behind-the-scenes tours

Docomomo Tour Day 2020: "the ‘70s Turn 50"


Sunday, October 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT

Cranbrook Virtual Behind-the-Scenes Program

$25 per viewer

Join the Michigan Chapter of Docomomo US and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research as they partner with Docomomo US for Tour Day 2020. This year's national theme, which will be explored throughout the month of October by chapters across the nation, is the '70s Turn 50

Zoltan Sepeshy’s "Hauling in the Net" WPA-Era Mural: History and Conservation

Sunday, August 9, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30pm EDT

Join Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research for a virtual adventure as we go behind the scenes to the conservation studio of Kenneth Katz in Detroit, and the Mormon Print Shop Museum on Beaver Island. Presented in collaboration with the Beaver Island Historical Society, the program highlights the freshly conserved WPA-era mural, Hauling in the Net, by Cranbrook artist Zoltan Sepeshy. Painted in 1940 for the Lincoln Park Post Office, the mural found its way to Beaver Island in 1967 where it remained until last summer, traveling back to Southeast Michigan for a meticulous conservation treatment.

The Trees and Wood of Cranbrook: Nature, Craft, and Design

Saturday, October 26, 2019
$75 Admission for Adults, Seniors, and Students
Join us on this behind-the-scenes tour to explore Cranbrook’s trees, learn how timber is processed and crafted into exquisite furniture, and study wood’s diverse use in the interiors and architecture on campus.

Back to Cranbrook School for Boys with Dr. Jeffrey Welch

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Join us for this special, intimate look at the historic Cranbrook School for Boys campus with retired Professor of English Dr. Jeffrey Welch. This tour will study and interpret the works of art commissioned, purchased, and placed within the school’s courtyards and buildings by Cranbrook founder George Booth and his architect, Eliel Saarinen. 

Saarinen House: Presidents/Residents, 1946-1994

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018

In celebration of Saarinen House: Presidents/Residents, 1946—1994, this behind-the-scenes tour will delve into the exhibition and visit some of the places impacted by past presidents of Cranbrook Academy of Art—Zoltan Sepeshy, Glen Paulsen, Wallace Mitchell, and Roy Slade. Visit their home (Saarinen House, the former Academy president’s residence), explore their studio spaces and buildings they designed or added to campus, and view rarely seen drawings and works of art they produced. 


Header photo by Colton Graub, 2012. Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills.