Lecture Series

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

Lectures Held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium

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.

The Public Lecture series at Cranbrook Academy of Art is a critical and idiosyncratic look into the conversations and inquiry that drives the 10 departments in Art, Architecture and Design. Our open structure allows for a responsive approach to curating our lecture series so that the conversations on campus are timely and urgent issues in our fields. Our open pedagogy means between 30-50 visiting artists, designers, curators and thinkers are bringing their research to our studios and impacting the practices of this community.

Upcoming Lectures:

RASHAAD NEWSOME
Friday, September 15, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends the practices of collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually-stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsome’s work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between intersectionality, social practice and abstraction. Newsome’s works opposes cultural essentialisms. They lead us into a realm of uncertainty, in which the symbols presented transform, but are nonetheless made tangible.

Sponsored by Photography Department

AIR PRESENTATIONS:
CEREN BINGOL (ARCHITECTURE) + MARK NEWPORT (FIBER)

Monday, September 18, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

AIR PRESENTATIONS:
VIVIAN BEER (VISITING ARTIST, 3D DESIGN) + IAN MCDONALD (CERAMICS)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

AIR PRESENTATIONS:
BEVERLY FISHMAN (PAINTING) + DANIELLE DEAN (PHOTOGRAPHY)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

AIR PRESENTATIONS:
IRIS EICHENBERG (METALSMITHING) + ZACH OSTROWSKI (VISITING ARTIST, 2D DESIGN)

Monday, September 25, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

AIR PRESENTATIONS:
SUSAN GOETHEL CAMPBELL (PRINT MEDIA) + REBECCA RIPPLE (SCULPTURE) 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

DAVID CRABB
Friday, September 29, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facebook Event
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

David Crabb is a 1999 graduate of the Academy’s Photography department, and is currently a Los Angeles-based author, performer, storyteller and host of The Moth. In 2013, his solo show Bad Kid was named a New York Times critic’s pick. Bad Kid, the memoir, was released in 2015 by Harper Perennial. David has taught storytelling at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Occidental College, Indiana University and NYU. Since 2012, he has performed the solo pieces Bad Kid, $1800, Story Roulette, and Man in a Hole. David is the host of the live storytelling show Traumaville in Los Angeles. His next memoir, Whoever You Are I Hope You’re Okay, comes out in 2018.

Sponsored by the Niels Diffrient Professional Development Fund

ADAM KHALIL AND ZACK KHALIL 
Thursday, October 5, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Adam Khalil and Zack Khlali’s debut film re-imagines an Anishinaabe story, the Seven Prophecy, which both predates and predicts the first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ explores how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community on the Michigan/Canadian border. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Sponsored by Studio Council

FILM SCREENING: COLUMBUS 
Saturday, October 7, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Join us for a screening of Columbus; the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Kogonada, which premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is set in the city of Columbus, Indiana, home to world-class architecture and public art, with buildings by Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei.

Shelley Selim, Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at Indianapolis Museum of Art, will provide an introduction to the city of Columbus, Indiana. She will examine how a small Midwestern city became a hub of Mid-century architecture – highlighting some of the region’s most iconic buildings.

Sponsored by the Cranbrook Art Museum

HEATHER DAVIS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow Heather Davis is a writer and researcher based in Montreal. Her current book project, Plastic: The Afterlife of Oil, examines the intimate manifestation of our cultural fixation with and dependency upon oil through the materiality of plastic. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017).

Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

MICHAEL KOKORA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Michael Kokora is a partner at OBJECT TERRITORIES where he leads the office with Miranda Lee and Marcus Carter.  He is an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong and teaches in the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs where he has been working to develop alternative development visions in Myanmar. Recent projects include a park in Da Nang, Vietnam, a masterplan for revitalizing the Erie Canal in New York, a landscape revitalization plan for downtown Oakland, a Museum and Masterplan in South Korea, a Science Museum in Lithuania, and a winery in Northern China. Prior to founding OBJECT TERRITORIES Michael was a partner at OMA and led the office’s work in Asia. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture.

Sponsored by the Architecture Department and the J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture Fund

SONNENZIMMER
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Sonnenzimmer is the collective work of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their collaborative practice was established in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Their presentation, Graphic Arts Future: Corporeal Knowledge, uses word, image, and sound to explore our animal relationship to graphics and our impending graphic future.

Sponsored by the 2D Design Department

CRANBROOK: A NEW DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE SYMPOSIUM
Sunday, October 22, 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Join us for a one-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape. Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary, along with recent Cranbrook alumni featured in the exhibition, will explore the intersection of art, craft, and design. A panel discussion and question-and-answer session, moderated by visiting 3D Designer-in-Residence, Vivian Beer, will follow the presentations.

Sponsored by the 3D Design Department and Cranbrook Art Museum

ANGELA ELLSWORTH
Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Her solo and collaborative work has taken in wide-ranging subjects such as illness, physical fitness, endurance, religious tradition, and social ritual. She is interested in art merging with the everyday life where public private experiences collide in unexpected spaces.

Sponsored by the Fiber Department

VICTOR DE LA ROSA
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Victor De La Rosa’s studio practice centers on computer-interfaced technology utilizing jacquard power looms, digital fabric printers and laser cutters. He works across a variety of media and has exhibited internationally.

Sponsored by the Fiber Department

TANYA AGUIÑIGA
Monday, November 6, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles-based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.

Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

HEATHER DAVIS
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow Heather Davis’s research at Cranbrook focuses on the uncomfortable inheritances of living in the Anthropocene, examining the ways in which how we think about the world literally produces the geologic and biologic conditions in which we find ourselves. In particular, she explores the legacies of plastic and white supremacy in producing what has come to be known as the Anthropocene.

Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

MATT HUTCHINSON
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

Matt Hutchinson believes in the reciprocal relationship between designing and making. Interests in the potential convergence of traditional technique and digital process inform his own architecture and design practice, PATH, where material and fabrication experiments are at the core of his working method. The work evolves through a feedback loop always moving between design and making: try something, evaluate it, transform it, see it in a new way. This curiosity to explore material properties and processes along with the continual testing of ideas through prototypes reveals new potentials for design. 

Sponsored by the Architecture Department and the J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture Fund

XANDRA IBARRA
Monday, November 20, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
Free for Museum Members
Free for students with I.D

From 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra’s persona, La Chica Boom, embodied the experience of racial and sexual abjection. Through combined parody and spectacle, Ibarra presented various works entitled spictacles—performances that engaged hyper-raciality and sexuality in
order to explore racialized sexuality and queer forms of pleasure. In this lecture, Ibarra will delve into some of the ideological frameworks she draws upon to create and depart from what she
calls “spictacles”.

Sponsored by Studio Council

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