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Events and Programs

  • Overhead view of a child painting a flower

    Upcoming Programs

    Grinnell College Museum of Art has a full array of programs year-round to enrich the experience of art-viewing and art-making for both campus and community. All events are in the Museum of Art or adjacent spaces unless otherwise noted.

    Museum Hours

    Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

    Saturday, noon–5 p.m.

Fall 2022 Events

Yoga in the Museum with Joy Jones 

Tuesdays, Sept. 27–Dec. 13, 12:15–12:50 p.m.

Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga practice. Open to all levels, mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. 

Spring 2023 Events

Opening Reception and Conversation: Jeremy Chen and Brandon Alvendia

January 27, 4-5:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation between Chicago-based artist, independent curator, and educator Brandon Alvendia and Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen regarding his exhibition: Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props. Like Chen, Alvendia researches and regularly collaborates with artist-run initiatives to develop site-specific community-driven exhibitions, events, and publications that create space for experimentation, discussion, and collaboration. Reception to follow.

Yoga in the Museum with Joy Jones

Tuesdays, Jan. 31-May 16, 12:15-12:50 p.m.

Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga practice. Open to all levels, mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Fragmentary Visions: Grinnell College’s Kelekian Collection

Feb. 3, 4-5:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Art History Eiren Shea and Exhibition Seminar students Marina Busby ’24, David Gales ’23, Melena Johnson ’23, and Verda Karaoglu ’25 will speak about their exhibition, Fragmentary Visions: Grinnell College’s Kelekian Collection. Reception to follow.

Spotlight Talk: Senior Art History Student Presentations

Feb. 9, 4 p.m.

Fourth-year students from Assistant Professor of Art History Eiren Shea’s Senior Seminar will present their art history thesis projects. Kaya Matsuura ’23, Melena Johnson ’23, and David Gales ’23 will be speaking about such diverse topics as the art of Japanese tattooing, hand-drawn animation, and art created by AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Twenty Minutes@11 with Jeremy Chen

Feb. 14, 11 a.m.

Join us for 20 minutes of conversation with Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen about his exhibition: Devices, Tools, Objects and Props.

20 Minutes@11: Fragmentary Visions with the Curators

Feb. 21, 11 a.m.

Student curators Marina Busby ’24, David Gales ’23, Melena Johnson ’23, and Verda Karaoglu ’25 will explain the main themes of their show, which focuses on 19th and 20th century collecting practices, everyday objects, and the idea of “Islamic” art.

Useless Work: A Short Performance

Feb. 24, 4 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen demonstrates objects and actions and facilitates performances with Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props.

Human & Thing Entanglements: A Short Performance

March 3, 7 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen demonstrates objects and actions and facilitates performances with Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props.

Gallery Talk: Art as Artist, Matter as Maker; Agency and Experience of Medieval Objects

March 7, 4 p.m.

President and Professor Anne F. Harris will consider how the materiality of an art object guides both the artist’s hand and the spectator’s eye. This talk will displace human agency as the origin of art to put it in dynamic tension with the ways that matter asserts the experience of art objects. Works of medieval art, within their contexts of nascent capitalism, colonialism, power relations, and value, provide a critical lens to the contemporary agency and experience of objects in a talk whose trajectory travels from reliquaries to toasters.  

Performance: MIYUMI Project

April 8, Time to be determined

Founded by Tatsu Aoki, the MIYUMI Project draws on the aesthetics of Japanese traditional music and Chicago’s creative jazz and experimental music scene. Improvisational in nature, their performance will respond to Jeremy Chen’s exhibition, Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props, providing a transformative contemporary musical immersion for the audience. Co-sponsored by Public Events, Humanities, and Artists@Grinnell. Tickets will be required for this free event and available through the box office March 8-10, noon-5 p.m. For more information about ticketing, call 641-269-4444.

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