Grand Rapids Art Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebrated With Final New Exhibit
The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) announced its upcoming exhibition opening Saturday, January 26, A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, closing out a yearlong celebration of GRAM's tenth anniversary.
"A Decade at the Center features works of art and design acquired through gift and purchase from the last five years and will run through April 28.
The exhibition features over 100 new additions to the Museum's collection, representing all areas in which GRAM collects, from 19th-century paintings to contemporary art, mid-century modern furniture to vintage photography, and rare Renaissance engravings to historical design objects. More than half of the works in the exhibition are on public view for the first time.
In some cases, these new acquisitions expand the Museum’s holding of works by particular artists, such as Mathias J. Alten, Andy Warhol, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Richard Diebenkorn, and Alex Katz. Important artists new to the collection have also been acquired, including Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems.
The oldest works in the exhibition are two engravings by Martin Schongauer from the 15th century.
On view for the first time are several pieces from a major new gift of over 100 design objects from one of the premier American collectors. This generous gift will greatly expand the museum’s design holdings and better tell the story of West Michigan’s rich history as a leading center of design and manufacturing.