The Scarab Club

Upcoming events

    • 16 Aug 2018
    • (EDT)
    • 217 Farnsworth, Scarab Club
    • 173
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    KREM & CLAY

    August 16, 5-8pm 

    Join us for a summer evening in the garden and gallery for drinks, conversation and some hands-on fun with the Pewabic Pottery Street Team!  

    KREM: Curated by Stephen William Schudlich, come browse this intimate exhibition made up of 30 or so of some of the most iconic, and highly impactful artists working in illustration today. 

    Pewabic Street Team:* Try your hand at glazing a small pottery piece that is fired using a portable kiln and glazed by Raku or just watch your friends do it! Build a city scape out of clay and explore their museum on wheels to learn about the historic Pewabic Pottery and the science of clay-making. 

    • Tickets $10 member / Bring a friend interested in joining for $15*
    • Complimentary: Sparkling wine, beer, mint iced tea & lemonade and light snacks

    *Ticket price will offset costs activity costs. Food & Beverage are complimentary by the Scarab Club. 

    Thank you for being a member!


    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Scarab Club
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    Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables
    Speaker: Barbara Haskell, Senior Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, September 24, 2018 (to accommodate catering)
    Attendance for lecture only guests available | Pay at the door $15/SC members & students | $20 Non-members

    Grant Wood's American Gothic—the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife—is perhaps the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art, an indelible icon of Americana, and certainly Wood's most famous artwork. But Wood's career consists of far more than one single painting. He was a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Wood sought pictorially to fashion a world of harmony and prosperity that would answer America's need for reassurance at a time of economic and social upheaval occasioned by the Depression. Yet underneath its bucolic exterior, his art reflects the anxiety of being an artist and a deeply repressed homosexual in the Midwest in the 1930s. By depicting his subconscious anxieties through populist images of rural America, Wood crafted images that speak both to American identity and to the estrangement and isolation of modern life.

    Barbara Haskell is a long-time curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a well-known scholar on American modern art, and author of over thirty publications.  Among the landmark thematic exhibitions she has curated are The American Century: Art & Culture 1900–1950 (1999) and BLAM! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism and Performance 1958–1964 (1984). In addition, she has curated retrospectives and authored accompanying scholarly monographs on a range of early-twentieth-century and post-war American artists, including H. C. Westermann (1978), Marsden Hartley (1980), Milton Avery (1982), Ralston Crawford (1985), Charles Demuth (1987), Red Grooms (1987), Donald Judd (1988), Burgoyne Diller (1990), Agnes Martin (1992), Joseph Stella (1994),  Edward Steichen (2000), Elie Nadelman (2003), Oscar Bluemner (2005), Georgia O'Keeffe (2009), Lyonel Feininger (2011), Robert Indiana (2013), Stuart Davis (2016), and Grant Wood (2018). In 2005, she was awarded the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.



    • 8 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Scarab Club
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    Thursday, November 8, 2018
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, November 5, 2018 (to accommodate catering)
    Attendance for lecture only guests available | Pay at the door $15/SC members & students | $20 Non-members

    Lumia:
    Thomas Wilfred and the Origins 
    of Time-Based Media in Modern Art

    Keely Orgeman, Alice and Allan Kaplan Associate Curatorof American Painting and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery

    Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Origins of Time-Based Media in Modern Art, Keely Orgeman will focus on the work of the Danish-American artist Thomas Wilfred, who built an international reputation in the first half of the twentieth century as the pioneer of a new art form, which he called Lumia. Wilfred invented sophisticated analog “instruments” that produce brilliantly colored displays, realizing a fusion of modernist abstraction and pre-digital technology. My talk considers at the formal and conceptual affinities between lumia and the wide-ranging work of Wilfred’s contemporaries, from other early kinetic-light objects, such as Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s Synchrome Kineidoscope and László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage, to experimental films, Abstract Expressionist paintings, Light and Space environments, to psychedelic light shows.

    Keely Orgeman is the Alice and Allan Kaplan Associate Curator in the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2014, writing her dissertation on representations of radioactivity in American art. At BU, she received the Presidential Fellowship, as well as the Jan and Warren Adelson Fellowship in American Art, organized the exhibition Atomic Afterimage: Cold War Imagery in Contemporary Art (2008) at the Boston University Art Gallery, and authored its accompanying catalogue. Since coming to Yale in fall 2008, she has served in several curatorial roles in the American Paintings and Sculpture Department and has contributed entries and essays to museum publications, including collection catalogues and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin. In 2017, she organized the traveling exhibition Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light for the Yale Art Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., which was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue. Currently, she is embarking on a new project that centers on a historical portrait miniature.

