Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

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Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

September 8, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Glass has been called a new state of matter because it is not purely a liquid, solid, or gas. Glass can transition from a liquid to a solid over a wide temperature range, causing it to be nicknamed “chameleon matter”. This quality makes it an ideal medium for a wide array of processes including blowing, kiln-forming, casting, and flame-working.

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, while presenting its metaphorical possibilities. Their artworks also connect to broader cultural, environmental, political, and spiritual themes.

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

Drop-In Tour: Made in the Mitten

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Drop-In Tour: Made in the Mitten

August 29, 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.

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.

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Sightseeing Journey

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Drop-In Sketching Tour: Sightseeing Journey

September 12, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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

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.

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

Baby and Me Tour: Portraits

Museum guests holding babies, discussing artwork with a GRAM docent in the gallery. 

Baby and Me Tour: Portraits

September 15, 2020, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to join us for an interactive tour and discussion inspired by our latest exhibitions and permanent collection. Expect a special kind of outing where no one minds if a baby lends an opinion with a coo or a cry. Strollers permitted; carrying or baby wearing is encouraged. Baby and Me Tours are perfect for children ages 0-18 months. Tours meet in the Museum Lobby.

Register online or by calling visitor services at 616.831.1000.

Baby and Me tours are held on Meijer Free Tuesdays, and programming is available to guests at no cost thanks to the generous support of The Meijer Foundation.

Discovery Club: Garden Gathering

Children working on a game with a GRAM staff member in the gallery. 

Discovery Club: Garden Gathering

September 9, 2020, 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 on select Wednesdays, and each session features a new theme to engage children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

On September 9, see flowers, trees, and beautiful gardens featured in the exhibition In a New Light: American Impressionism.  Discovery Club participants will spend time exploring in the art gardens with special stories and activities in the gallery, and then our gathering moves to the Studio for a special artmaking activity.

The deadline to register for GRAM Discovery Club programming is two days prior to the event date. To register, contact Group Experience Manager Kristen Hoeker at 616.831.2930 or khoeker@artmuseumgr.org

Drop-In Tour: Women in Art

Guests surrounding a docent on tour in the portraits exhibition. 

Drop-In Tour: Women in Art

August 11, 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.

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.

Discovery Club: We Love Art!

A young child smiles as she uses markers in the GRAM Studio. 

Discovery Club: We Love Art!

February 12, 2020, 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 on select Wednesdays, and each session features a new theme to engage children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

On February 12, let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing our love of art!  Participants will go on a special scavenger hunt in the Museum exploring the artwork they love most, experience story time in the galleries, and create a special art project in the studio. Deadline to register is Monday, February 10.  Register by emailing Kristen Hoeker, Group Experience Manager, at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org.

$3 per child/member child 3-5 years old
$7 per adult
Member adults are free

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Contemporary Glass

Guests looking at artwork with a docent. 

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Contemporary Glass

February 8, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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On the second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a wonderful way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. These tours are open to individuals of all ages and levels of experience, and supplies are provided. Tours meet in the Museum Lobby.

On February 8, join us for a docent-guided sketching tour of A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass. The exhibition explores glass as an ideal medium for a wide array of processes including blowing, kiln-forming, casting, and flame-working. A New State of Matter features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways, while presenting its metaphorical possibilities.

SOLD OUT: Art, Love, and Chocolate Tour

Two guests smile as they stand next to each other and admire artwork. 

SOLD OUT: Art, Love, and Chocolate Tour

February 8, 2020, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Update: This tour is sold out. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special guided tour at GRAM!  Guests will explore love, companionship, passion, and dedication depicted in artwork throughout the galleries. At the conclusion, receive a special chocolate treat to complete your visit with your sweetheart. Registration is required by February 5th.

$7 Adult
$6 Senior (62 over)
$4 Child (6-17)
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Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

Guests discussing artwork with a docent in the gallery. 

Drop-In Tour: Contemporary Glass

February 11, 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.

On February 11, drop into GRAM for a docent-guided tour of A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass. The exhibition explores glass as an ideal medium for a wide array of processes including blowing, kiln-forming, casting, and flame-working. A New State of Matter features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways, while presenting its metaphorical possibilities.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the Museum Lobby at 1 pm. No registration required.