ArtPrize returns to GRAM this year with a diverse array of contemporary art in a broad spectrum of media.
GRAM is proud to partner with Festival of the Arts to bring a selection of the 2017 Regional Art Competition winners to the museum this summer.
Organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, this exhibition juxtaposes two 19th century seaside scenes by French painters Èdouard Manet and William Adolphe Bouguereau from the DIA’s world-renowned collection.
The Art of Rube Goldberg is the first comprehensive survey exhibition in nearly 50 years that demonstrates the artistic talent and endless imagination of the legendary American cartoonist and illustrator, Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).
Art in Bloom is a bi-annual, one-weekend-only exhibition that celebrates the combined beauty of art and floral design. Come see the first signs of spring at the Museum while touring the galleries and enjoying extravagant floral sculptures.
As the heart of the Museum, our collection is constantly growing and changing—just like the city it serves.
What drives the universal human impulse to collect objects? What makes different objects desirable? What are some of the hidden treasures in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan? These questions, and others, are addressed and answered by Finders Keepers: West Michigan Collects.
Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta is a visual biography of the man largely responsible for the popularization of tribal tattooing. The exhibition’s narrative format draws on Zulueta’s personal and cultural history, as well as the historical cultures that greatly influenced his work.
Works by well-known artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Blake, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol are organized by printmaking method. Each section of the exhibition provides information about the different methods, tools, and materials that go into the production of the most common print forms, including woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, screen-prints, and monoprints.
Due to the scale of Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, selections from GRAM’s permanent collection have been temporarily relocated to Level II. Stop by to see public favorites like paintings by Mathias Alten, sculptures by Alexander Calder, design by Charles and Ray Eames, and other exciting collection highlights.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’s work explores the beauty and meaning of repetitive patterns, grid systems, and their collective place within both modern art and traditional textile crafts.
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.
This exhibition focuses on notable pieces of 20th century furniture from GRAM’s collection, with select loans.
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.
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 will showcase some of the strongest works exhibited across Grand Rapids during the annual art competition.
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.
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.
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 places Reynold Weidenaar’s prints alongside those of his predecessors and contemporaries.
Nature/Nurture will explore the circumstances of every-day life and the complex character of identity.
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
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
February 3 – May 20, 2012
March 3 – June 3, 2012
February 10 – April 22, 2012
October 18, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Prophets, Priests, and Kings: Woodcuts by Chris Stoffel Overvoorde
November 18, 2011 – January 28, 2012
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
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