Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

Guests laughing on tour in the portraits exhibition. 

Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

January 25, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Drop-in and explore the galleries with one of our dedicated docents and discover the Museum’s newest exhibitions and works in the Collection. This is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers of all ages to explore the many works on view at GRAM. Registration is not required. Tours meet in the Museum Lobby.       

This tour will explore GRAM’s exhibition, A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass. Glass can be translucent, transparent, or opaque; it can refract images or reflect them back to the viewer; it is strong, yet delicate. These qualities make glass perfectly suited for artists to explore fragility, resiliency, transparency, and transformation. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways.

Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

Guests on tour around a portraits of a woman in an opera cloak. 

Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

January 28, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Become a member

Drop-in and explore the galleries with one of our dedicated docents and discover the Museum’s newest exhibitions and works in the Collection. This is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers of all ages to explore the many works on view at GRAM. Registration is not required. Tours meet in the Museum Lobby.       

This tour will explore GRAM’s exhibition, A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass. Glass can be translucent, transparent, or opaque; it can refract images or reflect them back to the viewer; it is strong, yet delicate. These qualities make glass perfectly suited for artists to explore fragility, resiliency, transparency, and transformation. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways.

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Billy Mayer

Docent speaking to guests on tour about artwork in the portraits exhibition. 

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Billy Mayer

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

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One of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) created work in numerous media and materials that addressed the mundane elements of daily life as well as bigger, broader ideas about human existence. Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things brings together both large and small-scale sculpture that demonstrate Mayer’s creative imagination and his impressive range of interests and sources, from Surrealism and Pop Art to souvenir kitsch. Mayer’s meticulously crafted sculptures juxtapose familiar elements in unexpected arrangements that seem conjured from a parallel reality or dream state.

Participants will be given sketching pads and pencils to sketch their favorite artwork.  No drawing experience is required.

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 1pm in the main lobby.

Drop-In Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

Guests on tour with a docent who is pointing, standing in a gallery full of artwork 

Drop-In Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art. The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published in 2017.

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

Baby and Me Tour: Women in Art

Women with a stroller and holding a baby, standing in a portraits exhibition during a tour. 

Baby and Me Tour: Women in Art

November 19, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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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 themes involving women artists and their artistic messages to the world.

Baby & Me Tours are perfect for children age 0 – 18 months. The tour will meet at the guest services desk in the lobby.
Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged. This tour is free, as admission to GRAM is free every Tuesday. 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 that your spot is reserved please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

A wide angle photo of a gallery filled with artwork. Three large human figure-like sculptures fill the foreground while the back wall is lined with shelves upon which small skull-shaped figurines sit. 

Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

November 23, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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One of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) created work in numerous media and materials that addressed the mundane elements of daily life as well as bigger, broader ideas about human existence. Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things brings together both large and small-scale sculpture that demonstrate Mayer’s creative imagination and his impressive range of interests and sources, from Surrealism and Pop Art to souvenir kitsch. Mayer’s meticulously crafted sculptures juxtapose familiar elements in unexpected arrangements that seem conjured from a parallel reality or dream state.

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

Discovery Club: Telling Stories

Young children in the portraits exhibition playing a game. 

Discovery Club: Telling Stories

November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

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GRAM Discovery Club is an educational program for children ages 3-5 and their families. It occurs every second Wednesday of the month, and each session features a new theme to engage children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

On November 13, families will explore the exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Storytelling to experience the artist’s famous children’s books like never before!  Guests will go on an I-Spy tour through the gallery, play animal themed games, dance and move to the artwork, and create their own work of art to take home in the Studio.

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

Registration: Deadline to register is Monday, November 11. Register by contacting Kristen Hoeker, Group Experience Manager, at khoeker@artmuseumgr.orgor 616-831-2930.

Drop-In Sketching Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

Docent pointing to artwork while discussing ideas with guests on tour in the portraits exhibition. 

Drop-In Sketching Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

December 14, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Become a member

David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art. The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published in 2017.

Participants will be given sketching pads and pencils to sketch their favorite artwork.  No drawing experience is required.

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 1pm in the main lobby.

Discovery Club: Celebrate Art

Young child smiling while holding up the painting she created. 

Discovery Club: Celebrate Art

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

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GRAM Discovery Club is an educational program for children ages 3-5 and their families. It occurs every second Wednesday of the month, and each session features a new theme to engage children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

On December 11, families will celebrate artwork and all the holiday fun it inspires! In the exhibitions David Wiesner & The Art of Storytelling and Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things, participants will look for clues on a treasure hunt about holidays and celebrations, listen to a story and song, play games, and create a special art project in the Studio!

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

Registration: Deadline to register is Monday, December 9th. Register by contacting Kristen Hoeker, Group Experience Manager, at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2930.

Baby and Me Tour: Billy Mayer

Docent speaking to two women, one holding a baby, in an exhibition with artwork of birds behind them. 

Baby and Me Tour: Billy Mayer

December 17, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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One of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) created work in numerous media and materials that addressed the mundane elements of daily life as well as bigger, broader ideas about human existence. Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things brings together both large and small-scale sculpture that demonstrate Mayer’s creative imagination and his impressive range of interests and sources, from Surrealism and Pop Art to souvenir kitsch. Mayer’s meticulously crafted sculptures juxtapose familiar elements in unexpected arrangements that seem conjured from a parallel reality or dream state.

Baby & Me Tours are perfect for children age 0 – 18 months. The tour will meet at the guest services desk in the lobby.
Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged. This tour is free, as admission to GRAM is free every Tuesday. 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 that your spot is reserved please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.