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May 2015
2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition 
of Cranbrook Academy of Art GraduateDegree

April 24 - May 10


Don't miss the most innovative work from the next generation of architects, artists, and designers on display at the 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. See it soon before the exhibition closes on May 10, 2015. The Degree Exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates as they launch their careers. The exhibition fills nearly all of Cranbrook Art Museum's galleries and surrounding grounds.

HUB Exhibition Celebrates 50 Years Strong HUB

April 25 - May 10

June 20 - August 30

September 19 - November 29


Horizons-Upward Bound, known as HUB, has its roots in a partnership with Cranbrook Schools that began in 1965. Originally named Horizons, it was an experimental summer enrichment program to provide a private school experience on the Cranbrook campus for low-income boys from Detroit. Funded by a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation, the first class consisted of 52 boys from three junior high schools in Detroit. The following year, Horizons incorporated the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound program and soon was renamed Horizons-Upward Bound. To celebrate its landmark year, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research has curated an exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum celebrating this unique program. 

Just Dune It! at the Institute of Science DuneIt

May 7 | 6:30 pm


The Nature Conservancy's lecture series in partnership with Cranbrook continues to give guests direct access to scientists active in the field of natural resources. On Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 pm, Shaun Howard presents Just Dune It! Shaun will tell us what makes the dunes of the Great Lakes special, what pressures they face, and what we can do to help preserve and protect them. Each lecture begins with a cash bar and meet and greet with the scientist, and concludes with a Q & A. Tickets are $10 for Institute and Nature Conservancy members, and $12 for the general public. Call 248-645-3210 or register online

Smith House Tours are Filling up Fast Smith
Photo by James Haefner

May - October


School teachers Sara Stein and Melvyn Maxwell Smith, undeterred by their modest salaries and guided by a shared love of architecture, met Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in 1946 and commissioned a custom home. The Smith House in Bloomfield Hills is an excellent example of Wright's Usonian ideal which aimed to build quality houses for the American middle class. The lovingly restored home, which Wright called "My Little Gem" during a 1951 visit, features an L-shaped floor plan and horizontal, cantilevered roof planes. This tour offers a unique view of this special home, its landscape and the story of a couple whose vision and determination allowed them to achieve their dream. Tours of Smith House are scheduled May - October on one Friday and one Sunday of each month. Tour availability for 2015

43rd Annual Spring Plant Sale at Cranbrook Gardens PlantSale

May 12 | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

May 13 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Native Michigan plants/wildflowers, annuals, perennials, Conservatory Greenhouse plants, herbs, vegetables, and more will be featured at the 43rd Annual Spring Plant Sale. Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary volunteers, some of which are Master Gardeners, will be on hand and ready to share their green thumb knowledge with guests. Visitors can also purchase an assortment of Thistle Gift Shop locally produced arts and crafts merchandise, Cranbrook mementos, and more. Admission to the sale and to Cranbrook Gardens is FREE for the 2015 tour season, courtesy of presenting sponsor PNC Bank, and sponsors Roberts Restaurant Group and Meijer. For more information, please visit our website.   

Leonard Bernstein & Friends Piano Concert 
at Cranbrook House Piano

June 7 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The ivories of the Cranbrook House Steinway piano have been tickled by many legendary pianists, including the American composer Leonard Bernstein. Join Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary as we celebrate the Auxiliary's recent restoration of the piano-a year-long, $40,000 project-with a concert by the equally legendary pianist James Tocco. The concert will include an excerpt from Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, which Bernstein remembered he was composing on the Steinway while in residence at Cranbrook in the spring of 1946. The 4:00 pm concert in the Library at Cranbrook House is followed by a reception to meet James Tocco (with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar) at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $75 per person (which includes a $40 tax-deductible donation). Register here or by calling 248-645-3149.

June 20 - October 11


Only as an ArtMember will you be the first to know about one of the most ambitious exhibitions and performance series' ever presented at Cranbrook Art Museum. Opening weekend activities in conjunction with Nick Cave: Here Hear will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary artist at work. Additional membership benefits include: free general admission for one year to Cranbrook Art Museum, exclusive invitations to ArtMembers-only events, a one-year subscription to What's Next calendar of events, email news, updates and much more. If you are a lapsed member, renew today! Nick Cave: Here Hear will run from June 20 - October 11, 2015. Follow the project on our website.

What Henry Booth had in 1951 was an aspiration; to celebrate the "art of music" by creating the Cranbrook Music Guild. What Henry may not have realized when this lofty ambition came to him is that some 64 years later his aspiration would morph into an inspiration for the hundreds of world renowned musicians  and audience members alike. The Cranbrook Music Guild brings audiences exquisite chamber music performed by prominent artists in a beautiful setting, Christ Church Cranbrook. The 2015/2016 season features the virtuoso pianist Angela Hewitt performing on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Ms. Hewitt has performed in all the major concert halls around the world and is considered the definitive Bach pianist of our time. For more information on the Guild's upcoming season or to purchase tickets, click here.   

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