Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Two excellent and challenging exhibitions open Friday, February 3 at Cranbrook Art Museum.


Scott Klinker, Designer-in-Residence and Head of the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, explores the potentials of digital customization as the industrial world moves from mass production toward niche production. The exhibition includes a new collection of furniture and lighting as well as the Spaceframe Builder's Kit, which was chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the top 25 products of 2004 and currently is a featured product in the Design Within Reach launch of the new JAX catalog devoted to products for children.

Contemporary Photography and Video Exploring the Undercurrents of Domestic Life

Exploring the undercurrents of contemporary domestic life, Shoot the Family, an exhibition of contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life, focuses on artists' portrayals of their own families. The artists represented in this exhibition have created photographs and video works of relatives and partners that can be harrowingly intimate, questioning any pretense of objectivity between image-maker and subject. Made during the last ten years by artists active in North America, Europe, and Asia, the works on view show the influences of traditional family snapshots and documentary and staged photography, as well as conceptual and performance art. Shoot the Family is a traveling exhibition, organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (iCI), New York and curated by Ralph Rugoff.

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