Lecture Series

Lecture at deSalle Auditorium.

Lectures Held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium

The Public Lecture series at Cranbrook Academy of Art is a critical and idiosyncratic look into the conversations and inquiry that drives the 11 departments in Art, Architecture and Design. Our open structure allows for a responsive approach to curating our lecture series so that the conversations on campus are timely and urgent issues in our fields. Our open pedagogy means between 30 and 50 visiting artists, designers, curators and thinkers are bringing their research to our studios and impacting the practices of this community.

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification, and included with Museum admission for the general public. Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Upcoming Lectures:

November 28
Kori Newkirk

In sculpture, photography, video, and mixed media, Kori Newkirk transforms everyday images and objects—often drawn from African-American and pop culture—to explore issues of race, gender, and place, in what the artist calls “ghetto-fabulous conceptualism”.
This lecture is sponsored by the Sculpture department.
This lecture is FREE.

November 29
Samantha Noel

Samantha A. Noel is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Wayne State University. Her research interests revolve around the history of art, visual culture and performance of the Black Diaspora. She has published on black modern and contemporary art and performance in journals such as Small Axe, Third Text, and Art Journal. Noel’s current book manuscript, Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism (under contract with Duke University Press), examines black modernism in the early twentieth century, particularly how tropicality functioned as a unifying element in African Diasporic art and performance.
This lecture is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities program

November 29
Brittany Nelson

Brittany Nelson works with 19th century photographic chemistry techniques to address themes of feminist science fiction and queer abstraction. She is a 2011 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Photography department. She is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Grant in Visual Arts and a Theo Westenberger Foundation Grant for advancing women in the arts. She has hosted exhibitions around the world and been published extensively.
This lecture is sponsored by the Photography Department
This lecture is FREE.

December 1

Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes is a UK-based designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using form and code with an eclectic mix of digital and analogue materials. Author of two books on interaction design, his work is featured in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and has been honored in awards including Fast Company Innovation by Design, Information is Beautiful and D&AD. Clients include Airbnb, Google, Twitter, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Intel, Cancer Research UK, Mailchimp, M&C Saatcci, EE, Arup.
This lecture is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the 4D Design department

December 4 
Julia Bryan-Wilson

This talk investigates Bruce Nauman’s persistent performance of anxious masculinity from a feminist and queer perspective. What might be at stake in Nauman’s fantasies of penetration, metaphors of ejaculation, and fixations on anality, and how might we envision his work as offering new– if fraught– models of inter-subjective, porous embodiment?

Julia Bryan-Wilson is professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (2009), Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (2017, winner of the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award). With Andrea Andersson, she co-curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017.

This event is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the Fiber department.

December 6 
Masamichi Udagawa + Sigi Moeslinger

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger co-founded Antenna Design in 1997. Antenna’s people-centered design approach aims to make the experience of objects and environments more meaningful and exciting. Projects range from public to commercial, from applied to exploratory. Antenna’s design approach, incorporating rapid prototyping and user involvement, helps understand human behavior, which is particularly important when designing the unfamiliar, elicited by new technology. Masamichi is a 1991 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Design department.
This lecture is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the 3D Design department.

December 8
Symposium: A Portrait of the Post-Human?

Speakers Aria Dean, Amanda Beech, Steven Shaviro and Michael Stone-Richards, look to tackle humanity’s entanglements between the visual and political. The symposium will be live-streamed. Click here for more information.
Sponsored by Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Photography department and organized by Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean.
Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition “Danielle Dean: A Portrait of True Red,” at Cranbrook Art Museum. We will also screen the film “Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival” the night before the symposium on December 7 at 7 pm at Cranbrook Art Museum.

February 5, 2019
Casey Droege
Money and Making

How do you make a living in cultural production? Can an arts ecosystem fully function without a market? Droege will discuss how her studio practice and entrepreneurial tendencies grew into a business that is generating significant revenue streams for the local arts economy of Pittsburgh and new models for smaller cities around the country.

This lecture is FREE.
This lecture is sponsored by the Fiber Department.