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Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Public Lecture Series With Artists, Architects, Curators, and Designers

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Clockwise from upper left: Ghada Amer, Norman Teague, Risa Puleo, Roberto Lugo, Cannupa Hanska Luger (Photo by Reece Martinez), Yolande Daniels (Photo by Priscilla Mars)

The 2023–2024 public lecture series at Cranbrook Academy of Art brings together an innovative group of artists, architects, curators, and designers to address some of the most urgent issues of our time through performance, object making, curation, and critical writing. Together, they encourage us to think expansively about the role of creativity in building community and in shaping the world around us. Each speaker will spend several days on Cranbrook’s campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, conducting studio visits and sharing insights into their creative practice. 

The visiting artists include:

  • October 19, 2023, 6 p.m.

    Risa Puleo, Independent Curator
  • November 9, 2023, 6 p.m.

    Norman Teague, Designer and Educator
  • November 30, 2023, 6 p.m.

    Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART
  • December 14, 2023, 6 p.m.

    Cannupa Hanska Luger, Multidisciplinary Artist
  • January 11, 2024, 6 p.m.

    Yolande Daniels, Associate Professor in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of studioSUMO 
  • February 1, 2024, 6 p.m.

    Ghada Amer, Artist
  • February 22, 2024, 6 p.m.

    Andrianna Campbell-LaFleur, Art Critic, Curator, and Historian
  • March 21, 2024, 6 p.m.

    Yuri Suzuki, Sound Artist, Designer, Electronic Musician
  • April 4, 2024, 6 p.m.

    Roberto Lugo, Artist, Social Activist, Poet, and Educator

All lectures are free and held at Cranbrook Art Museum. Recorded lectures will be available on the Cranbrook Academy of Art deSalle Auditorium YouTube channel. The lecture series is supported by the Gilbert Family Foundation.

Cranbrook Academy of Art is a dynamic community of architects, artists, and designers working together to shape the future of visual art and material culture. Ranked as one of the country’s top graduate-only programs in art, architecture, and design, Cranbrook is a place for students looking to earn their MFA or MArch within a program free from conventional classes and a fixed curriculum. Instead, we offer an unscripted approach to graduate education that centers the questions and interests of artists who choose to study here. The 11 disciplines of study include 2D Design, 3D Design, 4D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture.

Applications are now open through February 1, 2024.

Nearly 80 percent of Cranbrook Academy students receive financial aid in the form of gifts and scholarships to assist with the cost of study. This includes up to ten full-tuition Gilbert Fellowships for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, intended to provide resources and pathways to increase equity within graduate education. 

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