ArtPrize Nine at GRAM

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ArtPrize Nine at GRAM

September 13, 2017 – October 8, 2017

ArtPrize returns to GRAM this year with a diverse array of contemporary art in a broad spectrum of media. New this year is the Museum’s participation in Pitch Night, an ArtPrize program through which participants in select cities compete for funding and the opportunity to exhibit their art at a high profile venue. Between now and April 26, North Carolina artists may submit a proposal to be included in Pitch Night Durham and have the chance to present how they would activate a gallery space at GRAM. Click here for more information.

GRAM is one of the premiere ArtPrize venues in downtown Grand Rapids. Centrally located in the heart of the city, GRAM is known for hosting some of the strongest work in this international art competition; Public Vote Grand Prize winners in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and the Juried Grand Prize winner in 2014. GRAM was also shortlisted for the honor of Best Venue in 2013 and 2014.

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Andy Warhol’s American Icons

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Marilyn Monore (Marilyn), 1967. Screenprint on paper, 40 x 40 in. Private Collection. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Marilyn Monroe™; Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights: The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC. marilynmonroe.com

Andy Warhol’s American Icons

October 28, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) has assumed iconic status as one of the most brilliant and influential artists of the 20th century. He mined American mass culture for his subjects and images, adapting the look of advertising, comic books, and magazines, in effect creating a mirror of popular culture. Organized by GRAM, this unique exhibition showcases Warhol’s celebration of America by bringing together a selection of unique paintings, prints, photographs, and even film of iconic American products and symbols like Coca Cola and the Empire State Building, of fictional characters like Superman, and of iconic Americans like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Warhol himself. The exhibition is drawn from prestigious museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, GRAM, and other public and private sources.

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October 28, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

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Charles E. Burchfield: A Resounding Roar

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967). Telegraph Music, 1949. Watercolor and ink on paper. 11 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches. Burchfield Penney Art Center. Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994

Charles E. Burchfield: A Resounding Roar

October 28, 2017 – January 14, 2018

The vibrant landscapes of American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield (1893 – 1967) crackle with color and energy. Charles E. Burchfield: A Resounding Roar explores the idea that sound and music were a crucial source of inspiration for Burchfield’s art. The exhibition brings together paintings and drawings inspired by the ever-present sounds of nature, as well as the music of the great composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Off-Shore and On the Beach

Left: William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825–1905). Sisters on the Shore, 1896. Oil on Canvas. 56 x 36 inches. Gift of Charles Willis Ward. Right: Èdouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). On the Beach, c. 1868. Oil on canvas. 15 3/4 x 19 inches. Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill.

Off-Shore and On the Beach

July 7, 2017 – August 27, 2017

This year’s statewide exhibition, organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, juxtaposes two 19th century seaside scenes by French painters Èdouard Manet and William Adolphe Bouguereau from the DIA’s world-renowned collection. The subject of figures by the seashore was of great interest to many 19th century painters, though approaches to the theme were quite varied. This exhibition provides the opportunity to compare a sketchy, impressionistic painting by Manet alongside the meticulously realistic canvas by Bouguereau, as well as the chance to view a number of paintings and works on paper from GRAM’s own collection featuring the same shore-side theme.

 

This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Christian Marclay: Video Quartet

Image of four projected screens featuring musical instruments and singersChristian Marclay (b. 1955). Video Quartet, 2002. Four‑channel video projection, color, sound, 17 min. 96 × 480 in. (243.8 × 1219.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2005.171. © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Christian Marclay: Video Quartet

October 28, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Christian Marclay: Video Quartet is a theater-sized video projection that presents a flow of film excerpts featuring people playing instruments, singing, or performing actions that generate noise, such as knocking on a door. Video Quartet’s four adjoining screens are synchronized so that these previously unconnected performances blend together. The artist spent over a year composing and editing more than 700 individual film clips to create this exhilarating new work of art and music.

This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle

Panoramic painting by Alexis RockmanAlexis Rockman (American, b. 1962). Cascade, 2015. Oil and alkyd on wood panel. 72 x 144 inches. Commissioned by Grand Rapids Art Museum with funds provided by Peter Wege, Jim and Mary Nelson, John and Muriel Halick, Mary B. Loupee, and Karl and Patricia Betz. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 2015.19

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle

January 27, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle explores the past, present, and future of North America’s Great Lakes–one of the world’s most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosystems.

This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013 when artist Alexis Rockman embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized paintings which explore separate themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. These are accompanied by several large-scale watercolors and field drawings–monochromatic animal and plant studies made from site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal, and leaves.

