2015 Spring Lecture Series


All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification, and included with Museum admission for the general public. The Museum will remain open prior to each lecture. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

Thursday, January 22, 6pm
“Snarkitecture: Making Architecture Perform The Unexpected”

Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto will trace the evolution of Snarkitecture, a collaborative practice operating between the disciplines of art and architecture. The discussion will focus on the studio's larger installations as well as smaller-scale object collaborations.
Sponsored by the 3D Department


Tuesday, January 27, 6pm
“Of Islands And The In-Between”
Jaimey Hamilton Faris

Jaimey Hamilton Faris is Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Art History at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and she is the 2015 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She focuses her research around questions of material and subjective relations in the age of globalization: What is the artist/designer’s responsibility in addressing the limits of the earth’s material resources? How does art capture the scale of our global habitation while embedded in the midst of the world’s chaotic becoming and dispersal? She is currently working on Of Islands and the In-Between, a series of essays exploring the potential of islands and oceans, as “geopoetic” imaginaries, to address such questions. Rather than an omniscient view, a partisan view, or an individual's view, perhaps we need an island’s view to see the world anew. 
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program. 


Thursday, January 29, 6pm
“Acts Of Curiosity Exhibition And Performance Series”
Jack Craig and Jennifer Nelson
Exhibition opening within The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum by Detroit designer Jack Craig and a lecture on the history of the Wunderkammer by Jennifer Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan.


Friday, February 6, 2015, 6-8pm
“Acts Of Curiosity Exhibition And Performance Series”
Patrick Hill  
Exhibition by sculptor Patrick Hill (Detroit) opening within The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum.

According to a 2009 review in Artforum, “Hill’s singular vision, steeped in surfer psychology and graced with a talent for integrating broader cultural and art-historical allusions, creates conceptually alluring and formally satisfying artworks. What impresses, however, is the unforeseeable element of surprise and risk brought about by his purposefully idiosyncratic approach to building abstract form.”

Sunday, February 8, 4pm
Beverly Fresh Presents "Whats All This?"
Zack Ostrowski

Using Power Point, a state-of-the-art presentation software designed especially for effective communication, Beverly Fresh (Zack Ostrowski) will discusses his most recent work including "OUTSKIRTS" and "MR. MDWST." These works expose audiences to new methods of examination, focusing on the peripheral elements of American culture and the often-marginalized context of the rural Midwest.


Tuesday, February 10, 6pm
“An Evening With Daniel Joseph Martinez”
Daniel Joseph Martinez

Martinez is an artist, a professor of theory, practice and mediation of contemporary art at the University of California, Irvine where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Program and the New Genres Department. Martinez lives and works in South Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Daniel Joseph Martinez has engaged in an interrogation of social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, multi-dimensional propositions.
Sponsored by the Photography Department


Tuesday, February 17, 6pm
“Mapping Systems”
Francis Halsall

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. Halsall was also the 2014 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is currently completing a short book called “Systems Aesthetics” and a major research project (and book) on Niklas Luhmann’s aesthetics. His lecture will focus on how social systems might be imagined, visualized, and mapped with examples from a forthcoming workshop and collaboration which will explore different strategies for ‘cognitive mapping’ social environments.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program


Tuesday, March 3, 6pm
“An Evening With Kim Dickey”
Kim Dickey
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department


Thursday, March 5, 6pm
Knoll Lecture In Design Presents Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman
Lindsey Adelman

Lindsey Adelman designs and produces lighting in Manhattan. Inspired by structural forms found in nature, as well as the visual tension that results from mixing hand-blown glass with machine-made metal parts, her signature chandeliers have made her one of the most in-demand lighting designers in America. Her work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Miami, Nilufar Gallery, and BDDW, among others. In recent years, the studio has embraced a philanthropic mission supporting the Robin Hood Foundation to fight poverty in New York City. Adelman credits much of the studio’s current success to this desire to make an impact.
Sponsored by the Knoll Lecture Fund


Friday, March 6, 2015, 7pm
“Acts Of Curiosity Exhibition And Performance Series”
Biba Bell and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
A performance by dancer Biba Bell (Detroit) with musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (New York) as part of The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum.


Tuesday, March 7, 4pm
“Some Thoughts On Occupy Rail As A Social Sculpture Environment”
Phong Bui

In this lecture, the artist/curator/publisher/editor/writer Phong Bui will offer an overview of the history of the Brooklyn Rail—a monthly journal for which he is the co-founder and publisher—and describe the arc of his own work as an artist and initiator of ongoing activities such as Rail Curatorial Projects and Rail Editions, which are part of Occupy Rail, an endeavor to encourage and support motivated individuals in local cities to create their own Rail publication.
Sponsored by the Painting Department


Thursday, March 12, 6pm
“An Evening With Kenneth Frampton”
Kenneth Frampton
J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art


Tuesday, March 24, 6pm
“Repeating Islands”
Jaimey Hamilton Faris

This lecture explores the relevance of islands in the age of environmental degradation and cultural-political globalization. Expanding upon Caribbean scholar Antonio Benítez-Rojo’s concept of "repeating islands" (1997), Hamilton-Faris discusses the ways in which artists address the historical recurrence of land appropriation, colonization, resource extraction, and development. In many of the works she discusses, islands are positioned as geologic alterities, or non-human witnesses, to the ways in which we negotiate our competing and simultaneous demands on the earth. Could this be an emerging “neso-aesthetics” in contemporary art, emphasizing new common, if fragmented, unstable and moving, ground?

Jaimey Hamilton Faris is Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Art History at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and she is the 2015 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program


Saturday, March 28, 2pm
“The First Five : An Alumni Panel On Building A Practice Post-Cranbrook “
Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D ’09); Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Mike Andrews (Sculpture ’04) and Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09)

Leaving Cranbrook can be as intense and transformative as arriving – and most students start thinking about “what’s next” even as they begin their studies at the Academy. It’s a common understanding that the first five years after graduation set the foundation for a lifetime of creative practice. There is no single path for what comes after Cranbrook, and the proof is in the many courses charted by Academy alumni. For this panel, we’ll welcome alumni back to the Academy to talk about their first five years after Cranbrook and how they are building a creative professional life in individual ways. They’ll share what they’re doing now, what steps they took, what they recommend and what mistakes they’ve made.
Sponsored by the Professional Practices Program with support from Cranbrook Academy of Art’s National Advisory Council


Tuesday, April 21, 6pm
“Sabbatical Research: Art & Design School And Operators Manual”
Elliott Earls


Tuesday, April 27, 6pm
“Stacks And Stacks: Pleasure, Embodiment, And ‘The Fan’ In Art Scholarship”
Maria Elena Buszek

In this presentation, Maria Elena Buszek will speak about her current research on the work of contemporary artists whose work exists at the intersection of art and music. Guided in this project by the precedent of music writers such as Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, and Greil Marcus, Buszek will address their deeply personal, often embodied approach to criticism that claims a kind of kinship with the artists they write about—an approach that art historians disdain. Buszek will analyze and critique this tendency as reflective of the persistent problems with class and pleasure from which the field of art history suffers, and propose the need for a scholarly voice in the field that admits (and risks) collusion with the artists we study.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department and the Warner Lecture Fund


Tuesday, April 28, 6pm
Cindi Strauss
Sponsored by the Metals Department