2015 Lecture Series


December 8, 2015
“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.“
Lola Brooks
Artist and Metalsmith
Brooks will be the visiting Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence in the spring of 2016. She is an artist and metalsmith who began her arts education at Pratt Institute and went on to study at SUNY New Paltz where she earned a BFA in Metals. Fascinated by jewelry as a cultural signifier, she is influenced by both historical jewels and material hierarchies that she believes are both imbued with meaning far beyond their mere physicality.
Learn more about Visiting Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Lola Brooks.
Sponsored by the the Critical Studies and Humanities Program


December 1, 2015
“An Evening with Yesomi Umolu“

Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Yesomi Umolu will discuss her recently opened exhibition, Material Effects, at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum. The exhibition brings together artists from West Africa and the diaspora whose work examines the symbolic, economic, and everyday value of objects and materials—man-made or otherwise—in our commodity-driven yet increasingly digitized world. Inspired by currents of renewed artistic and scholarly interest in the poetic relationship between things and humans in contemporary society, Material Effects features existing and newly commissioned works of video art, sculpture, performance, and installation art.
Sponsored by the Dean’s Office


November 30, 2015
“Selected Conjuring Techniques“
Matthew Ronay
A dilettante’s exploration into different ways imagery and ideas are born, ranging from Active Imagination to carpet weaving.
Learn more about Matthew Ronay.
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department
November 19, 2015
“An Evening with Abigail Anne Newbold“
Abigail Newbold
Looking at the progression of my art practice over the last ten years, I will be discussing the scope of domesticity as it relates to human interaction, the current product market and our own psychological well-being. I will also be unraveling reoccurring themes of independence, survival and the role of community as they relate to making, ultimately advocating for the preservation and perpetuation of making skills.
Sponsored by the the Fiber Department

November 18, 2015 
“Made to Order: A holistic approach to bespoke design“

Campion Platt
Interior Designer and Architect

World-renowned interior designer and architect, Campion Platt, is no stranger to the world of luxury. Whether he is designing a custom residence, a home-away-from home, a boutique hotel or a line of custom furniture or textiles, Platt’s projects are a mix of fine craftsmanship and contemporary styling. A thought leader in the eco-friendly and technology-driven design space with vast experience in custom architecture and interiors, his holistic approach to design creates highly personalized spaces; no two projects are the same.
In this lecture, Campion will explore custom design realized through craft and artisan relationships that foster collaboration and humanize the design process to create meaningful and integrated homes for clients. Through various commissions and projects, Campion brings to life the evolution and and underlying concepts that fuel a holistic design approach.
Platt is author of the book, “Made to Order,” and has received numerous accolades for his work, such as distinguished rankings on Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” list of the world’s top interior designers, as well as on New York Magazine’s “The City’s 100 Best Architects and Decorators.”
November 14, 2015
“Abstruse Accoutrements“
Rubens Ghenov
Assistant Professor of Painting,
University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Art
The lecture will introduce the construction of fictive characters and sound within my painting practice. I will introduce Angélico Morandá, who is the fictive poet I have been basing my work on for the past 3 years. His upbringing and meditative practice will illuminate or obscure the concoctions that take place in my work.
Learn more about Rubens Ghenov.
Sponsored by the Studio Council
November 10, 2015
“An Evening with Kate Clark“
Kate Clark
Kate Clark is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals, exploring the overlap that exists across our cultures, and within our histories.
Sponsored by the the Sculpture Department
November 8, 2015
“Harry Bertoia: The Legacy of an Icon“
Shelley Selim
Jeanne and Ralph Graham Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum
Glenn Adamson
Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2015 marks the centennial anniversary of metalsmith Harry Bertoia’s birth. This double lecture program addresses Bertoia’s jewelry designs during his transformative time at Cranbrook, and the ingenuity of his approach to making that spanned a decades-long, multifaceted career—establishing the artist-designer-craftsman’s iconic, signature style. The lectures will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Adamson and Selim.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia.
Sponsored by the the Cranbrook Art Museum

November 4, 2015
“Design Languages“

Stefano Caggiano, Design Critic

Direct exposure to the evolution of objects is fundamental to be familiar with design aesthetics. That said, passing from an empirical to a strategic knowledge of design languages requires a specific understanding of the ways in which the different aesthetics embodied in objects refer to the cultural meanings underlying them. The lecture will provide a guide to the “grammar” of design languages, with an emphasis on the contemporary scene, so as to aid design professionals in their passage from being merely familiar with the aesthetics of objects to being able to understand and use such aesthetics strategically.

