One uses a wedding dress to explore like a thread to bind the use of different media, another bends wood into an irresistible structure and another uses intricate patterns to explore both personal and political history.
The new artworks are part of one of Oakland County’s top cultural events every year, the annual Graduate Degree Exhibition of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which opens to the public Sunday, April 23, and will be on display through May 14.
Fundamentally, metro Detroit's two most prominent art schools — the College for Creative Studies and the Cranbrook Academy of Art — couldn't be more different. While both are located off of Woodward Avenue, they're worlds apart: CCS in the city's core, and Cranbook in leafy, suburban Bloomfield Hills.
Of course, an environment inevitably informs an artist's work, and it's easy to see this with Cranbrook's annual graduate student exhibition. While CCS's student work may have more of an emphasis on technical virtuosity, Cranbrook's student art tends to be — much like its wooded campus — sprawling, often featuring elaborate, large-scale installation work.
This year's show features the work of the 64 graduates from Cranbrook's two-year Master's program. The school has 10 departments,with fewer than a dozen students in each. Cranbrook's is the only completely studio-based program in the country — there are no classes. Students live and work on campus, working directly with their respective department's artist-in-residence.
“Cranbrook Time Machine: Twentieth Century Period Rooms” is a small but utterly charming show of four interiors that all channel the zeitgeist of their respective eras. Drawn from Cranbrook’s vast reserves of furniture and artifacts, these little stage sets variously represent the early Arts and Crafts aesthetic that emerged in England during the late Victorian […]
The Truth Booth is a traveling, story-snagging sculpture created by artist Hank Willis Thomas and the Cause Collective. It was designed to capture unfiltered opinions of folks throughout the world, including Ireland and Afghanistan. The exterior of the aforementioned booth is shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on one side. The interior acts much like a photo booth, the kind you might encounter at a wedding, but it serves as a studio to record video responses from the public. Confessions, almost. Each video starts with the participant saying “The truth is …” and expounding from there.
Maybe you saw it, an inflatable cartoon speech bubble with the word “TRUTH” emblazoned on it that popped up in neighborhoods throughout Michigan this past summer?
What did it mean?
As no two “truths” are the same, The Truth Booth meant different things to different people.
“Some people saw it as a soapbox, some people saw it as a confessional, some people saw it as a way to engage,” recalls Laura Mott, curator of contemporary art at Cranbrook Art Museum of visitors interacting with the Booth at 11 stops throughout Metro Detroit and Flint.
“We never told people what to say, we just said: ‘We invite you into the booth.’”
A handful of Clark’s art pieces will be on display at a new exhibition called “From the Vault: Recent Gifts to the Collection” at the Cranbrook Art Museum from Saturday, Nov. 19, through March 12. The exhibition features recent and promised gifts to the museum, including works from Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates, modern and contemporary art from 20th century artists and pieces from Detroit artists. “It’s a good representation of our collection and focus as a whole and shows the vision of our full collection,” says Laura Mott of Ferndale, curator of contemporary art and design at the museum.
For Will Sylvester, everyone has a peculiar truth they want to express, but sometimes they need a nudge or a push to let it come out into the open. Resident of metropolitan Detroit and Flint will offer up their own private versions of the “Truth” in a new exhibit opening Nov. 19 at the Cranbrook Art Museum. The new exhibit, “The Truth is I Hear You,” is the most ambitious of three new shows opening at the museum prior to Thanksgiving.
Last summer more than 1,000 Detroit and Flint residents told the truth in a giant bubble known as the Truth Booth. Some of their testimonies will be on view in "The Truth Is I Hear You," an exhibition opening at Cranbrook Art Museum this weekend and running through March.
Unsettled: The Work of Edward Gorey @ the Cranbrook Art Museum, in Bloomfield Hills, MI opened September 18, 2016 and will be on display through March 12, 2017. The show is a perfect primer for entering the pen-and-ink world of Gorey’s illustrations. Gorey was a prolific illustrator who started working in the 1950’s for Doubleday publishers in NYC as their in house illustrator. It was here he honed his craft and illustrated classics like Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. Later, he became known for illustrating most of children’s author, John Bellairs’s books, starting in the 1970s and continuing in the 90s.
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At Cranbrook, Halloween isn’t just a day on the calendar or an excuse to indulge in a few pieces of candy — it’s an all-out extravaganza.
From the science institute to the art museum, this weekend will be packed with family-friendly activities to celebrate all things spooky, with an educational twist.
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