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. For more information, please click here. Download a PDF of the lecture series, click here.
Sunday, February 23, 3pm
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings
Join us for "Strauss Deconstructed," a performance of Richard Strauss, "Suite for Winds, Op. 4" performed by the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Ensemble (DCWS), with Third Rail (DCWS Young Ensemble-in-Residence).
This is a new collaboration between Cranbrook Art Museum and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Ensemble, and also a new type of concert performance which gives the audience a chance to “stand at the conductor’s podium.” The first half of the concert will be an interactive exchange among the audience, musicians, and the conductor. The second half of the concert will feature a performance of the “deconstructed” work. The concert also will include a world premiere of a new work performed by Third Rail.
At 2:15pm, there will be a “Concert Preview,” with additional works performed by Third Rail along with students from DCWS education and outreach programs. Audience members are welcome to arrive at 2pm for the “Concert Preview” or 3pm for the Strauss Deconstructed performance.
Tickets:$25 regular, $22 senior, $10 student (All tickets are $5 more at the door). Available by calling the DCWS Box Office at 248-559-2095 or www.detroitchamberwinds.org.
ArtMembers@Cranbrook Tickets: Complimentary tickets are available for the first 50 ArtMembers who contact the front desk at 248.645.3320 and make a reservation. After the 50 tickets have been claimed, ArtMembers can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $20 for adults and seniors and $5 for full-time students.
If you have questions about your membership, please call the Membership Office at 248-645-3333.
Thursday, February 27, 6pm
Kevin de Laplante
Host of “The Critical Thinker” podcast
Sponsored by the 2D Department
Tuesday, March 4, 6pm
Assistant Professor, San Francisco Art Institute
Phillip Warner Lecture in Fiber
Sponsored by the Sculpture and Fibers Department
How do images and acts of hooding offer the opportunity to consider the many ways that ‘the textile’ works to produce and maintain the limits of legitimate versus illegitimate state violence? Archer will discuss this and more in her lecture.
Nicole Archer is an Assistant Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, Nicole Archer researches contemporary art and material culture, with an emphasis in modern textile and garment histories. She also concentrates on critical and psychoanalytic theory, corporeal feminism, and performance studies.
Sunday, March 9, 4pm
Spring 2013 Critical Studies Fellow
No Chaos Damn It: Fractals, Nature and Chaos
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
In 1950, Time magazine ran a story referring to Jackson Pollock's painting as "choas" - prompting Pollock to telegraph the angry reply: "NO CHAOS DAMN IT!" Using our current exhibition The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking as a starting point, Halsall will consider Pollock's claim and offer speculations as to what theories of systems, chaos, and complexity might mean for understanding nature, art, and aesthetics.
Francis Halsall is a Lecturer in the History/Theory of Modern & Contemporary Art at National College of Art and Design, Dublin where he is director (with Declan Long) of MA Art in the Contemporary World. His research practice is situated across three main areas, the history, theory and practice of modern and contemporary art, philosophical aesthetics, and Systems-Thinking. He has published widely in both academic and more informal styles and catalogue essays, as well as participated in numerous public talks and discussions in all three areas. Francis Halsall is currently completing a short book called “Systems Aesthetics” and a major research project and book on Niklas Luhmann’s aesthetics.
Tuesday, March 11, 6pm
Knoll Lecture in Design
Sponsored by the 3D Department
Bertjan Pot is a designer, probably best known for his Random Light (1999). The light started as a material experiment, which is basically the start of each product created by Studio Bertjan Pot. The outcome is usually an interior product showing a fascination for techniques, structures, patterns and colors. Most experiments start quite impulsively by a certain curiosity for how things would function or how something would look. From there Pot takes on challenges with manufacturers to explore possibilities and push the boundaries a bit. The reward for each challenge is a new one.
The Knoll Lecture in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art was established in 2004 by Knoll Inc., the internationally-renowned workplace and residential furnishings company founded by Florence Schust, an Academy graduate, and her husband Hans Knoll.
Sunday, March 23, 4pm
Shelley Selim and Special Guest Performer
John Cage: Music, Manuscripts, and Mushrooms, Revisited
Shelley Selim, Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow, Cranbrook Art Museum
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
The forty year anniversary of Music–Mushrooms–Manuscripts—a 1974 Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition of the art and music of John Cage—occurs in concert with My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, which features several works by the artist-composer. To celebrate Cage’s continuing resonance at Cranbrook, the Museum has organized a local musician’s live performance of the Cage composition Sounds of Venice, as well as a lecture by Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow Shelley Selim discussing Cage’s 1974 visit to Cranbrook and his works currently on display. Cage’s Mushroom Book, represented in both of the aforementioned exhibitions, will also be featured in its entirety for one afternoon at the Museum.
Shelley Selim received her Masters of the Arts in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from the program jointly administered by Parsons the New School for Design and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in New York City. Her research at the Cooper-Hewitt addressed twentieth-century European and American design, with a focus on Scandinavian design and its reception in America. Prior to joining Cranbrook in September 2013, Shelley taught at Parsons and was an exhibition project manager at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Monday, March 24, 6pm
An Evening with Lenka Clayton
Sponsored by the Fiber department
Lenka Clayton’s work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. She has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper; filmed one person of each age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. Her work has been shown internationally at numerous sites including; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh - FRAC, Paris - Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland - Anthology Film Archives, New York - Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg . She holds an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in England and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London.
Tuesday, March 25, 6pm
An Evening with Charles Spurrier
Sponsored by Studio Council
Thursday, March 27, 6pm
Vanessa Place INC
Conceptual Poet and CEO of Vanessa Place INC
Empire Aesethetics: 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
An Afternoon with Carolee Schneemann
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist that transformed artistic discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. Cranbrook Art Museum’s current exhibition, My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, exhibits for the first time fourteen sketches of Schneemann’s earliest and most iconic performance, Meat Joy.
Carolee Schneemann’s work in painting, photography, performance art and installation works have been shown at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and a retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York entitled Up To And Including Her Limits. Film and video retrospectives at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Film Theatre, London; Whitney Museum, NY; San Francisco Cinematheque; Anthology Film Archives, NYC. She has taught at many institutions including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of a 1999 Art Pace International Artist Residency, San Antonio, Texas; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997, 1998); 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship; Gottlieb Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. Lifetime Achievement Award, College Art Association, 2000.
Wednesday, April 2, 6pm
The Projected Body in Porcelain
Sponsored by the Painting and Ceramics programs
Tuesday, April 8, 6pm
An Evening with Fritz Karch
Sponsored by the Metalsmithing Department
Thursday, April 10, 6pm
An Evening with Enrico Riley
Sponsored by Studio Council
Tuesday, April 15, 6pm
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
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.
Tuesday, April 29, 6pm
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
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.