Stefano Caggiano is a design critic with an emphasis on design languages. Graduated both in Philosophy and Product Design, author of many articles and the e-book “Design Languages”, he works as a senior researcher with the consultancy society NextAtlas, as a freelance journalist with the leading design magazine “Interni” and as a contract professor with several Italian design universities, including NABA in Milan and the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University in Bozen.

Sponsored by the Knoll Lecture Fund

November 3, 2015
“Digital Feelings: Participatory Media as Emotional Space“
Laura McGough, 2015-2016 Critical Studies Fellow

Web 2.0 is driven by user interaction, but how are lurkers “moved” to become active participants? This discussion focuses on the role of emotion within participatory media and the haptic and affective modes of experience that the digital age has inaugurated. Borrowing from theorists including Giuliana Bruno, Laura U. Marks and Sian Ngai, we will explore how participatory media forms function as emotional spaces and how the new ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving generated by our digital interactions have permeated artistic practice.

Sponsored by the the Critical Studies Program

October 27, 2015
“An Evening with Jennifer Navva Milliken“
Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum
Jennifer Navva Milliken is Curator of Craft at Bellevue Arts Museum. Before joining BAM, she established INTER ALIA projects, a private curatorial practice dedicated to contemporary art, studio craft, and design through site-specific pop-up exhibitions, gallery shows, writings, and advocacy for artists practicing in the fields of art, conceptual craft, design, and new media.
Learn more about Jennifer Navva Milliken.
Sponsored by the the Metalsmithing Department


October 13, 2015
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Sabbatical Talks“
Heather McGill, Scott Klinker, Randy Bolton
The sabbatical program at the Academy is an important aspect of supporting Artist-in-Residence professional practice, research, and renewal. In this series of sabbatical wipresentations, Heather McGill, Scott Klinker and Randy Bolton will share the new work and research of their recent sabbatical projects. Recognizing that new work can happen both at home and away, the 2014-2015 program offered both financial support for new work as well as time away from the Academy.
Learn more about Sculpture Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill, 3D Design Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker, and Print Media Artist-in-Residence Randy Bolton.
October 7, 2015 6:00pm
“A Frightful Leap into Darkness: Auto-Destructive Art and Extinction“
Jack Halberstam
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at USC
In what follows, I track a strand of avant-garde aesthetic production that gathers under the heading of “auto-destructive art,” and that, in its attention to chaos, risk and intensity, makes clear some of the stakes in an investment in wildness. I also use this tradition of violent and risky art practices in order to situate trans artist Heather Cassils‘ recent works: Becoming an Image(2012-2015) and Inextinguishable Fire (2014-2015).
Sponsored by Gaybooks and the Dean’s Office
Laura McGough

October 6, 2015 6:00pm
“Participatory Media: Theory and History“
Laura McGough
2015-2016 Critical Studies Fellow
This presentation will serve as a general introduction to participatory media and network culture. Taking heed of Luhmann’s warning that within all forms of mass media, interaction is ruled out by the interposition of technology, we will examine a range of theories and concepts that will guide our discussion of digital culture and connectivity throughout the year. Participatory media will also be placed within a wider historical context through the examination of a range of interactive projects culled from television and media art.
Sponsored by the the Critical Studies Program


September 30, 2015 3:00pm
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures”
Beverly Fishman, Heather McGill, Elliott Earls
Learn more about Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman, Sculpture Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill and 2D Design Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls.


September 29, 2015
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures“
Bill Massie, Liz Cohen, Randy Bolton, Iris Eichenberg
Learn more about Architect-in-Residence William Massie, Photography Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen, Print Media Artist-in-Residence Randy Bolton and Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg.


September 28, 2015
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures“
Anders Ruhwald, Scott Klinker, Jane Lackey
Learn more about Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald, 3D Design Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker and Visiting Fiber Artist-in-Residence Jane Lackey.

