Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 26, 2016
Cranbrook Art Museum will present the audio installation of Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, a live ambisonic 3-D sound installation inspired by Lou Reed’s controversial 1975 double album Metal Machine Music. Originally presented by the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach (UAM, CSULB) in 2012, where Lou Reed worked in collaboration with the acoustic specialists at the Arup Engineering SoundLab in New York, Reed was able to recreate, for museum visitors, this groundbreaking composition from exactly the same acoustic perspective he had while performing it onstage.
The installation at Cranbrook Art Museum will use twelve loudspeakers in an ambisonic arrangement to create a fully immersive sound experience. The live recording of Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe took place at the Blender Theatre in New York in 2009. The improvising trio included Lou Reed, Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun.
Metal Machine Trio Musicians
Lou Reed – guitar, continuum fingerboard , electronics
Ulrich Krieger – electric saxophone, electronics
Sarth Calhoun – continuum fingerboard, electronics
Andy Warhol: Empire
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016
Empire is the 1964 film by Andy Warhol that consists of eight hours and 24 minutes of continuous slow motion footage of the Empire State Building in New York City. The presentation at Cranbrook Art Museum will show in in Wainger Gallery, and relate to Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe. According to Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Christopher Scoates, Warhol’s Empire shares Reed’s rejection of conventional time. Like Warhol’s film, Reed’s Metal Machine Music relied heavily on sustained or repeated motifs (in this case sound, not images) to produce a work that relied on duration and the concept of time to experience the complete work. Warhol projected the film at a slower rate than it had been filmed, producing a repeated and sustained— almost hypnotic—“visual pitch” or “drone,” much like Reed’s Metal Machine Music. The exhibition will run through March 13, 2016.
Him, a project by Liz Cohen
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 6, 2016
Liz Cohen’s artistic practice is rooted in both photography and performance, and she is perhaps best known for her immersive, ten-year project BODYWORK, which explored low-rider and custom car culture. This exhibition launches a new body of work that draws from her continued interest in exhibitionism, subcultures, and acts of belonging. Her point of departure is an ongoing collaborative research project with a self-described eunuch, who has undergone radical surgical transformations. Cohen will utilize classic documentary tools—interviews, photographs, and video—that will then be drastically altered into textile, sculptural, and image-based forms. Liz Cohen has been the Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art since 2008.This exhibition is made possible with the support of Gretchen and Ethan Davidson.
The Cranbrook Salon
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016
This exhibition is part of an ongoing series that explores Cranbrook’s collections through the history of exhibition design. The inaugural exhibition of the series, The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders: Artworks, Objects, and Natural Curiosities, was mounted in the fall of 2014 and drew its inspiration from the “Cabinet of Curiosity” or “Wunderkammer,” a sixteenth-century display technique that juxtaposed works from different cultures, disciplines, and eras. The Cranbrook Salon moves forward in time to the eighteenth-century salon, and the exhibition will draw from its dual definition as a hanging technique and social space. This contemporary installation explores the salon as a mind map, constructing thematic connections and groupings from artworks that span wide-ranging stylistic movements and time periods.
The Detroit Bluestockings Crew, a collective created for this exhibition, will host a series of salons within the exhibition space and in locations throughout the city of Detroit. The collective is inspired by 18th Century Blue Stocking Society in London, a group of accomplished women who rejected their exclusion from British society’s intellectual pursuits. Each member will host a salon with an invited guest speaker/performer in the museum or in Detroit that enlivens culture, conversation and the intellectual community.
Salon/ November 21, 1:00pm, Cranbrook Art Museum: The salons series premieres with curators Laura Mott and Shelley Selim hosting guest Prem Krishnamurthy, co-founder of multidisciplinary design studio Project Projects and the experimental gallery P! in New York City. He is the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design.
The rest of the Detroit Bluestockings Crew salons will take place in January-March 2016. Please check back for the schedule.
The Detroit Bluestockings Crew
Maia Asshaq (Founder and Publisher, DittoDitto)
Samantha Banks (Founder, Playground Detroit)
Meagan Barry (Designer, Unsold Studio)
Lillian Crum (Designer, Unsold Studio)
Ingrid LaFleur (Artist and Curator)
Laura Mott (Curator, Cranbrook Art Museum)
Marsha Philpot aka Marsha Music (Writer, Poet, Performer)
Shelley Selim (Assistant Curator, Cranbrook Art Museum)
Read Image, See Text
Exhibition Dates: September 18, 2015 – March 20, 2016
Read Image, See Text is an exhibition that explores the various creative approaches to the artist book—an artistic structure that often is a playful investigation of the verbal and visual, the tactile and legible. Within the exhibition, the communicative value of the book is complemented or subverted by design, concept, or objecthood. The exhibition will feature sculpture and print works that explore the aesthetics of language and artist books by contemporary artists and designers, including selections from the collections of Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Library. The title of the exhibition Read Image, See Text, is taken from an iconic poster titled See/Read by former Artist-in-Residence and Co-Head of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Katherine McCoy. Two areas within the exhibition will celebrate Detroit and Cranbrook-related artists, featuring books that can all be handled by viewers.
