Cranbrook Academy of Art
2014 [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series


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2013-2014 Academic Calendar


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2013 - 2014 Academic Calendar

ACADEMY CALENDAR

Fall Term Begins / Orientation Monday, September 9
Artists-in-Residence Lectures
(Heather McGill, Anders Ruhwald, Liz Cohen)
Monday, September 16, 4-6pm
Artists-in-Residence Lectures
(Randy Bolton, Beverly Fishman, Elliott Earls, Iris Eichenberg)
Tuesday, September 17, 4-6pm
Artists-in-Residence Lectures
(Bill Massie, Scott Klinker, Mark Newport)
Wednesday, September 18, 4-6pm
Thanksgiving Recess Thursday & Friday, November 28-29
Second-Year Reviews December 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17
Fall Term Ends Friday, December 20
Winter Break December 21-January 11, 2013
Spring Term Begins/Registration Monday, January 13
First-Year Reviews February 19, 20, 21, 24, 25
Alumni Reception at College Art Association Conference, Chicago February 12-15
Spring Break March 17-21
2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition (April 22 – May 11)
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6pm
Studio: A Benefit for CAA Saturday, April 26, 2014
OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day Sunday, April 27, 2014
Spring Term Ends Wednesday, May 7
Academy Awards Night Thursday, May 8, 5pm
Commencement Friday, May 9, 2pm

ART MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS / FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House: The Anatomy of a Home Through October 31, 2013
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Through October 13, 2013
A Driving Force: Cranbrook and the Car Through March 30, 2014
What to Paint and Why: Modern Painters at Cranbrook Through March 16, 2014
Crandemonium – A Benefit for Cranbrook Art Museum Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7pm
The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking ArtMembers' Opening Reception:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public Exhibition Dates:
November 16, 2013 – March 30, 2014
My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process ArtMembers' Opening Reception:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public Exhibition Dates:
November 16, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse ArtMembers' Opening Reception:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public Exhibition Dates:
November 16, 2013 – March 23, 2014
2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition ArtMembers' Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Public Exhibition Dates:
April 22, 2014 – May 11, 2014
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism ArtMembers' Opening Reception:
Friday, June 20, 2014
Public Exhibition Dates: June 21, 2014 – October 12, 2014

 

ACADEMY AND MUSEUM LECTURE SERIES
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2014 SPRING EDITION LECTURE SERIES

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science. To download a PDF of the lecture series, click here.


Thursday, March 27, 6pm
Vanessa Place INC
Conceptual Poet and CEO of Vanessa Place INC
Empire Aesthetics: It's not the point, it's the platform
Co-Sponsored by MOCAD and the Critical Studies and Humanities program

According to Place, in our current age of global “semiocapitalism,” there is no point to the art object beyond its function as a platform for trading signifiers and signification. She says, “this might be good news; we shall see.”

Vanessa Place is the CEO of VanessaPlace Inc., the world's first poetry corporation whose sole mission is to design and manufacture objects to meet the poetic needs of the human heart, face, and form. "Your desires are our needs."


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4pm
Carolee Schneemann
Utterly Precarious: A Master Class- A Film Featuring Carolee Schneemann
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

Due to an unforeseen medical complication, Carolee Schneemann has canceled her upcoming appearance at Cranbrook Art Museum this Sunday, March 30.

She sends her regrets, and has personally sent us a copy of her film "Utterly Precarious: A Master Class," an intensive and lively exchange between Schneemann and undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, filmed within the remarkable walls of The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The film was sent from Schneemann through her P·P·O·W Gallery in New York.

The film will be shown in deSalle Auditorium on Sunday, March 30 at 4pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and welcome you to come see the film and Schneemann's iconic Meat Joy, part of the current exhibition My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process. March 30 is the closing day of the exhibition.


Wednesday, April 2, 6pm
Shary Boyle
Artist
The Projected Body in Porcelain
Sponsored by the Painting and Ceramics programs


Tuesday, April 8, 6pm
Fritz Karch
An Evening with Fritz Karch
Sponsored by the Metalsmithing Department


Thursday, April 10, 6pm
Enrico Riley
Artist
An Evening with Enrico Riley
Sponsored by Studio Council


Tuesday, April 15, 6pm
Guna Nadarajan
Dean of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
An Evening with Guna Nadarajan
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities program

Guna Nadarajan is a curator, author and researcher working at the intersection of the arts, science and technology. He is currently the dean of the Penny W, Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He was previously at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where he was vice provost for research and dean of graduate students.


Tuesday, April 22, 6pm
Tony Labat
Chair, MFA Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute
I Broke It and I Don't Care
Sponsored by the Photography Department

Since the seventies Tony Labat has developed a body of work in Performance, Video, Sculpture and Installation. His work has dealt with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years, received numerous awards and grants, and his work is in many private and public collections. Recent exhibitions include Barbara Gladstone Gallery, the 11th Havana Bienale, Gallery Paule Anglim, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. He’s currently Chair of the MFA Program at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco.


Friday, April 25, 4pm
David Adjaye, OBE

David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.

He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the Nobel Peace Centre in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005).

In the United States, Adjaye was the designer of a new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012). In 2009 a team led by Adjaye was selected to design the new $360 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington DC.

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, Berlin, New York, Accra and Shanghai, with projects throughout the world.

Adjaye has taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had previously studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London, and has held distinguished professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Princeton. He is currently visiting professor of architecture and design at Yale. He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2007, received the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011 and the Wall Street Journal Innovator Award in 2013.


Tuesday, April 29, 6pm

Jenni Sorkin
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ancient Modernisms
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Sorkin will examine how weaving and its unique form of literacy served women as a vehicle for entry into important modernist debates and collaborations with their male colleagues throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

Jenni Sorkin is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently completing a book manuscript, titled Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics from 1945 to 1975. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University, an MA in Curatorial Studies from The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2010-2011, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in the Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, Third Text, Texte zur Kunst, and numerous exhibition catalogs.


Monday, May 5, 6pm
Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA


Gregg Pasquarelli is a Principal of SHoP Architects and SC | SHoP Construction, as well as a registered architect in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine. Gregg received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a Bachelors of Science from Villanova’s School of Business. Gregg is a fellow of the National Academy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York.  He has served as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and has also held teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, and the University of Florida. Gregg’s commitment as not only a practitioner but as an educator demonstrates his dedication to impacting his field, challenging a new generation of architects to understand that innovative and beautiful architecture, and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.

 

 

PAST EVENTS


2013 [FALL] Edition Lecture Series

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science. For more information, please click here.


November 11, 6pm
Jane Hammond
Artist, Painter, Printmaker
''An Evening with Jane Hammond"
Sponsored by the Painting Department
Special thanks to Wasserman Projects


November 14, 6pm
Jean Shin
Artist
“An Evening with Jean Shin”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

November 16, Noon - 5pm
Artists' Lecture Marathon
For more information about each speaker, click here

Noon: Corrie Van Sice (Creative Researcher)
“Cultural Amnesia: Synthetic Biology and the Mechanism of Life”

1pm: David Bowen (Studio Artist and Educator)
“Computing Natural Phenomena”

2pm: Chemi Rosado Seijo (Artist and Skateboarder)
“Art and the Urban Landscape”

3pm: Tristan Perich (Artist and Composer)
“Machine Drawings and the Visual Composition”

4pm: Tony Orrico (Visual and Performance Artist)
“State of Readiness: The Body as an Art Apparatus”


November 17, 4pm

Thomas Folk
Curator
“Wayland Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse”
Sponsored by the Cranbrook Art Museum


November 19, 6pm

Nina Samuel
Independent Curator
“My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process”
Sponsored by the Cranbrook Art Museum


November 22, 4pm                                   

New Capital
(Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch)
“NEW CAPITAL: Whole Life Vitality! Community, Collaboration, Curating, Collecting, Right Now!”
Sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council


December 10, 6pm

Shannon Stratton
Curator and Critic
“Skilling/Deskilling”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

 


 


OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Sunday, April 21, Noon – 5pm
$12 online (by April 19) and $15 at the door
To purchase tickets, click here.

This happens only once a year! Cranbrook Academy of Art is opening the doors to its private studios for the second annual OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day, allowing the public inside access to the workspaces of today’s emerging artists, architects and designers. Student artists and faculty from each of the Academy’s 10 departments will be on hand to discuss their work and show off their creative spaces. Select pieces of student art will be for sale, allowing the public to purchase work from this exclusive group of Academy artists as they launch their careers.

For complete information, click here.




"2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art"

Members’ Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: Sunday, April 21, through Sunday, May 12, 2013

What happens when emerging architects, artists, and designers get together and throw themselves a party? Find out at the “2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition,” one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of art and design in the country, opening on April 21 at Cranbrook Art Museum.

The annual Degree Show of Cranbrook Academy of Art is the culmination of two years of studio work at the nation’s top-ranked independent graduate school of architecture, art and design. This is the same show that launched the careers of Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Massamichi Udagawa, Anne Wilson, Hani Rashid, Nick Cave, Tony Matelli, Ed Fella, Lorraine Wild, Martin Venezky, Beth Katleman, Sonya Clark, and many more.

The exhibition takes place in almost 15,000 square feet of galleries at Cranbrook’s historic Eliel Saarinen designed Art Museum. The Museum has recently undergone a $22 million renovation and expansion that is creating one of the most significant exhibition and research facilities in the United States.    

For more information, please visit www.cranbrookartmuseum.org.

 



2013 [SPRING] EDITION LECTURE SERIES

All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in the Cranbrook Art Museum’s de Salle Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Please use the Library entrance for all public lectures. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

 


Tuesday, April 23, 6pm
Jan Verwoert

Critic and Writer
"Painting’s in the air and patterns alight"
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department and the Humanities Program

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel Curatorial Programme and the H’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv. Verwoert is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (MIT Press/Afterall Books, 2006) and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want (Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute, 2010).



Sunday, May 5, 4:00pm
Nina Katchadourian
Artist
"All Forms of Attraction"
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In January 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Turku, Finland featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and in June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction." The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of recent video installation works in July 2008. In February 2010 she was the artist in residence at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she had a solo show entitled "Seat Assignment." She is currently at work on a permanent public piece, commissioned by the GSA, for a border crossing station between the US and Canada. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.

 


 

 

The Ceramics Department Presents the 2nd Annual Winter Wunder Cup

Sunday, November 18, 2:00-6:00pm
Ceramics Department
New Studios Building
(adjacent to Cranbrook Art Museum)

The Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce and extend an invitation to the 2nd Annual Winter Wunder Cup. This limited edition cup sale features over 400 cups designed and produced by the 15 current graduate students and the Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ceramic Department’s international travel fund and support its 2013 educational excursion to Mexico City.

Stop by the New Studios Building, located next to Cranbrook Art Museum, on Sunday, November 18 for the chance to meet the artists and purchase a piece of Cranbrook Ceramics’ future. Refreshments will be served and artists’ studios will be open for visits and discussions.

 


 



Alec Soth
Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002


From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm

Public Exhibition
Saturday, November 17, 2012, through Saturday, March 30, 2013



Within the wanderlust embodied in Alec Soth’s photographs is an impulse to uncover narratives that comprise the American experience. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, organized by the Minneapolis-based Walker Art Center, will open at Cranbrook Art Museum November 17, 2012, and run through March 30, 2013. It is the first major U.S. survey to explore the past 15 years of work by one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography. While Soth’s practice has taken him throughout the world, the Cranbrook exhibition focuses specifically on his pictures made in the United States.

Featuring over 100 photographs, the presentation includes early black-and-white images of Minneapolis working-class taverns, as well as examples from his well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, The Last Days of W, Soth’s major new series, Broken Manual, as well as other bodies of work not exhibited until now. Soth will also debut a new body of work at Cranbrook that will be the result of a “road trip” the artist will be taking across Michigan in the weeks leading up to the presidential election in November.

Soth’s distinct perspective is one in which the act of wandering, the method of embracing serendipity when seeking out his subjects, and the process of telling are as resonant as the photographic record of his remarkable encounters. When considered together, these pictures probe the idiosyncrasies of people, objects and places he discovers on his journeys, and form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience.

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and made possible by generous support from Carol and Judson Bemis, Jr., Marilyn and Larry Fields, Linda and Lawrence Perlman, and Geri and Dar Reedy.

 



Soo Sunny Park
SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide, 2007


Soo Sunny Park: Vapor Slide


Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm

Artist Talk
Friday, November 16, 2012, 6:00 pm

Public Exhibition
Saturday, November 17, 2012 through Sunday, March 17, 2013

Also opening on November 17, 2012 and running through Sunday, March 17, 2013 is sculptor Soo Sunny Park’s large-scale installation SSVT (South Stafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide (2007). The exhibit combines quotidian materials – chain link fence, plastic cups, paper clips, river rocks – in imaginative ways, crafting a dazzling environment of ethereal light and space.

Park, a 2000 alumna of Cranbrook Academy of Art's Sculpture Department, created the work in response to the undulating, snowy hills of South Strafford, Vermont. The installation uses chain link fence, a conventional boundary demarcation, to fashion a space through which viewers move rather than as a method of impeding access. In doing so, SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide becomes a spellbinding meditation on the interstitial spaces we encounter every day and the myriad possibilities hidden within.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Soo Sunny Park moved to the United States of the age of eleven and grew up in Georgia and Florida. Before studying at Cranbrook, she received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. She currently is a Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College and is preparing for a retrospective that will open at Rice University in Texas in April 2013, immediately after her installation closes at Cranbrook.



 

2012 [FALL] EDITION LECTURE SERIES




Tuesday, November 6

Please note: Lecture time changed to 4:00 pm
Shannon Stratton

Cranbrook 2012 Critical Studies Fellow
“Auxiliary Motors & Affect Machines”
Part of the fellowship series, “The Social Capital of the Amateur”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Shannon Stratton is a founder and current Executive and Creative Director of threewalls Chicago, a not-for-profit residency and exhibition space that supports contemporary visual arts in Chicago. With Green Lantern Press, Stratton founded and published PHONEBOOK, a guide to contemporary independent and artist-run projects.  Stratton maintains an active curatorial practice and works with Harold Arts in SE Ohio, coordinating projects including residencies, festivals and site-specific architecture. In 2010 Stratton was named one of the top 5 most vital people in the visual arts in Chicago by NewCity. In 2011 she was a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute and a finalist for the Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Award. Stratton was one of nine leaders in the arts featured in the Chicago Tribune 2011 Chicagoans of the Year.  Shannon Stratton teaches in Art History, Theory & Criticism and Fiber & Material Studies departments at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 





Wednesday, November 7

Kathy Butterly

Artist
“An Evening with Kathy Butterly”
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department

Kathy Butterly is an artist working and living in New York City.  Her works are represented by the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York and she shows regularly with the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica.  Butterly has received various awards and grants, including a 2011 Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant.  Her works have been included in various museum exhibitions, most recently "Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Roy McMakin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sue Williams" curated by Jenelle Porter at the ICA/Boston.  Other selected exhibitions include: "Freaks and Beauties: Kathy Butterly" at the Tang Museum; "The Jewel Thief" at the Tang Museum; "Dirt on Delight" at the ICA/Philadelphia and the Walker Art Center; "Pretty is as Pretty Does" at SITE Santa Fe; and "The 54th Carnegie International,” among others. An upcoming solo exhibition of Kathy's work, "Lots of Little Love Affairs," will open  at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery on October 20 and close December 22, 2012. Butterly earned a MFA from the University of California, Davis, and a BFA at Moore College of Art.





Tuesday, November 13

Susan York

2012 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
“A Study of Form and Material”
Co-sponsored by the Alumni Circle Committee and the Ceramics Department

Susan York’s graphite sculpture and drawings are in collections across the United States and Europe, including the Frankel Foundation for Art, Lannan Foundation, and Panza di Biumo. York received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Ceramics 1995) and is currently the head of the sculpture program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where she has taught since 1998. Writing about York’s work in artforum.com, Washington Post Art Critic Blake Gopnik wrote, “You can’t just look at her columns; you need to discover that they are made of solid graphite. Her works are not so much about the space they take up as the substance this space contains and what it means.”    

Throughout the past decade York has lectured at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has recently completed a collaborative drawing/poetry project with the poet Arthur Sze that will result in a 2013 publication by Radius Books. A recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship and the Alpert Foundation/Ucross Residency, York will be in residence this Spring at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming.  Exhibitions of Susan York’s work are scheduled this year in Munich, Germany, and Milan, Italy. 





Tuesday, December 4

David Adey

Artist and Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University
“An Evening with David Adey”
Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

David Adey participated in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. His work has also been presented in Here Not There: San Diego Art Now (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; John Henry (2010), presented at the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library and at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (where, in 2008, he also presented I've got a river of life flowing out of me); ZOOM (2009), at the Torrance Art Museum; Cut: Makings of Removal (2009), at Wignall Museum of Art/Chaffey College; and Atomic Particulars (2007), at Spacecraft Gallery. In addition, he has appeared in exhibitions at Biola University, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, as well as the Cannon Gallery Invitational and Cannon Biennial Exhibitions, in Carlsbad, CA. He has also exhibited in New York, Miami, Detroit, Boston, and Berlin. David is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches sculpture, 3D design, contemporary art seminar, and illustration. Adey was born 1972 in Morristown, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Sculpture, 2002) and Point Loma Nazarene University (BA, Visual Art, 1994). David Adey is a recipient of the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category. He is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in Culver City, CA and Scott White Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA.