April 27, 2015
“Stacks And Stacks: Pleasure, Embodiment, And ‘The Fan’ In Art Scholarship”
Maria Elena Buszek

In this presentation, Maria Elena Buszek will speak about her current research on the work of contemporary artists whose work exists at the intersection of art and music. Guided in this project by the precedent of music writers such as Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, and Greil Marcus, Buszek will address their deeply personal, often embodied approach to criticism that claims a kind of kinship with the artists they write about—an approach that art historians disdain. Buszek will analyze and critique this tendency as reflective of the persistent problems with class and pleasure from which the field of art history suffers, and propose the need for a scholarly voice in the field that admits (and risks) collusion with the artists we study.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department and the Warner Lecture Fund

April 21, 2015
“Elliott Earls’ Sabbatical Research: A Practical Handbook for Deeducation in Art and Design”
Elliott Earls

In this presentation, Artist-in-Residence Elliott Earls will discuss the current state of his sabbatical research. Earls’ will discuss what he believes to be the essential components necessary to unlearn those things which make one bad at Art and Design.

April 20, 2015
Ink on Paper
Catherine Lord

Catherine Lord is an artist, writer, and curator whose work addresses issues of queer theory, feminism and colonialism. She is the author of the text/image experimental narratives “The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation” and “Son Colibri, San Calvitie: Miss Translation. With Richard Meyer, she is the author of the survey history “Art and Queer Culture”.

Her critical essays and her fiction have been published in October, Afterimage, Art & Text, New Art Examiner, Documents, Art Journal, Diva, and Frieze. Her work as a visual artist has been shown at the New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Post Gallery, La Mama, and Thomas Jancar. She is currently producing two extended text/image projects: The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men and Lecture. Lord is an Emerita Professor of Art at UC Irvine and currently teaches at the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College.
Sponsored by the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art

April 17, 2015
AIA/CAE Conference lecture by Architect, Cesar Pelli
Cesar Pelli

Attendees will experience first-hand how Detroit has dealt with the departure of manufacturing jobs, the focus on cultivating the creative class that exists in Detroit, luring cutting edge high technology companies to the city, and the challenges of rejuvenating and reinventing its schools and infrastructure. In addition, more than a century of evidence based design will be experienced at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. Founded in 1904, the campus is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Decades of timeless design will be explored, from Eliel Saarinen and Albert Kahn to Steven Holl and Rafael Moneo, with the evolution and adaptation of design to changes in building technologies, economics, and how we teach and learn.

April 10, 2015
Lynn Crawford and Lynne Tillman Read From Their Works of Fiction
Lynn Crawford and Lynne Tillman

Authors Lynn Crawford and Lynne Tillman read from selected fictional works in the historic Thornlea Mansion, located on on the campus of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

In this intimate setting, Lynn Crawford read from her new novel Shankus and Kitto and Lynne Tillman read from her previous fiction works and her novel in progress Men and Apparitions.

April 10, 2015
Louis Benech

Louis Benech, the designer of more than 300 projects all over the world, is well-known internationally but not yet a household name in the US. A handsome new book from French publisher Gourcuff Gradenigo, Louis Benech: Twelve French Gardens, provides an excellent introduction to his work, which so deftly combines classic formal garden design with a more relaxed contemporary approach.


March 29, 2015
“Emily Nachison: Materiality and the Metaphysical”
Emily Nachison

The act of measuring and observing creates meaning: assigning values to specific units and magnitudes enables us to quantify vast distances, establish time, and compare scale. Emily Nachison’s artwork explores measurement as the link between the metaphysical pseudo-sciences of the 17th century, historic mythmaking, and contemporary spirituality. In her talk Nachison will discuss her use of story, symbols, and materiality to mythologize natural phenomena. Within her work, mythology, scientific history, and New-Age idealism become starting points for an investigation into the creation of meaning and the formation of knowledge. Nachison graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. She is currently the Fiber Department Chair and a visiting faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

March 28, 2015
“The First Five : An Alumni Panel On Building A Practice Post-Cranbrook “
Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D ’09); Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Mike Andrews (Sculpture ’04) and Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09)

Leaving Cranbrook can be as intense and transformative as arriving – and most students start thinking about “what’s next” even as they begin their studies at the Academy. It’s a common understanding that the first five years after graduation set the foundation for a lifetime of creative practice. There is no single path for what comes after Cranbrook, and the proof is in the many courses charted by Academy alumni. For this panel, we’ll welcome alumni back to the Academy to talk about their first five years after Cranbrook and how they are building a creative professional life in individual ways. They’ll share what they’re doing now, what steps they took, what they recommend and what mistakes they’ve made.
Sponsored by the Professional Practices Program with support from Cranbrook Academy of Art’s National Advisory Council


