Lecture Series


Photography Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen

Cranbrook as Ecology

Cranbrook is a living system. Our ecology is dynamic and doesn’t follow a distinct path or linear course, and change can come rapidly or seeded slowly. Our permeable pedagogy means we can to be responsive to what is happening in the fields of contemporary art, design, and architecture. This year, our visitors consider the consequences of globalization on creative practice and social engagement – from issues of cultural homogenization to the politicized body to neo-liberalism – and question how pressure for global cultures and multiple identities fuels the communication of ideas.

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. Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Upcoming Lectures:

October 24, 1:30pm
Lauren Ruth

Ruth will discuss her multidisciplinary sculptural work in relation to social and performative spheres of practice. Ruth’s interactive installations unravel familiar iconographies and social rituals to reestablish meanings. Her work implicates the viewer and pushes against notions of propriety to initiate a dialogue about our subjective relationships to public and private space.
Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

October 26, 6pm
Steven Haulenbeek

Steven Haulenbeek is a Chicago-based industrial designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, and objects for the home. In his lecture he will discuss the development of an independent design practice.
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

November 7, 6pm
Alpesh Patel

While serving as Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Fall Critical Studies Fellow, Patel will focus on how globalization tends to overlook how images function within specific sites and times. His lectures will scale down the global to the local and the regional/transregional to examine the production, circulation, and consumption of contemporary art and design.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

November 10, 6pm
Christy Matson
Matson will discuss the development of her hand-weaving practice over the last 12 years from interactive sound installations, to woven abstractions and functional objects. She will also address her interest in history, lineage and pedagogy as it relates to the way that weaving has been taught and thought about in this country.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

November 10, 6pm
Canceled – Ebony G. Patterson 

This lecture has been canceled and will be rescheduled. Please check back for more information.

November 11, 2pm
Amy Schwartz

Sponsored by the 2D Design Department

November 19, 1pm
Attai Chen
Attai Chen, winner of the 2014 Andy Prize for Contemporary Art, creates three-dimensional multi-layered sculptures in the form of necklaces, pins and rings that interact with the human body and disclose a great deal about the wearer. Chen’s complicated jewelry brings together materials like wood and gold paper, for example, with plastic, oil paints and ready-made parts, a mix of contrasts that discloses little and conceals much more.