Photo courtesy of the Cranbrook Art Museum
The Cranbrook Art Museum is reopening its doors today, after a two-year, $22 million renovation. Architecture and engineering consortium SmithGroup worked with the 81-year-old Michigan insitution to restore the museum's Eliel Saarinen-designed, 1942 building. The renovation also included an expasion: The museum has a new, 20,000-square-foot Collections Wing.
The grand reopening show, No Object is an Island, features the work of 50 contemporary artists– like Nick Cave and Maarten Baas–displayed alongside items from the museum's permanent collection, which includes work by celebrated designers Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia, among others. In honor of its ostensibly lucky re-opening date, 11/11/11, the museum will be open for eleven hours on each day of an eleven-day period ending on November 21. No Object is an Island runs through March 25, 2012. For more information, visit the Cranbrook Museum of Art online at: cranbrookart.edu/museum