Layout curator Andrew Blauvelt has been appointed director of the Cranbrook Art Museum in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.
Blauvelt joins the institution from the Walker Artwork Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has worked because 1998 and presently holds the title of senior curator for design, research and publishing.
The Cranbrook Museum, portion of the Cranbrook Art Academy, is housed in an Eliel Saarinen-created developing completed in 1942 – component of the Finnish architect’s campus that he started developing in 1928. The school provides undergraduate and graduate schooling in artwork, layout, and architecture.
The studio-based college counts Eliel’s son Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll between its alumni. Blauvelt graduated with a master of fine arts (MFA) in layout from the college in 1988.
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“I am thrilled to return to Cranbrook at this kind of an fascinating time not only for the Artwork Museum and Academy of Artwork, but also for the city of Detroit and the region,” mentioned Blauvelt. “I am notably delighted to be able to operate in close proximity with the artists, designers, and architects at Cranbrook and appear forward to currently being element of Detroit’s vibrant arts scene and rich creative local community.”
At the Walker, a single of the most important present day and modern art museums in the US, Blauvelt has overseen the institution’s brand identity and served in a variety of senior administrative roles.
He has also curated a number of exhibitions including Strangely Acquainted: Design and Each day Life, Some Assembly Necessary: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses, and Graphic Design: Now in Manufacturing. His most recent exhibition is titled Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.
Blauvelt obtained the National Layout Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Style Museum in 2009 for Institutional and Corporate Achievement.