Tuesday, December 11

Etienne Turpin

Editor, Scapegoat: Architecture | Landscape | Political Economy and Lecturer, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
“Jimmie Durham in Lascaux: A Parable for Art in the Anthropocene”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Etienne Turpin is a lecturer in architecture at the University of Michigan and a visiting lecturer in landscape architecture at the University of Toronto. He is a founding editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture | Landscape | Political Economy, as well as the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Deep Time, Design, Science and Philosophy, forthcoming from MAP Books Publishers. His research and writing is aggregated online at www.ANEXACT.org.




Summer 2012 Exhibitions

George Nelson:
Architect | Writer | Designer | Teacher


Public Exhibition: Through Sunday, October 14, 2012

George Nelson is considered one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. Operating from the western side of Michigan as Design Director at the Zeeland-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller for more than twenty years, Nelson had his sights firmly focused on Cranbrook, which was also playing a defining role in the development of Modernism.

Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, “George Nelson: Architect/ Writer/ Designer Teacher" is the first comprehensive retrospective of Nelson’s work. It has been touring in Europe and most recently in the United States at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle. Cranbrook is the final stop in the US tour and the last opportunity to see this major exhibition before the work returns to Germany.

More than 120 three-dimensional objects including examples of chairs, benches, desks, cabinets, lamps, and clocks, as well as over 50 historical documents, such as drawings, photographs, architectural models, and films, form the core of the exhibition. Nelson was responsible for the production of numerous furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947, the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards).

“George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. The American tour of the exhibition has been generously sponsored by Herman Miller. Herman Miller also is the presenting sponsor of the exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. Additional support for the exhibition at Cranbrook is provided by the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio. Promotion of the exhibition is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please click here.

 



 

Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904–2012
Public Exhibition: Through Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lower Gallery

"Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904-2012" presents the architectural legacy of Cranbrook as an artistic narrative emerging from the visionary ideas of George Gough Booth. During the early 1900s, Booth’s vision was realized through collaborations with renowned architects and craftsmen, including Albert Kahn and Eliel Saarinen. More recently, the campus has been interpreted by contemporary designers offering contrasting and complementary projects on the National Historic Landmark site. “Vision and Interpretation” is a collaboration between Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Archives.





“The Cranbrook Vision: Architecture, Landscape and Sculpture”
Through October 28

Every Sunday 1pm - 2:30pm

Join us for a walking tour that highlights some of the wonders of the Cranbrook campus. Springing from the visionary ideas of George and Ellen Booth and their collaborations with Arts & Crafts designers, the early decades of the twentieth century laid the groundwork for our stunning National Heritage Landmark site. Following these formative years, the Cranbrook campus became an evolving canvas for the architects, artists, and gardeners who worked to shape the Booths' desire to create spaces of meaning, distinction, and beauty.

In keeping with Cranbrook’s Arts & Crafts origins, the tour touches on both large and small artistic elements including historical plantings, campus-wide planning vistas, and intricate brickwork on building elevations. Preservation issues are also addressed. Select interiors will be explored, as well as most notably the original Cranbrook School for Boys Dining Hall where visitors are immersed in one of Eliel Saarinen’s great “total works of art.”

Tours depart from the front desk of the Art Museum. Space is limited to 20 people so prepaid reservations are recommended. Reservations are non-transferable and non- refundable.

Please call 248-645-3319 to make your reservation. Admission: $15.00/adults; $10.00/ArtMembers; $13.00/seniors 65+; and $11.00/students with ID. Restroom facilities are very limited on the tour and no food or beverages are available. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather as the tour will take place rain or shine!

 


 

Saarinen House: A Total Work of Art

Public Tours: Through October 28
2pm Thursday through Saturday
1pm & 3pm on Sunday

A rare integration of art, architecture, design and nature—Saarinen house is a total work of art. Designed in the late 1920s, the house served as the home and studio of Eliel Saarinen (Cranbrook’s first resident architect and the Academy’s first president and head of the Architecture Department) and Loja Saarinen (the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department) from 1930 through 1950.

Docent-guided Public Tours of Saarinen House depart from the front desk of Cranbrook Art Museum, where tickets also may be purchased on tour days. The tours are about 90 minutes long and include stairs and two fifteen-minute walks on Cranbrook’s campus. Tours take place rain or shine.

Public Tour Fees: ArtMembers free; $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65+); and $6 full-time students with ID. Saarinen House Tours include admission to Cranbrook Art Museum. Tours are limited to 12 guests.

A limited number of Private Tours of Saarinen House are available Monday through Friday, May through October, with at least three weeks advance notice. Private Tour Fees: $10 ArtMembers; $15 Adults and Seniors; and $10 full-time students with ID (with a minimum Private Tour group fee of $100). To inquire about the availability of a Private Tour, please call 248-645-3319.

 




2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Through Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cranbrook Academy of Art is delighted to present its annual exhibition of work by the 2012 class of Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Architecture students in the newly renovated galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum. The Academy’s program is interdisciplinary in orientation, representing the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought. The exhibition of these 79 emerging artists reflects the culmination of their time spent at the Academy and ranges from painting and sculpture to video, photography and installation.

 

 



Tours of the 2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition
Through Sunday, May 13

Wednesday through Sunday at 2pm
Additional tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm
(No tours Thursday, May 10, at 7pm or Friday, May 11, at 2pm and 7pm).

Learn all about the work in the Degree Exhibition from the experts—the students. Everyday that the exhibition is open (except Thursday, May 10, at 7pm and Friday, May 11), a graduate student will be offering an in-depth look at the work in his or her own department including, of course, their own work. These are “walk-in” tours and do not require advance reservations. Just arrive at the Art Museum before the start of the tour and start learning about the process and ideas of all of the work in one of the Academy’s ten departments. After attending one of the tours, you may decide you need to join nine more tours-- so don’t wait for the end of the exhibition to start your exploration.

 

Collections Wing Tours
Through May 11*

Wednesday through Friday at 1pm
*Tours on Friday, May 11 at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm only.

Tours offered Wednesday through Friday at 1pm from Wednesday, April 25 through Thursday, May 10. Collections Wing tours will be held only at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm on Friday, May 11 . Tours are limited to 20 people and depart from the front desk of the museum. Collections Wing tours are $2.00 in addition to museum admission, prepaid reservations are recommended.

 


 


2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
Celebrate with Three Events: A Preview Party, Opening Reception and Community Day!

What happens when 79 emerging architects, artists, and designers get together and throw themselves a party?  Find out on the weekend of April 20 when we celebrate the opening of  the “2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art,” one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of art and design in the country. This year for the first-time, we'll launch the exhibition on Friday, April 20 with a Sneak Preview and Benefit Dinner for Academy Scholarships, followed on Saturday by the ArtMembers' Opening reception. Sunday concludes the festivities with OPEN(Studios): A Community Day+Art Sale. For more information and tickets, please click here or call the Advancement office at 248.645.3214.



 




Monday, April 23
The Knoll Lecture

Tejo Remy, Designer
"The Work of Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen"
Presented by the 3D Design Department

Designer Tejo Remy is currently a partner with Rene Veenhuizen in Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen.  Tejo Remy was born in 1960 in the Netherlands. Having studied three-dimensional design from 1986-1991 at HKU (the Utrecht School of the Arts), Netherlands, Remy now works as an interior and product designer in Utrecht. He often collaborates with Droog Design, a company focused on designs for everyday objects using low-cost, industrial, or recycled materials. Tejo Remy has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues including Boulevard de Unica, Utrecht, Netherlands (2003); Pluk de D. Academie Galerie, Utrecht, Netherlands (2002); Villa Droog, Hyeres, France (2001); and Next Generation 2000, Japan (2000). His work can be found in many collections, including the Museum Boymans v. Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; and Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Sponsored by Knoll Corporation
The Knoll Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art, established through a generous endowment by Knoll International, each year brings a renowned designer to the Academy for a free public lecture to promote the importance of design as well as learning sessions with Academy students.

 

Tuesday, May 1
Namita Wiggers

Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
"Performing Craft: The Exhibition as a Site for Theatrical Exchange"
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Namita Gupta Wiggers is curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, where she directs the exhibition, collection and public programming. Her curatorial work combines her experience and training as an art historian, a museum educator, ethnographer and design researcher, teacher, writer, and studio art jeweller. Through exhibitions and programming, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, and as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition operates as a site and space for cultural inquiry.

 


 


Behind the Scenes 2012 - Exploring Cranbrook's Collections

Around the World in 120 Minutes: A Tour of Cranbrook Art Museum's Textile Collection
Sunday, March 25, 1:30-3:30pm
Please register online at www.cranbrook.edu.

Cost: $30 per person. ($20 per person for Members of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook House and Gardens). This event is limited to 25 participants.

Join Gerhardt Knodel for a first-hand exploration the museum's rich textile collection. Knodel is the former Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and a celebrated fiber artist. He also served as Artist-in-Residence and head of the Academy's Fiber Department for 25 years. Gerhardt's extensive travels, knowledge, and experience form the basis for his unparalleled insights into the museum's collection and the "expressive possibilities of fabric." This two-hour session offers registrants a hands-on opportunity to view the diverse textiles in the collection ranging from Peruvian and Coptic antiquities to modern works by Annie Albers and Anne Wilson. Photo Above: Gerhardt Knodel, former Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art (1995-2007) and Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department (1970-1995).

 

From Arugula to Zinnias and Everything In-Between: A Cranbrook Greenhouse Family Workshop
Saturday, March 31

Two sessions: 10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm
Please register online at www.cranbrook.edu.

Cost: $30 per parent-child pair. Additional adults and children are $15 each. ($20 per parent-child pair for Members of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook House and Gardens. Additional member adults and children are $10 each). Maximum 20 attendees per session. Please meet at the Cranbrook House Greenhouse.

Welcome spring with a family-friendly look at how plants grow from edible to prickly, from scented to medicinal. Explore the various mini habitats at Cranbrook's greenhouse and discover why some roots are long and some are short, why some plants need lots of water and others only a drop. Learn how easy it is to take a seed, turn it into a growing plant, and raise your own edible garden! The Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary invites families (not recommended for children under 6) to tour the facilities and participate in a planting activity. This educational and fun event is a delightful way for the whole family to discover the science and beauty of gardening.

 


 


Material Workshop
Cranbrook for Alessi
March 3 through March 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6pm
Archives Reading Room (lower level gallery of Cranbrook Art Museum)

The exhibition "Cranbrook for Alessi," features prototypes created in a collaborative workshop initiated by the Italian design factory Alessi at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The 2009 workshop brought together artists and designers from the Academy’s Metalsmithing and 3D Design departments for a week of open-ended explorations of metal forms and techniques. The resulting prototypes are a mix of material studies, product proposals, and pre-production samples that demonstrate both the hands-on craft and cutting-edge design work. Alessi has approved four designs for the consumer market which will be launched in the latter half of 2012.

Workshop Leaders:Iris Eichenberg, Artist-in-Residence, Metalsmithing Department and Scott Klinker, Designer-in-Residence, 3D Design Department

Workshop Participants: Suzanne Beautyman, Richard Elaver, Patrick Gavin, Katie MacDonald, Jonathan Muecke, Seth Papac, Maria Phillips, David Schafer, Adam Shirley, and John Truex.

Special thanks to Alberto Alessi, Gloria Barcellini, and the entire Alessi team, as well as Quality Metal Craft of Livonia, Michigan for supporting this exhibition and workshop.





2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Preview Party & Scholarship Fundraiser: Friday, April 20 (for details, click here)
ArtMembers' Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Public Dates: Sunday, April 22, through Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cranbrook Academy of Art is delighted to present its annual exhibition of work by the 2012 class of Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Architecture students in the newly renovated galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum. The Academy’s program is interdisciplinary in orientation, representing the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought. The exhibition of these 79 emerging artists reflects the culmination of their time spent at the Academy and ranges from painting and sculpture to video, photography and installation.

 


 

2012 SPRING EDITION LECTURE SERIES

All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in the Cranbrook Art Museum's deSalle Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Please use the Library entrance for all public lectures. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science. For directions to the Auditorium, please visit here.

Tuesday, March 6
Damon Murray

Co-Director, FUEL Design & Publishing
"One Definition of Design"
Sponsored by the 2D Design Department

Fuel design group was founded at the Royal College of Art in 1991 by Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell. From the outset, Murray and Sorrell worked commercially for a range of clients in the areas of fashion, art and film. They combined these varied commissions with projects of their own, including a magazine also entitled Fuel. In 1996 and 2000 respectively they published Pure Fuel and Fuel 3000, two books that examined the accepted notions of graphic design, illustrating ideas and preoccupations to explore themes of authorship. They have received awards for both their commercial and experimental digital work in the fields of short films, idents, and TV commercials. They are known for producing books and catalogues, working closely with artists – in particular Tracey Emin and Jake and Dinos Chapman. In 2005 they formed an independent publishing company within the group, Fuel Publishing. The resulting beautiful and distinctive publications are achieved through a process of close collaboration with the authors. Many of their books, the Russian Criminal Tattoo series in particular, have received broad critical acclaim.

 

Tuesday, March 13
Sande Cohen

Professor Emeritus, CalArts
"French Theory and Critical Practices Today"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Sande Cohen received a PhD in intellectual history from UCLA. He taught at Brown (1976-79), UCLA (1979-87 and 2008-2009), and CalArts (1980-2009). He currently divides his time between the U.S. and mostly the Chiang-mai area of Thailand. He is the author of, among other works, Historical Culture (1986, UC Press); Academia and the Luster of Capital (1993, Minnesota); French Theory in America (co-ed, 2001, Routledge); and History Out of Joint (2006, Johns Hopkins). His most recent essays are in Cultural Critique (75, 2010) and Rethinking History (2011). His main area of interest is historiography—the intellectual coding(s) and other organizations of all things timed, including the untimely. This involves using close analysis of discursive behavior in the criticism of institutional practices.

 

Friday, March 30
Kenneth Goldsmith, aka Kenny G.

Author / Artist
"If We Had To Ask for Permission, We Wouldn't Exist: A Brief History of UbuWeb" 
Co-sponsored by the Critical Studies program and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry" by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of "I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews," which was the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "Sucking on Words" was first shown at the British Library in 2007. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In 2011, he co-edited, "Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing" and published a book essays, "Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age." Goldsmith  will participate in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, 2012. In 2011, dOCUMENTA(13) published his "Letter To Bettina Funcke" as part of their "100 Notes - 100 Thoughts" book series.

 



Postponed until Fall 2012
Susan York

2012 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
“A Study of Form and Material”
Co-sponsored by the Alumni Circle Committee and the Ceramics Department

Susan York’s graphite sculpture and drawings are in collections across the United States and Europe, including the Frankel Foundation for Art, Lannan Foundation and Panza di Biumo. York received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (CE 1995) and is currently the head of the sculpture program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where she has taught since 1998. Writing about York’s work in artforum.com, Washington Post Art Critic Blake Gopnik wrote, “You can’t just look at her columns; you need to discover that they are made of solid graphite. Her works are not so much about the space they take up as the substance this space contains and what it means.”

Throughout the past decade York has lectured at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has recently completed a collaborative drawing/poetry project with the poet Arthur Sze that will result in a 2013 publication by Radius Books. A recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship and the Alpert Foundation/Ucross Residency, York will be in residence this Spring at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming. Exhibitions of Susan York’s work are scheduled this year in Munich, Germany and Milan, Italy.

 

Tuesday, April 10
Jeannie Greenberg Rohatyn

"Another Girl, Another Planet': Thirteen Years Later"
Sponsored by the Photography Department

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn is a gallerist who has created a network of unique spaces, suitable for a wide variety of exhibitions. Her vision as a collector, art advisor, and independent curator has made her one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Founded in 2002, Salon94 is a project space built within her home as an alternative to the traditional white box gallery. The "lived-in" venue has hosted critically acclaimed exhibitions by a variety of artists such as Maya Lin, Wangechi Mutu, Rashid Johnson and most recently, Betty Woodman, and Nate Lowman with Hanna Liden. Crossing boundaries, she also celebrates design, representing the Estate of Carlo Mollino and the new furniture of Rick Owens. In September 2007 she opened Salon94 Freemans, a casual barn-like space on Freeman's Alley in the Lower East Side, with exhibitions by artists including Marilyn Minter, Lorna Simpson, Lynda Benglis and Carter. In September 2010, Salon 94 Bowery opened with a show of Richard Prince t-shirt paintings; this double height space now features a video wall on the street front facing the Bowery, and has exhibited Laurie Simmons, Liz Cohen, and Jon Kessler among others. Salon 94 is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).

 




Monday, April 23
The Knoll Lecture

Tejo Remy, Designer
"The Work of Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen"
Presented by the 3D Design Department

Designer Tejo Remy is currently a partner with Rene Veenhuizen in Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen.  Tejo Remy was born in 1960 in the Netherlands. Having studied three-dimensional design from 1986-1991 at HKU (the Utrecht School of the Arts), Netherlands, Remy now works as an interior and product designer in Utrecht. He often collaborates with Droog Design, a company focused on designs for everyday objects using low-cost, industrial, or recycled materials. Tejo Remy has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues including Boulevard de Unica, Utrecht, Netherlands (2003); Pluk de D. Academie Galerie, Utrecht, Netherlands (2002); Villa Droog, Hyeres, France (2001); and Next Generation 2000, Japan (2000). His work can be found in many collections, including the Museum Boymans v. Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; and Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Sponsored by Knoll Corporation
The Knoll Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art, established through a generous endowment by Knoll International, each year brings a renowned designer to the Academy for a free public lecture to promote the importance of design as well as learning sessions with Academy students.