March 27, 2015
Jamison Hiatt Carter

Born in North Carolina, Jamison Carter is a Los Angeles-based artist whose studio practice encompasses sculpture, installation, printmaking and painting. Through a variety of materials and techniques he explores the relationships between the rigid and organic, the concrete and ephemeral. Bands of intense color emit from large black splatters, repetitive systematic prints create patterned amorphic forms. Vertical geometric glass holds drooping silicone planes cut into tatters while paint accretes onto rigid wire forms that seem frozen in time. This is all based in an interest in the seemingly unwavering trajectory of humanity to force its way through time, consciously disregarding the very thing that makes it a part of nature, the ability to change and adapt.
Sponsored by the Sculpture Department

March 27, 2015
Margaret Ross Griffith

Provoked by spaces created within manmade structures, Margaret Ross Griffith investigates architectural elements, abstraction and perspective. Her drawings consist of the geometric division of space rendered in pigmented ink on paper. The hand cut paper installations and metal sculptures consist of replicas of domestic gates.
Sponsored by the Sculpture Department


March 24, 2015
“Looking for Leviathans”
Jaimey Hamilton Faris

Hamilton Faris will focus on a number of art projects in the last two decades that invoke a poetic and beautiful futility in our search for leviathans, phantom continents, and impassible Northwest Passages. What can Aeolian winds and Sargasso seas tell us about the nature of conquest, exploration, or simply, the journey itself? Tracing a general dialectics between the “pacific waters” that lubricate trade and proffer treasures, and the aquatic’s foreboding vastness in such works as Allan Sekula’s Fish Story (1989-1995), Ellen Gallahger’s Watery Ecstatic series, and Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab’s Leviathan (2014), this lecture explores the potential of art to navigate the many still unknown forces of our watery planet.

Hamilton Faris is Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Art History at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and she is the 2015 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

March 13, 2015
“A Look at Harry Bertoia’s Jewelry and Work”
Celia Bertoia

Celia Bertoia is the youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia as well as the Director of the HarryBertoia Foundation. She is the author of The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, to be released March 28th, 2015. She lectures throughout the country on Bertoia, often in conjunction with Bertoia exhibits or midcentury modern events. Her passion is to further the legacy of her father. This lecture will explore how the early Bertoia jewelry paved the way for his later monumental sculptures, plus give insight into how it was growing up with an innovative genius of an artist.

March 12, 2015
The J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art:
“A Genealogy of Modern Architecture”
Kenneth Frampton

Kenneth Frampton trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. After practicing for a number of years in the United Kingdom and in Israel, he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007). His lecture will discuss a new book that looks at a series of buildings analyzed in pairs for the differentiated values which are incorporated in their forms.
Sponsored by the J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture Fund

March 10, 2015
“Crafting a Curatorial Career: Inspiration and Perspiration”
Elisabeth Agro

Join Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art for an informal and personal discussion of her curatorial path. Having trained as a decorative arts historian, it seemed unlikely that she would find herself dealing daily with 20th and 21st century art. Come listen to how she landed in the contemporary realm and how she applies the past to present. She will address her curatorial responsibilities, challenges, goals and dreams for the field of modern contemporary craft.
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

March 7, 2015
“Some Thoughts On Occupy Rail As A Social Sculpture Environment”

Phong Bui

In this lecture, the artist/curator/publisher/editor/writer Phong Bui will offer an overview of the history of the Brooklyn Rail—a monthly journal for which he is the co-founder and publisher—and describe the arc of his own work as an artist and initiator of ongoing activities such as Rail Curatorial Projects and Rail Editions, which are part of Occupy Rail, an endeavor to encourage and support motivated individuals in local cities to create their own Rail publication.
Sponsored by the Painting Department

March 6, 2015 
Artist’s Talk: Adam Lee Miller

Detroit based artist/musician Adam Lee Miller and Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Laura Mott, will share their thoughts regarding the themes of the exhibition Theater of the Mind in an informal gallery discussion.  The talk will take place in front of Miller’s painting and drawings in the museum’s main gallery.

“Acts Of Curiosity Exhibition And Performance Series”
Biba Bell and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

A performance by dancer Biba Bell (Detroit) with musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (New York) as part of The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum.

