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

Thursday, April 10, 6pm
Enrico Riley
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.

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.