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:

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

We’re sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances, Vito + Maria Acconci have cancelled their trip to Cranbrook. We appreciate your interest, and as soon as we have more information on a possible lecture to take their place, we’ll be sure to share it.

March 7, 7pm
McArthur Binion

Join us on March 7 at 7pm for a public conversation and awards presentation with McArthur Binion (Painting ’73). Binion is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The evening will begin with an awards presentation, followed by a conversation with Binion and Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, and Michael Stone-Richards, local writer and educator.

Though McArthur Binion’s over 40-year investigation of abstract painting has been continual, his work has gained prominence in recent years. Binion’s work shares many tenets with the canons of Modernism — and particularly Minimalism — but he subverts the dominant rigid notions of the avant-garde by extracting images and rhythms from varied sources including personal narrative, jazz music, and memory. “The part I took from Minimalism,” Binion said, “is that you want to do your own stuff in your own image.” Equally important to Binion is the integration of personal “DNA,” which is evident in the artist’s recent 2015 solo exhibition, Re: Mine at the Galerie Lelong in New York.

Re: Mine continues his DNA series, begun in 2013, in which he physically lays down copies of his birth certificate and pages from his New York address book as the self-described “under conscious” of his paintings, and applies multiple layers of paint stick in vertical and horizontal strokes, combining biography with geometry.

Binion’s works have been featured in solo exhibitions across the country. And just this month it was announced that his work will be included in this year’s Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel.

Currently, his work Circuit Landscape No. 1, is on display at Cranbrook Art Museum in the From the Vault: Recent Gifts to the Collection exhibition.

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 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

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