Critical Studies

The Critical Studies program is the central piece of the academic program. Each semester, a visiting Critical Studies Fellow is invited to be in residence at the Academy. Selected for their perspectives on contemporary theory and culture studies, the visiting Fellows present public lectures, conduct student discussion groups, and serve as an active presence in studio critiques and reviews. The visiting fellows are chosen each year to reflect the most current intellectual discourse within contemporary architecture, art, and design.

The Critical Studies program is the central piece of the academic program.

2018-2019 Critical Studies Fellow

John Corso Esquivel

2018-2019 Critical Studies Fellow

2018-2019 Critical Studies Fellow

2018-2019 Critical Studies Fellow

John Corso Esquivel

John Corso Esquivel is a critic and art historian based in Metro Detroit. His current book project, Feminist Subjectivities in Fiber Art and Craft: Shadows of Affect, looks at eight case studies from the U.S. and Latin America through the lens of affect theory. The book will join the Routledge Research in Gender and Art series.

Corso Esquivel examines political dynamics within a wide range of contemporary art and visual culture. His essays have appeared in the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Brooklyn Rail, BE Magazine, ART21 Magazine, Mosaic, RACAR: The Canadian Art Review, Art Papers, and numerous exhibition catalogs. He has contributed exhibition and book reviews to Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Criticism, Art in America, The Huffington Post, Art Papers, and Hyperallergic.

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Corso Esquivel is currently the Doris and Paul Travis Associate Professor of Art History at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Telluride Association, an educational nonprofit with branches at Cornell University and the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Corso Esquivel received his Ph.D. in the History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University in 2009. He earned an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2003), an MA in art history from Tufts (2003), and a BA with honors in art from Williams College (1997). In 2013-14, he participated in the CUE Foundation and the AICA-USA’s Young Art Critic Mentoring Program.

At Cranbrook, Corso Esquivel will offer seminars on Feminist and Queer Theory, as well as Race, Ethnicity, and Textuality. He will leverage his training in Writing in the Disciplines to support critical and professional writing across the Academy.