Lecture Series

Sarah Kirk Hanley Print Media Visiting Artist Lecture, 2017. Photo by Sarah Blanchette (Photography ’17)

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:

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 22, 6pm
Risa Puleo

Curator and critic Risa Puleo will present a review of her current projects including Chimeras, currently on view at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha and featuring the work of Cranbrook alumna Kate Clark.

Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

March 23, 6pm
Eduardo Navarro

This lecture will be rescheduled.

April 20, 2pm
Jamillah James

Los Angeles-based curator Jamillah James will discuss her work in various institutions and the political potential in exhibition making and labor within art institutions.
Sponsored by Studio Council

April 20, 6pm
Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson’s multilayered mixed media works – in sculpture, installation, performance, and video – employ opulent, hand-embellished surfaces and brightly colored patterns to seduce the viewer into confronting the profound social realities at their core. Derived from Dancehall culture, Patterson’s aesthetic pulls the viewer in and forces them to bear witness to the violence and social injustices imposed upon those deemed invisible. Her works command the viewer to look past the façade – of their rich formal characteristics, of the fabricated fantasies increasingly traded in our consumer and social media-centric culture – and to acknowledge the realities of those not touched by the glitter and gold. The paradoxical means the artist uses to convey this message only emphasizes its urgency and weight.
Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.​
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