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.

October 6, 2015 6:00pm
“Participatory Media: Theory and History“

Laura McGough
2015-2016 Critical Studies Fellow

This presentation will serve as a general introduction to participatory media and network culture. Taking heed of Luhmann’s warning that within all forms of mass media, interaction is ruled out by the interposition of technology, we will examine a range of theories and concepts that will guide our discussion of digital culture and connectivity throughout the year. Participatory media will also be placed within a wider historical context through the examination of a range of interactive projects culled from television and media art.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

October 7, 2015 6:00pm
“A Frightful Leap into Darkness: Auto-Destructive Art and Extinction“

Jack Halberstam
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at USC

In what follows, I track a strand of avant-garde aesthetic production that gathers under the heading of “auto-destructive art,” and that, in its attention to chaos, risk and intensity, makes clear some of the stakes in an investment in wildness. I also use this tradition of violent and risky art practices in order to situate trans artist Heather Cassils‘ recent works: Becoming an Image (2012-2015) and Inextinguishable Fire (2014-2015).

Learn more about Jack Halberstram.

Sponsored by Gaybooks and the Dean's Office

October 13, 2015 6:00pm
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Sabbatical Talks“

Heather McGill, Scott Klinker, Randy Bolton

The sabbatical program at the Academy is an important aspect of supporting Artist-in-Residence professional practice, research, and renewal. In this series of sabbatical presentations, Heather McGill, Scott Klinker and Randy Bolton will share the new work and research of their recent sabbatical projects. Recognizing that new work can happen both at home and away, the 2014-2015 program offered both financial support for new work as well as time away from the Academy.

Learn more about Sculpture Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill, 3D Design Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker, and Print Media Artist-in-Residence Randy Bolton.

October 27, 2015 6:00pm
“An Evening with Jennifer Navva Milliken“

Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum

Jennifer Navva Milliken is Curator of Craft at Bellevue Arts Museum. Before joining BAM, she established INTER ALIA projects, a private curatorial practice dedicated to contemporary art, studio craft, and design through site-specific pop-up exhibitions, gallery shows, writings, and advocacy for artists practicing in the fields of art, conceptual craft, design, and new media.

Learn more about Jennifer Navva Milliken.

Sponsored by the Metalsmithing Department
November 3, 2015 6:00pm
“Digital Feelings: Participatory Media as Emotional Space“

Laura McGough, 2015-2016 Critical Studies Fellow

Web 2.0 is driven by user interaction, but how are lurkers “moved” to become active participants? This discussion focuses on the role of emotion within participatory media and the haptic and affective modes of experience that the digital age has inaugurated. Borrowing from theorists including Giuliana Bruno, Laura U. Marks and Sian Ngai, we will explore how participatory media forms function as emotional spaces and how the new ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving generated by our digital interactions have permeated artistic practice.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

November 8, 2015 4:00pm
“Harry Bertoia: The Legacy of an Icon“

Shelley Selim
Jeanne and Ralph Graham Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum

Glenn Adamson
Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York

2015 marks the centennial anniversary of metalsmith Harry Bertoia’s birth. This double lecture program addresses Bertoia’s jewelry designs during his transformative time at Cranbrook, and the ingenuity of his approach to making that spanned a decades-long, multifaceted career—establishing the artist-designer-craftsman’s iconic, signature style. The lectures will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Adamson and Selim.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia.

Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

November 10, 2015 6:00pm
“An Evening with Kate Clark“

Kate Clark

Kate Clark is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals, exploring the overlap that exists across our cultures, and within our histories.

Learn more about Kate Clark.

Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

November 14, 2015 2:00pm
“Abstruse Accoutrements“

Rubens Ghenov
Assistant Professor of Painting,
University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Art

The lecture will introduce the construction of fictive characters and sound within my painting practice. I will introduce Angélico Morandá, who is the fictive poet I have been basing my work on for the past 3 years. His upbringing and meditative practice will illuminate or obscure the concoctions that take place in my work.

Learn more about Rubens Ghenov.

Sponsored by the Studio Council

November 19, 2015 6:00pm
“An Evening with Abigail Anne Newbold“

Abigail Newbold

Looking at the progression of my art practice over the last ten years, I will be discussing the scope of domesticity as it relates to human interaction, the current product market and our own psychological well-being. I will also be unraveling reoccurring themes of independence, survival and the role of community as they relate to making, ultimately advocating for the preservation and perpetuation of making skills.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

November 30, 2015 6:00pm
“Selected Conjuring Techniques“

Matthew Ronay

A dilettante’s exploration into different ways imagery and ideas are born, ranging from Active Imagination to carpet weaving.

Learn more about Matthew Ronay.

Sponsored by the Ceramics Department

December 8, 2015 6:00pm
“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.“

Lola Brooks
Artist and Metalsmith

Brooks will be the visiting Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence in the spring of 2016. She is an artist and metalsmith who began her arts education at Pratt Institute and went on to study at SUNY New Paltz where she earned a BFA in Metals. Fascinated by jewelry as a cultural signifier, she is influenced by both historical jewels and material hierarchies that she believes are both imbued with meaning far beyond their mere physicality.

Learn more about Visiting Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Lola Brooks.

Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program