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Folk Art Tells Our Stories

GRAM exhibit photo
GRAM American Perspectives Exhibit /GRAM

Americans celebrate Independence Day in many ways. For many, it might include an outdoor barbeque, a trip to the beach, a family reunion, or, an outdoor band concert. For others – maybe you – it may be with a visit to the GRAM Grand Rapids Art Museum. GRCC students and faculty can do that free through the Go See GR program sponsored by Student Life.

The GRAM’s current special exhibit is American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection, which runs through the end of August. Over 80 art objects illustrate people, places, and events spanning American history. The exhibit is organized into sections: Founders; Travelers; Philosophers; and, Seekers, and covers themes including nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. The collection comes from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

For more on American folk art, see The Encyclopedia of American Folk Art which is an eBook with an unlimited user license when you logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

Routledge Encyclopedia of American Folk Art.

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Real/Surreal at the GRAM

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

At Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), you can dig into some Freudian psychology by viewing the art in Real/Surreal.  Grand Rapids is the first stop of the exhibit’s national tour developed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Art from Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Grand Wood and many others are currently on display through January 13th.  Along with this exhibit, there is a show of Salvador Dali’s Twelve Tribes of Israel as a complement.

As a GRCC student or employee, you can visit the GRAM for free, along with other local museums, with your RaiderCard!  This is an excellent opportunity to see amazing artwork and a beautiful LEED certified building. If you missed the chance to visit the GRAM during ArtPrize, this is the time to visit as the crowds are much smaller. The winner of this year’s competition, Elephants, will be on display through Thanksgiving so see it while you can!

Not able to visit the GRAM? Check out ARTstor in our databases. Some of the art is available for viewing as high quality images that allow the viewer to zoom quite close to see the minute details. Not all the pieces at the GRAM are in ARTstor.

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