Special Events


Anne Vieux Transitory Flatspace 2014
12″ x 9 ” 62p Color Archival Inkjet Prints Sewn and German Case Bound in Lenticular Fabric

Thursday, September 17
Read Image, See Text
ArtMembers’ Opening Reception

5:30-6:30pm: Reception for Greg Wittkopp
6:30-7pm: Lectures by Academy Alumni
7-8pm: Exhibition Opens

Join us for the ArtMembers’ Opening Reception of our latest exhibition, Read Image, See Text, on Thursday, September 17. Memberships will be available for purchase at the front door.

The exhibition 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.

Several Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni will speak about their work at the opening, including Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09), Megan Heeres (Fiber ’09), and Corina Reynolds (Fiber ’11).

We will also be celebrating the accomplishments of Gregory Wittkopp as he transitions to his new role as full-time Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.


Up Right: Detroit
World Film Premiere
September 24, 2015 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Tickets are now on sale for the exclusive world film premiere of Nick Cave’s Up Right: Detroit on Thursday, September 24, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. All proceeds from the event will benefit Museum education programs.

Up Right: Detroit is a short feature film conceived by Nick Cave as an “act of initiation” and a preparation of the mind, body, spirit, and selfhood of a group of young adults from the Ruth Ellis Center. The participants undergo a ritual of being costumed in elaborate soundsuits and enter the city, transformed. Filmed at the historic Michigan Theatre.

The evening includes an opening reception with Cave, the film premiere, and a Q&A with Nick Cave and Curator Laura Mott following the film. Tickets for this fundraiser are $250 each ($225 if purchased by Sept. 10).

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information about the event, contact Susan Hall at 248-645-3579 or at shall1@cranbrook.edu.

Nick Cave’s “Biggest, Baddest Performance Series!”
May-October 2015
Various Locations in Detroit

Nick Cave - Heard

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition in Michigan at Cranbrook Art Museum. Nick Cave is an artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures, called soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle.

Visit the Nick Cave: Hear Here website for event information.