    Image: Thomas Wilfred, Unit #50, Elliptical Prelude and Chalice, from the First Table Model Clavilux (Luminar) Series, 1928. Metal, fabric, glass, and electrical and lighting elements on a maple table. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Thomas C. Wilfred.



    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, February 25, 2019  (to accommodate catering)
    Attendance for lecture only guests available | Pay at the door $15/SC members & students | $20 Non-members

    Albert Kahn: The Architect Vanishes
    Michael H. Hodges, Fine Arts Writer, Detroit News

    Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who invented the humane “daylight factories” that helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News reporter Michael H. Hodges — author of “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit” — will review Kahn’s local legacy, his vigorous defense of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals when under attack, and his role helping the Soviets beat the Nazis in 1941-42.

    Michael H. Hodges is the fine-arts writer for The Detroit News, where he's worked since 1991. "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit" is his second book on local architecture. His first, "Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations," was named a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Hodges blames his architectural enthusiasms on both the picturesque Oakland County dairy farm he grew up on, as well as the six years he spent as a student at the Cranbrook School for Boys. 



    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, April 8, 2019  (to accommodate catering)
    Attendance for lecture only guests available | Pay at the door $15/SC members & students | $20 Non-members

    Florine Stetheimer
    Nancy Shaw, Curator Emerita of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts

    • 30 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, May 27, 2019  (to accommodate catering)
    Attendance for lecture only guests available | Pay at the door $15/SC members & students | $20 Non-members

    Frederic Remington
    Jennifer R. Henneman, Assistant Curator, Denver Art Museum

    While Frederic Remington is often thought of as a western character, namely because of the subject matter of his artwork, he was in fact a cosmopolitan New Yorker who socialized with America’s most important artists at the turn of the twentieth century.  This talk will consider his relationship with the American Impressionists, including John Henry Twachtman, Julian Alden Wier, and Childe Hassam, with whom he regularly socialized at the Player’s Club in New York City, and discuss how these artists influenced the development of his artistic technique and philosophy.

    Jennifer R. Henneman, PhD is Assistant Curator at the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum.   Her interdisciplinary transatlantic research, which has taken her from the wilds of the American West to the cosmopolitan streets of London, reflects her own upbringing on a cattle ranch in Montana and her interest in the dominant cultural and artistic spheres of the late Victorian era.  Most recently she co-curated Backstory: Western American Art in Context (March 2016 – February 2017), an exhibition in collaboration with the History Colorado Center that told the story of the West through art and artifact. 

    Jennifer received a PhD in 19th century British and American Art and Visual Culture from the University of Washington, an MA in Non-Western Art History from Richmond, the American International University in London, and BAs in Studio Art and French from Montana State University. During her doctoral degree she completed research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Her curatorial and collections experience includes posts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Morris Graves Foundation, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 


