Game Changers: The Stories Behind Iconic Images of Black Athletes

 

Game Changers: The Stories Behind Iconic Images of Black Athletes

January 10, 2019, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Free
Cook Auditorium

Louis Moore is associate professor of history and coordinator of African/African-American Studies at Grand Valley State University. Moore has written and lectured extensively on the history of black athletes, the struggles they have faced both personally and professionally, and their crucial impact on society. His presentation will focus on images of black athletes featured in the Who Shot Sports exhibition, from celebrated icons like Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali, to lesser-known figures such as Major Taylor and Beau Jack.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Lecture: The Stories Behind the Herman Miller Picnic Posters Designed by Steve Frykholm

Courtesy Herman Miller; Photo Credit: Dress Code

Lecture: The Stories Behind the Herman Miller Picnic Posters Designed by Steve Frykholm

August 2, 2018, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

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Join us in Cook Auditorium for a free lecture by graphic designer, Steve Frykholm.

In 1970, Steve Frykholm join Herman Miller as its first in-house graphic designer, among his first assignments at Herman Miller was a poster for the company’s annual company-wide summer picnic. For its theme of sweet corn, Frykholm depicted a zoomed-in view of a pair of teeth clamped around an ear of corn. An instant success, the lively posters became an annual project for the next twenty years. Frykholm’s bold use of colors, dynamic compositions, and simplified forms reflect the modern design of the twentieth-century European poster but rendered in a Pop-art idiom. Frykholm has since received an AIGA Medal, recognizing him for establishing the highest standards of corporate design through his work shaping the visual identity and sensibility of the iconic American company. Hear from the designer himself and learn the stories behind the famous Herman Miller Picnic Posters—now on view on Level 1.

Art Social: ArtPrize 10 at GRAM

 

Art Social: ArtPrize 10 at GRAM

September 29, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Spend your Saturday morning at GRAM with art, culture, and a bloody mary and mimosa bar on the scenic Miller Veranda. Sip cocktails with friends and enjoy live music by Johnny Irion, downtown views and your first drink are included with registration. End the morning with a docent-led tour of ArtPrize 10 at GRAM.

Bar & Live Music 10am-12pm
Docent Led Tour 11:30am

Space is limited, please purchase your tickets early.

Member Day Trip: Detroit Institute of Arts | Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Darth Vader, Star Wars™: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Member Day Trip: Detroit Institute of Arts | Star Wars and the Power of Costume

August 18, 2018, 7:30 AM-7:00 PM

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Join GRAM as we travel to the Detroit Institute of Arts for Star Wars and the Power of Costume. This exhibition features a dramatic presentation of more that 60 original costumes and examines the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga- from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

This trip includes:
Round trip bus travel to and from Detroit
Bagels and coffee on the bus
Catered lunch at the DIA
Museum entrance and special exhibition tickets
Free time to explore the Museum on your own
Snacks on the return trip to Grand Rapids

This trip departs promptly at 7:30am from:
Park & Ride
3250 Deposit Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Cost:
Adult Members & Member Guests: $85
Youth Members (6-17): $70
Adults: $115
Youth (6-17): $100

Please note, youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Members, please log-in to the web portal to receive your member discount or call 616.831.2912.

GRAM After Dark: Jock Jams

 

GRAM After Dark: Jock Jams

October 26, 2018, 9:00 PM-11:45 PM

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GRAM After Dark is back! Celebrate the opening of Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present after hours at GRAM with DJ AB, drinks, and dancing to your favorite jock jams. Dress as an athlete or in your #1 team’s jersey and be eligible to win season tickets to The Drive. This event is 18+. Registration is required.

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Why Sports Photography at Museums Now? A Lecture with Curator Gail Buckland

Bob Martin (British, b. 1959). Serena, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches (21.6 x 32.7 cm). Courtesy of Bob Martin.

Why Sports Photography at Museums Now? A Lecture with Curator Gail Buckland

October 27, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

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Cook Auditorium
Free for Members, Free with Admission

The finest sports photographers do much more than record the winning goal, dunk, or tackle. They are on the front lines of human drama, preserving bodies in motion, giving shape to the emotions of victory or despair while capturing the spirit of the game and the nobility in athletic pursuits. Like other artists, they make gesture permanent. In this presentation, curator of Who Shot Sports Gail Buckland will discuss the stories behind these powerful images and her motivation for taking on this enormous, but exciting project.

One of her primary motivations was the fact that sports images have mostly been left out of the canon of photographic history. Their ability to powerfully and concisely visualize human endurance, beauty, and aspiration has been discounted, or not recognized as parallel to similar achievements in other art forms. Who Shot Sports seeks to reevaluate these compelling images and contextualize them within the history of photography.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

GRAM After Dark: Quiet Clubbing

Terry Johnson Photography

GRAM After Dark: Quiet Clubbing

September 14, 2018, 9:00 PM-11:45 PM

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Free for GRAM Visionnaires (up to 2 tickets per household)
$10 GRAM members
$15 public in advance, $20 at the door

Quiet clubbing is back at GRAM! Celebrate the opening of ArtPrize 10 at GRAM with drinks and a silent dance party with COMPLETE VII, DJ Monica Parker, and DJ Slim Tim.

Ages 21+ only. A photo ID is required for entry. Backpacks, large bags, and outside food and beverages are not permitted.

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Member Exhibition Opening

Terry Johnson Photography

Member Exhibition Opening

October 26, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Members are invited to celebrate the exhibition opening of Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History Friday, October 26, 7-9pm.

Members enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music while mingling with fellow art lovers. Docents will be available in the galleries for impromptu tours and to answer questions about the exhibition.

Not a GRAM Member, yet? Join online for fastest service or call 616.831.2912. As a Members, you’ll receive free general admission, invitations to members-only events (like this one!), discounts on programs and so much more.

An Evening with the Sikh Community

 

An Evening with the Sikh Community

June 28, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Join us for an evening of art and learning with our Sikh Neighbors here in Grand Rapids! This event will feature a mini-documentary on life as a Sikh in West Michigan followed by an interactive session with members of the local Sikh community. After the discussion we will have the opportunity to take an Interfaith tour of GRAM, and see their new exhibitions, Mirror Variations by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha (2014 ArtPrize Winner). Light refreshments will be provided. Bring the whole family!

Registration is free but appreciated. We hope to see you there!