Drop-in Sketching Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

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Drop-in Sketching Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

December 8, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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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. This month explore GRAM’s latest Michigan Artist Series exhibition, Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives.

In Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, Miner investigates the important historical and current issues around three primary natural elements: wood, water, and sky, and the traditional knowledge and beliefs around them within Great Lakes Indigenous cultures. For the exhibition, Miner will produce a series of large-scale cyanotype photographs on fabric that portray images of cloudy skies and water surfaces. For Miner, the blue color of the cyanotype process evokes water and sky, and also has symbolic correspondence to Michigan’s history around Indigenous issues of sovereignty. (The cyanotype process was first used in 1842, the year that the Treaty of LaPointe was signed, the last of the eight major treaties ceding land that is now Michigan.) Miner will also create site-specific sculptural elements for the exhibition from old growth timber and other arboreal materials.

A docent guide will meet the group in the Museum Lobby 5 minutes before the tour begins.  All sketching materials will be provided, and no prior drawing experience is required.  Drop-in Tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.

Drop-in Tour: Green Features

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Drop-in Tour: Green Features

December 11, 2018, 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 no preregistration is required. A docent guide will meet the group in the Museum Lobby 5 minutes before the tour begins.

Drop-in Tour: GRAM’s Collection – Portraits

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Drop-in Tour: GRAM’s Collection – Portraits

December 15, 2018, 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?

Drop-In Tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.  Docent guide will meet the group in the Lobby 5 minutes before the tour begins.

Drop-in Tour: Who Shot Sports

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Drop-in Tour: Who Shot Sports

December 18, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Comprising over 200 images in color and black-and-white from the past 175 years, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present presents an astonishing diversity of work by more than 150 photographers. The exhibition includes classic images of legendary athletes and historic action shots, as well as pictures taken behind-the-scenes and on the sidelines. Sports familiar and unfamiliar are represented, in photographs taken across six continents. Fans and spectators worldwide are portrayed, too, demonstrating an enthusiasm for sports that transcends national borders and socioeconomic levels.

Docent guide will meet the group in the Lobby 5 minutes before the tour start time.  Drop-In Tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.

Baby and Me Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

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Baby and Me Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

December 18, 2018, 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 one of the museum’s newest exhibitions, Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives.  With a docent guide, hear about Native American legends that relate to the artwork on view, and then you will explore other artwork in the permanent collection that are inspired by a legend, myth, or story. 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.

Light the Night

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Light the Night

December 20, 2018, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Celebrate one of the longest nights of the year by attending Light the Night! This free event will feature activities from 5 – 9 pm, including art-making projects themed around shadows and light, a scavenger hunt with a prize, performances in Cook Auditorium, and more. Visitors also have free access to all Museum exhibitions currently on view, Docents available for special in-gallery experiences throughout the evening. Admission and activities are all free and no registration is required.

Also available on December 20: Flashlight Tours! Flashlight tours take place directly following Light the Night, and there is an admission fee and pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Visit the Flashlight Tour event page for more information and to reserve your tickets.

Flashlight Tours

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Flashlight Tours

December 20, 2018, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

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$15 per person, $10 per member or member guest (ages 10 and over)

After the Museum closes at 9 pm, the lights will be turned off and special in-gallery Flashlight Tours will be offered! Hour-long tours will be docent-led, and include special flashlights and glowing bracelets for all guests. Each tour will visit the permanent collection and several of the new exhibitions for a truly unique 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.

Drop-in Tour: Who Shot Sports

People on a docent guided tour discussing artwork. 

Drop-in Tour: Who Shot Sports

December 1, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Drop into GRAM and explore the Museum’s latest exhibition, Who Shot Sports, with one of our dedicated docents. Comprising over 200 images in color and black-and-white from the past 175 years, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present presents an astonishing diversity of work by more than 150 photographers. The exhibition includes classic images of legendary athletes and historic action shots, as well as pictures taken behind-the-scenes and on the sidelines. Sports familiar and unfamiliar are represented, in photographs taken across six continents. Fans and spectators worldwide are portrayed, too, demonstrating an enthusiasm for sports that transcends national borders and socioeconomic levels.

Docent Guide will meet the group in the Museum Lobby 5 minutes before the start of the tour. Drop-in tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.

Drop-in Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

People on a docent guided tour discussing artwork. 

Drop-in Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

November 20, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Drop into GRAM and explore the Museum’s latest installment of our Michigan Artist Series, Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, with one of our dedicated docents.

In Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, Miner investigates the important historical and current issues around three primary natural elements: wood, water, and sky, and the traditional knowledge and beliefs around them within Great Lakes Indigenous cultures. For the exhibition, Miner will produce a series of large-scale cyanotype photographs on fabric that portray images of cloudy skies and water surfaces. For Miner, the blue color of the cyanotype process evokes water and sky, and also has symbolic correspondence to Michigan’s history around Indigenous issues of sovereignty. (The cyanotype process was first used in 1842, the year that the Treaty of LaPointe was signed, the last of the eight major treaties ceding land that is now Michigan.) Miner will also create site-specific sculptural elements for the exhibition from old growth timber and other arboreal materials.

A Docent Guide will meet the group in the Museum Lobby 5 minutes before the tour start time. Drop-in tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.

New Member Tour: GRAM’s Collection – Women in Art

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New Member Tour: GRAM’s Collection – Women in Art

May 18, 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 exploring Women in Art throughout GRAM’s permanent collection. Though designed for new members, all GRAM members are invited to participate.

Women have a unique perspective both in being the subjects of works of art and creating artwork themselves.  This tour will explore female representation in GRAM’s art collection both past and present, and the secrets behind women artists and their artistic messages to the world.

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.