2022 Live Auction

Auction Item #1:
Hoops and Awe with Cleveland Cavs

Take to the skies on a private jet from Pontiac to Cleveland, with you and 5 guests to experience the Cleveland Cavaliers play at the Rock Mortgage FieldHouse in the comfort of the fully appointed owner’s suite. When you arrive, you’ll receive a private tour of Rock Mortgage FieldHouse’s contemporary art collection by its curator, J.J. Curis, of Library Street Collective. After an evening of fun cheering on the Cavs, your party will settle in for a 1-night stay at the Ritz Carlton. Before returning home, with a signed jersey and ball, enjoy a delicious brunch at TURN, the Ritz Carlton’s award winning restaurant. Go Cavs!

Exclusions and Limitations:  Mutually Agreed Upon Date.

This Experience Includes:

  • Private Airfare to/from Cleveland + a 1-night stay at the Ritz Carlton (Up to 6 people / 3 rooms)
  • Ground transportation to/from the airport in Cleveland
  • Brunch for six people at TURN the following day
  • Six tickets in the ownership suite that includes food and beverage
  • Signed Jersey + Signed Ball from a Current Cavs player
  • Arena Art Tour with JJ Curis of Library Street Collective

Auction Item #2:
Chicago with Nick Cave

Head to the Windy City with 3 others for a 2-night stay at The Gwen, an art-deco inspired luxury hotel in the historic McGraw-Hill building. Spend a day enjoying the work of acclaimed artist and educator Nick Cave (Fiber ’89), including a private visit to Nick Cave’s studio, led by Nick and partner Bob Faust, followed by a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, with a private tour of Nick’s first career-spanning retrospective, Forothermore, led by an MCA tour guide.  After working up an appetite, head back to The Gwen Hotel where a 4-course, chef-prepared meal with win pairings will be waiting at the Kostali restaurant.

Exclusions and Limitations:  Mutually Agreed Upon Date. Forothermore opens on May 14 and closes on October 2, 2022.  Must book at least 2 weeks in advance to secure an exhibition tour.  Transportation and additional meals not included. 

This Experience Includes:

Auction Item #3:
Art & a Night out in the D

This package includes the best of all worlds. Invite up to 17 guests for a guided tour of the Detroit studios of some of Cranbrook’s most notable alumni, including Jack Craig (3D Design ’12), James Benjamin Franklin (Painting ’17), and Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05). Following your visits, a fabulously delicious dining experience awaits you and your guests in San Morello’s private dining room. To cap off the night, you and your guests will head to the “Belt” where you’ll receive VIP treatment at the music venue, art space, and arcade, Deluxx Fluxx. After you say goodnight to your guests, Shinola’s penthouse suite will be waiting for you to rest your head. Before you head back to reality the next day, enjoy brunch for 2.

Exclusions and Limitations: Mutually agreed dates; blackout dates include Detroit Auto Show, Rocket Mortgage Classic, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

This Experience Includes:

  • Studio visits with Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni Abigail Murray, Jack Craig, and James Benjamin Franklin.
  • Luxury Transportation
  • Family-style dining experience for up to 20 guests in the Woodward-facing private dining room at San Marello, inspired by the spirit and piazzas of Southern Italy and Sicily while dining on a custom-crafted menu including dessert and 3 wine pairings by Chef Andrew Carmellini’s team.
  • VIP experience at Deluxx Fluxx (including private table, if available)
  • One-night stay in one of Shinola Hotel’s premier penthouse suites with outdoor terraces, gas fireplaces, and 2 separate living areas, bringing the height of luxury to Downtown Detroit     

