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Early this year, Cranbrook Academy of Art exhibited “Him,” an exhibition project by Liz Cohen, artist-in-residence and head of the photography department at Cranbrook. For the project, the artist taught herself how to weave using one of Cranbrook’s historic looms while examining her interest in exhibitionism and acts of belonging with photography, videos, textiles, sculpture and image-based forms. Works from that exhibit — along with pieces by artists Ebi Baralaye, Joel Grothaus, Trevor King and more — are all part of “First Summer, part II,” an exhibit celebrating the David Klein Gallery’s first summer in its Detroit location. Through Aug. 31. (313) 818-3416; dkgallery.com.
ON THE ROAD
After World War II, the American road trip began appearing in literature, music, movies — and photography. Check out its iconic history in photos in “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip,” on view through Sept. 11, at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Featuring more than 70 photographs by 19 photographers — from Robert Frank’s groundbreaking photos from his 1955 book, The Americans (during his travels, he was subject to anti-Semitism), Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations series, Garry Winogrand and Inge Morath to contemporary works by artists such as Justine Kurland — the exhibit offers an iconic and visually stunning trip across the country. Free with museum admission. (313) 833-7900; dia.org.
A LIFE IN ART
Teri Horton, a retired truck driver living in a mobile home in Costa Mesa, Calif., picked up a curiosity in a thrift shop for $5. When a local art teacher told her the drip-style painting resembled the work of Jackson Pollock (to which she replied a word unfit for print), Horton set out to have it acknowledged as authentic — turning down a too-low offer of purchase for $9 million in the process. Follow her story in the 2006 documentary Who the #$@! is Jackson Pollock? The film, screening 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, kicks off a three-part Life in Art series at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, at the West Bloomfield JCC. Next up: Pollock — A Life in Art with Diane Heath, a lecture about the influential artist, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, followed by a screening of the film Pollock, starring Ed Harris with Marcia Gay Harden as Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets for all start at $13. (248) 661-1900; theberman.org.
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Stacie Berman inherited the baking buzz from her mom, Laurie Winston, and bubbie Ann Goodman and launched Slo-Mo Cakes and Cookies (named after her daughters Sloane and Morgan) out of her home in Commerce. Celebrate back-to-school with the newest addition to her delectably adorable offerings: Paint Your Own Cookies, packaged with a paintbrush, are a sweet gift for your favorite student or new teacher. $5. Visit her Facebook page or call (248) 690-6630. *