Artists and Publishers included in Read Image, See Text include: assume vivid astro focus, Andrew Blauvelt, Corrie Baldauf, Brighton Press (Michele Burgess with Chard deNiord, Martha Serpas, Ian Tyson, and Nancy Willard,), Jon Geiger, Susan Goethel Campbell, Megan Heeres, Davi Det Hompson, Allen Hori, Margaret Kaufman, Allan Kaprow & Carl Solway, R.B. Kitaj, Darice Koziel, Ronald Allen Leax, Jane Lackey, Glenn Ligon, Katherine McCoy, Michael McCoy, Christian Patterson, Perishable Press, Ed Ruscha, Small Editions NYC, Anne Vieux, Lucy Helton, Sheryl Oppenheim, Patrick Gantert & Nicole Killian, Claire Van Vliet, and Kara Walker.
The reading room of Detroit and Cranbrook-related artist books and publishers include selections from Davin Brainard, Butter Press, Center for Abandoned Letterhead (Maia Asshaq & Danielle Aubert), Good Weather, Hearty Greetings, Alex Nichols, Haynes Riley, Carl Schurer, Cedric Tai, 12 Zines, Corine Vermeulen, Sergej Vutuc, and Katie Wynne.
Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia
Exhibition Dates: March 14 – November 29, 2015
In commemoration of the centennial of the artist’s birth, Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia is the first museum exhibition devoted to Harry Bertoia’s designs for jewelry. The former Cranbrook Academy of Art student and metalsmithing instructor has received international acclaim for his metal furniture and sculpture, but his exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design while still a high school student in Detroit. Out of the hundreds of jewelry pieces attributed to Bertoia, the majority was produced during his years at Cranbrook, and this display of over thirty works offers an early glimpse of a creative vision that would crystallize as his career matured. Additionally, several early monotype prints are featured to illustrate how the artist harnessed the same intuitive and experimental approach to making in his planographic compositions. The objects in this exhibition highlight Bertoia’s investigations of form, dimension, and material on a concentrated and bankable scale—establishing him as a pioneer of the American Studio Jewelry movement and a master of elevating fashionable adornment to objets d’art.
The exhibition opened with an exclusive ArtMembers’ reception on March 13, from 6-8pm, featuring a lecture from Celia Bertoia, Harry Bertoia’s youngest daughter and director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation.Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Shelley Selim, the Art Museum’s 2013-2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow. The exhibition is sponsored, in part, by Wright Auction House, Kim and Al Eiber, and the David Klein and Kate Ostrove Exhibition Fund. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue published by Cranbrook Art Museum.
50 Years Strong: The Evolution of HUB at Cranbrook
Exhibition Dates: April 25 – May 10, 2015
June 20–August 30, 2015
September 20–November 29, 2015
Horizons-Upward Bound, known as HUB, has its roots in a partnership with Cranbrook Schools that began in 1965. Originally named Horizons, it was an experimental summer enrichment program to provide a private school experience on the Cranbrook campus for low-income boys from Detroit. Funded by a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation, the first class consisted of 52 boys from three junior high schools in Detroit. The following year, Horizons incorporated the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program and soon was renamed Horizons-Upward Bound.
Over the past fifty years, HUB has evolved into a year-round program which prepares both boys and girls with limited financial opportunities to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. This exhibition sheds light on the history of the program and its continued affiliation with Cranbrook Schools and highlights key individuals and events that have helped make it the successful legacy it is today including the program’s directors Ben Snyder, Bill Washington, Eddie Green, and current director Darryl Taylor. Through news clippings, program invitations, brochures and newsletters, student publications, and historic photographs, the exhibition presents a chronological history of the multi-faceted academic enrichment program known as HUB.50 Years Strong: The Evolution of HUB at Cranbrook was organized by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and curated by Head Archivist Leslie S. Edwards. The Center, which includes Cranbrook Archives, is supported, in part, by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Towbes Foundation of Santa Barbara, California, and many generous individual donors.
Exhibition Dates: Ongoing
Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings 790A and 790B: Irregular Alternating Color Bands(1995) fill the Hartmann Gallery with serpentine bands of bold color applied directly to the wall. A pioneer of Conceptual Art, LeWitt conceived his wall drawings as a medium through which he could explore the concept of serial permutation while mining the tension between art and architecture. Wall Drawings 790A and 790B, like most of LeWitt’s wall drawings, exist only for the duration of the exhibition before being destroyed, privileging the conception of the work over its physical manifestation and demonstrating the artist’s dictum that “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” Still, the physical form of the work retains an undeniable beauty: LeWitt’s sinuous line and fulsome color together serve as an arresting counterpoint to Eliel Saarinen’s airy interior space.