Lecture Series

Critical Studies Fellow Laura McGough

As a part of the Academy-wide academic program, we also offer students a rich year-long public lecture series that includes artists and designers who are visiting our ten departments, as well as critics and scholars brought to campus by the Critical Studies program, the Cranbrook Art Museum and through partnerships with other institutions. Given that the Academy is not bound by a formulaic educational structure, all types of thinkers — artists, designers, philosophers, activists, historians, scientists, writers and many others — are invited to present ways to link one’s studio practice with larger and diverse communities, both national and international.



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. The Museum will remain open prior to each lecture. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

April 26, 2016 6:00pm
An Evening with Amze Emmons

Amze Emmons, Artist

Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals.

May 2, 2016 6:00pm
Radical Presence: Black Artists and Contemporary Art

Valerie Cassel Oliver
Senior Curator Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Radical Presence: Black Artists and Contemporary Art presents an overview of my curatorial practice over the last decade. The presentation will highlight a series of exhibitions that have made visible the presence and impact of black artists working in a variety of media from abstract painting to film and video to performance art and beyond. Discussed in the lecture are the groundbreaking exhibitions “Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970,” (2005); “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image,” (2009); “Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of Flux/us,” (2010); and “Radical Presence: Black Artists in Performance,” (2012); among others.

May 3, 2016 6:00pm
Recent Work and Research

Lauren Fensterstock, Artist

In an illustrated lecture, Lauren Fensterstock will share the motivations and research behind her recent work. Widely known for her intricately hand-cut paper installations, Fensterstock weaves together historical references spanning the Baroque, the Picturesque, Minimalism, and the decorative arts to explore the history of nature.