Part photographer and part performance artist, Liz Cohen uses both mind and body to focus on issues of transformation and belonging while also heading up the photography program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills.
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Last year, the Cranbrook Art Museum welcomed home a member of its family for a widely acclaimed photography and performance art event.“Nick Cave: Here Hear” connected Cranbrook to the city of Detroit like never before, and now there’s no going back. The museum is in the midst of yet another exhibition, called “The Cranbrook Salon,” which explores the history of salon-style art displays, and to complement that, they’ve arranged a series of salon events with a decidedly Detroit — and even feminist — flare.
Knight Blog, the blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, features writer Rosie Sharp's visit to "The Cranbrook Salon." Sharp visited the Museum to examine the exhibition and our newly-formed "Detroit Bluestockings Crew," a collective of local women who will host events around Detroit.
Detroit Performs says, "You’ll enjoy the best seat in the house as Cranbrook Art Museum presents the audio installation of Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, a live ambisonic 3-D sound installation inspired by Lou Reed’s controversial 1975 double album Metal Machine Music."
The Detroit Free Press recently featured the editorial "Artist Nick Cave Embraced Detroit, And We Hugged Him Back," detailing the incredible impact this project has had on Detroit and the surrounding region.
Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press recently compiled his top ten list of metro Detroit exhibitions of 2015, saying, " Contemporary art is rarely as much fun as Nick Cave's Soundsuits."
"Nick Cave: Here Hear" was recently named the second-best exhibition in the country by Hyperallergic, the online arts magazine. The news was also covered by the Detroit Metro Times and the Knight Foundation.
The Nick Cave: Here Hear exhibition at Cranbrook Museum of Art is reviewed by Matthew Biro in the December 2015 issue of Art Forum. “[…]the Cranbrook Art Museum presented a powerful demonstration of Cave’s incisive take on the current sociopolitical climate, while simultaneously evidencing his efforts to assemble alternative communities.”
Santa came a little early last week when I had the opportunity to preview the encyclopedic exhibition of Pewabic Pottery opening Saturday at Cranbrook. One of the largest private collections in the nation, “Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes” features the 117-piece collection of Gerald W. McNeely, recently donated to Cranbrook by the New York-based collector. I toured the luminous exhibition with director of the Center for Collections and Research’s Gregory Wittkopp and collections fellow Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton, who curated the exhibition. Both shared their thoughts about the collection and exhibition with Trash or Treasure readers.
Back in 1975, rock musician Lou Reed nearly drove his now revered career into the ground with the release of his fifth solo album, "Metal Machine Music."As one of pop culture’s earliest examples of experimental noise (meaning no songs and no structure), the controversial "Metal Machine Music" was largely hailed as a joke upon its release by fans and critics alike. It took decades before it was given proper credit for helping spearhead the idea of contemporary sound art.
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