Laura Mott to lead curation at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit has appointed Laura Mott, who joined the institution in 2013 as senior curator of contemporary art and design, as chief curator. In her new role, she will play a major role in developing collections, mentoring curators, and organizing and supervising exhibitions.

“Laura Mott has been an integral partner in expanding the Cranbrook Art Museum’s programming in recent years, including ambitious site-specific projects in Detroit and the development of new scholarship through exhibitions and publications. “, noted Cranbrook manager Andrew Blauvelt. “We are thrilled to have her lead the curatorial vision for our next chapter as a museum as we continue to diversify our collections and expand the reach of our programming both locally and nationally.”

Since arriving at Cranbrook, Mott has curated and co-curated over twenty exhibitions, including “Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality” in 2019, for which she was named a Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Other exhibitions she has curated include ‘Nick Cave: Here Hear’ (2015), ‘Maya Stovall: Liquor Store Theater Performance Films’ (2017), ‘Allie McGhee: Banana Moon Horn’ (2021-22), ‘ Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock” (2021–22), and upcoming exhibitions of the work of Tyrell Winston and Sonya Clark. She also spearheaded the multi-year “Tunde Olaniran: Made a Universe” project, which will open at the museum in June and feature a film, installation and performance by the Flint-based Nigerian American musician and performer.

Prior to coming to Cranbrook, Mott held various curatorial positions at Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden; IASPIS, Stockholm; Mission 17, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Mott holds a BFA/BA in Art History and Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. , New York.


Mildred D. Field