The GR Art Museum announces the exhibition “An Extraordinary Legacy”

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) has announced that it will host the exhibition An Extraordinary Legacy: The Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler Collection. The exhibition is scheduled for May 17.

The exhibition will feature works of art from the Keeler Collection, which was collected between 1976 and 2021. It will feature 65 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. The exhibition includes works by: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Andy Warhol, Janet Fish and Alexis Smith. The exhibition will be divided into three sections: “Sculpture and Works by Paper Sculptors”, “Modern European Masters” and “American Art: From Representation to Abstraction (and back again)”.

The Keelers have helped bring many remarkable works of art to Grand Rapids. This includes Calder The High Speed and di Suvero Motu Viget sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids. They also worked to bring Smith’s Great at DeVos Hall.

“The Grand Rapids Art Museum is delighted to celebrate the profound impact of Miner and Mary Ann Keeler on the museum and on the city of Grand Rapids, with An extraordinary legacysaid Elly Barnette-Dawson, GRAM’s Director of 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.

“As cultural and philanthropic leaders, the Keelers’ impact has been highly visible in public art for more than five decades, but their personal collection is less well known,” said Dana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO of GRAM. “By collecting the paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints they purchased and lived with in their mid-century home, An extraordinary legacy reveals the Keelers’ dramatic range of aesthetic interests and sustained engagement with the evolving ideas that shaped 20and art of the century. Their donation is a transformative addition to the museum’s collection.

An extraordinary legacy will be presented at the museum from May 17 to October 8.

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