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Learn more about the Grand Rapids Art Museum's upcoming exhibitions, programs and events in this comprehensive triannual publication.

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  • NOW AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUMS U M M E R 2 0 1 3

    MAY 10 AUGUST 25, 2013

    THE IMPROVISATIONAL

    QUILTS SUSANA ALLEN HUNTEROF

  • N E W A N D N O T E W O R T H Y

    OPPOSITE

    Photo of Dana Friis-Hansen:

    Will van Overbeek, Austin

    Masterpieces from GRAM's Print Collection on View Through September 1, 2013

    Download the Free Jansma Print Collection iPad App!Experience five centuries of masterworks delivered straight to your iPad. This app is available in the iTunes store, and presents information about the artists and their techniques in one user-friendly resource. Engaging interactive elements allow you to dive deeper into the work, discovering details and highlights of this important area of the museum's collection. Explore the exhibition with this digital publication created by GRAM and Conduit Studios.

    For those who would like to view the app from their home computer, it is also available online at thejansmacollection.artmuseumgr.org.

    Featuring works by Drer, Rembrandt, Pechstein, and more, The Jansma Print Collection constitutes a masterpiece collection of prints by artists who have been inspired by Christian faith and Biblical themes. Following the recent gift of 24 18th-century prints by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, the collection now spans a full five centuries of printmaking.

    The Jansma Family Works on Paper StudyOpen from 1 4 pm TuesdaySaturday, the Jansma Family Works on Paper Study provides public access to the museums collections of prints, drawings, and photographs, including works of American and European origin dating from the 15th century to the present.

    The study room also houses a library of reference books and catalogues raisonns, as well as an index to the Museums collection of works on paper. Works not currently on view in the galleries can be examined upon requesta great chance to research your favorite printmakers and see their works of art firsthand.

    ABOVE LEFT BOTTOM

    Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch,

    16061669. Detail, Abraham and Isaac,

    1645. Etching and drypoint on paper.

    Jansma Collection, Grand Rapids Art

    Museum, 2006.37

    ABOVE LEFT TOP

    Albrecht Drer, German, 14711528.

    Detail, Christ Carrying the Cross, from

    The Engraved Passion, 1512. Engraving

    on paper. Jansma Collection, Grand

    Rapids Art Museum, 2007.16j

    GRAM offers a variety of resources for guests year-round to learn more about works on paper in the Museum collection.

    Made possible by:

    Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr.

    Burr & Company

    Calvin College

    Calvin Theological Seminary

    Larry and Mary Gerbens

    Digital media supported by:

    Fund for Excellence in

    Teaching and Technology

  • NOW AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM 1

    F R O M T H E D I R E C T O R

    Dana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO

    Dear Members, Friends, and Guests,Summer is here! Weve planned a warm and colorful menu of exhibitions, programs and experiences to stimulate your senses, pique your curiosity, and engage your creativity.

    Were thrilled to present a stunning exhibition of quilts crafted by Susana Allen Hunter in Wilcox County, Alabama from the 1930s to the 1970s. A collaboration with The Henry Ford in Dearborn,

    Michigan, the exhibition and accompanying programs explore how recycling, improvisation, and Hunter's surroundings inspired her constant creativity.

    2012 2013

    BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Mitchell Watt

    President

    Patricia Betz

    Vice President

    Tony S. Lawrence

    Secretary/Treasurer

    Tamara R. BaileyAlan Bedell (Affiliate)Tracey W. BrameMarilyn CrawfordSam CummingsRick DeVosKurt D. HassbergerDirk HoffiusRobert KoenenJane Boyles MeilnerMary NelsonLizbeth OShaughnessyJason PaterRoger RehkopfJeff ReuschelEddie T.L. TadlockMark J. WassinkMeg Miller Willit

    2012 2013

    GRAM FOUNDATION

    BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Charles Anderson

    President

    Tony S. Lawrence

    Secretary/Treasurer

    John DrakeBarbara JackoboiceLauretta K. MurphyDouglas PadnosMitchell WattScott Wierda

    HONORARY LIFE

    TRUSTEES

    Margaret BradshawAnita CarterPamella DeVosMarilyn Q. DrakeDavid G. FreyMary Ann KeelerLuci KingSylvia KrissoffMary LoupeePeter M. WegeKate Pew Wolters

    I hope youve been feeling the increased energy coming from GRAMs Education Center Studio. Our team has planned another season of Summer Art Camps, with five separate week-long programs. For adults, Creativity Uncorked offers an opportunity to meet friends new and old, tour the galleries, and return to the studio to open up your artistic sideno experience necessary! And there are even more exciting programs coming soon, so keep checking artmuseumgr.org for details.

