President’s Letter

Spring/Summer 2019

Dear Cranbrook Friends and Family,

Spring is always an exciting time at Cranbrook – it’s the season when both flowers and opportunities blossom. Just as the class of 2019 springs forth into the world, alumni will return and reconnect at Reunion Weekend. As the academic year closes, the campus transitions to summer camps, new exhibitions, beautiful gardens, and a phenomenal historic house tour season. From dinosaurs to artistic experiences in Detroit, fountains to flowers, and house tours to hidden trails, imagination and interest for all ages bloom at Cranbrook.

After completing a rigorous two-year program, 65 Cranbrook Academy of Art students received their master’s degree in mid-May. Cranbrook Schools will soon celebrate 215 graduating seniors at commencement, who have been, collectively, accepted into 249 different colleges and universities. Out of our 48 Horizons-Upward Bound seniors, 36 will be going to college, and three have elected to join the military. On behalf of everyone at Cranbrook, it’s my pleasure to congratulate each of these students (and their parents, families, and friends) on their wonderful accomplishments. I look forward to seeing how they shape the world in the years ahead.

Cranbrook Art Museum will open two new exhibitions this summer. Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality, the Art Museum’s most ambitious project to date, opens on Friday, June 21, 2019 for ArtMembers and to the public on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Part landmark exhibition and part epic public art series, the project features the work of more than 60 artists who have emerged from five international contemporary art scenes that have experienced economic and social upheaval over the last 50 years. In addition to the exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, the project will stage four months of performances, installations, and conversations throughout the city of Detroit. A second exhibition, For the Record: Artists on Vinyl, opens on Saturday, July 13, 2019, and features more than 50 record album cover designs, many of which will be paired with artworks by the same artist.

Known as the “storytellers of Cranbrook” for their engaging programming and illuminating Cranbrook Kitchen Sink blog, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Smith House and Saarinen House throughout the spring, summer, and fall. During the 2019 tour season, all Saarinen House tours include the temporary exhibition, Studio Loja Saarinen: The Art and Architecture of Weaving, 1928-1942. This exhibition highlights rarely seen handwoven rugs and textiles produced at Cranbrook under the direction of Loja Saarinen. The Center further celebrates the architects of these two homes and the work of two composers who inspired them during its concert and summer soiree, Frozen Music/Liquid Architecture: The Muse Ensemble Performs Bach (For Frank Lloyd Wright) and Melartin and Sibelius (For Eliel Saarinen). Happening on Sunday, June 9, 2019, this concert includes a champagne reception with Finnish appetizers and a performance by the Muse Ensemble, followed by a complimentary afterglow with musicians featuring German wines and desserts.

Year after year, Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers outdo themselves with the natural beauty they cultivate throughout the gardens. I think the Booths would be pleased to know that their estate continues to be shared for the benefit of the community. Cranbrook House tours begin later this month and run through October with free admission to the grounds made possible by the generosity of Cranbrook Gardens’ sponsors. To learn more about Cranbrook House and our founders, I highly recommend booking an upcoming tour. To welcome the season with a renewed focus on health and well-being, or simply to immerse yourself in nature, Yoga in the Gardens offers the perfect relaxing break.

As soon as school lets out for summer, Cranbrook Institute of Science heats up on Mondays to keep your little scientists engaged. Roam through prehistoric times in Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next? and visit the exploreLAB for hands-on experiences for your budding paleontologist. Don’t forget, admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science is free from 5:00pm to 10:00pm during the first Friday of every month.

If you want to provide your student with a fun-filled summer of creativity, exploration, and discovery, enroll them in Summer Camps at Cranbrook. Our National Historic Landmark campus provides unrivaled learning experiences for campers of all ages, including the chance to:

  • work in an actual artist’s studio;
  • study fossils that are more than 100 million years old;
  • create an art museum; or
  • design a digital game.

Camps at Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Cranbrook Schools fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon!

This time of the year I am reminded of all of the efforts of the people who work here at Cranbrook. The work of our faculty, administrators, security staff, facilities staff, housekeeping and landscaping, and House & Gardens volunteers truly make our experiences on campus special and set us apart.

With so many choices available at Cranbrook, you may be wondering where to start. To keep tours, events, maps and more right at your fingertips, download Cranbrook’s free mobile app. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I am looking forward to having more mindful moments where I can walk around this fabulous campus and take in all the beauty that was first envisioned by Cranbrook’s founders. Of course, I always welcome hearing about your time at Cranbrook and am available to answer any questions beforehand to help ensure you have an enjoyable visit.

Whether you are searching for adventure or relaxation, I hope you make the most of the warmer weather and longer days, and make sure to include a visit to Cranbrook.

Dominic A. DiMarco, President
Cranbrook Educational Community
248 645.3100
ddimarco@cranbrook.edu


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