Welcome to a beautiful world, unsettling in its vision of personal isolation, but collectively bound by the small comfort of knowing that we are all alone. Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this convincing aesthetic of anxious beauty shows us a strange contemporary familiarity in our collective darkness.
A collaborative project between the GVSU Art Gallery and theDe Pree Art Center and Galleryat Hope College, this exhibition turns a mirror to our world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui during the decline of the industrial age, an age in which people are simultaneously singular and collective beings.
GRAND RAPIDS — King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands saluted the strong connection between their country and western Michigan on their trip to Grand Rapids today.
The visit includes a strengthening of business and scientific-research ties, building on a heritage that began in the 1840s with a large migration of Dutch citizens, many of them from rural areas.
In his speech to a crowd of more than 250 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, named for a second-generation Dutch immigrant who founded the eponymous retail chain, the king outlined that history, pointing out that those early farming settlers' influence is still felt today in Michigan's strong agricultural economy.
"How marvelous it is to meet so many Dutch people with Dutch roots," he said, giving a quick lesson in the proper Dutch pronunciation of names like Meijer, DeVos, Van Andel and Hoekstra.
The area is home to the largest Dutch-American population in the United States — about 481,000 people — according to Dutch officials.
The Netherlands and the United States are bound by a more than 400-year relationship grounded in a commitment to freedom, justice, and entrepreneurship. While in the US, the King and Queen will celebrate the strong economic, cultural and political ties between the two nations.
The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of foreign countries investing in the United States and the U.S. is the leading single-country investor overall for the Netherlands. The Dutch and American economic relationship supports 685,000 American jobs. Exports from the state of Michigan to the Netherlands adds to $332 million in goods and services.
“The visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will underline the deep bond that exists between the Netherlands and the United States. It will be my pleasure to show them all aspects of this special relationship, from our economic ties to our joint heritage,” said Rudolf Bekink, the Dutch ambassador to the United States.
For more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have been joined by the values of freedom, justice and an entrepreneurial spirit. A vibrant economic force, the Netherlands is a fixture in the top 5 of largest investors in the US and maintains the number one destination for American foreign investments. The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Dutch Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the U.S. promote strong bilateral relations between the United States and the Netherlands in the areas of peace and stability; international law; energy and climate; water management; international human rights; and creative industries. The Netherlands and the United States: a partnership that works.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima touched down at Gerald R. Ford International Airport shortly before 10:30 a.m. today to become the first Dutch monarchs in West Michigan in more than 30 years.
Sixth-graders from Ada Christian School, where the daughter of Paulus Heule, the honorary Dutch consul for West Michigan, is a student, greeted the Dutch royals with a Dutch-language song they've been learning for the past two months. The king and queen then left along with Gov. Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in a 13-vehicle motorcade headed for Frederik Meijer Gardens.