A special one-day symposium discussing the themes of the current Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition: "Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia."
Free Radicals Symposium: "Reimagining Radicalism"
The symposium is free with Museum admission and will be held in deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum. The presentations will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session.
Andrew Blauvelt: Curator of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia and Director of Cranbrook Art Museum. He will explore the concept of aesthetic radicalism as embodied in the exhibition.
Esther Choi: A multidisciplinary artist and writer who writes about the intersections between architecture and the visual arts. Choi is a contributor to the exhibition catalogue, in which she discussed the inflatable architectural experiments of Haus-Rucker-Co.
Lorraine Wild: Designer, educator, historian, and graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Wild also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue. She will address the agency and urgency of experimental graphic design and alternative publishing of the counterculture.
Richard Newman and Liza Bielby of The Hinterlands: Detroit-based artists who will discuss their critically acclaimed performance, “The Radicalization Process,” a theatrical work that mines the countercultural period of the 1960s and 1970s.