The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Annual All Media show opens Friday, December 15 and is juried by alumna Alison Wong (Painting ’06), director of Wasserman Projects. The “All Media” exhibition, now in its 95th year, put out an open call for artists from across the Great Lakes region to submit their work in an effort to promote regional talent. Guest juror Alison Wong reviewed 600 submissions through an anonymous jury process and selected 36 artworks from 29 artists. Half of the artists selected […]
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Pop-art inspired ceramic donuts created by Academy graduate Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) are featured in Colossal. Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.
Metropolis Magazine’s Vice President of Design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from Cranbrook’s Florence Knoll contributions to architecture and design. According to the article, as a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.
In Art Daily, The McNay Art Museum, announced today the acquisition of three major works – all collages — The Cop, by Benny Andrews; ghost: rhythms: III, by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73); and Kwabena, by Rashaad Newsome.
“Art museums are in the business of beauty and truth,” said Aste. “And part of our commitment to truth here, in the first modern art museum in Texas, is celebrating the diverse men and women who define ‘modern’ in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This purchase by the Museum and the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum allows the McNay to present a more inclusive and truthful history of modern and contemporary art to our community.”
The three collages by Andrews, Binion, and Newsome will be featured in “Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art”, opening February 8, 2018.
Cultured Magazine focuses on architect Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) when discussing a category of architecture these days that isn’t really about building structures to live and work in. It’s more about a conceptual practice that exists in a misty middle ground between art and architecture—think of Snarkitecture, among many others, doing fascinating work in this zone.
Jaworska has designed arenas and stadiums in the past, but she has lately tended toward big thinking about how we do (and don’t) […]
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) is presenting an exhibition by Cleon Peterson (2D Design ’06) in 2018. The exhibition, titled Cleon Peterson: Shadow of Men, showcases the artist’s aesthetic mastery, long under-recognized by the museum field. This solo presentation also demonstrates the importance of representing violence to highlight a disturbing though fundamental element of society. The installations will introduce Peterson’s murals, paintings, and sculptures to a new audience and will transform the museum inside and out. The exhibition opens February 2, 2018 through May 27, 2018.
Qingyu Wu (2D Design ’17) is profiled in Eye on Design where she speaks of influences and current work. In her second year [at Cranbrook Academy of Art], she translated a group of found objects—including 7″ vinyl records, vintage film strips, tobacco tin boxes, soap, dice, and other miscellaneous items collected from flea markets and thrift stores—into graphic form to create the book The Item You Selected Is Unavailable. To create the book, Wu used C-Thru typesetter’s ruler to measured the width of each object and order them by point size, from 1pt to 500pt. She then scanned each item to determine the abstract form it would take on the page and rearranged each abstract shape by its size and the year the object was made.
Nick Cave (Fiber ’88) is profiled in the Whitehot Magazine. The piece focuses on Nov. 10 opening of Nick Cave: Feat as well as upcoming projects. Cave opened an extensive survey of his practice at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee including a massive projection of Cave’s Soundsuit-centric art film, Blot (2012), several psychedelic textile installations including Architectural Forest (2011) and Button Walls (2013) and a crowd-pleasing selection of ten marvelous Soundsuits made between 2011 and 2017.
Artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) will exhibit at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat opening on November 10. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018.
Nick Cave: Feat will be on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through June 24, 2018.
WORLD LEADERS is a pop-up exhibition by Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14.) This is an installation of new work by Von Habsburg-Lothringen whose work addresses the American notion of aspiration, mortality, and persona. It is part of the Institute for the Humanities’ Year of Archives and Futures and organized in celebration of the U-M Bicentennial. The artist’s talk will be on November 3 at 3pm.
Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) was recently named one of “20 young artists shaping the future of photography” by FOAM Magazine. Schonberger was selected from a pool of 1,790 submissions from 75 different countries.
Paul Shore (Print Media ’85) will be exhibiting prints from his Drawn Home collection at the Fine Art Print Fair with C. G. Boerner (Booth 511). The Fair runs though October 29 in New York.
Faulty Vision, an exhibition by Interim Print Media Artist-in-Residence Susan Goethel Campbell (Print Media ’89), is opening at David Klein Gallery in Detroit. Faulty Vision brings together multiple works in a range of media that consider our uncertain relationship to landscape and the built environment. For this exhibition, Campbell uses prints, photographs and natural materials to respond directly to the architecture of the gallery space. Structural elements such as walls and columns are clad with earth and grass to pose larger questions about impermanence and the logic of man-made systems. An opening and reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition is open through December 16.