March 5, 2015
Knoll Lecture In Design Presents “Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman”
Lindsey Adelman

Lindsey Adelman designs and produces lighting in Manhattan. Inspired by structural forms found in nature, as well as the visual tension that results from mixing hand-blown glass with machine-made metal parts, her signature chandeliers have made her one of the most in-demand lighting designers in America. Her work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Miami, Nilufar Gallery, and BDDW, among others. In recent years, the studio has embraced a philanthropic mission supporting the Robin Hood Foundation to fight poverty in New York City. Adelman credits much of the studio’s current success to this desire to make an impact.
Sponsored by the Knoll Lecture Fund

March 4, 2015
“An Evening With Kim Dickey”
Kim Dickey

Artist Kim Dickey explores how we construct environments both physically and psychologically while in response to what is natural vs. cultural, interior vs. exterior. The artist’s intensely assembled, glazed terracotta and porcelain works consist of many thousands of unique, yet seemingly uniform elements. Dickey creates reflexive sculptural landscapes that refer to their own construction while beguiling us toward an elaborate reverie. She is currently a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department

February 17, 2015
“Mapping Systems”
Francis Halsall

Francis Halsall is a Lecturer in the History/Theory of Modern & Contemporary Art at National College of Art and Design, Dublin where he is director (with Declan Long) of MA Art in the Contemporary World. Halsall was also the 2014 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is currently completing a short book called “Systems Aesthetics” and a major research project (and book) on Niklas Luhmann’s aesthetics. His lecture will focus on how social systems might be imagined, visualized, and mapped with examples from a forthcoming workshop and collaboration which will explore different strategies for ‘cognitive mapping’ social environments.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

February 10, 2015
“An Evening With Daniel Joseph Martinez”
Daniel Joseph Martinez

Martinez is an artist, a professor of theory, practice and mediation of contemporary art at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Program and the New Genres Department. Martinez lives and works in South Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he has engaged in an interrogation of social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, multidimensional propositions.
Sponsored by the Photography Department

February 8, 2015
Beverly Fre$h Presents “Whats All This?”
Zack Ostrowski

Using Power Point, a state-of-the-art presentation software designed especially for effective communication, Beverly Fre$h (Zack Ostrowski) will discuss his most recent work including “OUTSKIRTS” and “MR. MDWST.” These works expose audiences to new methods of examination, focusing on the peripheral elements of American culture and the often-marginalized context of the rural Midwest.

February 8, 2015
Patrick Hill

Detroit sculptor Patrick Hill adds his work to The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition on February 6 as part of the “Acts of Curiosity Exhibition and Performance Series.” Join us as he discusses his work.

February 6, 2015
“An Afternoon with Jamian Juliano-Villani”
Jamian Juliano-Villani

Jamian Juliano-Villani currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York at Gavin Brown, SculptureCenter, Marlborough Chelsea, Rachel Uffner, Derek Eller, 247365, and in Los Angeles at Night Gallery. She is preparing her for a publication with Karma in the fall, and a print edition with Pace Prints. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at JTT in the Spring, and at Tanya Leighton in the Fall, along with a group exhibition at the Jewish museum in the Fall. Her first solo museum show opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (MOCAD) in February 2015.


February 3, 2015
“The Genius of the System”
Luc Sante
Co-presented by the Photography Department and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Luc Sante examines how photography is seldom entirely within the control of the artist and almost always represents a collaboration with chance. This keeps the meaning of the photograph in flux; it is changed by successive generations of viewers. Sante sees photography as a broad continuum of which self-consciously artistic expression occupies only a small portion, but across which artistic realization can potentially be found at any point at any time. He is the author of the books Lowlife: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005, and Folk Photography: the American Real Photo Postcard, 1905-1930.

January 31, 2015
“The Dowager Empress: Historical Art Forms in a Digital Age”
Dan Cameron
Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art
Sponsored by the Painting Department

Dan Cameron was appointed Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in January, 2012, and since then he has co-organized the exhibition OC Collects, directed a year-long program, Pairings, based on the OCMA collection, and opened his first major exhibition, the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, in June 2013. Before that, Cameron spent five years (2006-2011) founding and directing Prospect New Orleans, an international biennial developed to bring art world attention to post-Katrina New Orleans. For most of that period, Cameron also served as Director of Visual Arts for the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, where he organized more than a dozen solo and group exhibitions.
From 1995 to 2006, Cameron was Senior Curator at the New Museum in downtown Manhattan, where he developed numerous group and solo exhibitions, including highly regarded group exhibitions like East Village USA, as well as retrospectives of Carolee Schneemann, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Doris Salcedo, Marcel Odenbach, Faith Ringgold, Helio Oiticica, Jose Antonio Hernandez-Diez, David Wojnarowicz, Carroll Dunham, Martin Wong, and Cildo Meireles.
In 2003, Cameron served as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial, and in 2006 he co-organized the 10th Taipei Biennial. From 2002 to 2011, Cameron organized ten successive editions of the annual Next Wave Art Exhibition at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He has taught on the graduate faculties of Columbia University, NYU and the School of Visual Arts, was Guest Professor for the International Curator Course of the 2010 Gwangju Biennale in Korea, and visiting professor in the graduate art history department of Louisiana State University in 2011. Since 1982, Cameron has also published hundreds of book, catalog and magazine texts on contemporary art.

