Exhibition runs through Saturday, February 18th
Born in the boom years following World War II, the Corvette matured into a bona fide American icon. First and foremost, automobile designers are artists.
Automotive artwork, in large part, was never supposed to leave the studios they were designed in and were often destroyed. This scarcity makes the exhibition and catalog that much more remarkable and history.
Our exhibition catalog contains 120+ pages of these historic and rare sketches. Catalogs are full color and will be available in a very limited quantity. All proceeds of exhibition catalog sales to benefit the arts programs at the Scarab Club.
Purchased catalogs will be shipped domestically. International inquirers, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popularly known at the club as “sketch classes”, these non-instructional, drop-in opportunities for artists to draw and paint from live models welcome all artists. Drop in and join us! Materials: Bring a pad of drawing paper or stretched canvas and your favorite drawing and/or painting supplies.
Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.
Exhibition in the SC Lounge:
August 26-September 16, 2017
Reception: Saturday, August 26, 6-11 pm
The Scarab Club invites artists to participate in its 2017 Plein Air Challenge Exhibition. The exhibition will showcase work which has been painted between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017. There is no entry fee for this exhibition.
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 8 am – Noon: Check-in – Participating artists have the back of their canvasses stamped at the SC. Artists may have 2 canvasses (no larger than 16’'x20") stamped. One painting from each artist will be accepted for inclusion in the exhibition.
8 am - 4 pm: Artist paint en plein air at locations of their choice in and around Detroit.
4 pm deadline: Paintings returned to SC and installed in lounge. Tags will be available when work is returned to the gallery.
6-11 pm: Reception-The reception for the exhibition will be held in the SC lounge, concurrently with Feather J. Chiaverini’s pop-up installation, Camouflaged, in the SC garden.
ELIGIBILITYParticipation is open to all artists over 18 years of age. The SC Plein Air Challenge has a theme of landscapes and cityscapes painted in and around Detroit.
ENTRY FEE There is no charge for participation in the SC Plein Air Challenge
QUESTIONS?Contact Treena Flannery Ericson at: email@example.com
CALL FOR ENTRY104th ANNUAL GOLD MEDAL EXHIBITIONScarab Club Member Exhibition
DEADLINE: Sunday, September 24, 2017/Midnight
Exhibition: November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018Results: Saturday, September 30Intake: Sunday, November 12, noon-5 pmReception: Friday, November 17, 5-8 pmGallery Talk: Thursday, November 30, 6 pm
Dennis Nawrocki has been a faculty member at CCS, Wayne State University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago from the mid-1970s until the present, in both full-time and adjunct capacities. He has held museum positions at the Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He directed Center Galleries at CCS for a number of years in the 1980s. Author of Art in Detroit Public Places (1999) and a freelance critic, Nawrocki has reviewed national and international exhibitions for Art in America, New Art Examiner (Chicago), and Metro Times (Detroit).
QUESTIONS?Please contact Treena Flannery Ericson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iyawo Afro-Cuban Dance Class Wednesdays August 23, 30, and September 6
7:00 - 9:30pm
Free to the first 20 Scarab Club members who sign up!
Learn the basics of Afro-Cuban dance with master teacher & choreographer Lisa McCall of Iyawo Folkloric Dance Theater. Classes are based in movements and rhythms of the African Caribbean Diaspora and to celebrate the powerful trio of live musicians, song and dance. Ms. McCall's training is in the Katherine Dunham technique incorporated with principles from folkloric Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Haitian dance. The experience is designed to be beneficial for all experience levels and is a wonderful tool for community building and spiritual healing through the benefits of dance.
Please bring water and a long skirt to practice in. More information (and traditional skirts available for purchase) here.
Detroit Research, Salon De’troit and the Scarab Club PRESENT
The Regular’s Table: a series of intimate, informal conversations.
September 21, 6:30 – 9PM
6:30 PM Doors open
7-8PM Olayami Dabls & Julia Solis in conversation on the mystical nature of objects
8-9 PM Conversation continues across the table
The German word Stammtisch can be translated into English as “regular’s table.” It is an invitation to friends—to gather round a table and talk, philosophize, dream, rant, play cards. The regular’s table is a symbol of community and conversation.
Curated by Stefany Anne Golberg in collaboration with Detroit Research, Salon De’troit, and the Scarab Club, the Regular’s Table pairs Detroit artists, thinkers, and dabblers and asks them to talk to each other about subjects close to their hearts. It is a conversation between strangers on the way to becoming friends
MARSDEN HARTLEY'S MAINE
Speaker: Randall Griffey
Dinner MenuWedge salad
Standard entree: short ribs, mashed potatoes, green beans
Vegetarian: zucchini boat with potatoes, corn, peppers
celebrating 110 years
of creative excellence
& artistic expression
join us september 29, 2017
7:30 -11:00 pm
pop-up robert hopkin exhibition
photo booth & live portrait sketches
music from our live at the scarab club house band
open bar and strolling dinner
$35 members | $40 general admission
John Sinclair with the Planet D Nonet: Thelonious Monk at 100.Sunday, October 1
Thelonious Monk was born Oct 10, 1917 and we will celebrate that legacy as the Planet D Nonet performs his songs as John Sinclair recites corresponding poems and text.
Early bird tickets (through September 1): $20 general admission // $15 students and seniors
After September 1: $25 general admission // $20 students and seniors
This event is made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6 pm | Cocktails
7 pm | Dinner
8 pm | Lecture
TRUTH AND BEAUTY: AMERICAN ART IN 1862
Lee Glazer, Curator of American ArtFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
All art was modern once, and to underscore the point, this talk begins with the unexpected juxtaposition of two paintings from 1862: Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church and Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl by James McNeill Whistler. Despite its South American subject, Cotopaxi was impossible to divorce from current events in the United States. Its first viewers saw its blood-red sky and seething volcano as references to the carnage of the Civil War and the atrocities of slavery. Yet its imagery, “throbbing with fire and tremulous with life,” as the New York Times put it, was also read as a “picture poem” expressing universal ideals of truth and beauty. The White Girl, meanwhile, seemed neither beautiful nor truthful to its early audiences.
In fact, it seemed barely legible. Conceived as a realist picture whose subject-- a model who has dropped her pose-- is hiding in plain sight, the painting was retroactively re-titled Symphony in White, No. 1, making it the ground zero of Whistler’s later aestheticist idea that art should speak for itself, as self-referential as a piece of pure music. In short, Cotopaxi and The White Girl would seem to have nothing in common but their date of 1862. Yet their chronological coincidence allows us to consider how each of these works ultimately achieved iconic status: Cotopaxi as an exemplar of American exceptionalism, The White Girl as a problematic prelude to modernist purity.
Lee Glazer is the curator of American art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and is a specialist in Gilded Age painting and the arts of the Aesthetic movement. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including, most recently, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, which received the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Award in 2016. Dr. Glazer is the author of Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life and A Perfect Harmony: The American Collection in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and co-editor of East West Interchanges in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship and Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism. Her current research focuses on James McNeill Whistler’s watercolors, to be featured in an exhibition at the Freer in 2019.
Dinner MenuTossed green saladStandard entree: salmon with lemon caper, toasted rice pilaf, vegetable medley
Vegetarian: roasted vegetable lasagne roll ups
Live at the Scarab Club: RJ Spangler and Friends Celebrate the music of Louis JordanSaturday, November 18
Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering American musician, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", he was highly popular with in the later years of the swing era.
Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation,
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M.
Erb Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.