Black and white image of a girl wearing an apron who is holding a knife just above a glowing pumpkin.Chris Van Allsburg (American, b. 1949). Just Desert, from the Mysteries of Harris Burdick, 1983. Charcoal on paper, 24.9 x 20.4 inches. Museum Purchase, Women’s Committee of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1987.3.1 © Chris Van Allsburg

Worth a Thousand Words: Storytelling with GRAM’s Collection

October 12, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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Art can tell stories. It can use the power of visual images to ignite the imagination and evoke emotions, even without words. Worth a Thousand Words is an exhibition of works from GRAM’s permanent collection specifically selected for their storytelling potential that includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and industrial design. Coinciding with David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling, this installation offers visitors the opportunity to write their own stories inspired by images and objects from GRAM’s collection. Generate a narrative from your own imagination or use provided prompts to guide your creative process, then read stories from other visitors displayed in the gallery.