Susan R. Ewing Named Interim Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., August 9, 2018 — Dominic DiMarco, President of Cranbrook Educational Community, announced today that Susan R. Ewing has been named Interim Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. An internationally recognized metalsmith, professor, and administrator, she brings decades of experience to Cranbrook.
“Susan is a perfect fit for Cranbrook Academy of Art at this time,” said Dominic DiMarco, President of Cranbrook Educational Community. “She has a strong background as an accomplished studio artist and educator, and I am confident that she will collaborate with and guide the Artists-in-Residence and mentor […]

Head of Metalsmithing, Iris Eichenberg opens new show in Lisbon, Portugal

Iris Eichenberg opens a new exhibition with Marta Costa Reis this Friday at Reverso in Lisbon. Read the full press release here

Detroit Alumni show in Oakland Press

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.

Photography Alumna, Jetshri Bhadviya on ESSAY’D

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, Duane Hanson, and Nick Cave at Jeffrey Deitch, New York

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.

Matelli’s First Solo Exhibition in San Francisco is at The David Ireland House

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 […]

“Dwell Magazine” Features Ruth Adler Schnee

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.

Fishman’s “Rise” is Featured in the “Jewish News”

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s new mural “Rise,” a colorful and massive abstract mural spanning 170 feet by 60 feet — the largest design she has ever originated — covers the north-facing wall of the Detroit City Club Apartments. In the article, Fishman shares her perspective on the mural, her artistry and area experiences with the Jewish News. “This mural is a logical extension of my interest in installation art and in activating a larger environment through color, pattern and form. I am most excited by the […]

Cave’s “The Let Go” and “Up Right” are Featured in “The New York Times”

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  […]

Alumna York Is Exhibiting in New York and Europe

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, <[…]

Cranbrook Fiber and Ceramics’ Graduates Create Linens and Porcelain Trays for Siren Hotel

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 […]

“Coveteur” Featured Midcentury Designers

Coveteur  featured a story about the “midcentury designers you need to know” including Cranbrook Academy of Art’s own design stars Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Paul Evans, and Eero Saarinen. According to Anthony Barzilay Freund, editor in chief and director of fine art at 1stdibs.com,“There actually isn’t one prevailing look, but they all share this idea of optimism, the post-war idea of a new day, and harnessed new technologies and the potential of brighter homes. Mid-century modern designers […]

Cave and Faust Create Mural for New York Live Arts

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 […]

Lipski Has New Installation at NYU Langone Hospital

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.”

Kaneko Speaks with “Alive Magazine” about his Life and Practice

Past Artist-in-Residence Jun Kaneko (Ceramics AIR, 1979-1986) speaks with Columbus’ Alive Magazine about his life and practice.  “Creative energy is nothing special. It’s just like a heartbeat. Without it, I’m dead. I need art to survive,” he says. “If you’re a practical thinker, you shouldn’t do art. You don’t think practically about how to make your heart beat. It’s a necessity. Art is the necessity of your being.”

Vermeulen to Launch Photo Book about Detroit in December 2018

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 […]

The “BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else” Exhibition is at DePaul Art Museum

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 […]

Bingol’s Detroit Lakes Project is Featured in “The New York Times”

The New York Times featured an article about Interim Architect-in-Residence Ceren Bingol completion of her project in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. According to the NYT,  “Although the project began with some seemingly simple objectives — renovate the kitchen of the 2,800-square-foot main house and refresh the 800-square-foot guesthouse, a converted garage that had developed a mold problem — it soon evolved into a full-blown gut renovation of both structures.”

Eichenberg is part of “Handheld” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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.

McDonald Exhibits at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo

Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department  Ian McDonald opens Studio Pottery Ian McDonald Exhibition at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo. According to Curator’s Cube, “There is an overlap between artificial lines cleaned and arranged, but shapes that firmly blend well with wonders outside of people’s lives. The shadow that light forms makes up different landscapes on the back of our eyes. Ian McDonald’s sculpture, sculpture centered on ceramics.”
The exhibition runs through June 3, 2018.
 
 

Academy Photography Grads Open “Sugar, Sugar” at Public Pool

The exhibition Sugar, Sugar at Public Pool featuring three photography Academy graduates: Clair Gatto (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) is opening May 12 from 7-11pm.