Conrad Egyir (Painting ’18) recently completed the new mural “Mystical Bonds” on view in “the Belt” in downtown Detroit. This is Egyir’s first public work was commissioned by Library Street Collective to coincide with an exhibition he will be opening at the gallery later this year. Egyir’s creative practice draws from a pool of uniquely coded Ghanaian texts and visually based language systems. In an exploration of relationships between his past experiences in Africa and his present residence in the United States, he is drawn to themes that […]
Congratulations to Conrad Yaw Egyir (Painting ’18) and Kilee Price (Print Media ’18) for being named winners in the New American Paintings magazine annual MFA feature. Read about it here.
A feature story in Metropolis on how Meton Begüm Cana Özgür (3D Design ’13) is bridging craft tradition and modern industry.
Congratulations Evan Fay and Ayako Aratani (both 3D Design ’16 graduates) for being named to Dwell magazine’s top 24 “designers to watch” list. Read the full story here.
Carla Diana (3D Design ’00) and our new Designer-in-Residence and Head of our 4D Design department, worked on a socially intelligent robot that supports clinical staff at hospitals. Read about the project here.
Fumihiko Maki (Architecture ’53) designed the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, China’s “first major design museum” at the end of last year. It is a partnership between China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Over the course of Maki’s career, he won the Wolf Prize from Israel in 1988, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1990, the Gold Medal of the UIA in 1993, the Arnold Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association […]
From Oct. 16 through March 3, 2019, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present the eye’s level, the first solo NYC exhibition for Anne Lindberg (Fiber ’88). The site-specific installation will installation using heavyweight threads in pearlescent tones to build an immersive color field on MAD’s second floor. More information on MAD’s website.
Nicole Killian (2D Design ’11) served as the guest editor for the new publication We Can Listen and Push Back at the Same Time, a look at how to queer design education without compromise. It was published by the Walker Art Center. Click here for more information.
Sight Unseen featured Aaron Blendowski (3D Design ’06) as an “up-and-coming designer” in a story about his participation in the recent exhibition In Good Company: Material Culture in Brooklyn.
Sang Hoon Kim (3D Design ’09) recently released The Foam Series, a collection of seats, bookcases, chaises, tables, and even rungs made from colorful, flexible memory foam that’s mixed in varying solutions to create levels of texture and cushion. The series is featured in Sight Unseen.
Elaine Ng (Ceramics ’14) recently documented the work of her Fulbright project through a new video. Cranbook Academy of Art remains the highest producer of Fulbright scholars (per capita) in the United States. Watch the full video here.
Jon Geiger (Ceramics ’14, and current Cranbrook Art Museum Head Preparator and Exhibition Designer) recently opened a new exhibition at Redline in Colorado. Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Karyn Oliver (Ceramics ’01) on her new work on display at the University of Kentucky. Full story here.
More than two dozen local alumni from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills have come together for a special exhibition in downtown Detroit this month. Many of the artists that graduated from Cranbrook Academy in the past decade have elected to stay in the Detroit area, contributing to growth of the area’s burgeoning art scene, which has attracted national attention. Read the full article here.
Joshua Clark (Ceramics ’15) opens solo exhibition, Objective Misunderstandings, at New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei, Taiwan.
Essay’d is a writing project that publishes essays on Detroit artists, the essays are published annually by Wayne State University Press. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography, 2015) is from Udaipur, India and is currently based in Metro-Detroit. Being an immigrant in the United States positions her to explore the accepted ideas of identity, gender, religion and class in the East and West.
Read the full essay here.
Tony Matelli (Sculpture, 1995), Duane Hanson (Sculpture, 1951), and Nick Cave (Fiber, 1989) in new exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, New York. The exhibition “People”, is a group show of 33 figurative sculptures by 29 contemporary artists, three of which are alumni from the Art Academy.
Read the full article on Artnet News.
Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) first solo exhibition in San Francisco is being shown at The David Ireland House. I hope all is well… presents a series of highly produced, representational artworks using materials such as bronze, marble, and silicone. The end result is anything but traditional sculpture. Matelli’s artworks are lifelike, seductive, and beautifully wrong. His hyper realistic sculptures are often mistaken for the actual thing, undermining the viewer’s expectations of what they […]
Still working at 95, Ruth Adler Schnee (Design ’46) reﬂects on the important names she’s known—Wright, Klee, Eames, Calder—and the equally important career she’s led. Dwell’s interview with Schnee includes discussion about her latest work, the resurgence of midcentury modern design and how she came to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) latest projects are featured in The New York Times. “Up Right,” a signature Cave work made its New York premiere at the Armory, featuring dancers who slowly metamorphose into 10-foot-tall shamanesque creatures as they don their rustling Soundsuits and stomp around. “The Let Go” also opened encouraging any visitor to have that same wild, unencumbered energy and […]
Susan York (Ceramics ’95) has several exhibitions in New York and Europe scheduled . Galerie Anna Wenger in Zürich, Switzerland will feature York’s work in a solo exhibition at booth A07 at VOLTA: Basel from June 11-16. In New York, GALLERY WALKTHROUGH / SUSAN YORK: FOUNDATION ‘s exhibition at The Drawing Center is open through October 18. And in Munich, <[…]
ASH NYC and Quinn Evans Architects restore the 1926 Wurlitzer Building at the Siren Hotel where the bed linens and covers as well as porcelain trays were created by Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber and Ceramics departments. Constructed in 1926 by architect Robert Finn, the building was once a lighthouse for local musicians — the largest record and instrument store in the entire world, brought to […]
In a special collaboration for New York Live Arts, artists Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic Soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around the world. These bags we carry are filled with promise is a through-the-looking-glass interpretation that the baggage we all walk through life with is anything but weighty. From the single source image of Cave’s work, Faust selects and manipulates key details that seem to morph […]
Donald Lipski (Ceramics ’73 and a 2013 recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni Award) has a new installation at NYU Langone Hospital. According to Lipski, he wanted to make a sculpture for children “that would delight them; something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend.”
According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, Corine Vermeulen (Photography ’04) is set to launch a photo book of portraits and landscapes celebrating day-to-day life in Detroit. This initiative captures a resilient community in the midst of a challenging transition. “Your Town Tomorrow” is to be published in December 2018. “Depicted by national media as a place of both economic turmoil and new opportunity, the world often forgets that it is the people — not venture capital firms and new developments — who comprise the great ‘Arsenal […]
In his first solo museum exhibition in Chicago, artist, musician, and back-road drifter Beverly Fresh, also known as Zack Ostrowski (2D Design ’09), takes on the incongruities, social rituals, and archetypes of the rural Midwest. Pulling from age-old performance traditions, juvenile graffiti, backyard debauchery, adult social clubs, amateur living room theater, and pig wrestling, Really Somethin Else is a keyed-up regurgitation of rural Midwestern symbols, behaviors, and vernacular. His immersive installations take visitors through peripheral elements of American culture. The exhibition is at DePaul […]
Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg has work in exhibition Handheld at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. The exhibition design is created by Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10). Handheld is a group exhibition that explores the contemporary meaning of touch by charting artists’, designers’, and makers’ various responses to objects scaled to the hand and uses the common language of the domestic to examine the complex role of the hand. The exhibition is open through January 13, 2019.
The exhibition Sugar, Sugar at Public Pool featuring three photography Academy graduates: Clair Gatto (Photography ’17), Jova Lynne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) (Photography ’17), Jova Lynne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) is opening May 12 from 7-11pm.
The Matter, Matter, Object, Wall exhibition is opening at the Ann Arbor Art Center this weekend. The exhibition is curated by alumnus Aaron Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) with artists: Victoria Bulgakova (Metalsmithing ’18), Sophie Eisner (Metalsmithing ’15), Julia Heineccius (Metalsmithing ’12), Ruth Koelewyn (Metalsmithing ’09) Shelly McMahon (Metalsmithing ’18), Nadege Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing ’14) Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing ’18). The exhibition is open through June 9.
Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) current exhibition Super Natural is being shown at VOLUME GALLERY in Chicago. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. Eschewing the monotony of identical objects, these works resemble the structure of nature: similar at first glance yet varied upon inspection. The synthetic material and construction of these […]
The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand (Sculpture ’04) and Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) will present 147 Devices for Integrated Principles, a new, multimedia, performative artwork that animates everyday objects as unifying mechanisms for survival during times of social disconnect and intensified need. As an immersive interdisciplinary theatrical experience, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles literally and conceptually unpacks our relationship to everyday objects and how we use them to ease the suffering and pain in our lives. The 60-minute production is […]
Shiraz Gallab (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design, where she discusses the role of personal narrative in graphic design. The article provides an overview of Gallab’s background as a Sudanese-born and U.S.-raised designer who formed the beginnings of a robust personal practice at Cranbrook Academy of Art. “I try in my work to study different interactions or different conversations that can take place between human beings, and to study how we can communicate more […]
In Eastern Market, Dubois Basement is hosting an opening reception for Everywhere -Michelle Branch, a two-person show featuring new work from Academy alumnea Clare Gatto (Photography ’17) and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17). The semi collaborative installation is a rendezvous of body and mass through photography and ceramics. The works are perpetually focusing and blurring, causing objects to flatten while images exude movement. This constant tension between zooming in and zooming out becomes […]
On May 4 from 5-8pm at The Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. is the opening reception of McArthur Binion: Curates in Detroit. The exhibition features work selected by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and features Academy alumni: Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06), James Franklin (Painting ’17) and Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11). The exhibition closes on June 15, 2018.
Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) solo exhibition Super Natural is open at VOLUME Gallery. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. The exhibition is open through May 26.
DRAWINGS DRAWINGS is a new artist book by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08). The book is composed of pencil drawings created over a period of thirteen years. To produce each drawing, Abelow always uses a 6B pencil on cream-colored 30 x 22 inch paper. This simple format provides a consistent material framework for the artist to push his idea-based agenda. Each drawing appears in chronological order and, as the title of the book suggests, each drawing is repeated. Abelow often uses reproductions of artworks by other artists as a starting point. A book release […]
Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) submitted design concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in Memorial Hall’s vestibule at University of Kentucky. As part of their visits, Olivier and another artist presented initial proposals selected for consideration by UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee. The concepts chosen for review by the committee were acquired during a national search looking for site-specific installations to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with Memorial Hall itself and the mural by Ann […]
Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) is receiving a great deal of attention for his upcoming performance in Nashville. The sold-out public performances of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018, will be livestreamed in the Frist Center’s auditorium and viewable at fristcenter.org as well as he free large-scale performances will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard,” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits […]
Colorado-based artist James Surls (Sculpture ’69) is returning to his native state of Texas to lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth on March 29 from 6-7pm. In conjunction with the special exhibitions A New American Sculpture, 1914—1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach and Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas, […]
Horger Artist-in-Residence Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) will present her work, discuss current projects, as well as the work she is doing with Lehigh University students on April 16 at 6pm at Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center. This artist talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Karyn Olivier, continuing through May 25 at the LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center.
Cranbrook in this round-up from HOW Design magazine, including a poster designed by Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy, a profile of Nancy Skolos (Design 77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’76).
Peter Evonuk (Metalsmithing ’05) metalsmithing artist and studio manager at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, will offer specially-designed workshops at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Saturday Open Studios starting March. The open studio events will occur every Saturday, starting March, 17, and will continue through the end of May 2018.
The prestigious Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels will feature the work of the Olga de Amaral, who studied weaving at the Academy in the 1950s. A selection of some forty works, which covers the last 15 years of a creative life that spans six decades, will be presented in a first-ever retrospective in Belgium.
Jonathan Mueke (3D Design ’10) is featured by Metropolis Magazine as one of Minnesota’s emerging creatives. According to the article, “Jonathan Muecke has perfected an aesthetic that is simultaneously reticent and blunt. His work can suggest furniture, architecture, sculpture, or all three at once: a diminutive copper step stool masquerading as sculpture, light fixtures that define rather than illuminate space, a chair made from carbon fiber.”
After coming to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where Jeanne Medina’s (Fiber ’13) took a position as an adjunct craft professor in 2016, she bought a 40-inch Harrisville loom. Shortly there after, Medina landed a dedicated workspace as part of the Fountainhead Fellowship. The VCU School of the Arts program provides three recent MFA graduates in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft an opportunity to teach and work. The […]
Architectural Digest offers a terrific look at one of our most prominent graduates, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’52), and her extraordinary life and career. She then was one of the first women to be hired by General Motors’s design department.
Jacob Feige’s (Painting ’05) exhibition Jacob Feige, I Had a _____ Day opens at David Richard Gallery NY on March 7 with an artist reception on March 10 from 4-8pm. Selections from two new related series, Cutaway and Screen paintings by Feige, will be presented. Both combine objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts, but with different approaches to the composition and presentation format. The exhibition closes on April 14, 2018
Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]
Artist Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is profiled in Uncommon Goods . He talks about how he began in ceramics, studying at Cranbrook, and his practice. When asked about how he sets goals for himself Giniewski says, “I only make short-term goals these days. In the year and a half that I’ve been running the business as my full-time job, everything is constantly changing. I’m really lucky that people are paying so much attention to ceramics right now. Like, ceramics is having such […]
Ato Ribeiro (Print Media ’17) in featured in an in-depth interview about his practice in The Saturday Paper. Ribeiro is now in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, sculpting hundreds of scrap wood pieces into “quilts” inspired by kente designs.