GRAM slated to open "on-time"
You think this project will never be completed, but according to an article
by Jeff Kaczmarczyk in the Grand Rapids Press, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is on schedule to be open for business in November of 2007. Don't take my word for it, take the GRAM CAM's word for it!
According to Kaczmarczyk, a $75 million capital campaign began in September 2001 with an initial gift of $20 million from Peter Wege. "The campaign -- including $55 million for construction, $4.5 million to buy and demolish privately owned buildings on the site, $2.5 million in transitional and moving expenses, and $13 million toward an endowment to fund operations -- crossed the $70 million mark this summer."
Too bad Dick Devos isn't interested in "cool cities". [link]
GRAM has also commissioned a 25 foot bi-chrome piece by Ellsworth Kelley for the atrium lobby of the new museum. According to a Grand Rapids Press article, "The lobby is a monumental space, and we looked for an artist that we felt could create a wall piece," said museum director Celeste Adams. "In terms of that genre, he is the pre-eminent American artist."
Is there any room for institutional critique in Grand Rapids? hmmm......
Posted on September 20, 2006 12:36 AM