January 30, 2015
“Cyborg Selfie”
Ernest Truly
Sponsored by Studio Council

Ernest Truely will share his investigation of shifted perspective, fractured self, constructed identities and art production. He will introduce various strategies for stimulating change of consciousness through experimental techniques which will be explored through the workshop “Cyborg Selfie: Cranbrook Edition 31, January 30 – February 1, 2015.

Ernest Truely received his MA in art education from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon (2000), his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts (2007) and is a PH.D. candidate at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He offers lectures on New Media Art and cross media storytelling at Baltic Film and Media School and the Estonian Academy of Arts where he now resides in Tallinn, Estonia. He is a founding member of Error, a collective of artists, designers, makers and hackers based in the Nordic Baltic region who creates installations as social focal points from repurposed space and materials. Truely works across media using art, science and technology to bring us closer together. His research explores the connection between performance of identity and art production. He has lectured at many universities and has participated in numerous group and one-person shows in the United States and Europe.

January 28, 2015
Sam Korman
Independent Curator
Sponsored by Studio Council

For “Mississississississississippi,” independent curator Sam Korman will discuss the personal, practical, and theoretical considerations of the most recent exhibition he organized for GAMeC, Bergamo. Comprising four successive residencies within the gallery space, the exhibition eschews theme, and assigns interpretive agency to the artists, and the audience to respond to the work, the gallery, and the conditions of their production. It offers an alternative to strict institutionalized roles, grounding art in the action, rather than the product. “Mississippi” recognizes that making, organizing, designing, and seeing are simultaneous acts by creating a space of experience.

Sam Korman is an independent curator and writer. He is most recently the recipient of the Premio Bonaldi Prize for Young Curators for which he organized Mississippi at GAMeC, Bergamo. His other projects have been featured in Portland, Marfa, Baltimore, New York and St. Louis, where, from 2012-14, Korman was the assistant director of White Flag Projects. He has contributed writing and interviews to numerous publications including Mousse, Bomb, and
Flash Art. Korman is currently based in New York.


January 29, 2015
“Acts Of Curiosity Exhibition And Performance Series”
Jack Craig and Jennifer Nelson

Exhibition opening within The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum by Detroit designer Jack Craig and a lecture on the history of the Wunderkammer by Jennifer Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan.


January 20, 2015
“Do Books Matter?”
David Chickey

David Chickey is the publisher for Radius Books, where he serves as the acquisitions and managing editor, as well as the designer of all projects. His designs have received national recognition, including multiple awards from the AIGA (50 books/ 50 covers competition), the American Association of Museums Publishing competition, the Independent Publisher Awards competition, and an Infinity award for “Best Photographic Book of the Year.” His books have also been selected by The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, and American Photo (among others) as best of the year. His lecture ‘Do Books Matter’ will cover the process of what it takes to publish in today’s world and how an art publisher selects and creates books with artists. With the interest in art books having never been greater, with artists, photographers and curators seeing the book as the central form of expression for their work, collectors and the general public can’t seem to get enough. And while some parts of the publishing world are struggling, the demand for art and photo books is exploding.
Sponsored by the Photography Department

January 22, 2015
“Snarkitecture: Making Architecture Perform The Unexpected”

Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto will trace the evolution of Snarkitecture, a collaborative practice operating between the disciplines of art and architecture. The discussion will focus on the studio’s larger installations as well as smaller-scale object collaborations.
Sponsored by the 3D Department

January 27, 2015
“Repeating Islands”
Jaimey Hamilton Faris

Jaimey Hamilton Faris is Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Art History at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and she is the 2015 Spring Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. This lecture explores the relevance of islands in the age of environmental degradation and cultural-political globalization. Expanding upon Caribbean scholar Antonio Benítez-Rojo’s concept of “repeating islands” (1992), Hamilton Faris discusses the ways in which artists address the historical recurrence of land appropriation, colonization, resource extraction, and development.
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program.