Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe

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


Photo by Ralph Gibson

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​

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 Maxine and Stuart Frankel 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 exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum is made possible with the support of Julia Reyes Taubman and Robert Taubman.

Andy Warhol: Empire

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


Empire is a 1964 film by Andy Warhol. It consists of eight hours and five minutes of continuous slow motion footage of the Empire State Building in New York City.


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


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.

The Cranbrook Salon

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


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 eighteenth-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


© 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.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Exhibition Dates: June 19 – October 9, 2016


Ira Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, 1968
Courtesy Ira Cohen Archive, LLC

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.

John Glick: A Legacy in Clay

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


John Glick, Tray, 2013, reduction fired stoneware. Photo 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 premier 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.