    I look forward to seeing you at GRAM this summer!

    Warm regards,

    Speaking of exhibitions, I hope youve had a chance to see The Jansma Print Collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum: Five Centuries of Masterpieces, which has received wide acclaim by those who have visited our galleriesand beyond. GRAMs custom iPad app for this project has been downloaded in 22 countries, and a website version makes this even more accessible for students, researchers, and general audiences who seek to know more about these superlative "old master" prints. Using 21st century strategies, we are sharing GRAMs art, research, and intellectual work with the entire world through digital media, expanding our impact and awareness, and encouraging learning anywhere and at any time. Also on view, explore GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2012: Encore! and the eye-popping painted wall sculptures by Heather McGill, featured in our Michigan Artist Series. And ArtPrize returns to GRAM in 2013 with a Members Preview on September 11.

    GRAM on the Green on Friday nights in July and August offers varied activities on the plaza plus wonderful local music, as well as a chance to view all our exhibitions in the evening. This is a great way to end a week with friends and family, then continue on downtown for dining, entertainment, or a relaxing stroll.

  • 2 NOW AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM

    E X H I B I T I O N

    Using her innate flair for abstract design, Susana Allen Hunter (19122005) created hundreds of colorful improvisational quilts throughout her lifetime. From the 1930s to the 1970s she lived in Wilcox County, Alabama, and created brightly patterned quilts that reflected her life in that rural community as well as her experiences as an African-American woman. Hunter turned the fabric of everyday life into eye-catching quilts with an abstract, asymmetrical, and often modern aesthetic.

    May 10 August 25, 2013

    Susana and her husband Julius made their living farming, growing crops such as cotton, corn, and potatoes. Wilcox County, also home to the quilting community of Gees Bend, was among the poorest counties in the United States. Like everyone else in their community, the Hunters worked hard and resources were few. Hunter's genius was in creating beautiful, functional objects from what little material was available.

    Made possible by:

    Grand Rapids Kent County Convention Arena Authority

    Bill and Kate Scarbrough

    Varnum LLP

    Though she was working with preexisting formats such as strip and medallion quilts, she was not following a set pattern and made design decisions as she went. Quilts were fashioned from whatever fabrics were at hand, and she incorporated worn clothing, leftover fabric scraps, and empty grain sacks as design elements. While the size and shape of the scraps were one determining factor of the design, it was the overall visual impact and balance that mattered most.

    A collaboration with

    The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents a spectacular selection of Hunter's colorful quilts, on loan from The Henry Ford.

  • NOW AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM 3

    E X H I B I T I O N

    OPPOSITE

    Susana Allen Hunter

    American, 19122005

    Strip Quilt, 19451955

    Cotton, corduroy, wool,

    rayon, and tweed

    The Henry Ford, 2006.79.6

    From the Collections of

    The Henry Ford,

    Dearborn, Michigan

    ABOVE

    Susana Allen Hunter

    American, 19122005

    Strip Quilt, c.1960

    Cotton and corduroy

    The Henry Ford, 2008.80.1

    From the Collections of

    The Henry Ford,

    Dearborn, Michigan

    Hunter's quilts were created from the fabric of everyday lifeworn clothing, leftover fabric, empty grain sacks, and more.

    COVER

    Susana Allen Hunter

    American, 19122005

    Detail, Strip Quilt, 19451950

    Cotton, wool, acetate, and rayon

    The Henry Ford, 2006.79.26

    From the Collections of

    The Henry Ford,

    Dearborn, Michigan

  • 4 NOW AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM

    M E M B E R S H I P B E N E F I T S

    Member Preview Night

    LECTURE

    The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter: A Curator's InsightThursday, May 9, 2013

    7:30 8:00 pm

    Jeanine Head Miller,

    Curator of Domestic Life, The Henry Ford

    Through the lens of Susana Allen Hunter's quilts and story, this presentation will explore improvisational quilts and the unique design aesthetic that emerges from the fabric of everyday life. Jeanine Miller will share her insight on the process of documenting the quilter and her environment, gained through research, oral histories with family and friends, and a trip to the now-abandoned home where Hunter made the quilts in The Henry Ford's collection.

    Member Preview Party:Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:00 9:00 pm

    AFTER PARTY

    The After PartyThursday, May 9, 2013

    9:30 pm 12:00 midnight Free for GRAM Members, $5 cover for non-members

    Everyone is invited! Be among