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 […]
Carla Diana talks with The Cooper Union about her path to starting the 4D Design department at Cranbrook. She selected Cranbrook for herself as a student because, “I felt that the rigorous discourse in art and design would be a great complement to my solid technical background, and it was a great way to have the best of both worlds.” It proved correct, as Diana went on to hold prestigious positions at institutions incorporating both disciplines. Her vision for Cranbrook’s 4D Design program is for it to serve as “[…]
Congratulations to Victoria Bulgakova and Shelly McMahon, both 2018 Metalsmithing graduates, for being awarded the 2018 Marzee Graduate Prize from Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands. Each year, the gallery selects work from art schools and academies from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia to feature their work in an exhibition. During the exhibition’s opening, they awarded the most promising exhibition participants a special “Marzee Graduate Prize” and both of Cranbrook’s contenders received an award! For more information, visit their website.
JaYoung Yoon (Fiber ’09) will open the solo exhibition Seeing the Threshold: Jayoung Yoon at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on October 19. 2018. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2019.
Born in Korea, Jayoung Yoon is a New York-based artist known for using human hair in her art. She focuses on using hair as a medium for exploring systems of thought, perception and sensations of the body. Her use of hair connects the viewer’s visual perception of the work to the physical form of the body. Her creations of 2[…]
Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of our Fiber department will open the new exhibition Suture and Stitch: Mark Newport at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on October 19, 2018. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2019.
For Newport, textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to move from flesh to cloth indiscriminately. While cloth protects skin, either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing and measure the intensity of the wound.
These works […]
Photography Artist-in-Residence, Danielle Dean, will show new work at the Rijksakademie OPEN in Amsterdam November 23-25, 2018. This is the final presentation of work that Dean has made during a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie. For more information, visit their website.
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 […]
Congratulations to Jun Kaneko, who will receive the “Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship” this weekend at the American Craft Council Awards. Kaneko was the Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook from 1979-1986. For more information, visit the ACC website.
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.
Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean is one of several artists participating in this year’s Athens Biennale. The 2018 biennial “dissects the way we polarize, fight and antagonize in post-digital times: in the age of social media, of neo-reactionary movements, of post-truth nihilism and of conspiracy theories developed by the alt-right.” For more information, click here.
Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean will show work along with Elle Pérez and Janiva Ellis in Focus at Frieze art fair in London. The work will be shown by 47 Canal, with a “focus on an urgent and necessary presentation of voices in communities underrepresented in both the art fair – and the art world as a whole – in a moment where the political and institutional dynamics in American and Europe should be up for re-evaluation, decolonized and disrupted.” The work will be on display from Oct. 4 – 7, 2018. Read more about the […]
Congratulations to Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the upcoming opening of her solo exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York. The exhibition of recent works opens with a reception for Fishman on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from October 11 through November 10, 2018
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dawn Chan will accompany the exhibition. You can view the exhibition catalogue online here.
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Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) opened a new exhibition of work at Haines Gallery. Read the full story here.
A new exhibition of work by the late Mary Jane Hanja (Fiber ‘74) recently opening at Freddy, the gallery located in Harris, New York – and operated by our own Josh Abelow (Painting ’08). Read the full story here.
Wesley Harris (Metalsmithing ’81) recently opened an exhibition in Canada to honor his personal mentor and former high school art teacher.
Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Christian Perez-Morin (2D Design ’16) for winning a Design Observer award in their 50 Books | 50 Covers design competition. His entry? Our 2017 Graduate Degree Book!
Read the full story here.
Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean is participating in the group exhibition KNOCK KNOCK at the South London Gallery (SLG). KNOCK KNOCK explores the enduring use of humor as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than 30 artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annex in the former Peckham Road Fire Station. The exhibition will run from September 22 through November 18, 2018. For more information, visit the gallery’s website.
Danielle Dean’s first solo exhibition at 47 Canal builds from her recent presentation at Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France, where she premiered her short film Bazar (2018). The film was conceived during time spent by the artist in the archives of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV), regarded as one of Paris’s foremost department stores since being founded opposite Paris’s Hôtel de Ville in 1856, and today a member of the Groupe Galeries Lafayette.
The exhibition will run from September 16 through October 21, 2018. For […]
The history of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the larger Cranbrook Educational Community, are examined in this look at the modernist movement in Michigan. Read the full story in The New York Times/T Magazine.
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.
T, The New York Time Style Magazine recently highlighted the modernist movement in Michigan, which was made possible in large part due to the influences of Cranbrook. The article discusses George Booth and Eliel Saarinen’s contributions to the movement, and how Cranbrook played a significant role as well as the properties on campus still on view today. Read the article here.
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 […]
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.
Jayoung Yoon (Fiber ’09) received the New Prints Artist Development Program Award as part of the group show Multilayered: New Prints 2018 at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY). Thanks to IPCNY’s support, she took one of the papermaking workshops at the Women’s Studio Workshop. “I found new possibilities for embedding collected fibers, and hairs into handmade paper,” said Yoon.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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.”
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 […]