You expect the annual Graduate Degree Exhibition at the Cranbrook Academy of Art to be wild, and this year’s projects by the newly minted MFA’s do not disappoint. The show, which will be up at the Cranbrook Art Museum through May 15, spotlights the work of 83 students in 10 different artistic disciplines, from metalsmithing to architecture to 3-D, and fills almost every inch of the Eliel Saarinen-designed museum. In a switch, this year the Architecture Department has erected the students’ installations out of doors in a series of seven interactive displays. Inside, both upstairs and downstairs are filled with artworks that consumed the graduates’ last semester, many of them huge, and almost all marvelously weird and strange. (Downstairs there’s also a small, elegant Pewabic Pottery show that shouldn’t be missed.) Consider Juvana Soliven’s “Relational Failures,” three beeswax sculptures that, while highly abstract, all do seem to point to retreat and disappointment. Soliven, who’s from ...Read More
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