Auction Item #4:
Buzzer Beater, by Tyrrell Winston

60” h x 48″ w unframed
61 5/8″ h x 49 5/8″ framed

House paint and charcoal on canvas in artist frame

Tyrrell Winston’s ‘Punishment Paintings’ are derived from autograph culture and the signatory’s repetitive act of signing and distributing their signature again and again. Signatures are an identifying personal act of authentication but are presented here as forgeries that exemplify the exploitation of fame and infamy. ⁠⠀⁠⠀
Athletes, artists, and celebrities are the subjects of adoration at the height of their career but endure harsh punishment at the hands of society when they fail to live up to the expectations of their previous success. Winston appropriates signatures of athletes who have had their reputations contaminated through actions within their personal and professional lives. The repetition of these signatures questions whether the value in that act is compromised by behaviors external to their performance or by the sheer number of signatures that exist in the world.⁠⠀⁠⠀
By using erasure techniques Winston addresses how stardom can transform and fade. Manipulating the signature into an almost illegible mark the familiarity inherent to the celebrity autograph becomes abstruse.⁠⠀

Tyrrell Winston’s two dimension and three-dimensional works are the result of years of collecting, organizing, and reconfiguring discarded, dirty, (either physically or socially), forgotten objects. Winston has obsessively collected found objects from the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, part public service, part examination, and part fascination with the permanent energy left behind in these seemingly insignificant records of human existence. Winston’s work also revolves around drawing parallels in the absurdity between symbolism of contrasting objects. The intentional mixture of these elements examines hope and hopelessness, resurrection and regeneration, vitality and recklessness. It should be noted that all the basketball nets that Winston uses are replaced with new nets. The work cannot exist without the immediate exchange of old and new. Each individual element used in Winston’s work carries its own identity, context, and inseparable association creating an automatic dialogue. Conjoining the ideas of nostalgia, salvation, and being born again, Winston’s work gives refuse new life.

Auction Item #5:
Tour Robert S. Taubman’s Private Collection

This is a rare chance to view one of the most impressive private collections of contemporary art in Michigan. Bobby Taubman will welcome you into his home on this intimate tour and gourmet dinner or lunch, paired with fine wines for up to 20 people. You will be accompanied by Cranbrook alumnus Chris Schanck (3D Design ’11) whose work is on display throughout the home. Housed in Bobby’s Alden B. Dow home located in Bloomfield Hills, his collection features many world-renowned artists, including Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni.

Exclusions and Limitations: Mutually agreed upon.  Valid thru 4/30/2023. Limit 20 people. 

This experience includes:

  • Tour of Bobby Taubman’s art collection at his home in Bloomfield Hills
  • Lunch or Dinner with wine pairings for up to 20

Auction Item #6:
Go MAD in New York City

Get an up-close and personal view of Chris Schanck’s visionary work like never before with this two-part experience. This package begins with a visit to Schanck’s studio in Banglatown where he produces his bespoke functional art. Next stop…NYC with 2 first class airfare tickets and a 1 night stay at The Mark to enjoy an exclusive tour of his first solo museum exhibition, Chris Schanck: Off World at Museum of Art and Design (MAD), led by Off World curator and Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt and Chris Schanck himself.

About Chris Schanck: Off World

During the past decade, Chris Schanck has emerged as a leading figure in the design world for his otherworldly fusion of sculpture and furniture. Skirting the line between refinement and camp, the strange, unfamiliar forms of Schanck’s chairs, sofas, lighting, mirrors, and more suggest coral reefs, extraterrestrial worlds, and artifacts from ancient civilizations, to name just a few of the designer’s inspirations. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in Schanck’s Detroit-based studio located in Banglatown, a group of artists and craftspeople who help realize the studio’s collective practice. Deftly melding innovative material experiments with an expressive yet rigorous refinement of form, Schanck’s elaborately carved, colorfully hued, and lustrous objects are contemporary talismans of stories from the past, present, and future.

Exclusions and Limitations: Mutually agreed upon date. Airport transfers included.  Additional transportation and meals not included.  Exhibition runs through January 8, 2023.  Must book in advance to secure exhibition tour. 

This Experience Includes:

  • 1 night stay in NYC at The Mark
  • Round trip 1st class airfare for 2
  • Tour of Chris Schanck: Off World at Museum of Art and Design with curator Andrew Blauvelt and artist Chris Schanck
  • Schanck Studio Tour