 

Tuesday, May 1
Namita Wiggers

Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
"Performing Craft: The Exhibition as a Site for Theatrical Exchange"
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Namita Gupta Wiggers is curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, where she directs the exhibition, collection and public programming. Her curatorial work combines her experience and training as an art historian, a museum educator, ethnographer and design researcher, teacher, writer, and studio art jeweller. Through exhibitions and programming, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, and as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition operates as a site and space for cultural inquiry.

 


Past Lectures from the 2012 SPRING EDITION LECTURE SERIES

Tuesday, January 17
Mimi Nguyen + Minh-Ha Pham

Nguyen: Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies & Asian American Studies, University of Illinois
Pham: Assistant Professor, History of Art & Visual Studies & Asian American Studies, Cornell University
"Threadbared PDA, Public Displays of Academia/Aesthetics"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Minh-Ha T. Pham is an Assistant Professor in the History of Art & Visual Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University. Broadly, her research traces the historical relations of art, society, and technology through fashion. She is the co-founder of Threadbared, a research blog on the politics of fashion and beauty. Minh-Ha's other web projects include Of Another Fashion, a digital archive that focuses on the everyday material cultures and practices of U.S. women of color.

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She pursues her scholarship through the frame of transnational feminist cultural studies, and in particular as an untangling of the liberal way of war that pledges "aid," freedom, rights, movement, and other social goods. She is also co-author of the research blog on dress and beauty Threadbared with Minh-Ha Pham – which several academic feminist journals have cited as a valuable addition to feminist critical studies. She is currently compiling a collection of her zine writings on race, punk, and feminism.
 


Wednesday, January 18
Susan Tallman

Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Print Media, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Editor-in-Chief, Art in Print / artinprint.org
"There's No Such Thing as Very Unique"
Sponsored by the Print Media Department

Susan Tallman is an art historian, writer, and Editor-in-Chief of Art in Print.  She has written extensively about prints, multiples, and issues of authenticity and reproduction. She has lived and worked in New York, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Tuesday, January 24
John Corso

Assistant Professor, Oakland University
"Foucault on Art, Or, Why Artists and Archivists Make Good Friends"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

John J. Corso is an Assistant Professor of the History of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory at Oakland University.  He holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University and Master's degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.  He is completing a manuscript entitled, "Art Unhung: The Rise of the Subject-String."

 

 

Thursday, January 26
This lecture begins at 7:00 pm
Nicole Cherubini

"An Evening with Nicole Cherubini"
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department and the Cranbrook Art Museum

 

 

Tuesday, January 31
Julia Bryan-Wilson

Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, UC Berkeley
"Crisis Craft"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program
Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, and queer theory. She has held grants from the Getty, the Clark Art Institute, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, among others. Her writings on artists such as Ida Applebroog, Sadie Benning, Harmony Hammond, Sharon Hayes, Cristóbal Lehyt, Anne Wilson, and Francesca Woodman have appeared in exhibition catalogs as well as in the Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Art US, Bookforum, Camera Austria, Camera Obscura, October, the Journal of Modern Craft, and Oxford Art Journal. Her book Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California, 2009) was named an "outstanding academic title" by Choice magazine.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 5pm
Esther Shalev-Gerz

Please note: this lecture begins at 5:00 pm and takes place in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium.
Sponsored by the Photography Department
For directions to the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium, click here.

Born in Lithuania, raised in Israel and resident in Paris since 1984, Esther Shalev-Gerz is internationally recognized for her seminal investigation into the nature of democracy, citizenship, cultural memory and spatial politics. Her works challenge the notion and practice of portraiture and consider how its qualities may contribute to contemporary discourse about the politics of representation. Her installations, photography, video and public sculpture are developed through active dialogue, consultation and negotiation with people whose participation provides an emphasis to their individual and collective memories, accounts, opinions and experiences which then become both represented and considered. Constantly inquiring into transitional qualities of time and space and the correlative transformation of identities, locales and (hi)stories Esther Shalev-Gerz has produced a body of work that simultaneously records, critiques, and contributes to our understandings of the societal roles and value of artistic practice.

 

Tuesday, February 28
Corin Hewitt

Artist
"An Evening with Corin Hewitt"
Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

Corin Hewitt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at VCU who has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011. Hewitt also recently received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He is a sculptor whose work centers on setting up cultural questions in arranged spaces and then examining those questions in a variety of ways. Hewitt's work has appeared in such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Seattle Art Museum, the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Norway, the Wanas Foundation in Sweden and through the Public Art Fund in a public installation in Brooklyn.



Ceramics Department Cup SALE to Benefit Student Travel

Winter Wunder Cup MMXI
Sunday, December 11, 2-6pm

New Studios Building

The Ceramics Department of Cranbrook Academy of Art is presenting, Winter Wunder Cup MMXI: a limited-edition sale featuring over 400 cups produced by 15 students and Anders Ruhwald, the department's Artist-in- Residence. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ceramic Department's international travel fund and support its 2012 educational excursion to London and Berlin.

Stop by the New Studios Building on Sunday, December 11 from 2-6pm for a chance to meet the artists and purchase an original work. Refreshments will be served and the artists’ studios will be open for visits and conversation.

 


 

FALL 2011 EDITION LECTURE SERIES

All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available in the structure to the west of the entrance. For directions to the Auditorium, please visit here.

During the second week of the Fall semester, each Artist-in-Residence will give a presentation of their work with a focus on the subject of Interdisciplinary Practice


September 19, 2011, 4pm        

Scott Klinker, Beverly Fishman, Anders Ruhwald   
Faculty Lectures, “Interdisciplinary Practice


September 20, 2011, 4pm           

Iris Eichenberg, Heather McGill, Randy Bolton, Elliott Earls
Faculty Lectures, “Interdisciplinary Practice”


September 21, 2011, 4pm   

Bill Massie, Liz Cohen, Mark Newport                   
Faculty Lectures, “Interdisciplinary Practice”




Saturday, September 24, 2011

This lecture begins at 4:00 pm
Richard Deacon
Artist
“An Afternoon with Richard Deacon”
Sponsored by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art

Born in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales in 1949, Richard Deacon lives and works in London, dividing his time between Paris, London and Cologne. Known for an imaginative and sometimes unexpected use of materials, Deacon has been surprising the art world with sculptures of supreme beauty and controlled structure for many years. He was awarded the Tate Gallery's Turner Prize in 1987. "The Size of It," a major traveling exhibition of large-scale work from the last ten years, opened at the Museo Artium in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in June 2005; it travels to the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere, Finland and to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen, Germany. Deacon has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine, Whitechapel and Tate Galleries in London, and was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery Liverpool in 1990. In 2007 he represented Wales this year at the Venice Biennale.



October 3, 2011
This lecture begins at noon
Leonardo Drew
Artist
“An Afternoon with Leonardo Drew”
Sponsored by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art

Leonardo Drew is a contemporary artist who lives in San Antonio, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. His installations, sculptures and mixed-media work has been shown at the Mary Boone Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Texas, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Fabric Workshop, the Palazzo Delle Papesse in Siena, Italy and the Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, where he is represented. Born in Florida, Drew then studied at the Parsons School of Design and the the Cooper Union in New York.

 



October 4, 2011

Jana Cephas
Cranbrook  2011 Critical Studies Fellow
 “Performative Aesthetics”
Part of the fellowship series, “Bodies of Knowledge: Corporeal Landscapes and Aesthetic Practices”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Jana Cephas is currently a PhD candidate in History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism at Harvard University, with secondary studies in the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies. She will complete her dissertation and earn her degree in 2012. Before entering Harvard, Ms. Cephas pursued her education in architecture and urbanism at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is held in high esteem as a gifted original thinker and as a teacher. She has served as an instructor and guest critic in architectural design and in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her dissertation work is focused on the urbanization of Detroit in the early twentieth-century through examining the metaphors associated with working (class) bodies, modern buildings, and efficient machines.

 



October 11, 2011

FILM : !Women Art Revolution
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement throughconversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists,historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar andcivil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s artthrough the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of thesepioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the mostsignificant art movement of the late 20th century.



October 18, 2011

Helen Molesworth
Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
“Dance/Draw”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston.  While head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary art and the Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum, she presented an exhibition of photographs by Moyra Davey and ACT UP NY: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987-1993.  From 2002 to 2007 she was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts where she organized the first US retrospectives ofLouise Lawler and Luc Tuymans, as well as Part Object Part Sculpture which examined sculpture in the wake of Marcel Duchamp’s erotic objects and handmade readymades of the 1960s.  From 2000-2002 she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she organized Work Ethic, which traced the problem of artistic labor in post-1960s art.  She is the author of numerous articles and her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October.  Her research areas are concentrated largely within and around the problems of feminism, the reception of Marcel Duchamp, and the socio-historical frameworks of contemporary art.  She is currently at work on two major exhibitions: Dance/Draw opens at the ICA this coming October and This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s premieres at the MCA Chicago in the winter of 2012. 



October 23, 2011

This lecture begins at 5:00 pm
Dr. Patricia MacCormack
Reader, English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
“Inhuman Ecstasies: Feminism, Art and Angelic Monsters”
Sponsored by the Metalsmithing department

Dr. Patricia MacCormack is Reader in English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She has published extensively on Guattari, Blanchot, Serres, Irigaray, feminism, queer theory, teratology, body modification, posthuman theory, animal rights and horror film. Her work includes ‘Inhuman Ecstasy’ (Angelaki), ‘Becoming-Vulva.’ (New Formations) ‘The Great Ephemeral Tattooed Skin.’ (Body and Society)  ‘Necrosexuality’ (Queering the Non/Human) ‘Unnatural Alliances’ (Deleuze and Queer Theory) ‘Vitalistic FeminEthics’ (Deleuze and Law) and ‘Cinemasochism: Time, Space and Submission.’ (The Afterimage of Gilles Deleuze’s Film Philosophy). She has been involved in a number of feminist art projects. She is the author of Cinesexuality and the co-editor of The Schizoanalysis of Cinema. She is currently writing on post-human ethics.




October 25, 2011

Damian Skinner
Art Historian and Curator. Editor, Art Jewelry Forum
 “The Violet Discourse: Art History Versus Art and Craft Objects”
Sponsored by the Metalsmithing department

Dr. Damian Skinner is an independent art historian and curator, based in New Zealand. In this lecture, he talks about the problem and potential of art history’s encounter with the art and craft object.  Ranging from the indigenous Maori art of New Zealong to contemporary craft, Skinner’s talk explores various brutal and beautiful encounters between art history and its subjects.  Skinner received his PhD in art history from Victoria University of Wellington in 2006, for a thesis exploring the dynamic relationship between customary or traditional and modern Maori art in the twentieth century. This was later published as The Carver and the Artist: Maori Art in the Twentieth Century.  He has published a number of books about Maori art, the indigenous art of New Zealand, including Ihenga: The Evolution of Maori Art in the Twentieth Century and The Passing World, The Passage of Life: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai. He is currently working on a project about art and decolonization, which explores the particular role that indigenous and settler artworks have played as part of anti-colonial struggles in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Skinner has also written widely about contemporary jewelry in New Zealand. His books include Given: Jewellery by Warwick Freeman and Alan Preston: Between Tides. He is the Editor for Art Jewelry Forum, an American organization that supports and promotes contemporary jewelry internationally, and he is currently editing a book called Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, which will be published by Lark Books in 2013.




November 1, 2011

Paul Sahre
Graphic Designer
 “84th Infantry Monument"
Sponsored by the 2D Design department

Graphic designer, illustrator, lecturer, educator and author Paul Sahre established his New York studio in 1997. While consciously maintaining a small office, Sahre has nevertheless built a large presence in American graphic design. The balance he strikes between commercial and personal projects is evident in the physical layout of his workspace: part design studio, part silkscreen lab, part classroom. In one room he designs and prints posters (some of which are in the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) for various off-off Broadway theaters, while in the other room he is busy designing book covers for authors such as Rick Moody, Chuck Klosterman, Ben Marcus and Ernest Hemingway. Sahre is also a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times. He is the author of Leisurama Now: The Beach House for Everyone, 1964-_______, a loving look at a short-lived product of early ‘60s consumer optimism: affordable middle-class summer homes. Sahre received his BFA and MFA from Kent State and teaches graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. He lectures extensively all over the world. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.


November 3, 2011
Dr. Kathy Battista
Director of Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art
“Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London”
Sponsored by the Painting department

Kathy Battista is Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She is author of the forthcoming Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London and New York New Wave.  She is also co-author of Art New York and Recent Architecture in The Netherlands. Her essays have appeared in many edited collections, including Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender; Arcade: Artists and Placemaking; Surface Tension: Supplement 1 and Surface Tension: Problematics of Site; as well as many exhibition catalogues. Kathy is a regular contributor to the journals Art Monthly, Art Untitled, and RES Art World, and is on the editorial board of Art & Architecture Journal. She has taught at Birkbeck College and The London Consortium, University of London; Kings College; the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University; Cornell University; and Tate Modern. She co-founded the curatorial agency Tauromakia, is on the Curatorial Committee of NJ MoCA, and was founder of the Interaction program for the UK-based public art agency Artangel. She received her PhD and was a Postdoctoral Fellow of The London Consortium, University of London and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.



November 8, 2011

Jana Cephas
Cranbrook  2011 Critical Studies Fellow
“Body Politics”
Part of the fellowship series, “Bodies of Knowledge: Corporeal Landscapes and Aesthetic Practices”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Jana Cephas is currently a PhD candidate in History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism at Harvard University, with secondary studies in the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies. She will complete her dissertation and earn her degree in 2012. Before entering Harvard, Ms. Cephas pursued her education in architecture and urbanism at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is held in high esteem as a gifted original thinker and as a teacher. She has served as an instructor and guest critic in architectural design and in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her dissertation work is focused on the urbanization of Detroit in the early twentieth-century through examining the metaphors associated with working (class) bodies, modern buildings, and efficient machines.




December 6, 2011

Sue Taylor
Professor of Art History at Portland State University
“Eva Hesse against the Grain”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Sue Taylor earned her B.A. in art history at Roosevelt University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at Portland State University, she had been a museum curator and newspaper critic as well as a professor of art history. Devoted to the study of modern and contemporary art from feminist and psychoanalytic perspectives, she has written articles and exhibition and book reviews for American Art, American Craft, Art Journal, Art News, ArtUS, the Chicago Sun-Times, Dialogue, Fiberarts, the New Art Examiner, and Oregonian. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America.  Professor Taylor’s book on German-born Surrealist Hans Bellmer, The Anatomy of Anxiety (MIT Press), appeared in 2000. Scholarly essays on Jackson Pollock and Grant Wood followed, her essay "Grant Wood's Family Album" winning the Smithsonian’s Patricia and Philip Frost Prize for 2005. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists.

 


 


The Cranbrook Academy of Art 2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition + Sneak Peek of the Newly Restored Cranbrook Art Museum

April 17–May 8, 2011
Cranbrook ArtMembers’ Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 6–8 pm
Cranbrook Art Museum

What happens when 80 emerging architects, artists, and designers get together and throw themselves a party? Find out at the “2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition,” one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of art and design in the country, opening April 17 at Cranbrook Art Museum. The annual Degree Show of Cranbrook Academy of Art is the culmination of two years of studio work at the nation’s top-ranked independent graduate school of architecture, art and design. This is the same show that launched the careers of Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Massamichi Udagawa, Anne Wilson, Hani Rashid, Nick Cave, Tony Matelli, Ed Fella, Lorraine Wild, Martin Venezky, Beth Katleman, Sonya Clark and many more. The exhibition takes place in over 15,000 square feet of galleries at Cranbrook's historic Eliel Saarinen designed Art Museum. The Museum has recently undergone a $21 million dollar renovation and expansion that is creating one of the most significant exhibition and research facilities in the United States.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s only top-ranked, independent graduate school in architecture, design and fine art. Just 75 students are admitted each year to this two-year residential program that is led by ten celebrated artists working on a landmark campus that features: private studios for all, state-of-the art workshops and shared facilities including a public Art Museum, and Institute of Science. The focus is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines including Architecture, 2D and 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is enriched by dozens of internationally-acclaimed visiting artists, critics, curators and gallerists, as well as lectures, individualized instruction, critiques, and mentoring by our ten artists-in-residence and Critical Studies Fellow. Only talented applicants, who are motivated, independent, and interested in contextualizing their traditional and non-traditional creative practices within a stimulating environment, and also hold an undergraduate degree, are invited to apply.

The “2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition,” at Cranbrook Art Museum is sponsored by the MASCO Corporation Foundation. Additional support is provided by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.




