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GRAM Opens Emily Fischer Landau Collection on February 2

Grand Rapids Art Museum

The third installment of the Grand Rapids Art Museum‘s three-year, three-exhibition partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art opens Feb. 2 with Legacy: The Emily Fischer Landau Collection.

The collection includes bold, contemporary, controversial and diverse artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha, who defined the art of our era.

Drawn from Emily Fisher Landau’s spectacular donation to the Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition of 80 works traces the themes and ideas that have shaped art since the late 1960s—abstraction, conceptualism, postmodernism, new approaches to photography and explorations of personal identity and narrative. Legacy also illuminates the sociopolitical issues at the forefront of the 1980s.

Emily Fischer Landau is one of the preeminent collectors of post-war American art in the United States. She began collecting art in the late 1960s and has focused on building an important collection of contemporary American art since the early 1980s. She consistently supported risk-taking artists, who “portray the world we are living in now.”

Related programs throughout the course of the exhibition include a ticketed lecture on January 29 with GRAM’s Director, Dana Friis-Hansen, and Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; an exclusive GRAM Member Preview and Member Day; The After Party, a public and late-night preview for Legacy; and a special Instagram campaign.

GRAM‘s presentation of Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection is divided into sections focused on Gestural Abstraction, Geometric Abstraction, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Narrative Art, Identity Politics, and also features in-depth presentations by Richard Artschwager, Rodney Graham, Jasper Johns, and Ed Ruscha.

For GRAM’s hours and admission fees, visit or call 616-831-1000.


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