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Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2013 [FALL] Edition Lecture Series

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Published: 12.09.2013
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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 10, 2013 -- In its fifth season, the [FALL] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art offers a unique opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary creative practices. All lectures are structured to explore all forms of innovative inquiry from the vantage point of artists, critics, and scholars.

“Our lecture series originated through our Critical Studies and Humanities Department and remains a central part of our academic program. Each of our 10 departments is represented, along with several unique and innovative thinkers, and a few surprise guests,” says Sarah Turner, Dean and Deputy Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “For the Academy, it invites students to step out of their studios and hear someone with a completely different perspective. And being able to share that experience with the general public adds to the dialogue and makes for insightful conversation.”

This year, the lecture series includes many speakers that will be visiting in conjunction with the current exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America. For more detailed information about this lecture series, click here.

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. The Museum galleries will be open prior to each lecture. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

September 15, 4pm
Leslie S. Edwards
Head Archivist, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
“Competition, Collaboration, and Connection: Cranbrook in 1939”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

During the 1938-1939 academic year, a serendipitous union of colliding forces, including designers and architects like Ralph Rapson, Charles Eames, Ray Kaiser (Eames), Harry Weese, Florence Schust (Knoll), Marianne Strengell, and Eero Saarinen came together at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Using archival documentation, architectural drawings and photographs, this talk will expand the dialogue about the contributions of Cranbrook artists to the cultural consciousness and the design aesthetic of the early Modernist era.

September 16, 4pm
Heather McGill, Anders Ruhwald, Liz Cohen
Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 17, 4pm
Randy Bolton, Beverly Fishman, Elliott Earls, Iris Eichenberg
Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 18, 4pm
Mark Newport, Scott Klinker, Bill Massie
Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 22, 4pm
Craig McDonald
Director, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
“Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This lecture will discuss the more than 600 projects that Midland-based architect Alden B. Dow designed throughout his 50-year career. Dow was a graduate of Columbia University’s architecture program and a charter member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship. Innovative with materials and design, he created his own signature style of organic architecture, redefining the field and influencing a new generation of architects.

September 23, 6pm
Peter Zimmermann
Artist
“An Evening with German Painter Peter Zimmerman”
Sponsored by the Painting Department
Special thanks to Wasserman Projects

Peter Zimmermann draws inspiration from digital images, which he distorts to abstraction and recreates using numerous layers of epoxy resin, resulting in paintings and site-specific installations with overlapping, often psychedelic shapes whose glossy surfaces mirror the viewer. His lecture will touch on the experiences and implications resulting from his artistic practice, as well as why so often viewers ask to lick his paintings.

September 29, 4pm
Rip Rapson
President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
“Ralph Rapson: A Son’s Perspective of a Pioneering Modernist”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This lecture will focus on Ralph Rapson’s education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his involvement with the Saarinen architectural practice, and his subsequent career, as told by his son Rip. Rip Rapson is attorney and expert in urban policy and president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, a $3.1 billion national, private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit.

September 30, 6pm
Arturo Herrera
Artist
“An Evening with Arturo Herrera”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

Arturo Herrera’s work taps into the viewer’s unconscious—often intertwining fragments of cartoon characters with abstract shapes and partially obscured images that evoke memory and recollection. Using collaging techniques and fragmentation, splicing, and re-contextualization, Herrera’s work is provocative and open-ended. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Geneva, Los Angeles and the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

October 1, 6pm
Anthony Byrt
Fall 2013 Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow
“Black Hands: Image, Masquerade and Terror in a Post-9/11 World”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

Anthony Byrt is a New Zealand art writer and Director of Research at Auckland’s Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, where he oversees the Critical Studies components of the MFA program, supports faculty in the development of their own research projects, and helps to build Whitecliffe’s international relationships.

October 6, 4pm
Eric Hill
Professor of Practice in Architecture, University of Michigan
“Michigan Modern: The National Context”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This presentation will provide an overview of the findings of the Michigan Modern project and include notable architectural contributions of remotely based masters in Michigan. Eric Hill, PhD, FAIA, is an architect based in Bloomfield Hills and a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Michigan.

October 8, 6pm
Dorotheé Dupuis
Independent Curator, Publisher and Writer, Co-director of Petunia magazine
“TOUGH LOVE: A brief reflection on the troubled relationship between reality and representation”
Sponsored by the Photography Department

Dorothée Dupuis is an independent curator based in France and Mexico City, where she is currently working on a bi-media journal on art at the junction of the Americas, a nomadic art school based on the idea of gratuity.

October 13, 4pm
Dale Gyure
Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
“Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Minoru Yamasaki”
Sponsored by Thomas Sebold & Associates, Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This presentation will provide an overview of Minoru Yamasaki’s most celebrated buildings, his work in Michigan, and his significance to Modern architecture, addressing how his architectural creations helped define an era.