Upcoming [SPRING] 2011 Edition Lectures

In its second season, the [Spring] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art reflects the current variety of contemporary creative practice with a series of evenings exploring all forms of innovative inquiry. Designed as part of the academic program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the lectures are open to the public--inviting the community to share in the ideas and discussions of the Academy. All lectures begin at 6 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the structure to the west of the entrance. For directions to the Auditorium, please click here


Tuesday, April 19, 6pm
Cranbrook Academy of Art in Association with The Frankel Foundation presents A Night of Experimental Design with
rAndom

"'The Behaviour of Objects'" followed by
Zigelbaum + Coelho
"Computational Materials"
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium
A reception will follow the lecture in the lower lobby of the Institute of Science

rAndom International is a collective of designers that works from the fringes of art, design, science and architecture. Together they develop projects and installations that re-interpret the 'cold' nature of digital-based work and emphasize the interaction between the animate (audience) and the inanimate (object), bringing the two into a powerful relationship of performance.

The studio's work has won many awards in the fields art, architecture and design over the past few years. In 2010 they were named Design Miamis' 'Designer Of The Future', in 2009 their interactive 'Audience' installation received an Honorable Mention at Prix Ars Electronica and the Observer recognized rAndom among the top ten UK designers in 2007. rAndom has won several diverse awards, including: the iF Design award in 2006 and in 2005; the Wallpaper design award, 2006 and the Creative Futures Award, 2005. Their work is also found in the collections of the MoMA (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), and the Frankel Foundation for Art (Michigan).

Zigelbaum + Coelho is a design studio founded by Jamie Zigelbaum and Marcelo Coelho, who met at the MIT Media Lab as graduate students. Operating at the intersection of design, technology, science, and art, their work utilizes physical, computational, and cultural materials in the service of creating new, but fundamentally human, experiences. Zigelbaum + Coelho make highly interactive, technology-infused physical objects and spaces. They make these things by hand and in factories; from scratch and on the shoulders of others; alone and in collaboration.

Marcelo Coelho is a designer whose work dwells in the intersection of human-computer interaction, materials science and design. He is an inventor of paper computers, shape changing composites, interactive garments, and edible circuits. Marcelo holds a BFA in Computation Arts, with highest honors, from Concordia University in Montreal, where he was also a Research Partner at XS Labs developing wearable technology and interactive textiles. He is currently on leave to complete his doctorate at the MIT Media Lab.

Jamie Zigelbaum builds and studies next generation computer interfaces, augmented objects, and human experiences. His work is multidisciplinary, straddling design, human-computer interaction, media theory, and cognitive science. Jamie received a Master of Science degree from the MIT Media Lab in 2008 working in the Tangible Media Group. Prior to founding Zigelbaum + Coelho, he spent a year helping invent the computer of the future at Oblong Industries in LA.


Wednesday, April 20, 6pm
Susan Yelavich

"Petrified Curtains, Animate Architecture"
Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design History, Parsons the New School for Design
Sponsored by the 3D Department

Susan Yelavich is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design Theory and History at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Her research focuses on the relationship between textiles and architecture, the dynamics of global culture and design, the role of ornament in contemporary design, and the parallels between design and literature. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Contemporary World Interiors, Pentagram/Profile, Inside Design Now, Design for Life, and The Edge of the Millennium: An International Critique of Architecture, Urban Planning, Product and Communication Design. Yelavich is also an independent curator. She is currently co-curating “Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern,” opening September 23, 2011, at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Yelavich was awarded the Academy’s Rolland Prize in Design in 2003. Previously, she was the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. Yelavich is a graduate of Brown University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Thursday, April 21, 6pm
Kate Gilmore

“An Evening with Kate Gilmore”
Artist
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Kate Gilmore was born in Washington D.C. in 1975 and lives and works in New York, NY. Recent exhibitions include: Whitney Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, Greater New York: 5 year Review, PS1/MoMA; The Kitchen, Vassar College, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Gilmore has had solo exhibitions at Bryant Park, Locust Projects; Institute of Contemporary Art; Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Italy; Smith-Stewart Gallery; White Columns; and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas. Gilmore’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including: The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, Washington Post, They Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Flash Art, Brooklyn Rail, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Art in America, Modern Painters, ArtUs, Time Out/NewYork, Artnews, Art Papers, San Francisco Chronicle, and Artforum. Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and her Bachelors degree from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She has been the recipient of several international awards and honors, such as the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Award for Artistic Excellence, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, The LMCC Workspace Residency, New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship, and the the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Residency. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

 


Friday, April 1, 6-8 pm
"Body Fixtures: The 2011 Chair Show"

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Forum Gallery, New Studios Building

The students of Cranbrook Academy of Art present, "Body Fixtures: The 2011 Chair Show." This year, the Chair Show explores the intimate relation of body to object, inviting you to cast off the archetype of the chair as a fixture for the seated body. Featuring work by Academy students: Stacy Jo Scott, Sigrid Espelien, Matt O'Brien, Haynes Riley, Brian Lee, Emily Baker, Brenton Elledge, Kristina Gerig, Jack Craig, Doug Skidmore, Jordan Gravely, Jane Ritchie, Kyle Fleet, Cheryl Baxter, Troy Oglesby, Erin Yuasa, Christopher Palmer, Brian DuBois, and Tania Ursomarzo.



 



Annual Knoll Lecture Features Designer Max Lamb



Knoll Lecture on Design
Tuesday, March 22, 6 pm
Max Lamb, "I am a Designer"

Sponsored by Knoll Corporation
Presented by the 3D Design Department
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium

The Knoll Lecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, established through a generous endowment by Knoll International, each year brings a renowned designer to the Academy for a free public lecture to promote the importance of design as well as learning sessions with Academy students.

This year's Knoll lecturer is the celebrated British designer Max Lamb. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Lamb cites both the topography and industrial heritage of his native Cornwall in England as the inspiration for his design methodology. He is best known for combining industrial production with handcraftsmanship for an effect that is both raw and intense. In 2008, Lamb was named 'Designer of the Future' at Design Miami/Basel.

 


 

Preview Party: Friday, February 25, 6-10pm - SOLD OUT
General Admission: Saturday, February 26, 10am-6pm

Tickets are available for Saturday only, $2 at the door.

From February 25 through February 26, Cranbrook Academy of Art will roar into downtown to present the first edition of OneXOne, Detroit's newest art market in the historic garage of the former Dalgliesh Cadillac dealership. More than 100 of Cranbrook’s leading artists from around the world will take part in this two-day sale, showcasing and selling their works in a marketplace environment stylized by the artists under the direction of Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg. Limited-edition works for sale will range from paintings and sculpture to jewelry, ceramic and paper objects, and even art services that can be purchased for prices ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The works available will be offered in multiples by Cranbrook Academy of Art’s emerging and established artists that include faculty, current graduate students and alumni. For more information, please visit www.1x1Cranbrook.com.

 


 

The [SPRING] 2011 Edition Lecture Series

In its second season, the [Spring] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art reflects the current variety of contemporary creative practice with a series of evenings exploring all forms of innovative inquiry. Designed as part of the academic program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the lectures are open to the public--inviting the community to share in the ideas and discussions of the Academy. All lectures begin at 6 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the structure to the west of the entrance. For directions to the Auditorium, please click here.


Tuesday, April 12
Sarah Margolis-Pineo

“The Valorization of Unrealizability”
Cranbrook Art Museum Collections Fellow
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Tuesday, April 19
rAndom

“'The Behaviour of Objects'
Zigelbaum + Coelho
“Computational Materials”

Wednesday, April 20
Susan Yelavich

"Petrified Curtains, Animate Architecture"
Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design History, Parsons the New School for Design
Sponsored by the 3D Department

Thursday, April 21
Kate Gilmore

“An Evening with Kate Gilmore”
Artist
Sponsored by the Fiber Department


Past lectures in the [SPRING] 2011 Edition Lecture Series include:

Thursday, January 27
Sonya Clark
“From Hair to There and Everywhere”
Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Tuesday, February 1
Alissia Melka-Teichroew
“Forms and Stories”
Founder and Creative Director of byAMT
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

Thursday, February 3
Cathy Leff
“The Persuasive Power of Ordinary Objects”
Director, The Wolfsonian—Florida International University
Sponsored by the Cranbrook Art Museum

Tuesday, February 8
Liza Bear
“Avalanche: A Unique Media Phenomenon and other projects”
Writer/Filmmaker; Cofounder: Avalanche
Sponsored by the Photography Department and Humanities Program

Friday, March 11, 4 pm
Anne Wilson
“Objects and Performances”
Professor, Department of Fiber and Material Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Tuesday, March 22
The Knoll Lecture
3D Design Department presents
Max Lamb, 'I am a Designer'

Tuesday, March 29
Kalup Linzy
Sponsored by the Photography Department

 


 

Cranbrook Art Museum Fall 2011 Lecture Series: Reinventing the Museum


George Booth and Charles Eames. Image courtesy of Cranbrook Archives.


While its galleries are closed to the public, Cranbrook Art Museum is developing plans for the future. As part of this process, we have invited five museum directors, each of whom has “reinvented” a museum, to discuss their work and establish a dialogue with Cranbrook during their visit. These visionary museum leaders are probing, provoking, and questioning the future of the art museum nationally, and collectively, represent some of the most compelling cultural programs anywhere on earth. The “Reinventing the Museum” Lecture Series is sponsored by The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation. All lectures take place in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the deck to the west of the entrance. For directions to Cranbrook Institute of Science click here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011, 5 pm
"Leveraging Legacy to Build New Models of Engagement"

Christy MacLear
Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Founding Director, Philip Johnson Glass House

The Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, celebrated its public opening in 2007. The mission of this visionary 47-acre site located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and designed by Philip Johnson, is to be a center-point and catalyst for the preservation of modern architecture, landscape, and art, and a canvas for inspiration, experimentation and cultivation honoring the legacy of Johnson (1906– 2005) and David Whitney (1939 – 2005). In addition to guided tours, the Glass House has provided national leadership in the preservation of the Modern and has launched pioneering education programs, including their famous “Glass House Conversations.” Christy MacLear is the Founding Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House and served as the Executive Director from 2006 to 2010. During her tenure, MacLear spearheaded the many projects necessary to open this historic site to the public, as well as the on-site and on-line Glass House Conversations programs and the opening of the Visitor Center. MacLear is set to become the inaugural Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, although she will continue to work with the Glass House on a part-time basis.


Thursday, February 3, 2011, 6 pm
"The Persuasive Power of Ordinary Objects"

Cathy Leff
Director, The Wolfsonian—Florida International University (FIU)

Cathy Leff became director of The Wolfsonian–FIU in 1998, two years after she represented founder Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., and the board of the Wolfsonian in their negotiations with Florida International University that subsequently transitioned the museum from a private collection to a public institution. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, located in the historic Art Deco District in Miami Beach, is a museum and research center focusing on how decorative arts, material culture and design help shape our interpretation of the world. In addition to temporary exhibitions, which provide insight into the role of design as an agent of reform and persuasion, The Wolfsonian’s research division includes a competitive fellowship program that has hosted scholars from North and South America, Europe and Australia. They also present an array of public programs, including many educational initiatives. Leff’s background is in community development and public administration. She worked for the City of Miami from 1978 to 1987, where she was responsible for all cultural planning, art in public places and the city communications office. Leff received a Bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, and has participated in certificate programs for leaders of not-for-profit organizations at the Harvard and Stanford Business Schools.

 


 

Glenn Adamson & Affective Objects: Crafting Intimacy in Contemporary Design

Glenn Adamson


Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00 pm
Glenn Adamson

Head of Research and Graduate Studies, Victoria and Albert Museum
“Affective Objects: Crafting Intimacy in Contemporary Design”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Ceramics and Metalsmithing Departments and the Detroit Institute of Art
DIA Lecture Hall , Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (John R. Entrance)
All attendees must present free pass for entry into lecture. To obtain pass, please visit the following link:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1054974457


Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V&A Publications) and a new anthology entitled The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press), and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism, to be held at the V&A in 2011.

 


 


Elissa Auther, Leon Johnson

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Elissa Auther

Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of Art History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
“String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Elissa Auther is an associate professor of contemporary art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her book, String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), examines the innovative use of fiber in American art and the impact on the conceptual boundaries distinguishing "art" from "craft" in the post-war era. Auther has also written on the criticism of Clement Greenberg, the history of the decorative, artist-produced wallpapers, and the film installations of Isaac Julien. She is the co-editor of the April 2007 special issue on feminist activist art for the National Women's Studies Association Journal. In addition, she co-directs "Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics," a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver designed to explore feminist issues in popular culture, social policy, and art through creative forms of pedagogy. Her new book, The Countercultural Experiment: Consciousness and Encounters at the Edge of Art, 1965-1975 is co-edited with Adam Lerner and focuses on the diverse visual expression of the American counterculture.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Christopher Ho

Cranbrook 2010 Visiting Critical Studies Fellow
“Collaboration”
Part of the fellowship series, “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Christopher K. Ho is a critic, curator, and artist who lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Painting, and Graduate Studies. His many reviews and articles have appeared in Modern Painters, Flash Art, PAJ, and Arco Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include El Museo del Ghetto: Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz at G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; JamaicaFlux at JCAL, New York; The Shallow Curator at Winkleman Gallery, New York; Points of View at DAC, New York; Dynasty at Gallery MC, New York; and Jack, at Cuchifritos, New York. His collaboratively produced art has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as internationally at the Freies Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska; the Incheon Biennial, Korea; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Chinese Biennial, Beijing. Ho received his B.F.A. in Architecture and B.S. (Hons) in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and his M.Phil in Art History from Columbia University.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
Jonathan T. D. Neil

Executive Editor, the Drawing Center
"Modernity, Postmodernity, Sustainability"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Jonathan T. D. Neil is Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York, Editor-at-Large for ArtReview magazine and co-founder of the private curatorial firm, Boyd Level LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and has taught courses on modern and contemporary art and architectural history, critical writing, and the history of photography at Columbia and The New School. Dr. Neil is also a member of the New York chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).


Tuesday, November 16
Leon Johnson

Chair, Department of Fine Arts, College for Creative Studies
“The Deposits [Some Sort of Bridge]”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Leon Johnson was born and raised in South Africa. He is a convergent media artist and experienced teacher who was most recently on the faculty of the Intermedia department at the University of Maine, and faculty member at the Transart Institute in Berlin and Vienna. He is also the proprietor of The Long Bell Press and a founding member of Creative Material Group. He earned both his MA and MFA at the University of Iowa, as an Iowa Arts Fellow. In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Maine, Johnson has worked with graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design, as a Public Engagement Associate, and served as Graduate Studio + Theory faculty at the well-regarded low-residency MFA program at Maine College of Art.

Among his many awards, Johnson was a recipient of the Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner Foundation Grant, a Yaddo residency for painting, and the Ersted Award for innovative intermedia teaching. He has also been honored as a performance artist and film maker: his film, "Faust/Faustus," was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany, and the Raindance Film Festival in London in 2003.

Recent engagements in 2010 have included the exhibition "Tricks of the Eye: History + Memory in a Shifting Social Landscape" at RISD, a solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and films "Overland, Offshore, Downriver" at 37A Gallery in Portland, Maine and "DUAL SITE", a Dinner Theater Performance at Whitney Art Works. Johnson was also a project artist in residence this summer at Mildred's Lane, PA which included a workshop on experimental book forms and a performance of "DUAL SITE."

 


 

Cranbrook Art Museum Fall 2010 Lecture Series: Reinventing the Museum


Sunday, October 31, 5 pm
John Weber

Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
“What is a Teaching Museum?”


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Joseph Thompson
"Risk, Adventure and the Willingness to Embrace the New"
Director, MASS MoCA


Sunday, November 14, 5 pm
Adam Lerner

Director and Chief Animator, Department of Fabrications, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver)
“Spill Paintings and Fine Beer: The Role of Art in a World Filled with Art”

 


 

Studio 2010


Join supporters, collectors, and friends for an exciting glimpse into the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art—the country’s top-ranked independent graduate program in architecture, design, and fine art. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get to know our students and faculty in the studios where they create their work. Wander among our ten departments, see work in progress and learn about the methods, materials, and processes that put Cranbrook at the forefront of the world of architecture, art, and design. Studio celebrates creative people, their work and the creative process. Most importantly, Studio raises critical funds for Academy scholarships to bring talented students to Cranbrook and Southeast Michigan.


STUDIO 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
at 6 pm

Register and Purchase Your Tickets Online with a Credit Card
If you would like to pay by check or register over the phone, please call 248-645-3040.

Studio Pass: 6 pm - 11 pm
$450 Benefactors* / $400 Alumni
$250 Patrons / $200 Alumni
*Benefactors enjoy the opportunity to be placed in one of three studios of their choosing. 
Patrons will begin dinner in a designated studio.

Studio Pass tickets include the following:

Prelude reception in festive surroundings at the Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS) Parking Deck.
Strolling dinner in an Academy studio with architects, artists, designers, collectors and friends.
The opportunity to visit several Academy departments of your choice during the evening to talk with students and faculty in their studios and to preview their work-in-progress.

Late Night Pass: 9:30 - 11 pm

$95 General Admission / $75 Academy Alumni

Late-Night Pass includes the following:

The opportunity to visit Academy students and faculty in their studios and to preview their work-in-progress.
Dessert and drinks until 11 pm.

Parking will be at the CIS Parking Deck upper level. Due to construction, please enter Cranbrook at 39221 Woodward Avenue.
If you have questions or need more information, please call Marsha Gilman at 248.645.3214 or email us at studio@cranbrook.edu.

