Craft & Material Studies


Gabe Wilson

Adjunct Faculty

MA Modern & Contemporary Art History & MA Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago;
BA Art & Cultural History, Marlboro College

Gabe Wilson

Research Interests

Contemporary and 20th-century craft, turn-of-the-century through midcentury design and architecture, intentional artist communities in Europe and America throughout the modern period, and landscape and nationalism as modes and methodologies of making in 19th and 20th century Central and Eastern Europe.

Professional Experience

I most recently served as the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at the Cranbrook Art Museum, working across the disciplines represented in the collection and collaborating on over a dozen exhibitions during my two-year tenure. While at Cranbrook I lead two exhibition projects—'Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living' and 'For the Record: Artists on Vinyl'. Previously, I was a member of the curatorial team at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries, where I was awarded a Graduate Curatorial Fellowship in 2015 and worked on the editorial staff of the international scholarly journal ARTMargins.

Significant publications/presentations/exhibitions

Contributor, Editor: Blauvelt, Andrew. With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932, Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook Art Museum, 2020.

Curator, Contributor, Editor: Wilson, Ian Gabriel. Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living. Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook Art Museum, 2019.

Contributor, Editor: Mott, Laura. Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality. Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook Art Museum, 2019.