2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
Exhibition Dates: April 19 – May 10, 2015
ArtMembers’ Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6-8pm
The most innovative work from the next generation of architects, artists, and designers will be on display at the 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Degree Exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates as they launch their careers.
The exhibition will fill nearly all of Cranbrook Art Museum's galleries and surrounding grounds with some of the most innovative art and design work being produced in the nation. It opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.
Memberships may be purchased at the door the evening of the event.
Nick Cave: Here Hear
Exhibition Dates: June 20 – October 11, 2015
ArtMembers’ Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 2015
Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Nick Cave is a prolific artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures called Soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle. The artist conceives some as fragile sculptural totems, and others as wearable performance suits designed for sound, mobility, and dance. Though influenced by a vibrant palette of African art, armor, found objects, fashion, and textile design, the origin of the Soundsuit is rooted in social critique. Cave first created a suit in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating in 1991, envisioning an emotional shield that protected one’s race or gender while still expressing individuality. As Cave’s artwork began to resonate with vast audiences, the artist saw the Soundsuits as powerful agents to capture the public imagination on a monumental scale. Cave’s artistic practice now advocates the vital importance of collective dreaming, which he actualizes through large-scale performances.
Here Hear includes a collection of approximately thirty sculptural Soundsuits in the main gallery arranged in a dynamic vignette. It also includes a room of seven newly commissioned artworks surrounded by a new site-specific wall-based tapestry inspired by Cave’s childhood watching the night sky. An additional gallery will feature a selection of his recent sculpture work and a projection room of the artist’s video work. Finally, the “Map in Action” room will serve as a hub for the Detroit Performance Series and display the wearable Soundsuits that will come and go to performances throughout the city of Detroit. Video footage of the performances will be added to the room throughout the duration of the show, thereby becoming a living document of the entire project.
Nick Cave: Here Hear was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design. Cranbrook Art Museum is supported, in part, by its membership organization, ArtMembers@Cranbrook; the Museum Committee of Cranbrook Art Museum; and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.