 


Fall 2010 Lectures
Christopher Ho (September 21), Cesare Peeren (September 28) and Jeanne Gang (October 5)


2010 [FALL] Edition Lecture Series

In its second season, the [FALL] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art reflects the current variety of contemporary creative practice with a series of evenings exploring all forms of innovative inquiry. Designed as part of the academic program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the lectures are open to the public—inviting the community to share in the ideas and discussions of the Academy.

All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted.  Parking is free in the parking deck to the west of the entrance. For directions to Cranbrook Institute of Science click here.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Christopher Ho

Cranbrook 2010 Visiting Critical Studies Fellow
“Curating”
Part of the fellowship series, “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Christopher K. Ho is a critic, curator, and artist who lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Painting, and Graduate Studies. His many reviews and articles have appeared in Modern Painters, Flash Art, PAJ, and Arco Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include El Museo del Ghetto: Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz at G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; JamaicaFlux at JCAL, New York; The Shallow Curator at Winkleman Gallery, New York; Points of View at DAC, New York; Dynasty at Gallery MC, New York; and Jack, at Cuchifritos, New York. His collaboratively produced art has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as internationally at the Freies Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska; the Incheon Biennial, Korea; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Chinese Biennial, Beijing. Ho received his B.F.A. in Architecture and B.S. (Hons) in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and his M.Phil in Art History from Columbia University.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Cesare Peeren

Architect, 2012Architecten
“SuperUse”
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

2012Architecten is a Rotterdam based architecture office that utilizes the contextual potential for design. This specific potential is inherent in the existing environment, energy resources or various waste materials. 2012Architecten consider ‘reuse’ to be an integral design strategy. By taking the existing characteristics of the waste material into account in the early stages of the design, innovative applications and surprising forms are created. The design process is not seen as linear but rather as one phase in a continuous cycle of creation and re-creation.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Jeanne Gang

Founder of Studio Gang Architects
“High and Low”
Sponsored by the Architecture Department

Jeanne Gang leads Studio Gang Architects, an architectural practice noted for its innovation and leadership in design. Ms. Gang’s work has staked out new creative territory in materials, technology and sustainability. Her work with Studio Gang has received national and international awards and recognition, and has been exhibited at the International Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her recent projects include the Columbia College Media Production Center, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center targeting LEED Platinum, and the Aqua Tower, an 82-story highrise in downtown Chicago.

Ms. Gang’s practice includes a continuing commitment to architectural education. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology since 1998, she was a visiting professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2004, the 2005 Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Architecture in 2007. Ms. Gang was also chosen to lecture as one of the Architecture League of New York’s Emerging Voices in the spring of 2006, and received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in the same year.

 
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Rothbart Brothers

Creators of Found Magazine
Found Magazine's Backyard Brawl”
Sponsored by the Photography Department, 2D Design Department + the Professional Practices Series

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to the public radio show This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and The Believer, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. Recently, his autobiographical essay for GQ was adapted into the feature film Easier With Practice, starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) as Davy; the film won a pair of 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. He is also the subject of an upcoming documentary called My Heart Is An Idiot. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Rothbart is an editor of Found Magazine, and the frontman for The Poem Adept, a highly-acclaimed folk-rock band based in Seattle. The Poem Adept albums Songs For The Long, Lonely Drive and The Sight of Any Bird have garnered praise from NPR, Spin, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, among others; a third album is forthcoming in 2011. Peter also sings and plays guitar in the traditional Irish band The Boys of Greenwood Glen, and he is the founder of WePatch, a national organization that pairs people looking for gardening space with those who have space to offer.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Elissa Auther

Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of Art History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
“String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Elissa Auther is an associate professor of contemporary art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her book, String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), examines the innovative use of fiber in American art and the impact on the conceptual boundaries distinguishing "art" from "craft" in the post-war era. Auther has also written on the criticism of Clement Greenberg, the history of the decorative, artist-produced wallpapers, and the film installations of Isaac Julien. She is the co-editor of the April 2007 special issue on feminist activist art for the National Women's Studies Association Journal. In addition, she co-directs "Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics," a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver designed to explore feminist issues in popular culture, social policy, and art through creative forms of pedagogy. Her new book, The Countercultural Experiment: Consciousness and Encounters at the Edge of Art, 1965-1975 is co-edited with Adam Lerner and focuses on the diverse visual expression of the American counterculture.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Christopher Ho

Cranbrook 2010 Visiting Critical Studies Fellow
“Collaboration”
Part of the fellowship series, “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Christopher K. Ho is a critic, curator, and artist who lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Painting, and Graduate Studies. His many reviews and articles have appeared in Modern Painters, Flash Art, PAJ, and Arco Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include El Museo del Ghetto: Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz at G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; JamaicaFlux at JCAL, New York; The Shallow Curator at Winkleman Gallery, New York; Points of View at DAC, New York; Dynasty at Gallery MC, New York; and Jack, at Cuchifritos, New York. His collaboratively produced art has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as internationally at the Freies Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska; the Incheon Biennial, Korea; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Chinese Biennial, Beijing. Ho received his B.F.A. in Architecture and B.S. (Hons) in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and his M.Phil in Art History from Columbia University.


Sunday, October 31, 5 pm
John Weber

Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
“What is a Teaching Museum?”
Part of Reinventing the Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum Fall 2010 Lecture Series


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Joseph Thompson
"Risk, Adventure and the Willingness to Embrace the New"
Director, MASS MoCA
Part of Reinventing the Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum Fall 2010 Lecture Series


Thursday, November 11, 2010
Jonathan T. D. Neil

Executive Editor, the Drawing Center
"Modernity, Postmodernity, Sustainability"
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Jonathan T. D. Neil is Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York, Editor-at-Large for ArtReview magazine and co-founder of the private curatorial firm, Boyd Level LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and has taught courses on modern and contemporary art and architectural history, critical writing, and the history of photography at Columbia and The New School. Dr. Neil is also a member of the New York chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).


Sunday, November 14, 5 pm
Adam Lerner

Director and Chief Animator, Department of Fabrications, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver)
“Spill Paintings and Fine Beer: The Role of Art in a World Filled with Art”
Part of Reinventing the Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum Fall 2010 Lecture Series


Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00 pm
Glenn Adamson

Head of Research and Graduate Studies, Victoria and Albert Museum
“Affective Objects: Crafting Intimacy in Contemporary Design”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Ceramics and Metalsmithing Departments and the Detroit Institute of Art
Please note : this lecture is in the DIA Auditorium (John R Entrance) and is free and open to the public.

Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V&A Publications) and a new anthology entitled The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press), and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism, to be held at the V&A in 2011.



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Cranbrook Academy of Art

2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

ArtMembers' Reception and Opening
April 17, 6-8 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201
For directions visit www.mocadetroit.org

Public Exhibition: April 18 - May 9, 2010

Cranbrook Academy of Art is delighted to present its annual exhibition of work by the 2010 class of Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Architecture students. The Academy’s program is interdisciplinary in orientation, representing the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought. The exhibition of these 77 emerging artists reflects the culmination of their time spent at the Academy and ranges from painting and sculpture to video, photography and installation. This year, the event is graciously hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit while Cranbrook Art Museum is under construction. The exhibition will return to Cranbrook in 2011.

 



Cranbrook Academy of Art

 

A Sneak Peek of the 2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition

Wednesday, April 14, 7 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201

Registration/Fees: $20 per person for ArtMembers@Cranbrook, Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook House and Gardens members. $30 per person general public. Maximum attendees 25.

Register online at www.cranbrook.edu or call 248.645.3210.

Academy of Art Director Reed Kroloff and Art Museum Director Greg Wittkopp will lead a preview tour of the “2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.” Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and discuss work with several graduate students as they complete their installations for the exhibition.




Academy Student-led Tours of the Graduate Degree Exhibition

April 18 – May 9,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 pm

(No tour: Friday, May 7)
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201

Learn more about the work in the “Graduate Degree Exhibition” from the experts—the students. Every day that the exhibition is open to the public (except May 7), graduate students will be offering an in-depth look at the work in his or her own department including, of course, their own work. These are “walk-in” tours and do not require any advance reservations. Just arrive at MOCAD by 1 pm and start learning about the process and ideas of all of the work in one of the Academy‘s ten departments. After attending one of the tours, you may decide you need to join nine more tours—so don’t wait for the end of the exhibition to start your exploration! For more information visit www.cranbrookart.edu/museum.




Family Day Cranbrook Academy of Art

Family Day at “The 2010 Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition”

Sunday, April 18, 12–4 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201

Be inspired by what you see at this exciting Family Day! Using the cutting-edge art in the Cranbrook Academy of Art “Graduate Degree Exhibition” as their inspiration, kids will have an opportunity to creatively respond to the exhibition through hands-on activities focused on color, line, shape, and other elements of art. All materials are provided free of charge.

 



Cranbrook Academy of Art [SPRING] 2010 Edition Lecture Lectures

All lectures begin at 6 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the parking deck south of the entrance.

Shannon Stratton

Thursday, March 11, 6 pm
Shannon Stratton

Director and Chief Curator of Threewalls, Chicago
“Gestures of Resistance”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Stratton will lecture on her current work, the exhibition "Gestures of Resistance" on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland through June 19, 2010. The exhibition "Gestures of Resistance" focuses on contemporary craft actions: work that deploys craft to agitate for change through direct political statements, public interventions, or dialogical, community-specific projects. The curators, artists and museum delineate and invite engagement with a new arena of action in which context-savvy crafting, hierarchical mischief-making, and cultural re-scripting play themselves out.


David Buckland

Tuesday, April 6, 6 pm
David Buckland

Artist and Director of Cape Farewell
“Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science as a part of Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook
Book signing follows lecture

David Buckland is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by numerous museums including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles. Since 2001, David Buckland has created and now directs the "Cape Farewell" project, bringing artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. As part of the project, more than fifty artists, musicians, architects and writers have sailed with Buckland into the High Arctic to witness the frontline of climate change. The expeditions have been the subject of a BBC documentary and the art resulting from these expeditions has been shown internationally including at the Natural History Museum, London, the Liverpool Biennial, the Royal Academy, London and, currently, at Cranbrook Institute of Science through June 13, 2010.

 

April Lectures


Tuesday, April 20, 6 pm
Dick Hebdige

Professor in the Art Studio Dept and Film & Media Studies Dept at UC Santa Barbara and Director, UC Institute for Research in the Arts Desert Studies Project
"After Punk, After Love: From Malcom McLaren to Takashi Murakami"
Sponsored by the 2D Department and the Humanities Program

After graduating from Birmingham University's Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in 1974, Dick Hebdige taught in British art schools and at Goldsmiths College, University of London until emigrating to the States in 1992 to take up the position of Dean of Critical Studies and founding Director of the MFA Writing program at California Institute of the Arts. In 2001 he moved to UC Santa Barbara to serve as Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and subsequently as co-Director of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts where he currently heads the Desert Studies project. Hebdige has written 3 books and numerous essays and articles on contemporary art, music and media culture.


Friday, April 23, 4:30 pm
Harmony Hammond

Artist
"An Evening with Harmony Hammond"
Sponsored by the Sculpture and Fiber Departments

Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the feminist art movement, she lectures, writes and publishes extensively on feminist art, lesbian art and the cultural representation of "difference". Hammond's work has been reproduced, discussed and reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Art Forum, Art News, Art Papers, Art on Paper, The Art Journal, Arts Magazine, the New Art Examiner and many other publications. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions and her work has been shown internationally in venues such as Site Santa Fe; New Museum, NYC; Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn; National Academy Museum, NYC; Bronx Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens; Tucson Museum of Art; The Downtown Whitney Museum, NYC; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; White Columns, NYC; Brooklyn Museum; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Vancouver Art Gallery; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; The American Center, Paris; Neue Galerie, Graz, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Havana; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; and the Haags Gementemuseum, the Hague. Her work is represented by Dwight Hackett projects, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Monday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Artist
“Hours and Ours”
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department

Jessica Jackson Hutchins employs hand-formed ceramic vessels, household furniture and collage to articulate sculptural forms that interrogate the space between the banal and the sublime. Her sculptures and collages put found objects and familiar materials in conversation, resulting in poetic abstractions where aggregate forms transcend the immediacy of their common parts. The insistent materiality of her sculptures and their raw surfaces yields to a humor and intimacy that solicits an empathic response in the viewer. Jessica Jackson Hutchins is included in "2010: The Whitney Biennial" and was recently featured in "Dirt on Delight" which traveled to the ICA Philadelphia and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She recently had solo shows at Derek Eller Gallery and Laurel Gitlen (Small A Projects). Hutchins lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

 


Lectures Added to the [SPRING] 2010 Edition Lecture Series

Hernan Bas


Tuesday, February 23
Hernan Bas

Artist
"An Evening with Hernan Bas"
6 pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium
Parking is available in the structure to the south of the entrance

Bas continues to indulge his fascination with the history of painting, fantastical tales of the supernatural and Neo-Gothic romanticism to form a new series of paintings. He has moved away from the decadent dandies of earlier series towards fertile landscapes populated with exotic creatures and waifish adventurers. His dark and melancholy palettes have given way to lush vivid colors, yet continue to extol the escapist fantasies and rich narratives seen in his early career.

"Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection", curated by Mark Coetzee, was on view at the Brooklyn Museum in 2009. In 2005, he presented "Soap Operatic," a solo exhibition at The Moore Space, Miami. Other notable exhibitions include his work in Elmgreen & Dragset's curation of the Nordic and Dutch Pavilions in the "53rd Venice Biennale"; "2004 Whitney Biennial," New York; "Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art," Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; "Triumph of Painting: Part Three," Saatchi Gallery, London; "Like Color in Pictures," Aspen Art Museum; and "Humid," The Moore Space, Miami. His work is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York; SF MoMA, San Francisco; MoCA, Los Angeles; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; MoCA, Miami; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; and the Miami Art Museum. Bas lives and works in Miami, Florida and studied at the New World School of the Arts.

Thursday, March 4
Peter Gluck

Principal, Peter Gluck and Partners
"Fear of Architecture: Re-crafting a Broken Process"
6 pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium (Parking is available in the structure to the south of the entrance)
Sponsored by the Architecture Department

Peter Gluck received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1965. After designing a series of houses from New York to Newfoundland, he went to Tokyo to design large projects for a leading Japanese construction consortium. This experience influenced Gluck’s later work both in his knowledge of Japan’s traditional aesthetics and of its efficient modern methods of integrated construction and design. His firm, Peter Gluck and Partners in New York, has been designing and building throughout the country since 1972. AR/CS (Architectural Construction Services) Inc., a construction-management firm, was established to build the firm’s designs in 1992, and in 1997 they were joined by Aspen GK, LLC, a development partnership, founded to produce well-designed, high-quality speculative housing.

Exhibitions of Gluck’s award-winning work have been held in the U.S. and Japan, and he is widely published in architectural journals around the world. He has taught at Columbia and Yale schools of architecture, and curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Milan Triennale.

 




An Art Sale to Benefit Haiti
Friday, February 12, 2010
6-9 pm

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Forum Gallery

Over 60 Cranbrook Artists are selling work priced between $25-$200. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Red Cross Relief Effort in Haiti. For more information, call 248-645-3300.



 

Cranbrook Academy of Art [SPRING] Edition Lecture Lectures

All lectures begin at 6 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the structure to the south of the entrance. The following lectures are scheduled for February. For a complete list, visit the Critical Studies page.


Tuesday, February 2
Charlie White

Associate Professor and Director, MFA Program, Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
“The Discomfort of Looking”
Sponsored by the Photography Department
 
Charlie White is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1999. White holds the position of Associate Professor, and is the Director of the MFA program, at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts. White was a fellow at the Yale Norfolk Summer Program in 1994, received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995, and his MFA in 1998 from Art Center College of Design. White has had solo gallery exhibitions at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; FA Projects, London; Loock Gallery, Berlin; Brandstrom Gallery, Stockholm; as well as solo institutional exhibitions at The Santa Barabara Contemporary Arts Forum; Domus Artium in Salamanca, Spain; Oslo Kunstforening in Oslo, Norway; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, in Ridgefield, CT. White’s first film, "American Minor, 2008", was selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. White’s work has been discussed and reviewed in periodicals and journals such as The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Wired, lacanian ink, and EXIT Image and Culture. In addition, his works have been included in two Thames and Hudson surveys, "The Photograph As Contemporary Ar"t, by Charlotte Cotton, and "The Body in Contemporary Art", by Sally O’Reilly. White’s most recent monograph, "American Minor", was published by JRP|Ringier in Spring of 2009.


Sunday, February 7
Ezra Shales

Assistant Professor of Art History, Alfred University
3 pm
“Craft's Social Life”
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department
 
Ezra Shales teaches design, decorative arts, and material culture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has a Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center and has a forthcoming book titled “Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Municipal Identity in the Progressive Era” (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2010). The project recuperates the experimental exhibitions of arts and crafts in the public library, museum, schools, and department stores between 1900 and 1916, and argues that craft demonstrations were performative spectacles where women, immigrants, and industrialists both collaborated and competed to represent their identity in relation to civic enrichment.


