A New Domestic Landscape

Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills (MI), US.

From May 12, 2017 until January 14, 2018

A New Domestic Landscape examines the role of designed objects that define and animate our interior environments.

The exhibition features contemporary furniture and furnishings by recent alumni and artists-in-residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The work challenges conventions of use, explores new materials and techniques, and blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
The exhibition takes its title from the landmark 1972 exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, curated by Emilio Ambasz for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Just as Ambasz had argued for a heterogeneous approach to design that challenged its modern orthodoxy of “form follows function,” contemporary producers continue many of its avant-garde experiments, but with a renewed sense of material experimentation and a continued contestation of an object’s symbolic meaning, ritual use, and functional constraints.
The exhibition features work by: Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04), Aaron Blendowski (3D Design ’06), Nina Cho (3D Design ’15), Jack Craig (3D Design ’12), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Brian DuBois (3D Design ’11), Sharan Elran (Ceramics ’12), Evan Fay (3D Design ’16), Kristina Gerig Hunter (3D Design ’11), Ross Hansen (3D Design ’11), Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09), Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07), Seth Keller (3D Design ’11), Scott Klinker (3D Design ’96, and current 3D.
Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape is made possible with generous support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation. The exhibition was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum; curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum, and Steffi Duarte, Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow; and designed by Mark Baker (3D Design ’11).