Courtesy Photo Pioneering punk band Death is returning to Detroit to perform at this weekend's inaugural Motor City Muscle festival — joining an already-stacked lineup that proves when it comes to rock 'n' roll, Detroit is way ahead of the curve. But the free rock music festival isn't the only time fans can catch the band this weekend. The surviving Hackney brothers will be on hand for a Q&A following a screening of the 2012 documentary that helped them get the acclaim they long deserved, A Band Called Death. The screening will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Cranbrook Art Museum's deSalle Auditorium. Admission is included with the $10 general admission gallery fee, which includes the punk rock-themed exhibition Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986. Since it's the Woodward Dream Cruise, organizers advise accessing Cranbrook from the Lone Pine Road entrance. After the screening, you can catch Death performing ...Read More
Image credit: Courtesy of Shepard FaireyThe Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills launches its two summer exhibitions — Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986 and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days 1989-1999 — on Friday, June 16, slated to run through Oct. 7. Fairey will be in town to speak on Saturday, June 16, and other special events are planned throughout the summer in conjunction with the punk exhibit.Read More
As Cranbrook Art Museum director Andrew Blauvelt points out, the Latin root of the word "amatuer" is "love" — and that's the spirit behind two upcoming shows at the museum, which delve into the visual world of punk rock ethos. "If you're a graphic designer or nerd like I am, you'll understand punk, because it was based on amateurism, which I'm saying in a positive way," he says. That passion — raw, unbridled — is on full display at the museum. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 takes an early look at how the nascent musical genre presented itself, through record sleeves, fliers, posters, clothing, and more. Blauvelt points out that what we now call "culture jamming," or manipulating corporate art, was popularized by Sex Pistols designer Jamie Reid, who in turn was inspired by the Situationists in Europe. "It comes out during this time that they are making ...Read More
There’s no doubt the do-it-yourself mentality of punk rock runs through the DNA of Shepard Fairey’s work. With his retrospective exhibition “Salad Days, 1989-1999,” which arrives this weekend at the Cranbrook Art Museum, the iconic contemporary artist looks back on how the anti-authoritarian attitudes associated with skateboarding and the punk rock that provided the sport's soundtrack influenced his work. The DIY approach is evident throughout the exhibition, which was produced with the assistance of Detroit contemporary art gallery Library Street Collective and spotlights the punk aesthetics, philosophies and low-tech production methods used in the first decade of Fairey’s 30-year career. The Cranbrook show is far from the first local showing of Fairey’s work. He exhibited in Detroit in 2000 at the now-defunct contemporary art gallery C-Pop, and in 2015, Library Street Collective showed his work at its downtown gallery. The new show is "not only framed pieces,” says Fairey, who is spending the week before the opening in metro ...Read More
From album covers to concert posters, each genre of music comes equipped with its own visual language that often feels like an extension of the music itself. At the Cranbrook Art Museum’s new exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” punk rock’s visual lexicon gets its due. The exhibit is considered to be the largest of its kind and includes displays featuring posters, zines and everything in between. While “Too Fast to Live” isn’t an exhibit based on musical history, it does manage to present a roughly chronological and visual timeline tracing the evolution of the punk and new wave music genres overseas and in the U.S. via New York City. During this era, New York served as ground zero for a critical mass of counterculture musicians and artists who were forging an aesthetic that continues to be an influential force in contemporary design.The exhibit starts in 1976 when artwork was ...
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Niagara from Destroy All MonstersThis summer Cranbrook Art Museum dives head-first into the depths of punk and post-punk culture with the debut of Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999. The museum kicked off the event on Friday night. Check out all our shots of the fun. June 15, 2018 Photos by Mike Pfeiffer
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Sex Pistols-Young Flesh Required '79.BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.- This summer, Cranbrook Art Museum will debut the exhibitionToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, the largest exhibition of its kind exploring the unique visual language of the punk and post-punk movements from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. “Since its rebellious inception in the 1970s, punk has always exhibited very visual forms of expression,” says Director of Cranbrook Art Museum Andrew Blauvelt, who is curating the exhibition. “The energy of the movement created a powerful subcultural phenomena that transcended music to affect other fields such as visual art and design.” At the same time, the Museum will debut the original exhibition Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999, which considers Fairey’s first 10 years of artistic practice and its roots in the graphic language and philosophies of the punk scene. Punk’s ethos played a decisive role in the artist’s early work. “When I discovered punk rock, ...Read More
To view all of our exhibitions for free, purchase a museum membership! Influential street artist Shepard Fairey has been a consistent presence in national and international art scenes since the 1990s. The LA-based artist is perhaps best known locally through his downtown Detroit mural at One Campus Martius, his ubiquitous Hope image created originally as a grassroots activism tool to support Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and the pervasive We the People poster series for the 2017 Women’s March and beyond. Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999, considers the first 10 years of Fairey's artistic practice, and its roots in the graphic language and philosophies of the punk scene. Punk’s ethos played a decisive role in the artist’s early work. “When I discovered punk rock, and realized that music could have an attitude in its style but a specific point of view in its lyrics,” states Fairey, “I became even more interested in how ...Read More
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major museum survey that chronicles more than twenty years of work. A critically-acclaimed pioneer in the field of ceramics, Rosen brings a deep knowledge of the material’s history and processes to the realm of contemporary art. Within the genre’s trajectory, Rosen functions as an important link between artists such as Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Jun Kaneko, and Peter Voulkos, as well as a new generation of artists working with the medium. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA Ceramics, 1981), Rosen has consistently expanded her practice to encompass installations that meld materiality and process. Her works, whether diminutive or monumental, are composed through laborious additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition features more than 100 pieces and includes large-scale works on paper ...
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To view all of our exhibitions for free, purchase a museum membership!Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, explores the unique visual language of the punk movement from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s through hundreds of its most memorable graphics–flyers, posters, albums, promotions, and zines. Since its rebellious inception in the 1970s, punk has always exhibited very visual forms of expression, from the dress and hairstyles of its devotees and the on-stage theatrics of its musicians to the graphic design of its numerous forms of printed matter. As such punk’s energy coalesced into a powerful subcultural phenomena that transcended music to affect other fields such as visual art and design. Arranged thematically, the exhibition is the largest of its kind, and it explores various visual design strategies and techniques, such as appropriation, collage, parody, and pastiche, as well as the influences of genres such as science fiction, horror, and ...Read More
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