Contact: Grace Farley
Michigan Artist exhibit, “Vive le Chat” at The Arthur Secunda Museum
October 2, 2015—Howell, Mich.— The Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University is featuring the work of an exciting contemporary collection of paintings called “Vive le Chat” by Michael Crane. The public is invited to an exhibit opening on October 23 beginning at 7p to see the art and meet the artist. The collection is on display in Richards Hall in the Chrysler Center, located at 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843. The event is free with donations and purchases welcome.
Vivre le Chat: Rather than painting the familiar, the artist creates brightly colored fantasy worlds presented by his cats that invite our imaginations to wander. In these worlds, culture and nature collide, familiar visual inferences make us look twice, and the boundaries of traditional accounts are challenged again and again. We are invited to consider our societal values through combinations of referenced imagery, skilled use of color, and a playfulness with the paint process. Vivre le Chat draws us in, opens our eyes to ourselves, and provokes us to look at our world in a new way.
Michael Crane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Arts in Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Crane currently splits his time between Detroit, Michigan, and San Francisco, California, as a Private Art Curator and Consultant, working with several key art collectors to develop and refine their collections. Areas of concentration are paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. Crane is also a prolific writer with numerous published pieces on art.
Crane's past connections include:
Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, as Interim Director, where he managed the operations for this historic arts organization with a membership of approximately 300, and an operating budget of $250,000.
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, as Assistant Curator assisting in the acquisition process, development and coordination of several key exhibitions, including the comprehensive reinstallation of the American Wing and Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists’ Brush with Leisure, 1895-1925.
The Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University in Livingston County (cleary.edu/secunda) was created in 2012 from hundreds of works by Arthur Secunda, mostly donated from the private collections of C. Edward and MaryEllen Wall, and the Arthur Secunda Trust. Support includes grants from the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Foundation, ITC Holdings Foundation, Community Foundation of Livingston County, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and many generous private gifts and museum memberships.
The museum is open to the public from Monday through Thursday, 10a - 5p, or by appointment with a docent guided tour. Enrichments include Secunda Socials, Arthur's Artists, and Art by the Glass. Contact Grace Farley at 517.586.3002 or [email protected].
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