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Shorpy Saturday – The Art of Selling: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

There is an art to anything and in today’s world it’s much more digital when it comes to clothing catalogs.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Art of Selling: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department at the Crowley-Milner department store.” Which for the better part of the 20th century occupied this building. Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information.

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An Ecstatic Introduction: Laura Mott on Practice and Exhibitions, Thursday January 23

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Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6pm
Laura Mott

Curator of Contemporary Art and Design
An Ecstatic Introduction: Laura Mott on Practice and Exhibitions

Cranbrook Art Museum’s new Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Laura Mott, will speak about her curatorial methodology, previous exhibitions, and current research.  Her lecture in deSalle Auditorium will be followed by a more informal conversation with her and a cash bar in the Hartmann Gallery.

Cranbrook Art Museum has launched an ambitious schedule of events, all held in conjunction with their current exhibitions: My Brain Is in my Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking and Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse.

Each event will highlight a particular element from the exhibitions – we will examine theories behind the work, talk with performers whose work is featured, and for our young visitors – even create works of art inspired by the exhibitions.

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. For evening events, the Museum galleries will be open one hour prior to each event. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

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Shorpy Saturday – First the Shoes: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

If the shoe fits… a great photograph depicting a time when shopping was less clicking and more visual to the passing customer.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “First the Shoes: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department with new model at the Crowley-Milner department store.” Booting from the desktop. Large format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information.

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Cranbrook Art Museum Installs Skate Ramp at Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Cranbrook Art Museum just completed the installation of a new half-pipe skate ramp at Modern State Park in Royal Oak. Skaters are encouraged to use the ramp over the next few weeks and leave their mark, then the surface will be peeled away and it will become part of the Museum’s new exhibition, My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, which opens on November 16.

The exhibition examines the work of 22 artists from around the world as they show how the act of drawing impacts both artistic and scientific thinking. This project is directed by Chemi Rosado-Seijo, an artist whose History on Wheels project is an ongoing exploration of the correlation between skateboarding and artistic practice.

The ramp was built by Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Mark Dineen (3D ’13) to Rosado-Seijo’s exact specifications, the dimensions of which refer to his own body measurements.

According to Rosado-Seijo, his skate-drawings bear individually determined traces of a region: the color of the earth, the dirt of the streets and the specific local skating techniques. The abstract marks of the skater’s wheels, deck and body seem random yet they are highly site-specific.

The ramp will be available for the public to use until Nov. 12 (regular Modern Skate admission hours and rates apply) – at which time the surface will be peeled away by Rosado-Seijo and installed at Cranbrook Art Museum. It will measure more than 25 feet in length.

Interactive and live performances are an integral part of My Brain Is in My Inkstand. Artist Tony Orrico will conduct a live public performance at Cranbrook Art Museum from Nov. 15-18, creating a drawing with his body that will remain in the Museum as part of the exhibition. Artist and composer Tristan Perich will also install a live Machine Drawing that uses mechanics and code to cumulatively etch markings across a Museum wall.

My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Nina Samuel. Cranbrook Art Museum gratefully acknowleges the support of Modern Skate Park and its owner George Leichtweis.

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Neighborhood Service Organization Partners with Quicken Loans to Reduce Homelessness in Detroit

Sheilah Clay, NSO President and CEO and Bill Emerson, Quicken Loans Inc. CEO.

Sheilah Clay, NSO President and CEO and Bill Emerson, Quicken Loans Inc. CEO.

DETROIT —Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) announced Wednesday a partnership with Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender, as part of its efforts to fight homelessness in Detroit.

Focused on being “always within reach,” NSO is a private, non-profit human service agency providing accessible and innovative human service programs designed to support and strengthen individuals and families and empowering communities. As part of its commitment to Detroit’s neighborhoods, Quicken Loans has partnered with NSO to help finish renovating the former Michigan Bell Building into permanent, supportive housing for homeless adults as well as a health clinic for the community.

“Today we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the residential opening of the NSO Bell Building,” said NSO President and CEO Sheilah Clay. “Quicken Loans’ generosity will take us closer to completing the restoration of this historic building while the people living here are working daily to restore their lives. Together, with partners like Quicken Loans, our community can truly put an end to homelessness in Detroit.”

