Maija Grotell, Vase, 1940-1942, stoneware, Albany slip over unglazed clay. Collection Cranbrook Art Museum. Photo: R. H. Hensleigh and Tim Thayer
The permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum has undergone many evolutions over its nearly 100-year existence. However, one facet of our holdings has remained consistent: the Cranbrook Collection, which is dedicated to works by artists, alumni, and artists-in-residence affiliated with our sister institution, Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Constellations & Affinities: Selections from the Cranbrook Collection gathers a broad and eclectic sampling of objects made by artists, architects, and designers associated with the Academy of Art. Arranged like a contemporary curiosity cabinet, the works on view span numerous media and represent a broad range of practices taught at the Academy. Works have been arranged in various constellations to compare and contrast certain affinities in materials, processes, and approaches among the artists while acknowledging the singular artistic vision of each maker. A spotlight has been shown on a few of the many diverse and fascinating artists that have called Cranbrook home over the decades.
Constellations & Affinities: Selections from the Cranbrook Collection is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Kat Goffnett, Assistant Curator of Collections. Exhibition design by Jon Geiger, Head Preparator and Exhibition Coordinator, and Andrew Satake Blauvelt, Director.
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Clannad Foundation.
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