Drop-in Tour: African American Artists in the Collection

A photograph by Dawoud Bey of two women at a paradeDawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Two Women at a Parade, 1978 (2011 print), gelatin silver photograph, 8 x 11 7/8 inches. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 2018.21. © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Drop-in Tour: African American Artists in the Collection

February 16, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Visit GRAM during Black History Month for a guided drop-in tour exploring the work of black artists. The Museum’s growing collection of over 6,000 objects contains work by notable contemporary black artists like Dawoud Bey, one of today’s most important and influential photographers, and James Van Der Zee, a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Discussion will also include the work of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and others, all of whom explore themes of race, class, and representation, making art work that is grounded in specific African American identity while simultaneously engaging more shared, universal themes.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the Museum’s main lobby at 1pm. No registration required.

Story Time: Picture Perfect

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Story Time: Picture Perfect

April 18, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Time to smile and strike a pose for your portrait!  The Grand Rapids Public Library will share books, songs, and dancing that celebrate people’s stories of the past and present. Then GRAM docents will take families around the exhibitions to explore portraits and solve mysteries of who the people were and their unique story.  Finally, head to the GRAM Studio to take a special work of art to take home!

Program activities including the art project and museum admission is free for everyone Thursdays from 5-9pm!  No registration required.  This program takes places at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

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Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

April 6, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Take the intimidation out of abstract art with the help of a GRAM docent leading the way. Guests will explore the emotions and techniques behind the passionate works of art, including the use of color, perspective, and style.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

Discovery Club: Experiment Excitement

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Discovery Club: Experiment Excitement

April 10, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

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Children 3-5 years old and their families are invited to join the GRAM Discovery Club program which occurs every second Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.  Each month features a new theme to engage young children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

Experiment Excitement – Science and art come together for this month’s Discovery Club! Families will take part in several fun experiments using artwork as inspiration throughout the museum.  Then in the Studio, families will experiment to create a unique work of art to take home!

Cost:$3 per child/member child 3-5 years old, $7 per adult, member adults are free.

Registration:Deadline to register is the Monday before each program date.  Registration is on the website, or by calling Visitor Service 616-831-1002.

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New Member Tour: Made in the Mitten

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New Member Tour: Made in the Mitten

August 17, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Welcome to the Grand Rapids Art Museum family! Acquaint yourself with GRAM by joining us for a docent-led tour of GRAM’s permanent collection that focuses on Michigan history, landscapes, and artists. Though designed for new members, all GRAM members are invited to participate.

Michigan is home to majestic landscape, intriguing people, and talented artists.  During this tour, journey into Michigan’s past, discuss the artists from the past and present that call this state home, discover exceptional furniture pieces made from area lumber, and step into the natural wonder of the Great Lakes!

This one-hour tour is free and exclusive for GRAM Members, and limited to 16 participants. Pre-registration required online or by calling 616.831.2912.

Not a GRAM Member…yet? Join us online for fastest service and to register for this tour. You may also contact our friendly Visitor Services staff for more information about all the benefits of joining by calling 616.831.1000.

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Portraits

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Drop-In Sketching Tour: Portraits

April 13, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Portraits are glimpses into a person’s life, and with the help of a docent guide your group will explore clues left behind to learn personal tales from near and far. Featured art includes painting, drawings, and sculptures both historic and modern. What hidden facets of this person’s life will you discover?

The second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a great way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. These tours are free with admission and are open to individuals of all ages and levels of experience.  Please meet in the main lobby.

New Member Tour: Art and Travel

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New Member Tour: Art and Travel

November 9, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Welcome to the Grand Rapids Art Museum family! Acquaint yourself with GRAM by joining us for a docent-led tour of GRAM’s permanent collection with an emphasis on art and travel. Though designed for new members, all GRAM members are invited to participate.

You don’t need a passport to travel around the world at GRAM!  Your docent travel guide will showcase works of art depicting intriguing locations and cultures.  Explore exotic landscapes, marvel at detailed architecture, and get to know residents of far off places without ever leaving the museum!

This one-hour tour is free and exclusive for GRAM Members, and limited to 16 participants. Pre-registration required online or by calling 616.831.2912.

Not a GRAM Member…yet? Join us online for fastest service and to register for this tour. You may also contact our friendly Visitor Services staff for more information about all the benefits of joining by calling 616.831.1000.

Drop-In Tour: A Decade at the Center

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Drop-In Tour: A Decade at the Center

April 2, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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GRAM closes out a yearlong celebration of the Museum’s first decade at 101 Monroe Center with an exhibition featuring works of art and design acquired through gift and purchase in commemoration of this auspicious anniversary.  A docent guide will share insight into these amazing works of art as well as how the museum collects and cares for the artwork in the collection.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

Baby and Me Tour: Abstract Explorations

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Baby and Me Tour: Abstract Explorations

April 23, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Moms, dads, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to join us for an interactive tour and discussion, this month inspired by the abstract artwork in moth the temporary and permanent collection exhibitions. With a docent guide, enjoy these colorful and intriguing works of art that often express emotions and hidden stories that the art wants to share with the world.  Expect a special kind of outing where no one minds if baby lends their opinion with a coo or a cry!

Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged! This tour is free; visitors enjoy free admission every Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Baby & Me Tours are perfect for children age 0 – 18 months. The tour will meet at the guest services desk in the lobby.

To guarantee the tour runs and that your spot is reserved, please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

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Drop-In Tour: Going Green at GRAM

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Drop-In Tour: Going Green at GRAM

April 23, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Celebrate Earth Day at GRAM!  Experience the green features of the world’s first LEED Gold-certified art museum! A guided conversation takes you through an investigation of our stunning building to reveal both little and large that the museum is environmentally friendly. Along the way, groups will explore the artwork that also has a green focus to help save our planet!

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.