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How Does a Work of Art End Up in a Museum?

Each of the 5,000+ objects in the collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum has a unique history, or provenance. Some works, which were purchased directly from a living artist, have a rather short history, whereas others have taken long and circuitous routes into GRAM's collection. Registrar Julie Conklin and Curatorial Assistant Jennifer Wcisel will share photos, stories, and documents from the museum archives that bring to life the journeys of these objects. Discover what the back of paintings reveal about their past, hear about the curious case of the Ming Dynasty bowl with its own passport, and get a peek at the rarely seen world of provenance research.

How Does a Work of Art End Up in a Museum?