Many pieces of beadwork too:
Streets of Old Grand Rapids
This display is a 3/4 scale detailed re-creation of Grand Rapids in the 1890s, including eleven shops based on actual businesses and buildings. The storefronts and interiors are stocked with real merchandise from the past. My favorite was the Voigt-Herpolsheimer Department Store, with this interesting advertising piece:
And look at the shoes!
Also parasols, ribbons, lace, and other fancy work - I wish I could go shopping there, at 1890 prices, of course!
Admission includes a ride on the 1928 Spillman carousel - I love carousels!
The current temporary exhibit is "Bodies Revealed"; the exhibit shows 14 full body human specimens and over 200 organs and is rooted in the historical precedent set by anatomists as Vesalius and da Vinci. The body specimens ares dissected to reveal the function of each anatomical system and to show that system’s relationship to the body as a whole.
The key to this exhibit is the polymer preservation process; a technique in which human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber. The end product is a dry, odorless specimen that resists decomposition.
This isn't the type of exhibit that will appeal to everyone, but I found it to be fascinating. It was requested that no photographs be taken, which I respected. However, there are many photographs online if you're interested.
Luckily, this steampunk sculpture was not part of the exhibit - he's fascinating too.
We also visited the Grand Rapids Art Museum; they were between major shows, but it was still an enjoyable visit.
It's still possible to see some of the Art Prize 2010 pieces throughout the city; we saw enough to convince us that we MUST make it to Art Prize 2011.