Drop-In Tour: Furniture and Design Collection

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Drop-In Tour: Furniture and Design Collection

June 18, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Grand Rapids has been commonly known as the Furniture City for over 100 years. Discover both historic and modern chairs, desks, and accessories in the Museum’s collection. Each design is unique, ranging from traditional to Prairie style to whimsical. The docent guided tour will discuss both the design choices and craftsmanship involved with each piece of furniture.

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

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Flashlight Tour

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Flashlight Tour

June 20, 2019, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

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After the Museum closes at 9 pm, lights will be turned off and special flashlight tours will be offered. Hour-long tours will be docent-led, and include souvenir flashlights and glowing bracelets for all guests. Each tour will visit GRAM’s permanent collection and current exhibitions, Maya Lin: Art and Environment, for a one-of-a-kind museum experience.

This tour has limited capacity, all tour guests must be 10 years old and over, and must preregister by purchasing tickets online or by calling 616.831.1002.  Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

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Drop-In Tour: Maya Lin

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Drop-In Tour: Maya Lin

June 29, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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GRAM docents will guide participants through an exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist, architect, and designer Maya Lin. Organized by GRAM in collaboration with Lin’s studio, the exhibition focuses on large-scale sculpture that demonstrates Lin’s fascination with water as a subject. Created in materials such as silver, carved and polished marble, steel, and building materials, Lin’s work is conceived through the meticulous use of charting, mapping, and scientific research in determining each sculpture’s ultimate design, layout, and structure. The focus on water and the environment is relevant now more than ever, and Lin’s compelling artworks will help raise environmental awareness and challenge visitors to ponder humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

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

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Maya Lin

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Drop-In Sketching Tour: Maya Lin

June 8, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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GRAM docents will lead sketching exercises for participants through an exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist, architect, and designer Maya Lin. Organized by GRAM in collaboration with Lin’s studio, the exhibition focuses on large-scale sculpture that demonstrates Lin’s fascination with water as a subject. Created in materials such as silver, carved and polished marble, steel, and building materials, Lin’s work is conceived through the meticulous use of charting, mapping, and scientific research in determining each sculpture’s ultimate design, layout, and structure. The focus on water and the environment is relevant now more than ever, and Lin’s compelling artworks will help raise environmental awareness and challenge visitors to ponder humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

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 at noon in the main lobby.

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Light the Night

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Light the Night

June 20, 2019, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Make the most of one of the longest days of the year with after-hours exhibitions and gallery activities exploring light and shadow. Enjoy light up art-making activities, scavenger hunts, prizes, guided tours at 6:30pm and 7:45pm, a live musical performance and more!

At 7pm, enjoy a Caribbean dancing and drumming performance, including a chance to join in the fun with interactive drumming experiences!

Admission and all activities are free; no registration required.

Flashlight tours are available from 9-10pm after the event closes.  Tickets must be purchased for this special tour before June 20.

Drop-In Tour: Portraits Through the Years

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Drop-In Tour: Portraits Through the Years

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

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Join GRAM for a tour of one of the museum’s newest exhibitions, Self, Symbol, Surrogate: Artist Portraits from GRAM’s Collection.  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?

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

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Drop-In Tour: Going Green at GRAM

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Drop-In Tour: Going Green at GRAM

June 11, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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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.

Discovery Club: Art Safari

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Discovery Club: Art Safari

June 12, 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.

There are animals living at the art museum!  For this month’s theme, we will go on a safari to see the various animals in paintings and sculptures around the museum while playing games.  Then in the Studio, participants will create a special animal of their own 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 Monday, June 10th.  Register by contacting Kristen Hoeker at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2930.

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Baby and Me Tour: Portraits Through the Years

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Baby and Me Tour: Portraits Through the Years

June 18, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 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?

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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Story Time: Art Safari

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Story Time: Art Safari

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Animals have invaded the art museum!  The Grand Rapids Public Library staff will begin by reading an animal themed story and inviting families to join in a special song and dance. Then GRAM docents will lead the safari throughout the museum in search of animals big and small as families complete their scavenger hunt.  The program concludes with a visit to the GRAM Studio to create a unique work of art to take home to remember your art museum safari!

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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