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.
A DESIGNER’S UNIVERSE: A CONVERSATION WITH SAM GRAWE, AMY AUSCHERMAN, ALEISHALL GIRARD-MAXON AND KORI GIRARD
Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Herman Miller’s Global Brand Director Sam Grawe and Corporate Archivist Amy Auscherman will provide an overview of Alexander Girard’s illustrious twenty-year career with Herman Miller as Head of the Textiles Division. Their presentation will be followed by a conversation with grandchildren Aleishall Girard-Maxon and Kori Girard about the work of Girard Studio, which stewards the designer’s legacy.
ALEXANDER GIRARD SYMPOSIUM: UNCOVERING THE FANTASY AND MAGIC OF ALEXANDER GIRARD
Saturday, July 22, 2017
1 pm – 4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
One-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe
Join us for a fascinating examination of one of the most influential, yet overlooked, designers of modernism in America, Alexander Girard. Historian Deborah Kawsky will introduce us to Girard’s Detroit days—from his modern design shop in Grosse Pointe to the architecture of his lesser known residences. Curbed’s national architecture critic Alexandra Lange will discuss Girard’s uncanny ability to bring structure to seemingly disparate things, from found artifacts to city streetscapes. Curator Monica Obniski will look at Girard’s prescient collection and use of folk art as an inspiration and antidote to modern design. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.