Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean, photographed by Jeff Vespa

Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in August of 2017. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Central Saint Martins in London. She works primarily in video, drawing, sculpture and performance. Her work explores the colonialism of mind and body—the interpellation of thoughts, feelings and social relations by power structures working through news, advertising, political speech, and digital media. Danielle focuses on processes of constructing and commodifying raced, gendered, aged and classed subjectivities through target-marketing practices. She is specifically interested in subverting such processes to understand and shift them toward a non-essentialized space of being, blurring fiction, fact, subject and object.

Dean is an Alabama-born, part-Nigerian, London-raised visual artist. She comes to Cranbrook after teaching at Rice University in Houston and the California Institute of Arts.

She has been a visiting artist here at Cranbrook, and also at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a fellow of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2014) and the Core Program in Houston (2016).

She is currently a participant of The Drawing Center’s “Open Sessions” in New York City. Her awards include an Emerging Artist Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, a 2015 Creative Capital Award, and she is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Her recent solo exhibitions include True Red Ruin at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD);  She at the SFMOMA Open Space (online commission); Focus at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; a shoe, a phone, a castle at the Los Angeles Commonwealth and Council. Select group exhibitions include Artists’ Film International at Whitechapel Gallery in London; Landed at Cubitt Gallery in London; Le centre ne peut tenir at Lafayette Anticipations;  From concrete to liquid to spoken worlds to the word at the Centre D’Art Contemporain Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland; In Practice: Material Deviance, at the Sculpture Center in New York; Lagos Live at the Goethe Institut Nigeria in Lagos, Nigeria; Experimental People at The Highline in New York City; Shifters at Art in General in New York; It Can Howl at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia; What Shall We Do Next? at DiverseWorks in Houston; Effeminaires at Western Exhibitions in Chicago; and Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Danielle Dean
A Portrait of True Red,
2016

Danielle Dean
True Red Ruin (Elmina castle)
Video still
2017

Danielle Dean
True Red Ruin (Elmina castle)
Video still
2017

Danielle Dean
True Red Ruin (Elmina castle)
Video still
2017-2018

Danielle Dean
Hexafluorosilicic
Installation view
2015