GRAM presents an extraordinary legacy: the Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler collection
The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) recently announced the opening of An Extraordinary Legacy: The Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler Collection, an exhibition of 65 works of modern and contemporary art at the GRAM. Opened May 17 and on view until October 8, 2022, the exhibition celebrates the transformative gift of art given to the Museum by the Keeler Collection between 1976 and 2021, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.
“The Grand Rapids Museum of Art is delighted to celebrate Miner and Mary Ann Keeler’s profound impact on the museum and on the city of Grand Rapids, with An extraordinary legacycommented Elly Barnette-Dawson, Director of GRAM Advancement.“Since its creation, the Museum’s permanent collection has grown mainly thanks to the generosity of individual donors. This dynamic donation from the Keelers ensures our community has access to these precious works of art for generations to come.
The Keelers’ artistic legacy is based on their civic and institutional involvement, as well as their personal art collection. Miner and Mary Ann Keeler had a vision to make art accessible to everyone in Grand Rapids and were key supporters of downtown revitalization and many local cultural organizations. The couple played a pivotal role in bringing Alexander Calder’s sculpture, The High Speedin downtown Grand Rapids in 1969, as well as the Kinetic Sculpture Motu Vigetby Mark di Suvero in 1977, and that of Alexis Smith Great at DeVos Hall in 1983.
An extraordinary legacy focuses on artists who emerged as artistic leaders between 1940 and 1990, a dynamic period in American and European art. Artists represented in the exhibition include Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Andy Warhol, Janet Fish and Alexis Smith.
GRAM Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen observed,“As cultural and philanthropic leaders, the impact of the Keelers has been highly visible in public art for over five decades, but their personal collection is less well known. Collecting the paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints they purchased and lived with in their mid-century modern home, An extraordinary legacyreveals the Keelers’ dramatic range of aesthetic interests and sustained engagement with the evolving ideas that shaped 20and art of the century. Their gift is a transformative addition to the Museum’s collection.
An extraordinary legacy is divided into three sections: Sculpture and works of sculptors on paper explores the importance of sculpture and sculptors in the life and advocacy of the Keelers. European Modern Masters shares works that illuminate important historical movements in art, including Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. American art: from representation to abstraction (and vice versa) covers the years 1921 to 1995, focusing on the dynamic tension between realism and abstraction in American art.
Alongside the opening of the exhibition, GRAM members are invited to join us for a members’ morning on Saturday, May 21:
Members’ Morning: An Extraordinary Legacy
Saturday May 21
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
GRAM members are invited to attend a special morning screening of An extraordinary legacy. Join us in the auditorium for coffee and pastries, then head to Level 3 for a chance to chat with museum guides and learn about these remarkable works from the Keeler Collection.
Support for this exhibit is generously provided by Presenting Sponsor The Daniel Exhibit Company and The Pamella DeVos Foundation. Additional support provided by the GRAM Exhibition Society and the Friends of the Keelers Giving Group.
About the Grand Rapids Museum of Art
Connecting people through art, creativity and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the art museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Founded in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 6,000 works of art, including American and European.and and 20and20th century paintings and sculptures and over 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s heritage as a premier design and manufacturing hub, GRAM boasts a growing collection of modern design and craftsmanship.
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