Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum at Academy of Art, and one of the finest venues for student art at any school internationally. The spring Graduate Degree exhibition is one of the most popular shows of the year. The Museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions serve as a resource for the students, faculty and staff of the Academy. The Cranbrook Collection showcases the profound influence that Cranbrook has had on the worlds of twentieth-century art, architecture, and design through the work of its artists, including the fully restored Saarinen House. The magnificent examples of the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Duane Hanson, Arthur Nevill Kirk, and Eliel, Loja, Pipsan and Eero Saarinen demonstrate the individual expressions of those who were touched by this extraordinary place. The permanent collection also includes the Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey collection of signature paintings and sculptures by thirty-eight post World War II artists, including Donald Judd, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. The changing exhibition program, offers edgy shows of the finest modern and contemporary artists.
No Object Is an Island installed at Cranbrook Art Museum. Photography by James Haefner
Recent exhibitions have featured the work of Nick Cave, Bill Viola, Andrea Zittel, Bruce Nauman, Mark Dion, Bridget Riley, Ruth Duckworth, Zahah Hadid, Alexis Rockman, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. The Museum architecture itself is a signature Eliel Saarinen work on one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes.
Collections Wing Vault. Photography by Justin Maconochie.