You’re Invited

Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Studio Council invites you to attend IDENTITY, a two-day symposium on January 28th and 29th, 2011.

A student organized symposium, IDENTITY presents a wide range of views from a variety of academic disciplines.  We hope you will join us for two days of presentations, conversations and events which engage artists and thinkers in unique points of view on this topic.  In conjunction with the program, there will be an exhibition of current work by Academy students in the Forum Gallery.

All presentations and panels will take place in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium.  Please park in the parking deck adjacent to the building.  For directions to the Auditorium, please visit:

FRIDAY January 28, 2011

3:00 pm : Welcome and Introductions

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm :  Presentations and Panel Discussion

Identity and Art, Design, Architecture

Gregory Kordsmeier

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Department of Sociology
  • The Creation of Artistic Identity by Individuals on the Periphery of Art Worlds

Troy Oglesby

  • MFA Candidate, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Architecture Department
  • Rectifying Resource Relocation: a solution focused approach to designing for Internally Displaced Persons

Leslie Atzmon

  • Professor, Eastern Michigan University, Art Department, Graphic Design and Design History
  • Persuasive Identity (or Design Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum, You Know!)

Doug Skidmore

  • MFA Candidate, Cranbrook Academy of Art Architecture Department
  • Design Contained: Saarinen vs. SANAA – the identity of art, design and architecture in synthetic practice today

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Identity Exhibition Opening and Speakers Reception (Forum Gallery)

SATURDAY January 29, 2011

10:00 am- 12:00 pm : Presentations and Panel Discussion

Identity and Place

Allison Rowe

  • MFA Candidate, California College of the Arts, Social Practice
  • Why Care About Canada? Canadian National Identity and its Natural Resources

Ilan Vit-Suzan

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
  • Rome’s Indigitamenta and Teotihuacan’s “Masked Specialists: Political Control over Multi-ethnic Populations through Abstract Art

Robert Dorgan

  • Associate Professor and Director, Downtown Design Center in UNLV’s School of Architecture
  • Crafting Identity in Small Town America

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm : Presentations and Panel Discussion

Identity and Culture

Jeremy S. Joseph

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wyoming: Department of Psychology
  • Changes in Self-Identity Following a Traumatic Experience

Natascha van der Zwan

  • Ph.D. Candidate, New School for Social Research, Department of Politics
  • Introducing the Worker-Owner: Organized Labor and the Identity Politics of Finance Capitalism

Petra Kuppers

  • Associate Professor, University of Michigan Department of English, Women’s Studies, Theatre and Dance, Art and Design
  • Cross-cultural Experiments at the Site of Anthropology, in the Space of Literature

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