Events and Programs

Fall 2019 Events

All events are in the Grinnell College Museum of Art unless otherwise noted and are always free and open to the public.

Yoga in the Museum with Jackie Hutchison

Mondays and Thursdays, 12:15–12:50 p.m., Sept. 2–Dec. 19. No yoga Oct. 21, 24, and Nov. 28

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

Artists@Grinnell: Damon Davis

Sept. 9–Oct. 4

Grinnell welcomes visiting artist Damon Davis, a visual artist, musician and filmmaker based in St. Louis, Missouri. His 2014 print series and public art installation All Hands On Deck, created in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, speaks to our collective responsibility to protect our human rights. The series has been exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and it will be exhibited in For Campus and Community. Davis is also a founder of Far-Fetched, a St. Louis-based artist collective, and co-director of Whose Streets? a documentary on the Ferguson unrest. During his time at Grinnell he will develop new work, meet with classes, and take part in three public events. Co-sponsored by Center for Humanities and a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Grinnell College.

Conversations with Damon Davis

Sept. 13, 4 p.m.
Sept. 19, 4 p.m.
Oct. 4, 4 p.m.

Intersect with Damon Davis for a conversation about the role of art in social engagement and responsibility, the importance of empowering the disenfranchised, fortifying the souls of those in pain, the ways identity is formed through mythology and story, and working to create joy.

Celebrating 20 Years: Grinnell College Museum of Art

Sept. 27, 4:30–6 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate our 20th birthday! Visiting artist Damon Davis will give a gallery talk, and there will be refreshments, of course!

Community Day!

Oct. 5, 1:30–3 p.m.

See art! Make art! An extravaganza of activities and art projects for people of all ages. And refreshments.

20 Minutes@11: Kay Wilson

Oct. 8, 11 a.m.

Kay Wilson, curator of the collection for the past 36 years, will speak about the evolution of the Grinnell College Museum of Art’s collection and selected works on view in For Campus and Community.

20 Minutes@11: Jenny Anger

Nov. 5, 11 a.m.

Jenny Anger, professor of art history, will discuss the life and art of Sonya Sekula, a Swiss-American lesbian, schizophrenic, and amazing artist.

Native Identity and the U.S. Higher Education System: Carrie Billy

Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

With a wealth of knowledge and a national perspective about American Indian and Alaska Native students, issues and institutions, Carrie Billy, President & CEO of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, will share her thoughts and insights on the Native experience in the U.S. higher education system. Through her personal journey and decades of experience working with Tribal communities, Tribal Colleges, and the federal government, Carrie will tell a story of challenge, opportunity, and resilience.

Concert: Fresh Flutes

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Claudia Anderson.

Reading: Cristina Henríquez

Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Cristina Henríquez will read from The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel, which was selected for the Grinnell College 2019 Common Read. The book explores a complex range of Latinx immigrant experiences told through the eyes of multiple characters struggling to balance opportunity and loss. It is a story of many stories. Presented in partnership with Intercultural Affairs.

20 Minutes@11: Daniel Strong

Nov. 26, 11 a.m.

Daniel Strong, associate director and curator of exhibitions, will speak about themes in the Grinnell College Museum of Art’s collection and selected works on view in For Campus and Community.

20 Minutes@11: Sounding the Collection

Dec. 3, 11 a.m.

Professor of Music Eric McIntyre, a composer, hornist, and designer of instruments made from found objects, premieres a series of short compositions inspired by works in the current exhibition.

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