Academy Artists Featured in Three Exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum’s 2023 Fall Season features six Cranbrook Academy of Art artists including a former Artist-in-Residence, several alumni, a second-year student, and a first-year student. An opening reception for the art museum’s Fall season takes place on Friday, October 27, 2023 from 6-9pm.
Two Cranbrook alumni and two current students are featured in Skilled Labor: Black Realism in Detroit which focuses on a local community of artists who have developed expert skills in drawing and painting, and, through deft hands, explore the representation of the Black body in both personal and cultural contexts. Conrad Egyir’s (MFA Painting 2018) thesis work and a brand-new painting for the show will be on view. Alumna Cydney Camp (MFA Painting 2023), second-year Rashaun Rucker (Print Media 2024), and first-year Joshua Rainer (Painting 2025) also have works on view. Skilled Labor is co-curated by Detroit artist Mario Moore and Cranbrook Art Museum’s Chief Curator, Laura Mott.
Carl Toth: Reordering Fictions is the first museum exhibition to reassess the artist’s legacy in photography. Toth served as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1972 until 2007, shaping generations of students in the Photography department and across the Academy community.
Ash Arder: Flesh Tones is Arder’s (MFA Fiber 2018) first solo museum exhibition and the second installment of Cranbrook Art Museum’s Fresh Paint series. Her work investigates ecological and industrial systems, especially in consideration of the power dynamics between humans, machines, and the natural world. Flesh Tones encompasses a celebration of community brought together through industry while also exposing the complicated nature of aligning identity and well-being with material possessions.