Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Read Image, See Text

Exhibition Dates: September 19, 2015 – March 20, 2016

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Katherine McCoy's “See Read” poster for Cranbrook Graduate Design, 1989

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. This exhibition will exhibit artist books by contemporary artists and designers, as well as draw from the collections of Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Library. The presentation of artist books, many of which can be handheld by viewers, will be surrounded by significant examples of print-based media and design that explore the aesthetics of language. The title of the exhibition Read Image, See Text, is taken from an iconic poster titled See/Read by former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the 2D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Katherine McCoy.

Liz Cohen

Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 6, 2016

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Exhibition research, Courtesy of the artist

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.

Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe

Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 26, 2016

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Photo by Ralph Gibson

Cranbrook Art Museum will present the audio installation of “Metal Machine Trio,” Lou Reed’s groundbreaking double album, as an ambisonic 3-D re-creation. 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 will use twelve loudspeakers in an ambisonic arrangement to create a fully immersive 3D sound lab. The complete Metal Machine Music in four parts will run continuously with each composition lasting around sixteen minutes in length. Each of the four parts are unrecognizable as structured compositions and include over an hour of over-modulated feedback and guitar effects, intricately mixed at varying speeds by Reed himself.

Lou Reed’s: Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe was co–curated for California State University by the former Director of UAM, CSULB, Christopher Scoates, and Martin Fleischmann of Rum & Humble. The presentation at Cranbrook is presented by Cranbrook Art Museum in collaboration with Sister Ray Enterprises, Inc., and is curated by Christopher Scoates, who now is the director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and Raj Patel, a leading international acoustics, audio-visual, and multimedia consultant and designer with Arup.

The Cranbrook Salon

Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016

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1957 Annual Exhibition of Student Work. Photograph by Harvey Croze. © Cranbrook Archives (AA2745)

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 nineteenth-century salon, and the exhibition will draw from its dual definition as a hanging technique and social space. Within the exhibition space, the Art Museum will present a lively public program of conversation and performances co-hosted by dancers, musicians, poets, and scholars from the Detroit area.

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes: The Gerald W. McNeely Pewabic Pottery Collection

Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2015 – August 28, 2016

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© Cranbrook Art Museum/Balthazar Korab. Photograph by Balthazar Korab.

This exhibition debuts The Gerald W. McNeely Pewabic Pottery Collection recently donated to Cranbrook Art Museum and never before seen in its entirety. The Collection includes over 117 works including a Revelation Pottery Vase, which pre-dates the founding of Pewabic, and includes works from throughout the career of Mary Chase Perry Stratton, founder of the Pottery. The exhibition will also highlight Cranbrook’s own collection of Pewabic Pottery from the Art Museum and campus, which George Gough Booth, founder of Cranbrook, actively collected over his lifetime.

The Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Exhibition Dates: April 16 – May 15, 2016

The most innovative work from the next generation of architects, artists, and designers will be on display at the 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Degree Exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of more than 80 graduates as they launch their careers.

John Glick: A Legacy in Clay

Exhibition Dates: June 19, 2016 – September 18, 2016

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John Glick, Plate, 2000, reduction fired stoneware. Courtesy of John Glick.

John Glick is a people’s potter. In a career spanning over five decades, the ceramist has remained committed to the art and craft of functional vessels and their incorporation into the rituals of daily life. John Glick: A Legacy in Clay is the first major exhibition and publication to survey the immense range of ceramic vessels, tableware, and sculpture that has made Glick one of today’s premiere figures in American studio pottery. Mounted as the artist closes his historic Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the exhibition will include nearly 200 pieces representing all phases of his work, from the early vessels and tableware dating to Glick’s time as a student at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA in Ceramics, 1962), to his conceptual ceramic sculptures from the last decades.  The exhibition and publication are part of the John Glick Legacy Project, which also encompasses the placement of the ceramist’s most important works in public museum collections around the world.

John Glick: A Legacy in Clay is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Cranbrook’s Jeanne and Ralph Graham Assistant Curator, Shelley Selim. California-based independent curator Jo Lauria is serving as a curatorial consultant for the John Glick Legacy Project.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Exhibition Dates: June 19 – October 9, 2016

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Ira Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, 1968
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This Walker Art Center-organized exhibition, assembled with the assistance of the Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive, examines the intersections of art, architecture, and design with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. Loosely organized around Timothy Leary’s famous mantra, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” the exhibition charts the evolution of the period, from pharmacological, technological, and spiritual means to expand consciousness and alter one’s perception of reality, to the foment of a publishing revolution that sought to create new networks of like-minded people and raise popular awareness to some of the era’s greatest social and political struggles, to new ways of refusing mainstream society in favor of ecological awareness, the democratization of tools and technologies, and a more communal survival.

Presenting a broad range of art forms and artifacts of the era, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia features experimental furniture, alternative living structures, immersive and participatory media environments, alternative publishing and ephemera, and experimental film. Bringing into dramatic relief the limits of Western society’s progress, the exhibition explores one of the most vibrant and inventive periods of the not-too-distant past, one that still resonates within culture today.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia is organized by the Walker Art Center.