This fall, WAM is proud to present Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) in Michigan, the exhibition features an ambitious suite of paintings and works on paper by New York–based artist Alexis Rockman. In a state bound by Lake Superior and part of a region contiguous to Lake Michigan, Minnesotans are keenly aware of the importance, robustness, and fragility of these shining, open waters. The Great Lakes are one of the world’s great…
Be the first to view Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle, see and touch specimens from the Bell Museum, and visit the Water Bar to taste and learn about water from the Twin Cities’ region and Dakota peoples’ relationship to it.
VIP Reception | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Donors at the Collector level and above and special guests are invited to hang out with Rockman and Dana Friis-Hansen, Director of GRAM, at the Water Bar and get a tour of the exhibition. To become a VIP, donate at wam.umn.edu/support
The Great Lakes Cycle explores the past, present, and future of the Great Lakes. While celebrating the natural majesty and global importance of the region, Rockman explores how the lakes are threatened by human forces including climate change, pollution, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl. Some of the steps taken in recent decades to protect these ecosystems and counteract environmental damages have produced positive results, yet more attention is needed. It is our goal that Rockman’s exhibition will create wider awareness of these issues and inspire everyone to play a role in protecting our environment and preserving these precious resources for future generations.
Top image: Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, with support generously provided by the Wege Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frey Foundation, and LaFontsee Galleries and Framing. Alexis Rockman, Bald Eagle, 2017, sand from Saugatuck and acrylic polymer on paper. Courtesy of the Artist and Sperone Webster, New York.