Connoisseurship in Cranbrook & Detroit
Registration Information
9:00am November 18 - 5:15pm November 19, 2013

Connoisseurship in Cranbrook & Detroit: A Focus on Art Deco and African American Art
Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Michigan 
With Tom Folk, Ph.D., AAA

Tom Folk, PhD., AAA, will lead attendees through an intensive two day study program, and a variety of specialists will join us during the trip to share their expertise. History and values will be discussed throughout. 

Monday, November 18th: Connoisseurship Day at Cranbrook
"Connoisseurship in Cranbrook & Detroit" will begin at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a leading place for design in America, located on a picturesque modern campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Its faculty and students include world famous architects, ceramists, weavers, furniture designers, metalworkers, sculptors and printers—such as Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans, Waylande Gregory, Maija Grotell, Leza McVey, Carl Milles, Toshiko Takaezu, Jack Lenor Larson, and many more. Our Connoisseurship Day at Cranbrook we will also see Saarinen House, Eliel Saarinen's Art Deco masterwork, where we will examine his furniture, his wife Loja's rugs and textiles as well as the furniture of their son, Eero.  After that, at Christ Church we will discuss tapestries by Edward Burne-Jones; metal work by Oscar Bach; stained glass windows by Nicolo D'Ascenzo; paintings by Hildreth Meiere; and many other works. Unless otherwise indicated, all venues on November 18th are within walking distance from each other.

Tuesday, November 19th: Connoisseurship Day in Greater Detroit Area
During the second day of the program attendees will spend time at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) where we will view and discuss the extensive African American Art collection (including works by Henry O. Tanner, Edmonia Lewis, Jacob Lawrence and many others) as well as DIA's Diego Rivera's murals depicting Detroit's Auto Industry. Next, we will visit Mary Chase Perry's original Pewabic Pottery studio—just outside Detroit—where her outstanding examples have remained. Finally, we will head to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in scenic Grosse Pointe Shores on Lake St. Clair. We will focus on the English style mansion's four Art Deco rooms designed in the 1930s for the Fords by famed industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague. In this modern setting, we will discuss Teague’s designs, as well as items in these rooms by Diego Rivera, Charles Alston, Warren Wheelock, Lyonel Feininger, Juan Gris, Maija Grotell and Waylande Gregory. Curator Josephine Shea will join us as we evaluate paintings on view by Redon and Matisse, and metalwork by Samuel Yellin. We will take a private bus to each venue on Tuesday, November 19th. 

For each day of the program accredited and certified members of the Appraisers Association earn 5 CE credits. If you attend the entire program (both days), you will earn a total of 10 CE credts. 

The Appraisers Association has reserved a block of rooms at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. Program attendees can make reservations by calling the Group Reservations Coordinator at 248.642.7900 OR emailing Alternatively, you may book online at (click on the reservations page). If you make a reservation online, please use the WEB BOOKING CODE:  DRTOM111713G. The block name is Appraisers Association of America. Rates: $229 to $270/night (reduced from $460 to $450/night). 

If the Appraisers Association does not meet the minimum participant sign-up number or has to cancel the program for any reason, we need to do so by September 12th because after this date, the Townsend Hotel will release our block of rooms. As such, please DO NOT book a flight to Detroit until you receive an email from AAA Programs Manager, Lauren Gewolb ( in early September confirming the trip. 

Please note that the confirmation email you receive after registering and paying for the program (whether you decide to pay the deposit first or the entire program fee) is NOT THE SAME AS THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL you will receive in September regarding the status of the program. Please call Lauren at 212.889.5404 x 11 with any questions.


Full Program (Both Days)
$285 AAA/ASA/ISA Members; $325 General Admission

Day Rate (Monday OR Tuesday)
$175 AAA/ASA/ISA Members: $200 General Admission

Special Offer:
$500 for two attendees (when you sign up together)

$100 NON REFUNDABLE deposit (per person) is due by Monday, September 9th.

Full payment and cancellations (refund less $100 deposit) due by Monday, November 11th. 

If we have to cancel the program, all payments (including the $100 deposit) will be returned to you. 


Monday, November 18th:  (5 CE credits)
9:00am to 11:30am

Art Museum, Cranbrook Academy
9:00am: "Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse" with curator Tom Folk
10:00am: Cranbrook's permanent collection and newly constructed vault with Gregory Wittkopp, director of Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Assessing the Condition 

11:45am to 1:15pm
Lunch at Cranbrook Campus Dining Hall (Originally Cranbrook School for Boys) Included in Program Fee 

1:30pm to 3:00pm
Saarinen House

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Christ Church

(Drive to) Wine Reception at David Klein Gallery (Birmingham, Michigan)

Dinner at 220 Restaurant (Close to David Klein Gallery and Townsend Hotel) NOT included in Program Fee 


Tuesday, November 19th (5 CE credits)
Meet at Townsend Hotel for bus ride to Detroit

10:00am to 12:00pm

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
10:00am: African American Art with curator Valerie Mercer
11:30am: Diego Rivera's mural series depicting the Detroit Auto Industry 

12:15pm to 1:45pm
Lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug Included in Program Fee 

2:15pm to 3:00pm
Pewabic Pottery at Mary Chase Perry's Studio

3:30pm to 5:15pm
The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

For attending both days of the program members earn 10 CE credits total

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