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September 26, 2013 - News, exhibitions, openings and events.


It's in the Water: Malt, Tead & Ellen Rutt
Inner State Gallery is showcasing an entirely new body of work from three of Detroit's most progressive up and coming local artists.  An exploration of vibrant color palettes and textural layers of paint and mixed media, each of these multifaceted artists brings a unique style to "It's In The Water", showing what makes them a creative force to be reckoned with in the City of Detroit.   

Opening Friday, September 27, 7-10pm. 


College for Creative Studies                                                        

Laura Kuhn is a renowned writer, performer, director, arts administrator and music and performance scholar. In 1986 upon completion of her M.A. degree from the University California, Los Angeles, she began working with the American composer, poet, visual artist and philosopher John Cage in New York on a variety of large-scale projects including his six "mesostic" lectures written for Harvard University.  Upon Cage's death in 1992, she worked with Merce Cunningham, Anne d'Harnoncourt, and David Vaughan to found the John Cage Trusts. In this capacity, she travels extensively, lecturing, and conducting performance workshops.


Thursday, September 26, 7pm.

An after-lecture reception inside Center Galleries - meet Laura Kuhn, view "Nothingtoseeness: The Visual Art of John Cage" and enjoy a light supper.



Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series and MOCAD present: "Long Live the Dead Queen". Rising young South African artist Mary Sibande constructs elaborate visual narratives to consider race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa. Rooted in her own family's history of three generations of women as domestic servants, Sibande's larger-than-life figures clothed in yards of fabric confront the viewer with the stark limits of cultural heritage as well as the possibility of transformation. While her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and throughout South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and France, Sibande's exhibitions at the University of Michigan mark only the second time her work has been shown in the U.S. 
Friday, September 27, 7pm. 

Admission: Free for members (Suggested Museum donation $5 for non-members)


Cranbrook Academy of Art

This lecture will focus on Ralph Rapson's education at Cranbrook Academy of Art, his involvement with the Saarinen architectural practice, and his subsequent career, as told by his son Rip. From the friendships and working relationships he developed while at Cranbrook (with Charles and Ray Eames, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Harry Weese, Benjamin Baldwin, and Florence Knoll, among others), to designing the first contemporary American embassies in Europe and leading the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, this lecture will cover Rapson's early career and how the Cranbrook influence shaped his later architectural work and infallible design technique.  


Lecture Sunday, September 29, 4pm.


Signal Return & CCS Woodward Lecture Series                                                        

Laura Kuhn will lead a workshop at Signal-Return where students will emulate
John Cage's working methods to create their own drawings, exploring the 
useful distinctions that can be made between choice and chance in the artistic process.  Their drawings will be unveiled at the reception. 


Reception Friday, September 27, 5:30-7pm.



Popps Packing         


After travelling Detroit for three years via the Google Street View camera, German artist Anna Jander has finally been able to discover the town with her partner, Klaus Jordan. During their 5 week residency at Popps Packing, they have cycled about 500 miles and collected a variety of detritus that has now found a place in some monotypes and collages.  Please come and meet our new friends.  Drinks and snacks wil be served.
Open studios with Anna Jander Saturday, September 28, 3-7pm.



Sanford Hirsch, curator of Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor (on view at UMMA September 21, 2013-January 5, 2014), and Director of the Gottlieb Foundation in New York will give a free public lecture exploring the contributions of Adolph Gottlieb in shaping twentieth century art. Along with his friends, fellow Abstract Expressionist artists Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Barnett Newman and David Smith, Gottlieb embodied this art movement's relentless striving for new forms of expression to which people could respond in a direct, sensory and emotional way. 


Lecture Friday, September 27, 5:30pm.