Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle Art Exhibition Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 27, 2018.
The exhibition runs from January 27, 2018 – April 29, 2018.
This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013 when artist Alexis Rockman embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized paintings which explore separate themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. These are accompanied by several large-scale watercolors and field drawings–monochromatic animal and plant studies made from site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal, and leaves.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 136 page color catalogue, Alexis Rockman-The Great Lakes Cycle, featuring essays by Dana Friis Hansen, Jeff Alexander, and Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, relating the series to historical and contemporary landscape art and addressing the significance of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
On February 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Award-winning environmentalist and author, Jeff Alexander, will speak on “The Great Lakes in the 21st Century: Unprecedented Change, Uncertain Future, in conjunction with the “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” painting exhibit.
Exhibition Touring Schedule: Following its debut in Grand Rapids, Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle will travel to the following venues:
Chicago Cultural Center – June 2 through October 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland – October 19, 2018 through January 27, 2019
Haggerty Museum of Art of Marquette University, Milwaukee – February 8 to May 19, 2019
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020
Flint Institute of Arts – May 9 to August 16, 2020