Some iPhone images I took during my recent visit to Paris.
The third biennial Art X Detroit returns on April 9. For the uninitiated:
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public.
AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many, and MOCAD.
Dates: April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26.
The Arab American National Museum is proud to sponsor two events as part of AXD. We’ll be supporting the sessions Rola Nashef, The Director’s Cut on April 16 at the Detroit Film Theatre, and Poetry and Music from Iraq (featuring Dunya Mikhail) on April 25 at MOCAD. Both Rola and Dunya are amazing artists. Further, they are both involved with several Arab American National Museum programs, including DIWAN6: A Forum for the Arts, which will take place on May 8-9, 2015.
As a member of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council, one of our responsibilities is to select the Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipient. Choosing one artist to bestow the title of Eminent Artist is no easy task given the amazing talent in our region. However, the 2015 winner – Ruth Adler Schnee – is a most deserving awardee. An immigrant. A pioneer. An innovator. A celebrated designer.
From the Kresge Foundation’s press release:
Schnee joins six other artists who, since 2008, have received the Kresge Eminent Artist award recognition of professional achievements, contributions to metropolitan Detroit’s cultural community and dedication to Detroit and its residents. The award includes a $50,000 prize.
Schnee’s work elevated Michigan’s stature in modern design and architecture. She worked on the General Motors Technical Center in Warren (with architect Eero Saarinen in 1950-55), the World Trade Center (with Minoru Yamasaki in 1970-77) and the update of Albert Kahn’s Ford Rotunda in Dearborn, which she worked on in 1952-53. The Adler-Schnee store in Detroit – a partnership with her late husband, Edward Schnee – opened in 1948 as one of the first shops in the nation to sell modern home fabrics and furnishings to the public. She still designs custom fabrics for KnollTextiles, where she holds a 20-year contract, and Anzea Textiles, an upholstery company.
At 91, she continues to work most of the year from her studio in Southfield, a suburb of Detroit.
Congratulations Ruth Adler Schnee! Head over to the KAD blog to learn more about Schnee.
It’s that time of the year! Calling all Detroit-based writers and visual artists, the application period for the 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships opens on December 1, 2014. In the spirit of transparency, I serve on the Advisory Council for this program. However, I am not a judge for this particular award. Details:
Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit Literary and Visual artists are invited to apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan.
- Thursday, October 30, 2014: Application Guide and Resources Available
- Monday, December 1, 2014: Online Application Opens
- Thursday, January 22, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. EST: Application Deadline
In 2015, the program will provide support for nine Literary Arts Fellows and nine Visual Arts Fellows living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Kresge Artist Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work.
Here are some images of lights I captured on a recent trip to northern Michigan. The purpose of this trip was to serve as both a vacation and a nordic skiing adventure. However, I found myself engrossed in Michigan’s maritime history. Speaking to this, I’ve been doing a great bit of reading on/researching since returning home. I’ve found the following books to be both informative and enjoyable:
- Legends of the Light: A Michigan Lighthouse Portfolio
- The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
- November’s Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913
Living in Sin | Mackinaw City, MI
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Walt Disney Concert Hall | Los Angeles, CA
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Levitated Mass, LACMA | Los Angeles, CA
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