One of the world’s great natural treasures, the Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, and Superior—form an interconnected system that is among the most beautiful, economically significant, and ecologically complex regions on the planet. The Great Lakes, which hold over 20% of the world’s fresh water, contain some of the most precious resources for the future of humankind and life on earth. Rockman’s series celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes while exploring how they are threatened by factors including climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture and urban sprawl. While there has been some success in reversing these trends, the exhibition of these dramatic works will serve to inspire wider understanding and draw greater attention to the urgency of these issues.

 

About the Artist

Born in 1962 and raised in New York, Alexis Rockman has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions internationally, including a major retrospective organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work is included in public and private collections around the world, and he has held teaching posts at Columbia and Harvard Universities, among others. Rockman studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Visual Arts, New York and gained early recognition in the mid-1980s for his realistic bio-botanical scenes. He lives and works in New York City.

 

This exhibition was organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

February 24, 2017 – September 12, 2017

GRAM’s collection has returned to our level 3 galleries! As the heart of the Museum, our collection is constantly growing and changing—just like the city it serves. For over 100 years, GRAM’s collection has been cultivated to included a diverse array of American and European prints, paintings, sculptures, and a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft. From a trove of over 6,000 works, this season features exciting changes to the look and layout of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries. New and noteworthy are several recent acquisitions and loans, an expanded focus on Michigan artists, new selections from our ongoing ArtPrize Encore series, and spotlight sections devoted to inspiring themes.

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Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom

March 24, 2017 – March 26, 2017

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. Our region’s most talented floral designers will create thought provoking and elegantly designed arrangements inspired by works from the Museum’s collection. These floral sculptures emphasize, challenge, and build upon elements and concepts within the original work of art, creating an extraordinary dialogue between the two pieces. Visitors will be invited to select the People’s Choice Award Winner by casting a vote for their favorite floral sculpture. This three-day exhibition is a must-see!

View Art in Bloom photos here

Congratulations to our 2017 Jury Award Winners

1st Place
Alyssa Ferguson | Fleurology Designs (#4)
Inspired by: Lady in Opera Cloak (Portrait of Miss C.) by William Merritt Chase
1st Place
Gary Wells AIFD, CFD (#17)
Inspired by: Eight-Fold Screen by Eugene Masselink
2nd Place
Geniene Hourigan-Culp (#6)
Inspired by: Forest by Werner Drewes

Congratulations to our 2017 People’s Choice Award Winners

1st Place
Mari Ignatoski | Ginko Studios Floral Design (#8)
Inspired by: Balcony Railing by Hector Guimard
2nd Place
Alyssa Ferguson | Fleurology Designs (#4)
Inspired by: Lady in Opera Cloak (Portrait of Miss C.) by William Merritt Chase

The Art of Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg, Rube Goldberg Inventions United States Postal Service Stamp (included on sheet of “Comic Classics” stamps), date unknown. Sheet of USPS stamps. Artwork Copyright © Rube Goldberg Inc. All Rights Reserved. RUBE GOLDBERG ® is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc. All materials used with permission. www.rubegoldberg.com

The Art of Rube Goldberg

May 20, 2017 – August 27, 2017

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). Celebrated for his graphic techniques, enduring characters, and especially for his invention drawings, Goldberg is an American cultural icon whose influence can still be felt today. The Art of Rube Goldberg brings together more than 75 drawings, rare photographs, sketches, and animated films, as well as rare personal photographs and memorabilia from the Goldberg family archives, to bring to life one of 20th century America’s most wildly talented innovators.

The exhibition traces Goldberg’s career over a remarkable 72-year period, from a rare early drawing, through his syndicated strips of the 1920s and 30s, to his influential later works. The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist is best known for his invention drawings–complex chain-reaction machines designed to perform simple tasks. These humorous drawings and cartoons were for Goldberg, “a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results.”

From board games and toys to music videos and Hollywood movies, Goldberg has influenced some of the most indelible moments in pop culture. His name is so synonymous with his creations that it was added to the Merriam-Wesbter Dictionary as an adjective that describes the act of complicating a simple task.

Enhancing the exhibition is Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ 30-minute video, The Way Things Go (1986–1987), in which objects such as tires, saws, ladders, and buckets are animated by physics: water, fire, gas, and gravity propelled these objects to collide and react in a chain of events. Rube Goldberg’s invention drawings were a major inspiration for Fischli and Weiss during the two years they spent working on the video.

The Art of Rube Goldberg was conceived by Creighton Michael; developed in cooperation with Heirs of Rube Goldberg, LLC, New York, New York; and curated by Max Weintraub. The tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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Selections from GRAM’s Collection

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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.