Sunday, February 14
Industrial Facility

London-based design office of Designer Sam Hecht and Architect Kim Colin
3:00 pm
“Product as Landscape”
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department
 
Industrial Facility has developed projects for companies such as Herman Miller, Established & Sons, Epson, Issey Miyake, LaCie and Muji. With Muji, they hold the position of creative advisers for World Muji, since 2002. They also act as creative advisors to Herman Miller.  Industrial Facility’s belief is in the importance of design as a means of simplifying our lives in an inspirational way. It achieves this by following a rigorous path of investigation and analysis that has been well documented, with over 40 international awards, including the IF Gold Award on three occasions. Industrial Facility’s work forms part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; the State Museum of Applied Arts, Munich; the Museum Fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Sam Hecht was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2008.




Artology Lectures - A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack

Friday, February 12
Henry Pollack

Professor Emeritus, Geophysicist and Nobel Laureate, University of Michigan, Department of Geological Sciences
"A World Without Ice"
7:00 pm
Book signing follows lecture

Dr. Henry Pollack and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years, travels regularly to Antarctica, and has conducted scientific research on all seven continents and is also the author of Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World. Dr. Pollack will discuss his current research on climate change and his book A World Without Ice, in which he offers a compelling description of the delicate balance between ice and climate, and why its rapid disappearance portends serious consequences in our not-so-distant future.

Artology Lectures are sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science as part of Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook. All lectures take place in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and included with Museum admission.




Cranbrook Academy of Art [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series

In its inaugural year, the Academy’s Edition Lecture Series presents a program that reflects the current variety of contemporary thought and creative practice through the eyes of artists, critics, and scholars.

All lectures begin at 6 pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Parking is available in the structure to the south of the entrance. The following lectures are scheduled for January. For a complete list, visit the Critical Studies page.




Dana Schutz


Tuesday, January 19
Dana Schutz

Painter
“An Evening with Dana Schutz”
Sponsored by the Painting Department

Born in Livonia, Michigan, Dana Schutz received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Columbia University in New York where she now works and lives. She has had solo exhibitions of her paintings at The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Panic LFL Gallery, New York, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston. Her work is represented by the Saatchi Gallery.




Stuart Candy


Tuesday, January 26
Stuart Candy

Futurist at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation
“Fragments of Future Worlds: The Art and Design of Experiential Scenarios”
Sponsored by the Humanities Program

Stuart Candy is a unique thinker and writer, a pioneer in both the practice and theory of experiential scenarios. Holding degrees in the history and philosophy of science, law, and political science, he brings this multidisciplinary background to the creation of experiences that embody compelling and provocative stories about how the world could change. With Jake Dunagan (Institute for the Future) he founded an ongoing, collaborative strand of public art projects called FoundFutures, which aims to make alternative futures vividly available to people in the midst of their everyday lives. He has presented at institutions including London's Royal College of Art and Yale University, currently works at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies in Honolulu, and is the first research fellow of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. In 2009 he was elected to the Executive Board of the World Futures Studies Federation. His widely read blog, the sceptical futurist, (http://futuryst.com) investigates forward thinking, media, activism, and design.






Cape Farewell
David Buckland
Ice Texts, 2004-2005


Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change
January 31-June 13, 2010

ArtMembers Reception: Saturday, January 30, 2010 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Family Activities from 4–6 pm
Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market
Cash bar from 6–8 pm
Temporary Exhibition Hall at Cranbrook Institute of Science

The exhibition is part of the series Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook

Created by the artist David Buckland in 2001, the Cape Farewell project is widely acknowledged to be the most significant sustained artistic response to climate change anywhere in the world. “Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change” brings together specially-commissioned work from the artists who have voyaged with Cape Farewell on the 100 year-old sailing schooner, The Noorderlicht. Over the course of three expeditions in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the artists, including Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread, traveled to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic. Inspired by the work of the on-board climate scientists and having experienced the effects of climate change in this cruel but fragile environment, each of the artists has responded in an unique way. Through images, sound, sculpture, dance and the power of the word, this exhibition expresses the wonder of nature together with the drama of destruction.

The exhibition “Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change” was created in partnership with the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition is now embarking on a world tour with Barbican Touring Arts. The presentation at Cranbrook will be its North American première..



Cape Farewell Sponsors





Cranbrook Academy of Art [FALL] Edition Lecture Series 2009


Reflecting the current variety of contemporary creative practice, the [FALL] Edition Lecture Series presents a series of evenings with all forms of innovative inquiry. A part of the academic program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the lectures are open to the public – inviting the community to share in the ideas and discussions of the Academy.

All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted. Please park in the public parking deck. For a complete listing of the series, please visit the Critical Studies page.


Fall Edition Lecture Series Speakers
Sarah Thornton, Mark Pascale, Walter Hood, Eric Mattijssen, Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert will be lecturing in November as part of the Academy's [Fall] Edition Lecture Series


Tuesday, November 3
Sarah Thornton

Writer and Sociologist
“Seven Days in the Art World and Beyond”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Sarah Thorton has written about art, its world and market for many publications, including The Economist, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, and The New Yorker. She has contributed to BBC, CBS and ZDF television programs as well as numerous NPR and BBC radio shows. Thornton was a member of the faculty at Sussex University where she ran the MA in Media Studies, then a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2003, Thornton has been investigating the inner workings of the international contemporary art world. Her book, Seven Days in the Art World, is based on intensive ethnographic research, including in-depth interviews with over 250 people and hundreds of hours of participant observation.


Tuesday, November 10
Mark Pascale

Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago
“Print Matters”
Sponsored by the PrintMedia Department

Mark Pascale is a lithographer with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary and historical techniques of printmaking. Currently, he is Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, and concurrently Adjunct Professor of Art in Print Media, at School of the Art Institute. In addition to an impressive record of exhibitions and publications, Pascale remains active as a lecturer and presenter, nationally and abroad. Known for his in-depth knowledge of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques, Pascale has contributed expertise to several projects for the Art Institute, including most recently, an essay for "Jasper Johns: Gray" (2007), as well as several issues of Museum Studies.


Friday, November 13
Walter Hood

Architect
“Urban Landscapes and Provocations”
Co-sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture + NOMA Detroit with Cranbrook Academy of Art
This lecture takes place at the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the School of Architecture. The lecture space is located in the Warren Loranger Building on the McNichols Campus at the corner of Livernois and McNichols. Use the Livernois Campus Entrance.

Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. Hood has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, landscape architecture, art, community and urban design, planning and research. He was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture, 1997. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. His work was recently featured in the Open, New Designs For Public Spaces, Van Allen Institute, NY, and his firm designed the gardens and landscape for the New De Young Museum, San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. He is currently designing the landscape for the Autry National Museum in Los Angeles, CA; designing an archeological garden within the context of the South Lawn Project at the University of Virginia, and developing a set of monuments and markers for a six mile waterfront trail in Oakland, CA.


Tuesday, November 17
Eric Mattijssen

Artist / Educator
“On Beauty and Happiness”
Co-sponsored by the Metalsmithing and Print Media Departments

An artist living and working in Amsterdam, Erik Mattijssen is also a Lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Foundation and Design departments. He is a consultant for the Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam and a member of the AanZet and Jeanne Oostingrpijs juries. He has been a guest teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Paramaribo, Suriname and the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo, Japan and has been on visiting fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.


Tuesday, November 24
Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope

Architect and Artist
“Neighborhood”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope founded Design 99 in 2007 to investigate new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. The storefront space in Hamtramck situates their studio within a public, retail environment, amongst a commercial strip known for its ethnic diversity, affordable eateries, and array of dollar stores. Design 99 seeks out new opportunities in the community investigating art, architecture and design as well as publication projects and storefront experiments. Collaboration is key and Design 99 and Mitch’s collaborative project, "Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop", have been included in many international exhibitions and permanent collections including the Van Abbemuseum (The Netherlands), Smart Museum (Chicago), World Labor Museum (Austria), and Dresden Kunsthalle. Mitch and Gina’s other work includes the "Power House Project", investigating and developing new strategies for community stabilization and growth through creative practices and technologies, which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN’s AC360, ABC news 20/20, NPR, and Der Spiegel, among others.



Tuesday, December 1
Lane Relyea

Cranbrook 2009 Visiting Critical Studies Fellow and Associate Professor, Northwestern University
“Cosmopolitans and Nomads: The (Net)work of Art in the Age of Compulsory Circulation”
Part of the fellowship series, “D.I.Y. Culture Industry: Signifying Practices, Social Networks and Other Instrumentalizations of Everyday Art”.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Lane Relyea is the Fall 2009 Visiting Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. An Associate Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Professor Relyea has written for such magazines as Art Journal, Art in America, Artforum, Frieze and Parkett and has published monographs on contemporary artists. He is the former director of the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art in Houston and his book "D.I.Y. Culture Industry" is forthcoming from MIT Press.


Tuesday, December 8
Debbie Millman

President of design division at Sterling Brands
“Why We Brand, Why We Buy”
Sponsored by the 2-D Design Department

Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for fourteen years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Hershey and Hasbro.

Debbie is also President of the AIGA, the professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine and she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is featured on the Voice America Business Network. She is the author of two books, "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design”. Her new “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” will be published by How Books in Fall of 2009.







Winged Migration Film Still
Winged Migration: © Sony Pictures Classics


Artology Film Series

See a film on the big screen Friday nights at Cranbrook Institute of Science! The Artology Film Series includes four films inspired by themes explored in the exhibition Animal Logic: Photographs and Installation by Richard Barnes. From classic films to family favorites, there's a great movie for everyone to enjoy in the Artology Film Series. Admission to the Artology Film Series is included with admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science. All films start at 7 pm.

Bringing Up Baby
Friday, October 23

The Birds
Friday, October 30

The Jungle Book
Friday, November 27

Winged Migration
Friday, December 4




Artology Lectures

We invite you to join us for an in-depth look from the artists' perspectives of the work featured in the ongoing exhibition Animal Logic. The following lectures will take place in the Auditorium at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.



Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes

Sunday, October 4
Richard Barnes

Photographer
3:00 pm
"Animal Logic"
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science as a part of Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook
*Lecture included with museum admission

Richard Barnes divides his time between commissioned photography and personal projects. While his commissioned work often looks at the way we inhabit and represent the built environment, many of his personal projects, most notably a series of photographs called "Animal Logic," look critically at both the natural world and the ways in which we attempt to institutionalize and classify nature within the museum. Based in New York, his work is the focus of several exhibitions this fall in Michigan, including a large mid-career survey at Cranbrook Institute of Science (October 4, 2009 - January 4, 2010) and two exhibitions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Barnes was a recipient of the Rome Prize for 2005-2006 and his photographs of the cabin of Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the "Unabomber," were featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography.



Mark Dion
Mark Dion

Tuesday, October 20
Mark Dion

Artist
6:00 pm
“Survey of Recent Endeavors”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science as a part of Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. Mark Dion has received numerous awards, including the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). His work was most recently displayed at Cranbrook Art Museum in the exhibition Weird Science: A Conflation of Art and Science (1999), for which Dion created installations utilizing objects and specimens from the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania.








Richard Barnes - Man with Wolves
Richard Barnes
Man With Wolves, 2007
Archival digital print
Collection of Richard Barnes, courtesy Howard House Gallery, Seattle, Washington.


Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes
Sunday, October 4, 2009 – Sunday, January 3, 2010
Temporary Exhibition Hall at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Joint ArtMembers’ and Institute of Science Members’ Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (with a cash bar from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Artist’s Talk and Book Signing: Sunday, October 4, 3:00 p.m.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium

Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes presents a mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed New York and San Francisco-based photographer Richard Barnes. This artist's work looks critically at both the natural world and the ways in which we attempt to institutionalize and classify nature within museums. The exhibition will showcase work from all of Barnes’s recent major photographic series, featuring surreal images of dioramas and artifacts from natural history museums.

Integral to Animal Logic will be new photography and installations utilizing the collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science. During three extended visits to Cranbrook in 2009, Barnes explored and photographed the Institute’s vast collection of over 150,000 objects distributed across nine fields of study, including items from the collections of Anthropology, Ornithology and Paleontology. The resulting photographs, as well as large selections of the objects themselves, will provide a rich context for Barnes’s mid-career survey. Visit www.cranbrookart.edu/museum for more information.




Artology Interventions: Gem and Mineral Hall

October 4, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Gem and Mineral Hall
Cranbrook Institute of Science

Learn about the science behind the materials used in some of Cranbrook Art Museum's most beloved art objects! Artology Interventions: Gem and Mineral Hall is the first in a series of installations which showcases works from the collection of Cranbrook Art Museum alongside related specimens from the Cranbrook Institute of Science.



 

The Fusion of Art & Science at Cranbrook
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Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook

From October 2009 through June 2010, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science will present a pioneering year of collaborative exhibitions and programming titled Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook. The Artology exhibitions will showcase the work of artists whose practices intersect with science at a fundamental level, utilizing relevant concepts as varied as the methodology of scientific research and the beauty of natural phenomena as initial contacts for aesthetic investigation. Cranbrook Institute of Science’s temporary exhibitions hall will provide the home for the Artology which will include two large exhibitions—Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes and Cape Farewell: Art and Climate Change—as well as a series of smaller interventions throughout the Institute’s galleries. For more information, www.cranbrookart.edu/museum.

 


 

Cranbrook Academy of Art announces the commencement speaker for 2009
Richard Sennett to address graduates on Friday, May 8 in the Greek Theatre

The Academy's commencement address will be delivered by Richard Sennett, a writer and professor, whose work focuses on “cultural studies.” Sennett, a leading author and speaker, is the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, the Bemis Adjunct Professor of Sociology at MIT and Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Sennett is probably best known for his studies of social ties in cities, and the effects of urban living on individuals in the modern world. Sennett has been a Fellow of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. In 2006 he was the winner of the Hegel Prize awarded by the German city of Stuttgart. His work has explored how individuals and groups make sense of material facts about where they live and the work they do. His writings and research have focused on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. Mr. Sennett trained at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then moved to New York where, in the 1970s he founded, with Susan Sontag and Joseph Brodsky, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He is the author of more than ten titles including most recently, the critically acclaimed book entitled "The Craftsman," which is a must read for all practicing artists. Sennett is married to sociologist Saskia Sassen.

 


 

 

Cranbrook 2009 Degree Show

Loose Canon: The 2009 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
April 19-May 10
All galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum

Members’ Preview: Saturday, April 18
6-8 pm

Each April, as part of the requirements for earning either a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Architecture degree, the second-year students of the Academy present their thesis work in the annual Graduate Degree Exhibition. Established in 1932, the Academy of Art’s Graduate Program remains a “living studio of artistic invention” as envisioned by its founder, newspaper publisher and philanthropist George Booth.

 


 

Fresh: The 7th Annual Student Art Auction
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Saturday, April 25
7-10 pm Forum Gallery
Tickets $10
Cash Bar

Cranbrook Academy of Art is recognized the world over as producing some of the best young, emerging artists and designers on the contemporary art scene. Art lovers and collectors will enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to purchase 100 juried works by rising young stars in the art world. Work ranges from large installations to small ceramic teacups, all embodying the leading-edge style and technique of the Academy’s top artists.

 


 

Cranbrook Academy Awards
Thursday, May 8
5-6:30 pm
de Salle Auditorium

Please join us as we honor the Academy's outstanding 2009 graduates and announce the scholarship and fellowship awards to Academy students. Selected 2009 graduates will give presentations on their work and the 2009 Graduate Degree Show will be featured in the Cranbrook Art Museum galleries. Kindly RSVP by May 1, 2009 to artevents@cranbrook.edu or 248.645.3040.

 


 

Ideas & Process: Gallery Talks and Studio Tours
Led by Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists
April 19, 25, 26; May 2, 3, 9, 10.
1:30 pm
Meet at the Art Museum Front Desk. No reservations are required.

Join students from Cranbrook Academy of Art to tour of the Art Museum’s current exhibitions. The gallery talks will be followed by visits to the Academy’s studios, normally closed to the public.

 


 

 

Forum Gallery Openings
Friday nights through April 17
6-8 pm
New Studios Building

The student-run Forum Gallery offers an opening most Friday evenings of the academic year. Join graduate students of the Academy who present their work to their peers and the community at large. Free and open to the public.

 


 

Knoll Lecture Series
The 3D Design Department presents
Roy McMakin

Furniture Designer
Saturday, April 4
1:30 pm
deSalle Auditorium

The Knoll Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art, established through a generous endowment by Knoll International, each year brings a renowned designer to the Academy for a free public lecture to promote the importance of design as well as learning sessions with Academy students. Roy McMakin, an artist and designer who is known for whimsical and beautifully crafted painted furniture bearing his trademark - Domestic Furniture™.

 


 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World
Thursday and Friday
April 2-3
7:30 pm
de Salle Auditorium
Tickets on sale exclusively at MooseJaw Stores

Hot on the heels of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making stops in about 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2008/2009 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Tickets on sale exclusively at MooseJaw stores in Birmingham and Rochester. $12 adults, $7 students with id and school children accompanied by an adult. For more information about the festival visit the website: http://www.mvpcollaborative.com/banff2009/.

 


 

David Zirin

 

Book Signing and Lecture

Dave Zirin
Sunday, March 29, 4 pm

deSalle Auditorium

One of the best young sportswriters in the United States, Washington-based Dave Zirin has been named the Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year. He brings his blend of sports and politics to multiple television and radio programs, as well as print media including: ESPN's "Outside the Lines"; NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered"; The Nation magazine; SLAM magazine; The Progressive; sportsillustrated.com; and for The Los Angeles Times. He also is the host of XM Satellite Radio's popular weekly show, "Edge of Sports." A renowned author, Zirin has recently published his new book, People's History of Sports in the United States. At Cranbrook, Zirin will speak about using the prism of sports to learn about US history.


