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. For more information, please click here. Download a PDF of the lecture series, click here.

To prepare for the Graduate Degree Exhibition, the galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum will be closed March 31 through April 21. Please use the Library Entrance for all lectures during this time.

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

J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture

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.

The last exhibition of his architectural work, David Adjaye: Output, was held at Gallery MA, Tokyo (2010) and he is now collaborating with Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago on a forthcoming exhibition to be held in 2015.

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.