Mississippi University for Women is hosting Intersections of Gender and Place, an art exhibition that focuses on women artists in the South whose work relates to gender issues and southern culture. The exhibit, which opened on Oct. 5 and will be on display at the MUW Galleries in Summer Hall through Nov. 1, features artwork from Teresa Cole (Print Media ’89) , Shawne Major and Amy Pleasant. Cole is a New Orleans-based printmaker who earned her master’s degree in print media from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She currently teaches printmaking at Tulane University.
Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) participated in Unraveling and was featured in Hyperallergic. The performance exhibition within the exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in October 2017. Although Clark has unraveled a confederate flag twice before in 2015 and 2016 it holds a new significance in 2017. This was the first performance under the current presidential administration and since the country has found itself embroiled in debate over the presence and ramifications of Confederate imagery in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. Clark stood side-by-side by participants, shoulder-to-shoulder as they pull each strand of the flag and confront the reality it represents. “Racial injustice is something that every American contends with, either consciously or unconsciously, and it’s so deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation […] The word “racism” is sort of like a trigger word; you know, it can shut people’s ears off, shut people down, bring people’s defense mechanisms up. So I’m less interested in that, and more interested in picking apart and undoing and understanding the fabric of our nation and trying to really understand the roots of racial injustice,” said Clark.
Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York created replicas of parts of the museum’s foundation: irregular granite piers that protrude above the museum’s ground floor. Four graphite drawings, each mirroring the appearance of a pier, hang alongside York’s sculptural works, strengthening the ties between drawing and sculpture in her practice.
Surface Magazine asks a designer to take a selfie and is profiled about their practice and work in their “Ask A Designer” piece. Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Ian McDonald was interviewed about shooting hoops, a forthcoming show in Japan, and his aversion to clutter.
Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10 ) was named a finalist of the Hublot Design Prize in 2017. Born from the friendship between Jean-Claude Biver and Pierre Keller (former director of Lausanne University of Art and Design, ECAL), the Hublot Design Prize was created in 2015 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic Big Bang model and highlights the work of the designers of tomorrow. This prize is not intended to pay tribute to the work of a famous designer, nor to support a newly qualified designer, but to provide an already accomplished designer with a platform to launch and increase the exposure of their work, a career boost so that, one day, they will rank amongst the great names in design.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Fall 2017 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists will work in MAD’s sixth-floor open studios from September 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Cranbrook Alum Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16) will be at the studio every Friday. While at MAD, Herr will explore Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her series “Snuggies for the Revolution.” Through this project, she is reconsidering her interest in patterns and the historical role of textiles used for both political oppression and resistance movements. Herr will also continue her “Propaganda Poster” series, which uses holographic sign vinyl and gouache to examine the ways pattern and other optical devices are used to both dazzle and visually confuse.
LVL Gallery named Stephen Kent (Ceramics ’13) Artist of the Week and profiled him. Kent has been a student at Penn State, Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, a participant in the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard in Denmark and received a Fellowship at the Oxbow School of Art and Artist residency in Michigan. In 2013 he moved to Berlin where he has continued to work around ideas of resolution and image production through the decorative gesture and the exploration of cultural codes embedded in everyday objects.
After running her own textile company for 25 years, textile trailblazer Sina Pearson (Fiber ’72) is now bringing her brand to Momentum Group. Pearson’s namesake textile company was acquired last year by Momentum Group, so she spends time in Seattle in her garden and the rest of the month at Momentum’s minimalist showroom on New York’s Park Avenue. In Metropolis she said, “It’s like left brain, right brain,” insisting that pulling up […]
Anne Vieux (Painting ‘) is part of a group exhibition at PC–G’s Reilly Gallery opening on September 14. Painters & Photographers presents painterly themes and techniques in recent abstract photography. This exhibition consists of illusionistic compositions— rendered somewhere between meticulous staging techniques, analog processes and digital alterations—manipulate perceptions of space and reality to create photographs that appear as abstract paintings. In addition to the exhibition, a Conjunctive Mini-Symposium will be held on October 26, 6:30-8pm.
Cranbrook Alums Brittney Nelson (Photography ’11) and Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) are part of the group exhibition Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. Hailing from across the United States, the artists in this exhibition explore new ways of abstraction based on experimental, process-oriented methods. Intended to defamiliarize common imagery, their works preclude figurative recognition or easy comprehension. The methods of the exhibition’s artists are nuanced, time-intensive, and often drawn from unlikely modernized sources. These include “DIY” videos on YouTube, Photoshop errors, digital distortions, smart phone apps, and manipulated or synthetic materials such as scanned iridescent paper and digitally printed faux suede. The exhibition’s opening reception is on September 6 at 6:30pm and the exhibition is open through December 23, 2017.
Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is interviewed in Curator.com by J. Fiona Ragheb. She speaks about her most recent work and how her “work adopts the language of abstraction to explore the body, issues of identity, and contemporary culture.”
Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!
The Kravets Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce T.N.N., a solo exhibition of new work by Beverly Fishman, opening on Thursday, September 7 and running through October 7, 2017. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm.
Fishman’s “The New Normal” (“T.N.N”) is an anxious meditation on the American drug crisis. The paintings form a series of almost sinister shapes that appropriate the forms of various medications, such as Prozac, Vicodin, and Xanax. Fishman’s acutely chromatic work is meticulously crafted from wood and coated in layer upon layer of paint to razor-sharp precision.
Mike Andrews (Sculpture ’04) has been appointment as the new Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency. Andrews has worked at Ox-Bow since 2010 as the Academic Director. In that role he was directly involved in setting the vision for the programs, and implementing the rigorous curriculum. Andrews also has been tenure-track faculty at the School of the Art Institute in the Department of Fiber and Material studies where he taught weaving, software, and experimental approaches to craft.
Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.
‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’
Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.
Troy Richards (Painting ’97) is named the new Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Richards is an experienced arts administrator, artist, and faculty member who has worked at both a large public university and a small independent arts institution. Most recently, he was interim associate dean of the arts, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Delaware, where he was responsible for the academic programs and activities of the college’s “arts portfolio,” which encompasses the visual arts and design, music, dance and theater.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.
The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12) installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.
Cranbrook Alumni Sarah C. Blanchette (Photography ’17), Lydia Enriquez (Photography ’17) and Ouyang Jing (Photography ’17) have been awarded Publication Fellowships for Peripheral Vision. This fellowship is for emerging and mid-career professional American artists in conjunction with our inaugural salon-style exhibition, curated by critic Georgia Erger. Submitted works represent the diversity of contemporary art practice and occupy various points of intersection around common themes and aesthetic concerns. Salon 2017, forthcoming this fall, will take the form of an introductory essay by the curator containing links to artist project pages.
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation awarded Hasan Elahi (Print Media ’96) one of its 2017 First Amendment Award winners. Elahi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland and an interdisciplinary artist who asks Americans to explore issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI. After undergoing months of interrogations before he was cleared of suspicions, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened almost every aspect of his life to the public. Predating public knowledge of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by over a decade, his project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website. Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.
Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is part of two exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC, “The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The two interrelated exhibitions at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School located in Kinderhook, NY. These exhibitions run through August 25, 2017.
In the Co. Design series about designers’ firsts, 10 well-known designers’ were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07) and Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. “I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job,” said Tochilovsky. “The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything.” Click here for more of his interview.
Alumni Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15), Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16), and Emil Froege (Architecture ’15) have been working on through the SPACE10 Lab created by IKEA. The architects came up with three divergent yet equally innovative solutions to address the fundamental issue that plagues digital production: an apparent lack of a “human touch.” In a Post-Fordist world increasingly dominated by customization, this investigation holds obvious importance for a company which deals primarily in mass-produced ready-to-assemble products; however, with its advocation for the infusion of dying classical craft techniques into the digital manufacturing process, the experiment could be meaningful for many other reasons.
Benrubi Gallery, New York is hosting an exhibition Pitch by artist Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06), on view through August 25, 2017 and featured in BLOUINARTINFO. The exhibition marks her second solo with the gallery. A finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers, Semivan’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.
But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting ’92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alumna Jessi Hardesty (Print Media ’14) and the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Carroll Community College was profiled in the Carroll County Times. When asked about her experience at Cranbrook Academy of Art she said, “It is Hogwarts for artists.” Read more here about her experience at graduate school and her new post at Carroll Community College.
Alumna Keetra Dean Dixon (2D Design ’06) has been named one of the “Educators To Watch” by Graphic Design USA. According to the magazine, “The common thread is that these are people who are making a difference to their students, schools and community.” Dixon is an educator at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her work earned a U.S. Presidential Award, a place in the permanent design collection at SFMOMA and an ADC Young Gun Award (in 2008). Her clients have included […]
Guest Curator Dasha Matsuura selected Jessica Dolence’s (Fiber ’16) work to be included in the latest issue of Create! Magazine. The magazine which focuses on the unique work of artists from around the world. Each issue contains contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it.
AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography ’15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design ’17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.
As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture ’80) and his wife Robin will speak on the “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium” on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.