Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other is a mid-career survey of the artist’s work with a focus on her community-centered and participatory projects. Over her twenty-five-year career, Clark has been committed to issues of history, race, and reconciliation. Clark often undertakes this exploration through everyday fiber materials—hair, flags, found fabric—and craft practices. In Clark’s work, craft and community are intertwined, and the resulting projects facilitate new collective encounters across racial, gender, and socioeconomic divisions. The ethos of her participatory work is embedded in the title We Are Each Other. It is inspired by the poem about civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1971) by Gwendolyn Brooks, which ends with the phrase: “we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”In the Hair Craft Project, for example, Clark collaborated with hairstylists to use the hair on her own head as a canvas to highlight ...Read More
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
Bakpak Durden is a self-taught artist born and raised in Detroit. Durden’s hyperrealistic work draws upon diverse inspirations, including dramatic cinema and Dutch Baroque painting.The Eye of Horus is Durden’s first solo museum exhibition and the inaugural show of the Cranbrook Art Museum’s Fresh Paint series, which highlights new work from Detroit-based artists. The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol and concept thought to have healing and protective powers. In addition to its appearance in ceremonial rituals and mythology, the icon was also used in ancient mathematical and neurological contexts. For this exhibition, Durden explores the physiological and psychological functions relating to vision and the mind. Their new installation of paintings and sculpture poetically dissect the physical processes of vision, therein presenting the anatomical magic that goes into shaping emotion and identity. Surrounding the installation are selections of Durden’s paintings that primarily feature the artist in moments of reverie and introspection ...Read More
Cranbrook Art Museum, The City of Detroit, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Huntington Place have organized a large-scale memorial art installation to help our community heal from loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Healing Memorial is a site-specific adaptation of the Beaded Prayers Project by world-renowned artist Sonya Clark (CAA, MFA Fiber ’95), which has traveled the world for more than two decades. For this project, metro area Detroit residents have created small memorial pouches using fabric from their loved ones or donated material and folded inside a written commemoration, intention, wish, or prayer. The pouches were then sewn shut with decorative beads—each one a unique handmade object.To date, more than 4,000 regional residents created personal pieces of art in honor of their losses. The Healing Memorial installation is open to the public:Huntington Place (formerly TCF Center)1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, Level 3(Enter at the corner of Washington and Congress)Monday - Saturday from 12- 5pmThe project ...Read More
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