Quicken Loans has contributed $350,000 to NSO to support the renovation of the historic Michigan Bell building. NSO and Quicken Loans are also teaming up to provide Bell Building residents with professional development initiatives that will help them be successful. Quizzle (part of the Quicken Loans family of companies) team members have already begun educating residents on credit ratings and how to improve them. “NSO is doing incredible work to give homeless individuals a second chance at success,” said Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson. “We are proud to support NSO’s efforts to reduce homelessness in Detroit and are looking forward to partnering further with NSO to help Detroit residents.”

The NSO Bell Building includes 155 furnished 500 square-foot apartments, as well as a gym, library, computer room, library, art and music rooms and a chapel. NSO provides intensive case management, mental health and addiction treatment, financial literacy, community engagement activities, and other on-site support in one location to better help residents restore their lives. NSO’s headquarters are also now located within the Bell Building along with their Older Adult Services and Emergency Telephone Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services programs.

About Neighborhood Service Organization

Since 1955, Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) has been reaching out to people across metropolitan Detroit by strengthening and empowering neighborhoods, supporting families and helping people in need. Over the years, the scope and variety of services offered have grown into a network of sophisticated, vertically integrated programs that have received local, statewide and national recognition. For more information about NSO, visit http://www.nso-mi.org.

About Quicken Loans

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online home lender and the country’s third largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $70 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2012. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Weekend Events

2013 Detroit Kennel Dog Show

2013 Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five events taking place this weekend around the Metro Detroit area.

1. Detroit Red Wings Game  – Sunday, 3/3 at 12:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings take on their rival Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena this Sunday at 12:30 PM. The Wings are currently second in the Central Division with a record of 10-8-3. They took down the San Jose Sharks last night in a shootout, 2-1.

2. Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show – Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday, 3/3 beginning both days at 9 AM

The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show is staging its 110th and 111th dog shows this weekend at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available at the door and start at $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For more information on the weekends events, including schedule and pricing visit detroitkennelclub.com.

3. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, DIA – On display till Tuesday, 5/28

If you haven’t been to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, you have a rare opportunity to see one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The painting on loan, Bedroom in Arles,  will be on display in the Dutch galleries and will be joined by three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA. For DIA hours and other information visit dia.org.

4. Enrichment Talks at the Detroit Zoo – Friday, 3/1 Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday 3/3 at 11 AM

The Detroit Zoo will be offering an enrichment and keeper talk series at a different habitat each day this weekend at 11 AM. They will start today with a talk at the otters habitat. Saturday’s talk will focus on the red and green macaws at the Free-Flight Aviary. And Sunday’s talk will focus on the snow monkeys. For more information visit detroitzoo.org.

5. The Lion King, Detroit Opera House – Now until Sunday, 3/3

The critically acclaimed production of Disney’s The Lion King is now showing at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets range form $35 to $150. Tonight there is a showing at 7:30 PM. Saturday has two showings, the first at 2 PM and a evening showing at 7:30 PM. Sunday has a matinee showing at 1 PM and an evening showing at 6:30 PM. For more information visit michiganopera.org.

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Labor Day Weekend Fun

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.

  1. Detroit Jazz Festival– Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. 100 acts will perform on five stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults and fireworks.
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. Hours: Fri. 4-11 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Admission: FREE
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  2. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats celebrates its 15th year. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 200 artists perform on ten stages and several local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stoll around and taken in all of the art!
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 5 p.m., $5 after
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  3. Tigers Home Stand – In what could be one of the most important series of the entire season, the division leading Chicago White Sox travel to Comerica Park this weekend to take on the Detroit Tigers. Sunday’s day game time was recently changed to 8:06 p.m. because it was selected as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game.
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    Dates & Times: Friday, August 31 @ 7:05 p.m. | Saturday, Sept 1 @ 7:05 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 2 @ 8:06 p.m. Admission: Varies, visit tigers.com
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  4. Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
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    Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 14 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $20.95 | Child: $11.95
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  5. Great Lakes State Fair -The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
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    Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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