 31 – May 22, 2011

Selections from 100 Years/100 Works of Art 
November 9, 2010 – March 13, 2011

Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey 
January 21, 2011 – March 20, 2011

Diana – A Celebration 
November 9, 2010 – February 16, 2011

Selections from the Museum Photography Collection 
January 15 – September 5, 2010

GRAM and Ox-Bow: Joint Centennial Celebration Exhibition 
June 4 – August 22, 2010

Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland 1880-1914 
May 21 – August 15, 2010

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde: The Alberta Drawings 
April 30 – August 15, 2010

Side By Side: Mathias Alten and Norman Chamberlain 
April 16 – May 30, 2010

The Legacy of Armand Merizon 
March 12, 2009 – Apri1, 2010

Calder Jewelry 
January 29, 2010 – Apri1 18, 2010

James McNeill Whistler and the Romance of Great Cities
October 2, 2009 – January 10, 2010

American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection
October 2, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Tissot’s London 1871-1882: The Art and Culture of City Life
October 2, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Father and Son: Eliel and Eero Saarinen at Cranbrook
June 2 – November 1, 2009

Calder in the Collection: 40th Celebration of La Grande Vitesse
June 2 – August 30, 2009

A Gift of Art: The Legacy of Mabel Perkins
October 7, 2008 – August 16, 2009

Durer Rembrandt: Story of the Bible
March 27 – May 24, 2009

MOBY DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville
January 23 – May 3, 2009

André Kértesz: On Reading
January 23 – March 22, 2009

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Parisienne
October 3, 2008 – January 11, 2009

Richard Avedon: Larger than Life
October 3, 2008 – January 4, 2009

America Black and White: Gordon Parks Photography 
June 27 – September 28, 2008

A Traveler’s Diary: Ferdinand Richardt Drawings of America, 1855-1859 
June 27 – September 7, 2008

Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition 
June 20 – August 3, 2008

Jennifer Bartlett: Amagansett 
June – August, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg – Environmental Art 
June 17 – September 28, 2008

The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly 
April – June 2008

Rapid Exposure: Warhol in Series 
March 14 – June 15, 2008

Edward Burtynsky : Manufactured Landscapes
January – April 27, 2008

Mark Sheinkman : Drawing in Space
May – August 2008

Inspired by Architecture: Prints by Roland Fischer and Brice Marden 
February – March 2008

Four Salvaged Boxes: Museum Design with Environmental Sustainability
October 5, 2007 – February, 2008

Chris Van Allsburg Drawings: Another Place, Another Time
October 5, 2007 – February 2008

A Faithful Eye: Modern and Contemporary Art from The Netherlands – The ABN AMRO Collection 
October 5, 2007 – January 6, 2008