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Keep on looking: GRAM unveils collection of contemporary art

With 40 American artists's working spanning the years from 1960 to 2005, this collection provides the historical timeline of the art world with 80 works to tell the story. The show opens to the public Friday night, January 31.

Museum Hours

After a weekend of opening events, "Legacy" is open to the public February 2- April 27 during regular museum hours.

Museum hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.


Museum Admission:

GRAM Members- free

Adults- $8

Senior adults and college students with ID- $7

Youth ages 6-17- $5

Children under 6- free

At left, What This Painting Aims to Do by John Baldessari, at right, Untitled [Pledge] by Barbara Kruger

At left, What This Painting Aims to Do by John Baldessari, at right, Untitled [Pledge] by Barbara Kruger /Holly Bechiri

Untitled, Cy Twombly

Untitled, Cy Twombly /Holly Bechiri

You probably don't know who 94-year-old Emily Fisher Landau is, but chances are you recognize a lot of the artwork she's collected. With famous artists like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly in the collection, Landau's large donation to the Whitney Museum of American Art is now on loan to our own Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), and reveals the themes and ideas that have shaped art since the 1960s. 

Visitors can take in the exhibit during normal museum hours from February 2 through April 27.

Before that, though, the GRAM has a few chances to view the work, starting with a member preview party on Friday, January 31 from 7-9 p.m. Following that will be a public opening, the "After Party." The After Party will run from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, and is free to members and $5 for non-members. A cash bar will be at both events, with music from the The Boogiman accompanying the After Party.

Members who aren't able to attend Friday night will also have the full day on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get an advance preview of the full collection. Saturday's member day includes snacks and beverages from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., activities throughout the day, conversations with museum docents in the galleries and a lecture by GRAM's Director and CEO, Dana Friis-Hansen.

Along with programming and workshops at the museum accompanying the exhibit, the GRAM is hosting an Instagram Challenge. Every three weeks throughout the course of the exhibition, GRAM will post prompts on their social media channelas and related tags that are inspired by works of art and themes in the collection. Guests are then encouraged to take a photo based on the prompt and post the photo on  their own Instagram accounts, using the prompt-specific tag to share their image. At the end of each hashtag challenge, the top submissions will be selected by GRAM's curators, reshared on the GRAM accounts on Facebook (/Grand Rapids Art Museum), Twitter (@GR_Art_Museum) and Instagram (gr_art_museum) and will rotate through a display on a television in GRAM's galleries.

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