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Cranbrook Winter openings @ Detroit Free Press

For the Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt, the suite of four new winter shows came together as part careful planning, part good luck. “It was kind of serendipitous, but very lucky,“ said Blauvelt. The museum was developing a show around the work of New York-based graphics artist Ryan McGinness, and an exhibition about the early […]

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Andy Malone’s “Play Room” @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — The opening night of Play Room, an exhibition of kinetic and interactive sculptures by Detroit-based artist Andy Malone, had a slightly different vibe than the usual white-cube affair. Visitors gathered around tables to lay hands on Malone’s creations, and the air was filled with the playful chatter of children. That’s because Malone’s work […]

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“Shoetopia!” at CCS @ CultureSource

From high fashion, to sneaker collecting, to the perfect finish for haberdashery, people love shoes. For street use, footwear is a discipline that requires the merging of aesthetics and design; no matter how well they work as vehicles for self-expression, they simply cannot serve as accessories if they are not also, to some degree, functional. […]

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Akoaki & “Detroit Cultivator” @ Detroit Free Press

While the narrative about Detroit’s comeback and big plans for development often seem to revolve around a few corporation-owned-and-operated corridors, a design duo called Akoaki, comprised of wife-and-husband architecture team Anya Sirota and Jean Louis Farges, has been quietly at work for the past four years in close conjunction with community members and cultural partners in Detroit’s […]

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Exhibit Columbus @ Hyperallergic

Outside of architecture and design circles, or maybe red carpet events, it is unusual to constantly ask the question: “Who designed this?” Though urban planning and architecture are understood to be major areas of study, it is rare that we consider something like a city as being created by design, or even as a collection […]

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“A Poet*hical Wager” at MoCA Cleveland @ Art in America

The title of “A Poet*hical Wager,” an exhibition of work by eleven international artists on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland through January 28, 2018, comes from a pun made by poet and scholar Joan Retallack, in her book of same name. “If you’re to embrace complex life on earth, if you can […]

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“Mathematica” at the Henry Ford Museum @ Detroit Free Press

The conversations around “Mathematica: A World of Numbers … and Beyond” the newest permanent installation at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, initially began in 2008 between the museum and the office of influential Mid-century modern designers Charles and Ray Eames, and gained momentum in the summer of 2014. Over several years of planning […]

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“12 Nazi Concentration Camps” at Angela Meleca Gallery @ Hyperallergic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It is possible — tempting, even — to view historical events through a gauzy filter, once which lends a layer of abstraction to the fact that they took place in the same reality as the one we currently inhabit. For an event like the Holocaust, this filter is often created by images […]

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Monet at the DIA @ Detroit Free Press

It is easy to imagine that art history is a fixed discipline, full of information rarely subject to change, particularly when it comes to some of the best-known artists in the Western canon. And yet “Monet: Framing Life” – a new special exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts – proves how devoted curatorial practice can reveal exciting […]

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