How We Make the Planet Move: The Detroit Collection Part I


How We Make the Planet Move: The Detroit Collection Part I

In 2016, Cranbrook Art Museum inaugurated a new permanent collection devoted to celebrating and preserving the work of artists and designers in the metro Detroit area—its first new collection in decades. At the same time, the Art Museum dedicated funds to acquire more works by women, artists of color, and LGBTQ+ identified individuals in a project to diversify its permanent collection. Designed to acknowledge the long-standing history of artists who have called Detroit home and the area’s rich and diverse community of practitioners, the Detroit Collection is particularly focused on art from the 1960s to the present in a variety of media. How We Make the Planet Move takes its title from a poem by Detroit-born poet, jessica Care moore, A Poem Saved My Life: An Homage to Detroit. Cranbrook Art Museum’s Detroit Collection itself aims to hold the art of Detroit up, giving it the attention and reverie it ...

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Marco Castillo: The Hands of the Collector


Marco Castillo: The Hands of the Collector

As part of A Modernist Regime: The Contemporary Cuban Lens, the solo exhibition Marco Castillo: The Hands of the Collector features several bodies of work by the artist and prolific collector of Cuban mid-century design that he initially started to amass while working as part of the artist collective Los Carpinteros (1992–2018). Castillo incorporates the aesthetics derived from Cuban modernism in his practice to resurrect Cuban design history and to critique the oppression by the government against artists, designers, and intellectuals in Cuba. Many of the artworks are named after modernist Cuban architects and designers in homage to this forgotten generation of creators, including Gonzalo Córdoba, María Victoria Caignet, Iván Espín, Reinaldo Togores, Heriberto Duverger, Clara Porset, and Félix Beltrán—all of whom are featured in the companion historical exhibition, also on view at the museum, A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Design. Castillo’s work often references the aerial view of the ...

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Cuba Dispersa (Cuba Dispersed)


Cuba Dispersa (Cuba Dispersed)

As part of A Modernist Regime: The Contemporary Cuban Lens, the exhibition Cuba Dispersa (Cuba Dispersed) features six artists and designers—Julío Llopíz Casal, Liliam Dooley, Anet Melo Glaria, Celia González Álvarez, Hamlet Lavastida, and Ernesto Oroza—that respond to the current conditions in Cuba. As of now, none of the artists live in Cuba, with some forced into exile. Over the past few years, the Cuban government has launched a campaign to suppress the artistic community and control creative production through official legislation, such as Decree 349, in an attempt to quell the outpouring of anti-government artwork and music. The exhibition features six new commissions that use their individual practices to mine these design and material histories to elucidate the past and imagine potential futures. As co-curator Abel González Fernández explains, “When looking at Cuba, we must recognize our fascinating, tragic, elegant, and complex Cuban history. What are we going to ...

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A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Design 


A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Design

This exhibition is the first museum presentation on Cuban mid-century design anchored by an under-acknowledged collection of furniture and furnishings, examples of which have not been exhibited off the island.  Focused on the decades immediately following the Cuban Revolution (1959), A Modernist Regime: Cuban Mid-Century Modern Design presents a small but prolific cohort of artists, designers, and architects who responded to the demands of a newly centralized economy, including the material constraints imposed by ensuing embargoes, popular demands for more equitable access to goods, and initial excitement about the role modern design could play in shaping a new society.  The exhibition includes the pioneering work of designers such as Clara Porset and the furniture produced through the Dujo brand and its successor line EMPROVA, led by Gonzalo Córdoba and María Victoria Caignet. In the 1960s, Dujo continued the trajectory of pre-revolutionary mid-century design to produce unique pieces that featured indigenous cultural references ...

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20 contemporary artists create masterful tapestry of Black life at new Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition | One Detroit DPTV


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A museum in Michigan honors artist LeRoy Foster | NPR


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Cranbrook presents ‘Skilled Labor: Black Realism in Detroit’ | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle


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Detroit painter LeRoy Foster exhibition showcases mural rescued from demolition | Michigan Radio


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