Current Exhibitions

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
May 18 – August 24, 2014

When Michigan’s industry and design intertwined, Michigan became an epicenter of modern design, with visionaries statewide turning from the simple generation of products to design that rippled throughout the country. Detroit’s automobile manufacturers styled automobiles synonymous with the American dream. The state’s furniture designers revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki defined an era. Michigan’s industry, prosperity, and educational institutions attracted the design talent that formed the foundation for modern American design. This exhibition celebrates Michigan’s outstanding contributions to Modern design, and highlights the people who made it happen.

This exhibition was organized by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office in association with Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by MPdL Studio of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Eames Chairs. Photograph by Balthazar Korab, Courtesy of the Herman Miller archives

Michigan Modern Symposium

TP_HEADER Michigan Artist Series Tim Powers: Below the Surface May 29 – August 17, 2014

Below the Surface displays the evolution of Tim Powers’ working practice with different materials and his understanding of their hidden potential. The exhibition features a large-scale installation, spanning two entire walls, of over 400 of his pillow forms, along with several other experimental sculptures, including one that glows and responds to movement in the gallery. Powers’ curiosity and respect for the unique qualities of the materials with which he works make this exhibition compelling, leaving us wondering what other mysteries lie where we cannot see.

Powers received his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston in 2011, with a focus in Object Making. He has served as an art and design educator at Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University, and manages a freelance design practice in addition to his sculptural studio work.

Contributing Sponsors: Porter Foundation Frey Foundation The Jury Foundation Media Sponsor: Michigan Radio-104.1 FM

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore
November 29, 2013 – October 12, 2014
Revisit the highlights of ArtPrize 2013, without the crowds! Now in its second year, this annual exhibition showcases selected
works of art from the most recent ArtPrize event, year-round. GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore features works of art drawn from nine venues, and includes
painting, drawing, watercolor, photography, sculpture, and textile art. For the list of artists and more information on the 2013 ArtPrize entries included.

• Three sections of the ArtPrize 2012 winner, Elephants