October 15, 6pm
Barbara T. Smith
Artist
“Clearly”
Sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council

Considered one of the founders of performance art, Barbara T. Smith’s early pieces took place in homes and on streets and beaches. Her recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Box Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany; and Maccarone Gallery, New York. Smith is represented by The Box Gallery, Los Angeles.

October 20, 4pm
Alfred Leslie
Artist, Painter, Filmmaker
“Cool Man in a Golden Age”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
 
Alfred Leslie is a pivotal American artist, painter, and filmmaker whose groundbreaking works span 65 years and resides in private collections and major museum collections worldwide. Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to show Alfred Leslie's film, "The Cedar Bar." The film is a tumultuous free-for-all following a night of heavy drinking and conflicted art discussion at the "Cedar Bar.” For mature viewers. This work and his 1964 film "The Last Clean Shirt," earned Leslie the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival.

October 23, 6pm
Kate Bonansinga
Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati
“Art about Place: Contemporary Curatorial Practice in Two Regional Cities”
2013 Phillip Warner lecture co-sponsored by the Fiber Department and the Critical Studies program

Kate Bonansinga was the founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso and is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, in the impact of art in gallery and non-gallery settings, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture. She currently serves as Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati, where she is also an associate professor.

October 29, 6pm
Mònica Gaspar
Writer and Curator
Research Associate at the Institute for Critical Theory, University of the Arts, Zurich
“Objectography. Tales and Backups from Daily Life”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Art Jewelry Forum

Mònica Gaspar works internationally as a curator and writer on design and craft as critical practices. She has also specialized in contemporary jewelry as a critic, curator and visiting lecturer at several European academies. The talk will be followed by a presentation of the book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Lark Books 2013), in which Gaspar is a contributing author.

October 31, 6pm
Suzan Pitt
Artist
“Suzan Pitt: Animation Art”
Co-sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council and the Academy’s Alumni Circle Committee

Suzan Pitt’s prize-winning animated films have been featured at The Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, and more. Her film ASPARAGUS was recently honored by the International Association of Film Animation (ASIFA) as one of the 50 best animated films of the past half century. Her new film PINBALL (2013) is currently being shown in many international film festivals. Suzan is a 1965 graduate of the Cranbrook Painting department.

November 5, 6pm
Anthony Byrt
Fall 2013 Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow
“Magic Circles: Ghosts, Trauma and Colonial Half-Truths”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

November 7, 6pm
Wesley Youssi
Founder / Creative Director of M80 Design
“More Man than Machine”
Sponsored by the 2D Design Department

Wes is an Oregon-based graphic designer and artist who draws on skateboards, old pieces of wood, and just about anything else in his field of view. He is the founder and lead creative of M80 and has worked with brands such as Random House, Nike, Signal Snowboards, & Pete Krebs. His artwork and design focuses on outsiders in America. Much, if not all, of his work is informed by his eccentric experiences with skateboarding, organized religion, and people adamant about the rules. He graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003.

November 10, 6pm
Jane Hammond
Artist, Painter, Printmaker
“An Evening with Jane Hammond”
Sponsored by the Painting Department
Special thanks to WassermanProjects

November 14, 6pm
Jean Shin
Artist
“An Evening with Jean Shin”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Jean Shin’s installations transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. Her arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society. Her upcoming solo exhibition will be at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey this fall.

November 17, 4pm
Thomas Folk
Curator
“Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

Tom Folk Ph.D., AAA, is regarded as the leading authority on the Pennsylvania Impressionists and published the first book on the subject in 1997. He has organized more than a dozen museum exhibitions of paintings by the New Hope Impressionists and Modernists; and is currently working on the catalogue raisonne on Edward Redfield, the leading figure in this group. His Waylande Gregory exhibition opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on November 16.

November 19, 6pm
Nina Samuel
Independent Curator
“My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

Dr. Nina Samuel is an art historian and guest curator for Cranbrook Art Museum’s fall exhibitions My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot. Her work investigates visual epistemologies in the field of complex dynamics and drawing as a mode of thinking.

November 21, 6pm        
New Capital
(Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch)
“NEW CAPITAL: Whole Life Vitality! Community, Collaboration, Curating, Collecting, Right Now!”
Sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council

NEW CAPITAL is the artist-curatorial team of Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch who have organized unique exhibitions such as 24HRS/25DAYS – which continuously programmed dozens of artists and was open to the public 24 hours a day for 25 days. They continue to develop special curatorial projects, in addition to making their own object-based studio work, as well as performing with the six-person band, FREE THE UNIVERSE.

December 10, 6pm
Shannon Stratton
Curator and Critic
“Skilling/Deskilling”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Shannon Stratton currently teaches in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department as well as the Fiber and Material Studies program the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she was named one of the top five most vital people in the visual arts in Chicago by NewCity. With the Green Lantern Press, she founded and published Phonebook, a guide to contemporary and independent artist-run projects which is now in its third volume. Stratton was the Fall 2012 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art.


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Cranbrook Academy of Art
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