What: Group show curated by local star artist Glenn Barr.
Where: 323 East Gallery, 323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-246-9544; 323east.com.
When: Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21; displays through May 16.
For the second incarnation of his music-themed group exhibition, Lyric, prominent underground artist Glenn Barr had just one requirement for the participating artists: that the dimensions of each piece be 12 inches square. The size is a nod to the dimensions of record covers, a size that has best served some of the most iconic images in pop culture, from the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to the Clash's London Calling. The hodgepodge of international and local artists brought their diverse range of styles — from graffiti to pop, surrealism to lowbrow — to bear on the classic cover size, giving a visual interpretation of their favorite albums, songs or lyrics. According to Barr: "This exhibition will illuminate the artist's personal transcription from a song lyric to canvas." Participating artists include Ron Zakrin, Tom Thewes, Mark Heggie, BASK, Mark Dancy, Davin Brainard, John Dunivant, April Segedi and more.
2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition
of Cranbrook Academy of Art
What: Cranbrook's signature show of work by its graduating class.
Where: Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3214; cranbrookart.edu.
When: Members' opening 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21; open to the public April 22-May 13.
This annual show showcases work by more than 79 of Cranbrook Academy of Art's graduating students from all disciplines. The pieces reflect the culmination of two years of study by the budding artists, architects and designers, highlighting a cross-section of contemporary art practices and perspectives. Student-artists will lead tours of the exhibition at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Thursdays throughout the exhibit's run. The display opens to the general public on Sunday, which is also Cranbrook's Open Studios day, featuring family activities, studio visits and student art for sale.