Paul Pfeiffer

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 2007

Fuijiflex digital chromogenic print, 48 x 60 in

Courtesy of the artist and The Project New York

 

Curator's Talk

Behind the Scenes of Mixed Signals
Christopher Bedford
Sunday, March 8, 4 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Christopher Bedford is curator of the exhibition Mixed Signals. Formerly Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bedford now is Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio. He has written extensively on art for publications including Artforum, Art in America, and October. In this lecture, Bedford will talk about the concepts that structured the exhibition.


Alberto Alessi

 

Lecture

Alberto Alessi
Sunday, March 8, 2009
2 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Alberto Alessi is managing director of his family's company, Alessi SpA of Italy, which has produced some of the most iconic products in the field of houseware design. Alberto represents the third generation of the family to run the company, and one of his first projects when he joined in 1970 was to overhaul the company's corporate identity. He has since been instrumental in collaborating with key figures in the design world including Richard Sapper, Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Rossi and Michael Graves. In 1998, he received the Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Please help us welcome Alberto Alessi for his first visit to Cranbrook. Free with Museum admission. Students with ID free, $6 seniors, $7 general admission. ArtMembers@Cranbrook always free. For more information, 248-645-3320.

Check out Alberto Alessi's interview with Michael Hodges of the Detroit News this week: www.detnews.com/architectureblog

 


 

Artist Talk

Superheroes In Action
Mark Newport

Sunday, February 22, 4 pm
deSalle Auditorium

Mark Newport is Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In this lecture, Newport will address the formal and conceptual development of his work, focusing on the influences of pop culture and personal experience.

 


 

Mark Newport

Flamer, 2008

Hand-knit acrylic yarn and buttons

80 x 23 x 6 inches

Don't miss Superheroes In Action featuring a special performance by Mark Newport on Saturday, January 31

Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action
February 1 - March 29, 2009
Art Members' Opening: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 6-8 pm
Mark Newport in Performance: 6-7 pm
North Gallery

Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action explores the innovative and engaging work of Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Superheroes and comic book characters, both classic -- Batman, Captain America, the Rawhide Kid, Hawkeye -- and devised from Newport's imagination -- Argyleman, Sweaterman, Every-Any No-Man, Flamer -- provide the subject matter for oversized knitted costumes. In these works, Newport questions the iconic nature and heroic ability of the superhero through the use of typically feminine-gendered art forms, consequently posing larger questions about pop culture, masculinity, domesticity and craft. Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action offers these signature textile pieces, reinforcing that Newport, one of four artists to be represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery's prestigious 2009 Biennial Craft Invitational exhibition, is one of the most significant artists working in the landscape of contemporary fiber art. Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action will be accompanied by a book which showcases the artist's complete costumes, 2003-2008.

Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Emily Zilber, the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow. The book is sponsored in part by Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington

 


 

Family Events...Bring the kids on Sunday and channel your own Superhero!
Comics and Superheroes
Sunday, February 1, 1-4 pm
Throughout the museum. See Front Desk for more information. Please contact Elena Ivanova to RSVP for workshop and Comic Marathon by calling 248-645-3314 or send an email to: eivanova@cranbrook.edu.

Calling all comic book collectors and superhero fans of all ages! Don't miss an opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting activities including:

 

The Best Superhero Costume Contest
1-3 pm
Come dressed up as your favorite super hero or super heroine. Prizes will be awarded at 3 pm. Children and adults welcome.

 

Comic Book Workshop
1-3 pm
Comic book legends from Spiderman to Batman got their start with a handful of colored pencils, a blank sheet of paper, and an artist with enough skill and passion to turn inspiration into art. Let your own super hero spring to life at Cranbrook Art Museum. The workshop will be conducted by Cranbook Academy of Art students. Students grades K-12 welcome. RSVP required.

 

24-hour Comic Marathon
Create a comic book in 24 hours! Contest participants have just 24 hours (from 1 pm January 31 until 1 pm February 1) to create a legend. Instructions will be given during a sneak preview of the exhibition Superheroes In Action on Saturday, January 31, at 11 am. Teens and adults welcome. RSVP required.

 


 

Grassroots Public Based Practice
Nato Thompson

Wednesday, January 28, 7 pm

Nato Thompson will discuss his work at Creative Time detailing his recent projects, Paul Chan's "Waiting for Godot" in New Orleans and "Democracy in America: The National Campaign". He will also discuss the upcoming Creative Time collaboration with the New Museum on Jeremy Deller's "It is what it is: Conversations about Iraq".

Nato Thompson works as curator at Creative Time, a public art organization in New York City. His writings on art and politics have been published widely and he has a forthcoming book from Autonomedia press titled, "Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Product.

 


 

Catherine Opie

Josh, 2007

Chromogenic print, 30 x 22-1/4 inches

Courtesy of the Artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

National première
Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports
February 1 through March 29, 2009
Main, Center, South and Waigner Galleries

ArtMembers’ Opening: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 6–8 pm

The exhibition Mixed Signals focuses on artists from the mid-1990s to the present who question the notion of the male athlete as the last bastion of uncomplicated, authentic identity in American culture during the preceding decades. Many works presented in the exhibition will be on display for the first time and are made by artists who have appropriated, riffed on, and variously re-presented athletic imagery. Mixed Signals demonstrates that the male athlete is a far more ambiguous, polyvalent figure in our collective cultural imagination than ever before.

Participating artists: Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Marcelino Gonçalves, Lyle Ashton Harris, Brian Jungen, Kurt Kauper, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Kori Kewkirk, Catherine Opie, Paul Pfeiffer, Marco Rios, Collier Schorr, Joe Sola, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. The guest curator for the exhibition is Christropher Bedford, Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the members of iCI.

 


Mark Newport

Batmen, 2008

Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action
February 1 through March 29, 2009
North Gallery

Art Members’ Opening Saturday, January 31, 2009, 6–8 pm

Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action explores the innovative and engaging work of Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Superheroes and comic book characters both classic – Batman, Captain America, the Rawhide Kid, Hawkeye – and devised from Newport’s imagination – Argyleman, Sweaterman, Every Any No Man, Flamer – provide the subject matter for oversized knitted costumes. In these works, Newport questions the iconic nature and heroic ability of the superhero through the use of typically feminine-gendered art forms, consequently posing larger questions about pop culture, masculinity, domesticity and craft.

 


 

Stella Waitzkin

New Exhibition Opening December 20

Form as Content: The Book as Object in Art and Design
Works from the Collection of Cranbrook Art Museum
Opens Saturday, December 20, 2008, and runs through Sunday, March 22, 2009
deSalle Gallery

The designers and artists featured in this exhibition all ask a related question: what does it mean to bypass the book’s primary function as a conveyor of content and instead examine the power and meaning of the book through its form? Works in the exhibition range from Jane Lackey’s eviscerated dictionaries to Stella Waitzkin’s ghostly cast resin tomes.

 


 

 

Be the first to preview the spectacular Warhol Exhibition Opening in October

A special ArtMember's opening will be held Friday, October 10, 5:30-8:30 pm for the upcoming exhibition Andy Warhol: Grand Slam Paintings, Photographs, Prints and Films. Please join us for this special opportunity to see the exhibition before it opens to the general public. Warhol will be on view in the Upper Main, Center, North, and South Galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum and open to the public on October 19, 2008 and will have a staggered closing January 4 through 11, 2009.

 


Kathryn Coulson Memorial Service

Saturday, September 20
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Reflecting Pools
5PM

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20 at Cranbrook Academy of Art to honor the memory of Kathryn Coulson, who passed away unexpectedly in late June. Kathy served as Administrative Assistant at the Academy for more than 10 years is remembered lovingly "as the lady at the front desk" by students, alumni, staff, and faculty. The memorial service will be held in conjunction with a Forum Gallery exhibition that will feature work by current students. The art work in the exhibition will be offered for sale and will benefit the Kathy Coulson Scholarship Fund. A reception in the Forum Gallery will follow the service.

Contribution's to "Kathy Coulson Fund" (please have check made out to "Cranbrook Academy of Art") can be sent to:

Kathy Coulson Fund
Cranbrook Academy of Art
39221 Woodward Avenue
P O Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

For more information, please contact Bob Yares, Alumni Manager, 248-645-3309.

 


 

Glenn Adamson

The Grand Finale of the Summer Exhibition Season

Sunday, September 14 at 4:00 pm, deSalle Auditorium

“Modern Craft: What Next?”

A closing lecture and book signing by Glenn Adamson, the Victoria & Albert Museum

The lecture will be followed by a book signing for Adamson's new book, Thinking Through Craft.

 

Join us for the grand finale to mark the close of the critically acclaimed summer exhibitions with a lecture by Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria & Albert Museum, who will discuss craft's role in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, design, contemporary art, and the crafts. Adamson has lectured and written extensively on craft, most recently in his book entitled Thinking through Craft, which is an engaging introduction to the way that artists working in all media think about craft. Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively has made a case for defining craft in a more nuanced fashion.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Academy of Art's Departments of Ceramics and Fiber.


 

Sunday, September 7

Hop on Board: A Behind the Scenes Bus Trip to the Toledo Museum of Art

Join us as we travel to the Toledo Museum of Art and visit the extraordinary glass collection and the critically acclaimed exhibition, Collecting at Winterthur: Henry Francis du Pont's American Vision. Toledo's glass collection is considered one of the most comprehensive and historically significant collections in the world and features work from the ancient Mediterranean, Islamic and European (from Renaissance to contemporary) periods. We will tour the collection with the Museum's Curator of Glass, Jutta Page. The tour will be followed by a private glass-blowing demonstration and lunch at the Museum’s café. Following lunch, we will be joined by Steve Nowak, the Museum's Director of Interpretive Programs and Exhibitions, who will take us on an in-depth tour of the exhibition, Collecting at Winterthur: Henry Francis du Pont's American Vision, featuring works from one of America’s leading collections of decorative arts.

The bus will leave from the parking lot of Cranbrook Art Museum at 9:15 am sharp and will return at 5:15 pm.  Space is limited to 15 people.  Fees (all-inclusive, non-refundable): $90 for ArtMembers, $100 for non-members per person.  Reservation and payment are required by September 5, 12 pm noon.  For reservations and more information, please call Elena Ivanova at 248-645-3314.

 


Exhibitions on View at Cranbrook Art Museum

George and Mira Nakashima

Conoid Bench, 1961

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions

June 14 – September 14, 2008
Main, Center and North Galleries
Information: 248-645-3040.

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions celebrates the rich legacy of an American art form. The exhibition is a landmark historical survey, touring nationally, which features exemplary works that focus on the aesthetic achievements in the field. Spanning more than one hundred years, beginning with the Industrial Revolution, Craft in America explores the many cultures and movements that have contributed to the development and refinement of American crafts during the last century. The history of Cranbrook and the Academy of Art figure centrally in this exhibition, which features more than seventeen objects from the Collection of Cranbrook Art Museum, and work by Cranbrook faculty and graduates including Eliel and Loja Saarinen, Ed Rossbach, John Glick, Marianne Strengell, Jack Lenor Larsen, Gerhardt Knodel, Harry Bertoia and Harvey Littleton. Other artists represented in the exhibition, which features over 150 works, include Ron Nagle, Gertrude and Otto Natzler, Peter Voulkos, Wendell Castle, Sam Maloof, George and Mira Nakashima, and Wharton Esherick.

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions is organized by Craft in America, Inc., Los Angeles, and Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions (CATE), Pasadena, California.

 

Richard De Vore

#1094, 2004

Photographers: Tim Thayer and R.H. Hensleigh

 

Richard De Vore: Retrospective and "Last Works"
June 14 – September 14, 2008

South Gallery

The elegant and sensual forms of the artist Richard De Vore (1933–2006) transformed the landscape of contemporary ceramics. Over the course of a prolific career, De Vore established himself as one of the predominant artists working with clay, blurring the boundaries between fine art and ceramic traditions to produce a body of work that is conceptual, sensual and emotionally charged. De Vore began to explore these issues while at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he not only attended the Academy from 1955-1957, working with the famed ceramist Maija Grotell, but also took the helm of the department as Grotell’s successor, a position he held between 1966 and 1978. From 1978 until his death in 2006, De Vore was on the faculty of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The retrospective features selections from the collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel who worked with De Vore to create the largest and most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work.

The exhibition is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and co-curated by Art Museum Director Gregory Wittkopp and Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow Emily Zilber. It is accompanied by a full-color monograph with major essays
by Emily Zilber, Art in America Senior Editor Janet Koplos, and the writer and former Richard De Vore student Robert McGowan (CAA 1973). The catalogue is generously sponsored by the Max Protetch Gallery and Gilbert and Lila Silverman. Additional support for Richard De Vore provided by Ted Hadfield and Wendy MacGaw.

 

 

Tony Hepburn

Korea Gate 1 and 2, 2005

Photographer: Tim Thayer

Tony Hepburn: The Cranbrook Years, 1992-2008
June 14 – September 14, 2008

Wainger Gallery

This spring marks the completion of the groundbreaking artist Tony Hepburn’s last year as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a position he has held since 1992. To celebrate Hepburn’s tenure at the Academy, as well as the innovative work in clay that he has pioneered since his arrival, Cranbrook Art Museum will present a selective retrospective of Hepburn’s work over the last sixteen years.

 

Toshiko Takaezu

Collection of Twelve Vessels and Jars, 1970-2000

Photograph courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum, Photographers: R.H Hensleigh and Time Thayer

Toshiko Takaezu: A Gift to Cranbrook
June 14 – September 14, 2008

Lower Main Gallery

Long recognized as one of the foremost ceramic artists of the twentieth century, Toshiko Takaezu (CAA 1954) investigates and questions the idea of the vessel form and decoration in her work, drawing on both Eastern and Western aesthetics and the natural world for inspiration. To celebrate the recent gift of fourteen outstanding pieces by the artist, Cranbrook Art Museum will present its entire collection of thirty-one works, a comprehensive selection that spans the breadth of Takaezu’s remarkable career. The collection of new work includes remarkable vessels dedicated to Takaezu’s teacher at Cranbrook, the ceramist Maija Grotell, as well as the former Director of the Academy of Art and artist Gerhardt Knodel.

 

 

Noun, Verb, Adjective: Cranbrook Defines Craft
June 14 – September 14, 2008
deSalle and Silverman Galleries


The story of Cranbrook is the story of craft. As both a guiding concept and in practice, the idea of craft was essential to the foundation of Cranbrook, which modeled its utopian, creative vision on previously-existing Arts and Crafts communities in the United States and Europe. Craft continues to exist as a governing force in the production of contemporary work on the campus. The exhibition Noun, Verb, Adjective: Cranbrook Defines Craft does not aim to present a conclusive definition for the word. Instead, by looking at works from the collections of Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Archives, it explores the myriad ways in which artists and patrons at Cranbrook have grappled with the meanings that have been ascribed to the word craft.

Noun, Verb, Adjective: Cranbrook Defines Craft is curated by Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow Emily Zilber.

 

For more information regarding admission, location, and hours for Cranbrook Art Musuem please click here.


 

Triton Pools

An American Summer: Music on the Green

Thursdays in July (17, 24, 31), 7:00-8:30 pm

South Lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum, Triton Pools

Free admission to the concerts, Art Museum and Saarinen House. Cash bar and refreshments available.

The concert series is presented by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Arts League of Michigan in partnership with Smooth Jazz V98.7. For more information please contact Elena Ivanova, Curator of Education at Cranbrook Art Museum, at 248-645-3314 or eivanova@cranbrook.edu

Women in Jazz
July 17
Some of Detroit's finest jazz musicians will be showcased including Ursula Walker, Shahida Nurullah and Naima Shamborguer with the Buddy Budson Trio.

Brass from Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
July 24
A quintet of brass musicians from Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings will perform music from four centuries, ranging from Gabriel Canzoni to Scott Joplin rags.

Un Voyage dans les Rêves: A Journey through a Dream
July 31
Composed by trumpeter Kris Johnson and performed by a jazz and string quartet, Un Voyage dans les Rêves is a musical representation of the various realities experienced while asleep. By taking the listener through one night, this work brings to life the alternate worlds and possibilities that comprise a dream.

 


 

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William Massie:  An American House 08

May 3 – October 31, 2008

Member’s Preview and Open House

Friday, May 2, 5-8 pm

The lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum


Take a tour of An American House 08, the first in a series of ten prefabricated houses designed and constructed by William E. Massie— the award-winning Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Massie has become well known in the design world for exploring and inventing new technologies and applying them to the construction and design of buildings. In 2002, Massie was selected as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program Competition and his work has been shown in leading museums around the world.  The plans for An American House 08 were intricately generated through a Computer Numerically Controlled machine, which can cut into solid materials with an accuracy that is within a thousandth of an inch of the architect’s drawings. The design and building of the house suggests a radical turn away from conventional architectural practice and making. It was first constructed in the architect’s Pontiac studio, then disassembled and moved to the Cranbrook campus in March of 2008 where it underwent further refinement.  An American House 08 features modular construction, innovative lighting, and interior elements as well as contemporary furniture.


 

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2008 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

April 19-May 9

Members’ Preview: Friday, April 18, 6-8 pm

All galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum

 

Each April, as part of the requirements for earning either a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Architecture degree, the second-year students of the Academy present their thesis work in the annual Graduate Degree Exhibition. The Academy’s prestigious two-year Master’s Degree Program includes approximately 150 students working with ten Artists-in-Residence, each of whom heads one of the Academy’s ten departments: Architecture, Ceramics, 2D Design, 3D Design, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. 

 

 

Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Through March 30, 2008

Cranbrook Art Museum presents the North American premiere of the exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, which explores the work of one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. Shaping the Future examines the architect’s wide-ranging career -- which was based in Bloomfield Hills -- from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Saarinen’s international array of buildings will be featured, as well as his path-breaking designs for furniture and his master plans for civic centers and universities.

 

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Eero Saarinen chair designs at the exhibition

 

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Model for the Gateway Arch

 


 

Forum Gallery Openings

Friday nights through April 18, 6-8 pm

New Studios Building

The student-run Forum Gallery offers an opening most Friday evenings of the academic year. Join graduate students of the Academy who present their work to their peers and the community at large. Free and open to the public.

 


Lectures and Special Events

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art

6th Annual Student Art Auction

Sunday, May 4

Silent Auction: 3-6pm (Forum Gallery)

Live Auction: 4pm (deSalle Auditorium)

Cranbrook Academy of Art is recognized the world over as producing some of the best young, emerging artists and designers on the contemporary art scene. Art lovers and collectors will enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to purchase work by rising young stars in the art world. Work ranges from large installations to small ceramic teacups, all embodying the leading-edge style and technique of the Academy’s top artists.

 

 


 

Cranbrook Academy of Art 8th Annual Video Festival

Friday, April 25, 7 - 9 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Video has evolved into a technically beautiful, flexible, accessible, and often clandestine medium that works like magic in the hands of artists and storytellers and provides a powerful tool for communication in the hands of artists. Video continues to evolve into new mediums like CD-ROMs, DVDs, web sites, streaming video, HD and 24P. This student-run festival features a night of short videos at the cutting edge of the art world as produced, directed and created by graduate students from among the Academy ten departments who have shared their visions with the public since 2000.

 

 


 

The Painting and Sculpture departments at the Cranbrook Academy of Art presents
Laura Hoptman, Curator at the New Museum
Thursday, April 10, 7 pm
deSalle Auditorium
Cranbrook Art Museum

 

 



The 3D Design Department presents

Hollywood Production Designer

Alex McDowell

Thursday April 3, 7pm

deSalle Auditorium

An advocate of immersive film design, the acclaimed Hollywood production designer Alex McDowell integrates digital technology and traditional design technique, creating a production design process that allows for unprecedented control over the look of the final film. McDowell began incorporating digital design into his work with Fight Club. He sophisticated the process in 1999 with a fully integrated digital design department for Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, creating an intensely researched world of 2054. For Spielberg's "The Terminal," he set up another cutting-edge art department to realize a full size airport terminal, the largest architectural set ever built for film. Please join us for this rare behind-the-scenes look at production design by one of Hollywood’s leading men.

 

 


 

Sine of the Times: A live electronic music and digital film performance by Chris

McNamara, Walter Wasacz and Jennifer A. Paull

Friday, March 28, 7 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Windsor-native Chris McNamara is a member of the Canadian-U.S. laptop collective, Thinkbox and currently teaches in the University of Michigan’s Screen Arts and Cultures Department. His installation, Magic City, was exhibited in the "Shrinking Cities" exhibition both in Berlin (2004), and at Cranbrook Art Museum in 2007. Walter Wasacz is a writer/editor/ photographer and co-founder of Paris '68, a sonic-art collective based in Detroit and Pittsburgh. His work was also featured at the Art Museum during the "Shrinking Cities" exhibition in 2007. McNamara and Wasacz are joined in this performance by sound and visual artist Jennifer A. Paull of Hamtramck, who has been performing with Paris '68 since 2006.

 

 



Finnish Reggae and Other Sauna Beats: Music by Conga Se Menne

Saturday, March 15, 8-10 pm

deSalle Auditorium
This event is sponsored by

The Finlandia Foundation National and The Finnish American Club of Detroit

The band members of Conga Se Menne live and work along the chilly and invigorating banks of Lake Superior. It is rare to find world-class musicians hailing from the small northern college town of Marquette, Michigan. Defying the expected, Derrell Syria and the members of Conga Se Menne’s original songs carry the flavor of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in lyrical silliness and the spirit of it's hearty residents. They play with a mastery of melodic syncopation and the band’s musical style is a melting pot of ethnic styles including Blues, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Caribbean beats and Finnish sounds. They are best known for their island beat percussion blending smoothly with melodious keyboards, sonorous horns and big-shouldered guitar work - all mixing with an influence of traditional styles.

 

 


 

Interactions-International: Women, Art, Criticism
A Two-Day Conference/Conversation among Artists, Theorists, and Critics
Afternoon Sessions Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, March 13, 2008

2:00—5:00 pm
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
University of Michigan
2239 Lane Hall, 204 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Friday, March, 14, 2008

2:00—5:00 pm
deSalle Auditorium
Cranbrook Academy of Art
32991 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

 

Participants:

Iris Eichenberg, Metals, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Beverly Fishman, Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Johanna Frank, English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing, University of Windsor
Renée c. Hoogland, IRWG & English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Lucy Hartley, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Jane Kennedy, documentary filmmaker, South Africa
Bastienne Kramer, Ceramics, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Netherlands
Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Art History, School of Creative Arts, University of St. Francis
Fedwa Malti-Douglas, Gender Studies, Indiana University
Suzanne Matheson, English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing, University of Windsor
Heather McGill, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Ulrike Möntmann, Visual Artist, Netherlands
Gina Lori Riley, School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor
Judith Roof, English & Film Studies, Michigan State University
Lucia Saks, Screen Arts & Culture, University of Michigan
Julie Sando, Visual Arts, University of Windsor
Sigi Torinus, Visual Arts, University of Windsor
Patricia Yeager, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Sponsored by:

University of Michigan:
Global Turns Gender Returns Program
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
International Institute
Screen Arts & Cultures Program
Department of English
Department of Women’s Studies

Cranbrook Academy of Art:
Department of Metalsmithing

Director, Reed Kroloff

University of Windsor:
Humanities Research Group
Dr. Stephen Pender, Research Leadership Chair
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of English
Windsor International, IDRET

SteinSemble Performance Group

Conference committee: Johanna Frank, Renée C. Hoogland, Judith Roof

For more information, please visit www.steinsemble.com

 


 

The Fiber and Photography Department present

Liz Cohen

Thursday, March 13, 3 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Three years ago, Liz Cohen began building a car: a lowrider so complicated that even the owner of the shop she works in said he wouldn't attempt it. Her "Trabantimino" is an East German Trabant 601 Deluxe that transforms, through hydraulics into a Chevy El Camino-- meaning it changes from one failed-utopian car, representing socialism, into another, representing the American determination to have it all.


 

The Photography Department presents

Jason Salavon

Thursday, March 13, 1:30 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material in an effort to present new perspectives on the familar. His projects unearth unexpected pattern while exploring the relationship between the part and the whole or the individual and the group. Salavon earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Asst. Professor of Art at the University of Chicago.


 


“An American House 08--Some Assembly Required"

Lecture and Virtual Tour by William Massie

Friday, March 7, 7 pm

deSalle Auditorium

Join Architect-in-Residence William Massie for a lecture and virtual tour of "An American House 08," the first in his series of ten prefabricated houses that is slated to be open for tours at Cranbrook Art Museum on Friday, May 2 (see above). In this presentation, Massie will offer insight about the ongoing construction of "An American House 08" and the cutting-edge technologies he used in the design and building of the project. A three-screen projection system will be used to provide a virtual walk-through of the house. Massie will also talk about his future plans for subsequent buildings.

 

 


James

Twentieth Century Design: Looking to the Twenty-First Century
John Bloom Memorial Lecture
James Zemaitis, Director of 20th Century Design, Sotheby’s, New York
Thursday, February 28, 7 pm
deSalle Auditorium

James Zemaitis’s talk will explore the development of the contemporary design market, tracing major stylistic and economic trends from the 1950s to the present and offering insight on emerging trends in collecting 20th century decorative arts and design. Zemaitis will also speak about the Bloom Collection from a personal perspective, reflecting on his own friendship with John Bloom that was forged over the creation of his collection. Acting as an advisor to Bloom in many of his purchases, Zemaitis will connect Bloom’s “steadfast and enduring” passion for the decorative arts and design to more general issues relevant to today’s collectors, both novice and seasoned.

 

 


 

The Cranbrook Connection:
Uncovering the John Bloom Bequest
to Cranbrook Art Museum
Emily Zilber, Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at Cranbrook
Art Museum
Sunday, February 17, 3 pm
deSalle Auditorium

Ever wonder how curators integrate newly acquired objects into a museum’s permanent collection? Join us for a behind-the-scenes lecture and exhibition tour focused on the John Bloom Collection’s Cranbrook connection! Many of the artists and movements represented in the exhibition From Frank Lloyd Wright to George Nakashima: Uncovering the John Bloom Bequest to Cranbrook Art Museum have clear ties to Cranbrook’s history. From the similar collecting interests held by Bloom and Cranbrook founder George Booth in the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements, to Bloom’s enthusiasm for iconic modern pieces by Cranbrook alumni including Florence Knoll (CAA ’39), the Eames’ (CAA ’41 and ’39), and contemporary work by Cranbrook students, learn how the Bloom bequest has found an ideal home at Cranbrook. A tour through the exhibition follows this lecture.

 

 


 

The Painting Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art presents
Jon Brummit
Saturday, February 9, 4 pm
deSalle Auditorium
Cranbrook Art Museum

Jon Brummit is an alumni of the Painting Department (CAA '99) and was selected to particpate in the upcoming 2008 Whitney Biennial . He has presented solo and collaborative works widely in the US and abroad at venues including 21 Grand, Lisa Dent Gallery, Southern Exposure, MOCADetroit, Novi Sad Contemporary Museum, SFMOMA, and YBCA.

 

 

 

Friends and Colleagues:
Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames
and Irwin Miller
With Eames Demetrios and Will Miller

Thursday, February 7, 7 pm
Reception to follow in the
New Studios Building.
deSalle Auditorium

Among the most important relationships in Eero Saarinen’s life, personally and professionally, were his relationships with architect and designer Charles Eames and with successful businessman and philanthropist Irwin Miller, the CEO of Cummins Engine Company, from Columbus, Indiana. Join us on this evening of memory sharing as Eames Demetrios and Will Miller talk about their famous grandfather and father, respectively. The evening’s program also includes the screening of the never before seen footage made by Charles Eames during his years at Cranbrook. The program will conclude with a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Aluminum Group, home and office chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

 

 


 

The Metalsmithing Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art presents 4 Talks
Lisa Gralnick, Cindi Strauss, Eija Mustonen and Rian de Jong
February 1, 1 pm
deSalle Auditorium
Cranbrook Art Museum
Refreshments will follow in the Metalsmithing studio

 

 


 

Ideas & Process: Gallery Talks
and Studio Tours Led by
Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists
January 20 and 26;
February 3, 9, 16, 24
1:30 pm
Meet at the Art Museum Front Desk

Join students from Cranbrook Academy of Art to tour the exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. The gallery talks will be followed by visits to the Academy’s studios, normally closed to the public.

 

 


 

Eero Saarinen and Associates: Inside the Office
Panel Discussion
Sunday, January 27, 2–4 pm
deSalle Auditorium

Join former members of the Saarinen Office as they share their memories about working with Eero Saarinen. Speakers will include architect Robert Ziegelman, architecture photographer Richard Knight, model builder James Smith, and Eero’s nephew, architect Robert Swanson. This program is organized jointly by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Birmingham Historical Society in conjunction with three exhibitions, Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future and Richard Knight: Photography at Cranbrook Art Museum and Eero Saarinen: The Local Legacy at the Birmingham Historical Museum.

 

 


 

The Photography Department presents
Jason Fulford
Friday, January 25, 3 pm
deSalle Auditorium
Cranbrook Art Museum

Photographer Jason Fulford has contributed to Harper's, Life, and The New York Times Magazine, and runs J&L Books, a small press that publishes collections of art and photography. His work has been exhibited in New York, Seattle, Copenhagen, Budapest, Atlanta and Kansas City. Fulford's photographs have also graced the covers of books published by every major publishing house. A graphic designer and freelance commercial photographer as well as an artist, Fulford is the author of three books including Crushed (2003).

 

 


 

In the Architect’s Own Hand: Eero Saarinen Drawings
in the Cranbrook Collection
Hosted by Cranbrook Archives and Cranbrook Art Museum
Sunday, January 20, 1:30–3:30 pm
deSalle Auditorium

Explore how an architect’s ideas take shape as you look through the extensive array of drawings by Eero Saarinen in the collections of Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Archives. These images, many of which have never been on display to the public, illustrate the evolution of process in a variety of design projects, from full-scale buildings to rooms to pieces of furniture. It’s an exciting journey through the creative process.

 

 


 

Ongoing Exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum

 

 

From Frank Lloyd Wright to
George Nakashima:
Uncovering the John Bloom Bequest
to Cranbrook Art Museum
January 26–March 22, 2008

From the earliest works of Frank Lloyd Wright to the more contemporary furniture of George Nakashima, Michigan native John Bloom (1935–2006) spent his life studying and collecting important objects of decorative art and design that span the course of the 20th century. He lived and worked with the objects that he loved, always hoping that these exceptional pieces would someday find a home at Cranbrook. Bloom ultimately bequeathed his collection to Cranbrook Art Museum. The collection as a whole reflects Bloom’s strong interests in the decorative arts of the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Deco metalwork, and mid-century design. Highlights of the Bloom bequest include seven stained glass windows from a variety of major buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Luc Lanel-designed Art Deco vase for the prominent French manufacturer Christofle, and furniture by Modern masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames, Finn Juhl and Vladimir Kagan. The exhibition showcases masterpieces never seen together before in a public exhibition, offering the visitor a rare opportunity to view the 20th century decorative objects through the eyes of this passionate collector.

 

 


 

Richard Knight: Photographing Saarinen
January 26– March 22, 2008
Members’ Preview
to meet the Artist:
Friday, January 25, 6–8 pm
Wainger Gallery

Richard Knight’s photographs offer an unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes at the architectural practice and office of Eero Saarinen and Associates. His photographs cover the period from 1957 to Saarinen’s death in 1961, when Saarinen was working on iconic projects like the Dulles International Airport Terminal, the former TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Working as Saarinen’s “house photographer,” Knight documented in black and white photographs both the professional process and personal dynamics of this celebrated office. Many of the photographs featured in this exhibition are collected in a recent monograph and personal memoir by Richard Knight published by William Stout Publishers, San Francisco, titled Saarinen’s Quest: A Memoir. The book, which will be available for purchase in The Store at Cranbrook Art Museum, includes a foreword on Saarinen’s artistic vision and office culture by the world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, who began his career in the architect’s office in Michigan.

Knight, who lives in California, is known today for his creative work as a sculptor. Before working for Eero Saarinen, he studied design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the mid-1950s.

The presentation of Richard Knight: Photographing Saarinen at Cranbrook is supported, in part, by the LEF Foundation, San Francisco, and Light Waves Imaging, Berkeley, California.

 

 


 

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Through March 30, 2008
Upper Galleries

From the soaring concrete vaults of the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York to the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the iconic designs of Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) captured the aspirations and values of mid-20th-century America. Potent expressions of national power, these and other Saarinen-designed structures—including the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan—helped create the international image of the United States in the decades following World War II.

Cranbrook Art Museum is proud to present the North American première of the first major retrospective ever mounted on the career of Eero Saarinen. A native of Finland, Eero arrived at Cranbrook in the mid-1920s with his parents—the renowned sculptor and weaver Loja Saarinen and architect and educator Eliel Saarinen—and eventually based his entire professional career in Bloomfield Hills. Cranbrook’s National Historic Landmark campus, in particular the
Art Museum designed by Eliel in 1942, serves as the backdrop for this homecoming and survey of one of the 20th century’s most productive and unconventional masters of architecture.

The exhibition is organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., with the support of the Yale University School of Architecture. Assa Abloy is the global sponsor of the exhibition project. Major sponsorships for the presentation of the exhibition at Cranbrook are provided by the General Motors Foundation and Knoll. Additional sponsorship for the exhibition at Cranbrook is provided by Roncelli, Inc.

 

 


Films at Cranbrook Art Museum

 

Three Films on
Eero Saarinen
Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm Through March 30, 2008
deSalle Auditorium

(The screening schedule and film descriptions are available at the Museum’s front desk.)

The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America Civil Pictures, St. Louis.

Winner of four 2007 Mid-America Emmy Awards.

Monumental Reflections
KETC/Channel 9

The Gateway to the West
Studio Anssi Blomstedt, Finland

 

 


 

[FLAK]Detroit and
Cranbrook Art Museum present: Detroit @ 00:55
Friday, February 22, 7 pm
deSalle Auditorium

Detroit @ 00:55 is a collection of 55 second-long films that explore Detroit and beyond made by members of [FLAK]Detroit, a cultural forum of creative individuals dedicated to promoting inventive, sensitive and humane visions.

 

 


 

For more information on public programming at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, please call

248-645-3323.  For press inquiries, please call the Public Relations Office at 248-645-3329.