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Friday, November 11, 2011

After a 22 Million Dollar, 2 Year Make Over, Cranbrook Art Museum Re-opens Tonight.

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of Cranbrook.
 Today is 11 11 11. If you are an  ArtMember of the Cranbrook Art Museum today is your lucky day. You may attend the the members only, Opening  Reception at 7pm free of charge. Details of  tonight's tours, lectures,and performance are available below. Just remember 7pm, Tonight, the eleventh day, of 11th  month, of the eleventh year.

If you are not a member but wish to become an ArtMember of the Cranbrook Art Museum today is also your lucky day. You may attend the members only opening reception by purchasing a membership at the door. The price is $45 for individuals and $65 for family memberships. Membership benefits are quite extensive and include a year of free admission to the Cranbrook Art Museum, reciprocal befits with other area art museums and more.

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of Cranbrook.
 For a complete list of benefits  and levels of giving go the museum's web site .
If you are  proud member of the General Public the luck of 11 11 11 rubs off on you too. You may purchase an $11 pass good for admission to all eleven days of the 11 11 11 event (during which the museum will be open for 11 hours per day).  That works out to only $1 a day. Try and beat that !
If the the above possibilities boggle the mind and you can't decide, general admission for tonight only is  $8 for Adults, $6 for Seniors  and $4 for Students and Artists. Don't know the price for artists whose talents have yet to be discovered . The better part of valor for such yet to be recognized talent would be to pay by age  or buy the $11 deal which is better per diem than internationally renowned artists can obtain (unless of course they buy the $11 eleven day pass.)

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of Cranbrook.
The point of all the price options is to show how easy and affordable it is to get involved with one of  the great attractions of our city. Visiting Cranbrook and it's museums is main reason many non residents and visitors to the Greater Detroit area come to the City of Bloomfield Hills.

As Reed Kroloff, director of Cranbrook Academy of Art  and the Art Muesuem, told the Eccentric Newspaper, "People may not realize it but Cranbrook Art And Design is everywhere. Whether you are sitting in an Eames office chair or riding in a new subway car in New York City, you are experiencing design by a Cranbrook Graduates." 

Friday, November 11
7:00 – 9:00 PM: ArtMember’s Opening Reception

Memberships, including the 11-Day, $11 membership, will be available at the Front Desk. Cash Bar in the New Studios Building Lobby.
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Collections Wing Tours (Tours depart from the Archives Reading Room in the Lower Level)
7:30 PM & 8:30 PM: Bob Turek Presents, "A Cautionary Tale - A Musical in Two Acts"
Act I - "Morning Dirge" (7:30 PM)
Act II - "Cautionary Tale" (8:30 PM)
Public Hours: (9pm – 12midnight)
9:00 – Midnight: Public Opening Reception
Admission: $8 Adults; $6 Senior Citizens; $4 Students and Artists
Cash Bar in the New Studios Building Lobby

9:00 PM –Midnight:
EMERGENCE presents “A Night of Music: Night One"
Featuring: Invincible, The Rarities, and The Cupcake Collective. For a full description, click here.
Saturday, November 12 (Public Hours: 10am -11pm)

11:00 AM: No Object Is an Island Exhibition Tour (Tours meet at the Front Desk)
1:00 PM: Collections Wing Tour (Sign up for Tours at the Front Desk)
1:00 –2:30 PM: Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Panel - Moderated by Academy Director Reed Kroloff
In Dialogue, On Craft: Artist Nick Cave (Fiber, 1989) and Museum Director and Curator Gregory Wittkopp
In Dialogue, On Site: Artist Samantha Fields (Painting, 1998) and Artist Beverly Fishman
In Dialogue, On Process: Artist Shannon Goff (Ceramics, 2003) and Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo
In Dialogue, On Fiction: Artist Kate Clark (Sculpture, 2001) Writer Christopher K. Ho

2:00 PM: Saarinen House Tour*
4:00 PM: Collections Wing Tour (Sign up for Tours at the Front Desk)
7:00 PM: In Dialogue: Artist Anthony Burrill and the Musicians of Acid Washed - Moderated by Designer Elliott Earls (deSalle Auditorium)
8:00—10:00 PM: Concert: Live from Berlin and Paris - Acid Washed (deSalle Auditorium, Cash Bar in Hartmann Gallery)
Sunday, November 13 (Public Hours: 10am – 9pm) 11:00 AM: No Object Is an Island Exhibition Tour (Tours meet at the Front Desk)
12 Noon: Family and Youth Tour of the No Object Is an Island Exhibition
This tour, led by members of the Cranbrook Schools Upper School Docent Club, will offer a fresh perspective on the exhibition for visitors of all ages, in particular students and younger viewers.
1:00 PM: Collections Wing Tour (Sign up for Tours at the Front Desk)
1:00 PM -3:00 PM: Family Day - “Pressed and Bound” Bookbinding Workshop with Terry Conrad (Cranbrook Art Museum Lower Level)
Families are invited to investigate the tricks and techniques of bookmaking—from the printing press to binding. Using his alternative press on display in No Object Is an Island, printmaker and Cranbrook Academy of Art alumnus Terry Conrad will demonstrate the printmaking process, illuminating how words and images go from ideas on a page to reproductions produced in multiple. Conrad will also facilitate a creative project for younger museum visitors, helping them to design, create, and decorate a journal of their very own. This workshop is open to families and school-aged youth.
2:00 PM: Saarinen House Tour*
4:00 PM: A Detroit Symphony Orchestra String Quartet: Hai-Xin Wu, violin I; Laurie Landers Goldman, violin II; Glenn Mellow, viola; Shanda Lowery-Sachs, viola; and Paul Wingert, cello.

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