Past events

21 Jul 2018 In the Air: SC Plein Air Challenge Exhibition
31 May 2018 Burroughs Dinner & Lecture — John Sloan's American Journey
30 May 2018 Call for Entry: PAPERWORKS
20 May 2018 (SOLD OUT) Live at the Scarab Club: Planet D Nonet presents the music of Buddy & Ella Johnson
13 May 2018 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club - 20th Season Finale!
8 Apr 2018 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: A Feminine Approach IV
2 Apr 2018 Call for Proposals | SC 2019 Group Exhibitions
1 Apr 2018 Call for Proposals | 2019 Exhibitions
11 Mar 2018 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Clarinet & Strings
9 Mar 2018 Interested in Board Service?
8 Mar 2018 Burroughs Dinner & Lecture — Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity
28 Feb 2018 "Under" Exhibition Call for Entry
21 Feb 2018 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Americans in Paris
11 Feb 2018 Sunday Soiree at the Scarab Club with Rackham Choir
28 Jan 2018 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Anthony P. McGlaun, Mozetich & More
9 Dec 2017 104th Annual Boar's Head Dinner
2 Dec 2017 Volunteers Needed for December 2nd Noel Night
30 Nov 2017 The Snowden Exhibition Call for Entry
25 Nov 2017 Members Holiday Gathering
18 Nov 2017 Live at the Scarab Club: RJ Spangler and Friends Celebrate Louis Jordan
12 Nov 2017 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Words and Music
9 Nov 2017 Burroughs Dinner & Lecture — Truth and Beauty: American Art in 1862
2 Nov 2017 MAEA Conference Sketch Session
18 Oct 2017 Iyawo Afro-Cuban Dance Classes
15 Oct 2017 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Pastorales, Vocalise & More
1 Oct 2017 Live at the Scarab Club: Thelonious Monk at 100
29 Sep 2017 Scarab Club 110th Celebration
28 Sep 2017 Burroughs Dinner & Lecture: Marsden Hartley's Maine
21 Sep 2017 The Regulars’ Table: Olayami Dabls & Julia Solis
7 Aug 2017 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
23 Jul 2017 Blue Gold: The Alchemy of Indigo
20 Jul 2017 Members' Wine Tasting in the Garden
10 Jul 2017 The SC Plein Air Challenge Exhibition
9 Jul 2017 Sketch Session Sunday 7/09/17
1 Jun 2017 The Ashcan’s Joie de Vivre: Life, Leisure and Detroit | June 1st, 2017
21 May 2017 Live at the Scarab Club: Kings of Kansas City Swing
17 May 2017 2017 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
13 Mar 2017 2017 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
2 Mar 2017 Robert Winthrop Chanler: Outrageous American Modernist | March 2, 2017
25 Feb 2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade 2017
9 Feb 2017 SC Member Reception for Corvette Exhibition
25 Jan 2017 Call for Proposals
29 Dec 2016 2017 Silver Medal Call for Entry
18 Dec 2016 CATALOG: American Dreaming — Corvette, 7 Generations & Beyond
7 Dec 2016 103rd Annual Boar's Head Dinner
3 Dec 2016 Volunteers Needed for December 3rd Noel Night
10 Nov 2016 Lighting Up Detroit: Works of the Edward F. Caldwell Company
24 Oct 2016 103rd Gold Medal CFE | Annual Submission
20 Oct 2016 Meet our new Executive Director
29 Sep 2016 Seeking the Spirit of Old Spain: Robert Henri and Spanish Themes
28 Jul 2016 July Member Cooldown
14 Jul 2016 2016 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
23 Jun 2016 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/23
9 Jun 2016 Cocktails in the Garden
9 Jun 2016 Volunteers Needed for June 9
12 May 2016 THE ARTISTIC FURNISHINGS OF GEORGE A. SCHASTEY
17 Apr 2016 2016 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
31 Mar 2016 FROM PANTRY TO PARLOR: THE STILL-LIFE PAINTINGS OF EMIL CARLSEN
25 Feb 2016 HIGHLIGHTS OF AMERICAN ART ON PAPER AT THE DIA COLLECTION
31 Jan 2016 2016 Silver Medal Show Call for Entry
12 Dec 2015 102nd Annual Boar's Head Dinner
1 Dec 2015 Pleyel Piano Fundraiser
29 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/29 PM
28 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/28 AM
28 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/28 PM
26 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/26 PM
22 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/22 PM
15 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/15 PM
14 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/14 PM
14 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/14 AM
12 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/12 PM
8 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/8 PM
7 Nov 2015 Rat Pack Party - Annual Costume Ball
7 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/7 PM
7 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/07 AM
5 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/5 PM
5 Nov 2015 DIGGING IN: ALSON SKINNER CLARK AND JONAS LIE’S PANAMA CANAL PAINTINGS
4 Nov 2015 2015 Arts Annual Deadline for entry
4 Nov 2015 2015 Scarab Club Artists Annual
22 Oct 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 10/22 PM
17 Oct 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 10/17 AM
30 Sep 2015 102nd Gold Medal Exhibition
26 Sep 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 9/26 PM
24 Sep 2015 ART AND MONEY: OR THE STORY OF THE GUILDED AGE
19 Sep 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 9/19 am
30 Jul 2015 2015 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
16 Jul 2015 Detroit Is: An Essay In Photographs
11 Jul 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - PM 7/11
11 Jul 2015 Pop Up Coffee
9 Jul 2015 Pleyel Piano Fundraiser
27 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY PM 6/27
27 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 6/27
25 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/25
20 Jun 2015 Cocktails in the Garden
20 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - PM 6/20
20 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - AM 6/20
18 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/18
14 Jun 2015 Pilates in the Garden
14 Jun 2015 Yoga in the Garden
11 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/11
11 Jun 2015 No Place Like Detroit
4 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/4
4 Jun 2015 Storied Windows Richly Dight: Stained Glass in Detroit
31 May 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY PM - Life Draw -5/31
29 May 2015 Opening Reception Blooms Bugs and Beasts!
20 May 2015 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
13 May 2015 Pop-Up Cocktail Party May 13, 2015
23 Apr 2015 Pinnacles of Detroit: Steel Skyward
17 Apr 2015 Vote
5 Mar 2015 Valentine Dudensing and Friends (1922 -1948)
22 Jan 2015 Sketch Session - SATURDAY AM - costume - 10am - 1pm
15 Dec 2014 Silver Medal Show Call for Entry
13 Dec 2014 Boar's Head Dinner
6 Nov 2014 Strangely Familiar: American Magic Realist Painting, 1940-65
1 Nov 2014 Gold Medal Show Call for Entry
17 Oct 2014 A Night in Rome: The Annual Masked Ball

The 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.

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