GVSU Art Gallery
Wednesday, January 15 to Friday, March 21, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, January 15, 5-7 PM
From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts. Grand Valley State University Art Gallery is pleased to share these historic cosmic images with you. The History of Space Photography exhibition is organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and is guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.
In addition to the GVSU Art Gallery exhibits, Grand Valley State University continues to showcase the works of graduating seniors from the Department of Art & Design and the School of Communications in a series of one and two-week exhibits at the end of each semester.
Monday, March 31 to Thursday, April 3, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5-7 PM
Monday, April 7 to Thursday, April 10, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 10, 5-7 PM
School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis
Tuesday, April 15 to Friday, April 25, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5-7 PM
Located at 1121 Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. All exhibits and free and open to the public.
Red Wall Gallery
The Muslim Graves of Southeast Michigan
Friday, December 20, 2013 to Friday, March 14, 2014
Muslims have been in Southeast Michigan for well over a century. They are buried in at least 20 different places. In their burial styles, they are not a uniform community but are a mosaic of diverse ethnic and religious sub-communities drawn from around the world. They include individuals from at least 26 different countries, former countries, or special ethnic or religious groups. Many of these have their own ways of expressing their final sentiments. Some stones emphasize faith in God. Others emphasize national or ethnic heritage, hobbies, clubs, affiliations, happy marriages, or proud military service. The 39 photographs in the exhibit demonstrate the incredible diversity of this complex population.
Fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibit
Monday, March 24 to Monday, April 21, 2014
An exhibition of selections from the award winning Fishladder: Student Journal of Art and Writing celebrating the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students. Fishladder is a student-run journal that publishes student fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and art. Students from all disciplines in the university are encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. Fishladder student staff carefully consider submissions, and final decisions are made by the editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition is updated annually and archived continually.
Watch for this exhibit in Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus
West Wall Gallery
"Les Nabis: French Prophets of Modern Art, A Selection from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints. A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay."
Friday, August 23, 2013 to Friday April 25, 2014
The word “Nabis” means prophet in Hebrew and Arabic and was a term applied to a rebellious group of young art students at the Académie Julian in Paris, France. The poet Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909) coined the term “Les Nabis” by drawing parallels between these artists, who aimed to revitalize painting much as the ancient Jewish prophets rejuvenated Israel. This movement set an avant-garde pace for art, one that was distinctly different from the Impressionist painters who used small, thin brush strokes to emphasize accurate depictions of light. Erv Raible began collecting when he and his business partner opened cabaret and piano bar style clubs in New York City. A critical question they faced was, “what should the club's ambiance be?” One of the clubs Raible revitalized had chandeliers that resembled Moulin Rouge in the 1890s and Raible quickly thought of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Fin de siècle French prints became the collectors’ focus. GVSU acquired this collection of French Prints in 2009 and has made numerous reproductions since for display purposes. This French print collection today may be found on the GVSU Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the Detroit Center.
Located in the L. V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
January 6, 2014 – April 25, 2014
In 1870, Los Angeles was a dusty, southern California ranch town of 5,000 inhabitants on the meandering Porcincula River. By 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the town and made it possible to ship a new, locally cultivated variety of orange to the big, eastern and midwestern markets. The big, sweet and seedless Navel orange variety was a huge success “back East”. Demand for the newly available fruit was unprecedented.
Orange groves rapidly proliferated and it soon became necessary for individual growers to brand and indemnify their fruit. The orange crate label was born. This unique marketing form lasted only about 70 years—from 1880 to 1950—when wooden crates were replaced by cheaper cardboard boxes—but provides a fascinating and colorful history of the region and of this uniquely California industry.
California Dreams is an exhibition of orange crate labels from the collection of David King, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Grand Valley State University.
This gallery is located on the lower floor of the Russell L. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus
George and Barbara Gordon Gallery
Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938), American Impressionist
Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938) is a celebrated American regionalist artist, painting over 2500 works of art throughout his life. Building from a traditional Barbizon and Tonalist landscape background, Alten began as a naturalistic scene painter and later transitioned into painting in an impressionistic style.
Grand Valley State University holds the largest public collection of Mathias Alten in the world, consisting of more than 70 paintings as well as his family’s archive collection of family photos and letters. Private collectors George and Barbara Gordon determined that their Alten paintings should be on permanent public display made the lead gift to Grand Valley State University in 1999 and continue to build on that gift annually.
Located in the Richard M. DeVos Center, Building E, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Free and open to the public. Hours are: 1 – 5 PM Fridays and Saturdays
DeVos Art Lecture
Look for an announcement late winter/early spring.
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