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:

January 25, 6pm
Sarah Kirk Hanley

In today’s digital culture, more and more artists are working predominantly with print media. This is due not only to the ubiquity of printed imagery, but more importantly, to its direct relationship (as a mechanical, serial medium) to contemporary mass media. Like Warhol and Rauschenberg, many contemporary artists who do not self-identify as printmakers rely heavily on this medium to express their ideas to create unique works rather than editions. Early examples by established artists such as Nancy Spero, Xu Bing, Félix González-Torres, Kara Walker, and Kiki Smith will be discussed alongside the work of a new generation, including Wade Guyton, Kelley Walker, Charline von Heyl, Ryan McGinness, Matthew Day Jackson, Swoon, Nicola López, and Rob Swainston.
Sponsored by the Print Media Department

January 26, 6pm
Anthony Dunne

Knoll Lecture in Design sponsored by Knoll International
Design partners Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. Anthony Dunne is Professor of Design and Emerging Technology and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. Between 2005-2015 he was professor and head of the Design Interactions department/programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He is co-author of the book Speculative Everything – an overview of Dunne & Raby’s research.
Sponsored by Knoll International

January 28, 2pm
Ann Arbor Film Festival Digital Program

Nine new experimental, animated, documentary and narrative videos including Mateusz Sadowski’s Resonance, Winner of the Chris Frayne Best Animated Film Award, and Ralitsa Doncheva’s Baba Dana Talks to the Wolves, Winner of the Eileen Maitland Award for Women’s Voice. The program also features Bisonhead (Elizabeth Lo), The Mess (Peter Burr), The Perpetual Motion of My Love for You (Karen Yasinsky), Love Under Will of the Hags Long Tooth (Mica O’Herlihy), Fundir (Allison Cekala), and not even nothing can be free of ghosts (Ranier Kohlberger).

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Sponsored by the Dean’s Office

January 31, 6pm
ART21 Screening + Conversation
Tina Kukielski, Executive Director of ART21
Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art + Design at Cranbrook Art Museum

The museum will host a screening of the episode Chicago from the acclaimed PBS series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. The four-part episode features documentary shorts on the artists Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware, and CAA Alum Nick Cave. The museum’s 2015 exhibition Nick Cave: Here Hear and performance Heard: Detroit are prominently featured in the episode. Following the 60-minute screening, Curator Laura Mott will lead a conversation with ART21 Executive Director about the Peabody Award-winning PBS series and documenting artistic process.
Sponsored by the Cranbrook Art Museum

February 7, 6pm
Kristi McGuire

Opening with a line borrowed from the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber, this lecture “leans in” to an expansive consideration of the structural violence of bureaucracy, performing the problem of work under capitalism’s rhetorical sleights of hand. The usual suspects: the poor image, Citizens United, the anthropological imaginary, Max Weber, Kathi Weeks, feeling your feelings, and the displacement of metaphor.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

February 9, 6pm
Manon van Kouswijk

Manon van Kouswijk is interested in the universal qualities of jewelry and personal objects, the value and meaning they represent and the different roles they have in exchanges between people as gifts, souvenirs, heirlooms. In her work, she makes aspects of the way we use and handle things visible in the objects themselves. Her working methods are quite elaborate and obsessive, ranging from making pearlchains of paper archive stickers on a thread and cutting butterflies out of mass-produced domestic objects to embroidering stains on table cloths.
Sponsored by the Metalsmithing Department

February 10, 5pm
Sampada Aranke

Sampada Aranke (PhD, Performance Studies) is an Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to coming to SFAI, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory.
Sponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design

February 16, 6pm
Autonomy and Ambiguity​
Igor Siddiqui

Igor Siddiqui is an Associate Professor in Architecture at UT Austin and a licensed architect in New York State. He is the principal and co-founder of ISSSStudio, an emerging practice with a mission to expand architecture’s boundaries by operating across a broad range of scales, typologies, and media. ISSSStudio explores new applications of digital technologies, material innovations, and research methods while also interrogating conventions that ordinarily constrain design production.
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

February 21, 6pm
AIR Sabbatical Talks (Mark Newport, Iris Eichenberg, Anders Ruhwald)

Join us for an evening of presentations by three of our Artist-in-Residence about new work and research while on sabbatical from the 2015-2016 academic years.
Sponsored by the Dean’s Office

February 24, 6pm
Vito + Maria Acconci, Acconci Studio

Best known for his controversial Body Art of the 1960s and ’70s, Vito Acconci has led a diverse career, one that has taken him from poetry through performance, video work to architecture. Acconci’s interest in the human body and its relationship to public space later evolved into architectural, landscape, and furniture design.
Co-Sponsored by the Swanson Lecture Fund and University of Detroit Mercy

March 9, 6pm
An Evening of Art + Science
Scott Hocking, Artist
Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., Taubman Institute of Science

An Evening of Art + Science–the collaborative process begins. Dr. Charles Burant, Professor at University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, talks with Detroit–based artist Scott Hocking, who will create art based on Burant’s research on computational medicine and bioinformatics. They will speak about their individual practices and together discuss intersections in the fields of art and science.

The artwork that results from this collaboration and those of 18 other artist-scientist pairs will be auctioned April 21 at MOCAD in Detroit to benefit the Taubman Institute’s Emerging Scholars Program. For more info and tickets, go to www.taubmanartandscience.org
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

March 21, 6pm
Kristi McGuire

This lecture engages what we mean when we talk about “the Internet,” as a space of fantasy for customer service, narrative desire, ideological performance, the surveillance state, a poor image, public space privatization, and a circulation system for neoliberal rationality and science-fiction dystopianism.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

March 23, 6pm
Eduardo Navarro

Eduardo Navarro inserts himself in legal, spiritual, scientific, medical, archaeological environments and draws on a series of discussions and exchanges within these groups and in their context. He works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, collage, performance and installation.
Sponsored by the Print Media Department

April 20, 6pm
Ebony G. Patterson

In her work, the Jamaica-born mixed-media artist Ebony G. Patterson re-contextualizes gender norms and explores Jamaican dancehall culture. Patterson represents the transformations of gender and body politics by blending tapestry, beading, sequins, crochet, and Internet-sourced images of violent murders.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

May 2, 6pm
Jane Lackey

Lackey’s artwork evolves from a core interest in textiles and drawing. Whether sensual, biological or spatial, her works trace illusive aspects of information and communication. Mapped schema on paper expand to immersive installations aligning issues of identity, communication and place with self reflection, scrutiny, comparison and interaction. Current works on paper come out of a longtime affinity to the connecting over/under stitches within cloth structures that are analogous to hooks of language and social links building into incremental spatial networks.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department