Center exhibitions explore Cranbrook's history and collections. They are presented in spaces across the campus, including Saarinen House, Cranbrook House, and the galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum.


Kindred Neighbors: An Inhabitation of Cranbrook House

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Sunday, February 10, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm daily

Kindred Neighbors: An Inhabitation of Cranbrook House is the second intervention of work by Cranbrook Academy of Art students and Artists-in-Residence staged within the historic home. Free admission.

Saarinen House: Presidents/Residents, 1946-1994

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1pm-5pm

May 11 through November 25, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm
Sundays at 1pm and 3pm

Presidents/Residents examines the artistic work and legacies of the four presidents of Cranbrook Academy of Art that followed Eliel Saarinen: Zoltan Sepeshy, Glen Paulsen, Wallace Mitchell, and Roy Slade. 

Jason Carter at Saarinen House: #digital_presence

Opening Reception with the Artist in Saarinen House: Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Exhibition dates: September 22 through November 26, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00pm, Sundays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm


Saarinen HOME: Living and Working with Cranbrook's First Family of Design

Exhibition Dates: May 5, 2017, through July 30, 2017

Vistiors to Saarinen House learned about the remarkable Saarinen family and their work at Cranbrook, as well as their life in their exquisite Art-Deco home.

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes: The Gerald W. McNeely Collection of Pewabic Pottery

Exhibition Dates: December 11, 2015, through August 28, 2016

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes was the inaugural exhibition of the works in the Gerald W. McNeely Collection, which recently had been donated to Cranbrook Art Museum. The collection comprises one of the largest private collections of Pewabic Pottery, and includes 117 works, including objects that pre-date the pottery and span founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton’s lifetime.

Designs of the Times: 100 Years of Posters at Cranbrook

Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2015 to March 20, 2016

Designs of the Times was the third exhibition in the Cranbrook Archives ephemera series.  The exhibition, which represented Cranbrook’s diverse audiences by exploring both design and history, illustrated the impact of new technologies and the information age on the poster medium as visual communication. 

Anders Ruhwald: A Site-Sensitive Installation in Saarinen House

Exhibition Dates:  May 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013

For his first solo exhibition in Michigan, Danish ceramist Anders Ruhwald presented a series of “site-sensitive” installations in Saarinen House, the “total work of art” designed by the Finnish American architect Eliel Saarinen in 1930.


Exhibition Dates: June 16, 2012, through March 24, 2013

With models and drawings and rich archival materials, this exhibition presented the architectural legacy of Cranbrook as an artistic narrative emerging from the creative beliefs of Cranbrook’s founder, George Gough Booth.