Scott Hocking, Ziggurat East Summer 2, 2008. Installation at Fisher Body Plant 21, Detroit, Michigan. Archival ink jet print, 33 x 49.5 inches; Ed. of 11. Courtesy the artistScott Hocking: Detroit Stories Opens November 5, 2022Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 17, 2022 -- This fall, Cranbrook Art Museum will host the first museum retrospective of the Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking, whose long career of work spans sculpture and installation, and photography and video.Hocking has been living and working in Detroit for more than 25 years and is known for repurposing existing materials and found objects, which he uses in site-specific projects that delve into local histories and conditions of place.In the 2000s, Hocking gained international attention for his series of works in Detroit, where he assembled large-scale sculptures from the surrounding debris such as a giant egg-shaped sculpture made from stacking hundreds of pieces of slab marble found at Michigan Central ...Read More
For the Cranbrook Art Museum based in Bloomfield Hills, the motivation to move their focus downtown is partially spurred on by the rush of grant dollars flooding the Detroit arts scene. In 2014, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded the museum $150,000 for its "Nick Cave: Here Hear" project as part of the Knight Arts Challenge — a series of low-entry grants that require individuals, institutions and non-profit organizations awarded funds to match them within roughly a year of winning.Buy PhotoNick Cave's performance series culminates with a performance called "Figure This:Detroit " presented by the Cranbrook Art Museum at the Detroit Masonic Temple Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Dancers from all of the three Dance Lab Performances make their way down the center aisle during the finale with Tunde Olaniran singing on stage as they move through the audience to the music. (Photo: Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press)A requirement ...Read More
At the Cranbrook Art Museum’s new exhibition (June 16 – October 7) “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” punk rock’s visual lexicon comes into focus. The retrospective exhibit is the largest of its kind and includes displays featuring posters, zines and everything in between from the massive collection of Andrew Krivine, who has assembled a major worldwide hoard of documentary treasures. The curator, Andrew Blauvelt, has done a masterful exhibit and catalog. In the broadsheet newspaper-format catalog for the show Blauvelt writes:Photo by Debra HolmesAs a student and a practitioner of graphic design during the punk era (and a fan of the music), I knew from firsthand experience how the movement left an indelible impression on the field and vice versa. Reflecting on this moment some forty years later, it became much clearer how punk’s transgressive spirit upended the seemingly dogmatic rules of how graphic design should look ...Read More
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