The Center's popular Day Away series explores Cranbrook connections off campus on guided bus and walking tours. 

Day Away Trips

STRATTON HOUSE: PEWABIC POTTERY AND MARY CHASE PERRY STRATTON’S HOME IN GROSSE POINTE PARK

Join us for this exciting virtual Day Away, a lecture and behind-the-scenes tour celebrating ceramist and Pewabic Pottery co-founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton’s unique home in Grosse Pointe Park. Following a short presentation introducing Stratton and Pewabic (and, of course, the Cranbrook connections) by Center Director Gregory Wittkopp and Associate Curator Kevin Adkisson, Adkisson will lead a live tour of the magical home and garden. The house remains a private residence, and the tour will include highlights of the current owners’ art collection and trace the monumental efforts they have undertaken to preserve and enhance this special home.

THREE NEW DEAL-ERA MURALS IN DETROIT: CREATION AND CONSERVATION

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 9:00am - 4:30pm

Join Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research for another adventure as we embark on our fifteenth Day Away, a series that explores Cranbrook connections off campus. The Fall 2019 tour will explore New Deal-era murals in Detroit and travel to the conservation laboratory of Kenneth Katz.

A MODERNIST'S DREAM: COLUMBUS, INDIANA

Friday, May 17, 2019 - Sunday, May 19, 2019
Bus departs Cranbrook Friday at 8:00am and returns on Sunday around 5:30pm


Tour a city described by critics as “a veritable museum of modern architecture,” “a small-town architectural mecca,” and “the Athens of the prairie.” For anyone that loves Cranbrook’s architecture, Columbus is simply a city that you must visit!

CRANBROOK'S RELIGIOUS HISTORY: THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF FIVE METROPOLITAN DETROIT CHURCHES

Friday, November 9, 2018 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Explore five churches and their significant architects, artists, and craftsmen, as well as important ministers, congregations, and patrons in Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, and Birmingham.

TWO DAYS AWAY: CRANBROOK CONNECTIONS: CLEVELAND, AKRON, AND OBERLIN

Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, 2018
Bus departs Friday at 8:00am and returns Saturday at 7:30pm

Join the Center on its first overnight excursion as we explore three cities in Ohio and their many connections to Cranbrook and the Center’s programs. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Usonian Homes of Metro Detroit

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Presented in conjunction with both the Docomomo US Tour Day 2017 and the Docomomo-US/MI Frank Lloyd Wright 150 Michigan Tour Weekend, this trip will visit three area homes designed by the famous architect in celebration of his 150th birthday. 

Grosse Pointe Modern

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Presented in conjunction with Cranbrook Art Museum and their exhibition, Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe, the Center's tenth Day Away trip explores four buildings by internationally-significant designers located in the Grosse Pointes, including a home designed by Alexander Girard.

 

Painted With Fire: Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Her Pewabic Pottery Tile Installations in Detroit

Friday, May 6, and Saturday, June 25, 2016

Created to commemorate the Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes exhibition of Pewabic Pottery at Cranbrook Art Museum, these two trips took guests to various sites in Detroit to examine installations of tiles from Mary Chase Perry Stratton's famous studio.