Cranbrook Academy of Art  [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series

Cranbrook Academy of Art [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series

Reflecting the current variety of contemporary creative practices, the [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series presents a series of evenings with all forms of innovative inquiry.  A part of the academic program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the lectures are open to the public – inviting the community to share in the ideas and discussions of the Academy.


All lectures begin at 6pm in Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium and are free, unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available in the parking deck south of the entrance.

Tuesday, January 26

Stuart Candy

Futurist at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation.

“Fragments of Future Worlds: The Art and Design of Experiential Scenarios”
Sponsored by the Humanities Program.

Stuart Candy is a unique thinker and writer, a pioneer in both the practice and theory of experiential scenarios. Holding degrees in the history and philosophy of science, law, and political science, he brings this multidisciplinary background to the creation of experiences that embody compelling and provocative stories about how the world could change. With Jake Dunagan (Institute for the Future) he founded an ongoing, collaborative strand of public art projects called FoundFutures, which aims to make alternative futures vividly available to people in the midst of their everyday lives. He has presented at institutions including London’s Royal College of Art and Yale University, currently works at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies in Honolulu, and is the first research fellow of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. In 02009 he was elected to the Executive Board of the World Futures Studies Federation. His widely read blog, the sceptical futurist, ( investigates forward thinking, media, activism, and design.

Tuesday, February 2

Charlie White

Associate Professor and Director, MFA Program, Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California

“The Discomfort of Looking”
Sponsored by the Photography Department

Charlie White is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1999. White holds the position of Associate Professor, and is the Director of the MFA program, at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts. White was a fellow at the Yale Norfolk Summer Program in 1994, received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995, and his MFA in 1998 from Art Center College of Design. White has had solo gallery exhibitions at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; FA Projects, London; Loock Gallery, Berlin; Brandstrom Gallery, Stockholm; as well as solo institutional exhibitions at The Santa Barabara Contemporary Arts Forum; Domus Artium in Salamanca, Spain; Oslo Kunstforening in Oslo, Norway; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, in Ridgefield, CT. White’s first film, American Minor, 2008, was selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. White’s work has been discussed and reviewed in periodicals and journals such as The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Wired, lacanian ink, and EXIT Image and Culture. In addition, his works have been included in two Thames and Hudson surveys, The Photograph As Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, and The Body in Contemporary Art, by Sally O’Reilly. White’s most recent monograph, American Minor, was published by JRP|Ringier in Spring of 2009.

Sunday, February 7, 3:00 pm

Ezra Shales

Assistant Professor of Art History, Alfred University

“Craft’s Social Life” 
Sponsored by the Ceramics Department

Ezra Shales teaches design, decorative arts, and material culture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has a Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center and has a forthcoming book titled “Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Municipal Identity in the Progressive Era” (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2010). The project recuperates the experimental exhibitions of arts and crafts in the public library, museum, schools, and department stores between 1900 and 1916, and argues that craft demonstrations were performative spectacles where women, immigrants, and industrialists both collaborated and competed to represent their identity in relation to civic enrichment.

Sunday, February 14, 3:00 pm

Industrial Facility
London-based design office of Designer Sam Hecht and Architect Kim Colin

“Product as Landscape”
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

Industrial Facility has developed projects for companies such as Herman Miller, Established & Sons, Epson, Issey Miyake, LaCie and Muji. With Muji, they hold the position of creative advisers for World Muji, since 2002. They also act as creative advisors to Herman Miller.  Industrial Facility’s belief is in the importance of design as a means of simplifying our lives in an inspirational way. It achieves this by following a rigorous path of investigation and analysis that has been well documented, with over 40 international awards, including the IF Gold Award on three occasions. Industrial Facility’s work forms part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; the State Museum of Applied Arts, Munich; the Museum Fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Sam Hecht was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2008.


Thursday, March 11

Shannon Stratton

Director and Chief Curator of Threewalls, Chicago

“Gestures of Resistance”
 Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Stratton will lecture on her current work, the exhibition ‘Gestures of Resistance’ on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland from Jan 26-June 19th, 2010. The exhibition ‘Gestures of Resistance focuses on contemporary craft actions: work that deploys craft to agitate for change through direct political statements, public interventions, or dialogical, community-specific projects. The curators, artists and museum delineate and invite engagement with a new arena of action in which context-savvy crafting, hierarchical mischief-making, and cultural re-scripting play themselves out.

Tuesday, April 6

David Buckland

Artist and Director of Cape Farewell

“Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change ”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science as a part of “Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook”

David Buckland is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by numerous museums including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles.  Since 2001 David Buckland has created and now directs the Cape Farewell project, bringing artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change.  As part of the project, more than fifty artists, musicians, architects and writers have sailed with Buckland into the High Arctic to witness the frontline of climate change. The expeditions have been the subject of a BBC documentary and the art resulting from these expeditions has been shown internationally including at the Natural History Museum, London, the Liverpool Biennial, the Royal Academy, London and, most recently, at Cranbrook Institute of Science (January 31 – June 13, 2010).

Tuesday, April 22

Mickalene Thomas

“An Evening with Mickalene Thomas”
Sponsored by the Painting Department

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, enamel and acrylic. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty.  Thomas earned her MFA from Yale University in 2002 and has exhibited extensively, including the recent and critically acclaimed exhibitions Landscape Revisited at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY; Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY; 30 Americans at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, FL; Black Is, Black Ain’t at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, IL; 21: Selections of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; and Greater New York 2005 at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY.  Her work may also be seen in prestigious public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; and the Art Institute of Chicago, IL among others.