June 2014

From graduation celebrations, to camp registrations and new art installations, there's no shortage of summer fun at Cranbrook. Whether it's a group program or a chance to share a Cranbrook visit with friends, family or out-of-town guests, please keep Cranbrook in mind as you plan your summer activities.


Wherever this summer takes you, Cranbrook is always just a click away. Be sure to follow us on our new Facebook and Twitter pages to stay in touch with all things Cranbrook. Take a look at the exciting experiences offered at Cranbrook this June, and let the summer memories begin!   

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PNC Bank Family Fun Celebration at Cranbrook Art Museum!


Visit the Museum for a day of free-with-admission activities and music as we celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions on Sunday, June 22 from 11 am until 5 pm. "Thumbs Up!" Michigan's premier ukulele band will perform covers of Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground at
12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Guests will have the chance to watch as Academy graduate Wes Taylor operates a six-arm T-shirt press to create custom Warhol-inspired  T-shirts for purchase, and Exhibition Highlight Tours of the museum's new shows take place at noon,  
1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Learn more!

New Exhibitions at Cranbrook 

Art Museum


On June 21, SIX new exhibitions open at Cranbrook Art Museum, including the world-premiere of Warhol on Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+, and the critically-acclaimed retrospective of craftsman and designer Paul Evans with Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism. An entire weekend of activities June 20-22 will kick-off the opening. The ArtMembers' Opening Reception on June 20, from 6-10 pm features performances by NUCLASSICA and the Music Institute at Cranbrook as well as a first-hand look at the complete collection of record covers designed by Andy Warhol. An exhibition of ephemera presented by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, and a look at Cranbrook in the movies are also on the summer agenda. For a complete look at the Art Museum's exhibitions, click here. 

Summer House Tours at Cranbrook


Summer House tours are now underway at Cranbrook. From the traditional Arts and Crafts elegance of Cranbrook House, to the bold Art Deco interpretations at Sarrinen House, and the stunning modernism of Frank Lloyd Wright's Smith House, Cranbrook offers access to a unique collection of residences in the area, revealing the stunning way in which residential design philosophy evolved in the first half of the 20th century. 


Albert Kahn's magnificent Cranbrook House offers guided tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, as well as monthly teas and lunches. Tour tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors and students. House tours include admission to the gardens which are open daily until September 30. Garden tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $15 for a family, and FREE for children under the age of 5. Season passes are also available. Plan your visit


Saarinen House, Eliel Saarinen's Art Deco masterwork home and studio, offers tours Thursday through Sunday. Tours are limited to 12 guests, pre-registration is required. ArtMembers and Patrons of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research are free. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), and $6 for children and full-time students with ID. Click here for tour times and registration details.  


Although not a Cranbrook property, four special tours of the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House will be offered to Cranbrook's visitors this summer and fall. Built by school teachers Sara Stein and Melvyn Maxwell Smith, Wright called the house, "My Little Gem." Tickets for tours on Sunday, July 13; Sunday, September 14; and Sunday, October 19 at Noon and 2 pm are $30 per person. Tour space is limited for this unique opportunity so early registration is encouraged by contacting Kim Larsen at 248 645.3319 or klarsen@cranbrook.edu. Click here for the Detroit Home Magazine feature on Smith House. 

Friday Night Bat Walks at the Institute of Science


Join the Organization for Bat Conservation at the Institute of Science for an evening  Bat Walk every Friday (except July 4) from June 20-August 29 as they search for bats on the grounds of Cranbrook. Bat Zone educators will discuss bat habitat, the use of bat houses for pest control, and the threats bat face, as well as demonstrate echolocation using bat detectors. Tickets are $5 ($4 members) at the Cranbrook Institute of Science front desk. June tours are at 9 pm, but tour times vary throughout the season depending on sunset. Check times online

Camp at Cranbrook is Science, Robotics, Art, and More!


Summer Camp at Cranbrook offers a wide range of options designed to suit any need or interest. The chance to work in an actual artist's studio, study fossils that are more than one hundred million years old, swim in a natatorium designed by an internationally renowned architect, or create your own art museum and select the art that goes in it, whatever your camper's age or aspiration the Cranbrook Camp experience is never mundane. At Cranbrook Schools, campers will be working with robotics this summer. At the Institute of Science, exploring the science behind super hero powers is on the agenda. At the Academy, the Summer Art Institute utilizes the rich resources available at Cranbrook Academy of Art to explore the studio arts for serious college-bound students as well as those who want to explore their creative sides. And at Cranbrook Art Museum, kids can learn to become curators, architects or designers with daily experiences in our galleries and Collections Wing. Open a world of creativity, exploration, and discovery for your child! To review camp options or to register, click here.

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