“In the Twenty-Ninth Century Mode”: Crandemonium Returns

The theme of the first Crandemonium Ball was the Court of Crandemonium. It prompted this newspaper article declaring that the party was in the "twenty ninth century mode." 1934, Cranbrook Archives.

The theme of the first Crandemonium Ball was the Court of Crandemonium. It prompted this newspaper article declaring that the party was in the “twenty ninth century mode.” 1934, Cranbrook Archives.

Since we already upset tradition by posting a “Photo Thursday,” we thought we’d skip today’s Photo Friday and instead focus on a subject near and dear to our hearts—Crandemonium!  A costume ball thrown at various intervals during the Saarinens’ tenure at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Crandemonium was a no-holds-barred party.  From the painted backdrops to the fantastical mythology, Crandemonium had it all.  Academy of Art students were essential to the party, competing to design the interiors and often appearing in the most outlandish costumes of all. This year the Museum Committee has resurrected the beloved Crandemonium party for their yearly fundraiser, happening this Saturday at the Cranbrook Art Museum.  Just in time, enjoy the Crandemonium ephemera from the past!

An intriguing invitation to 1936's Atlantis-themed Crandemonium, this card featured the first part of the story of Atlantis. The invitee would presumably learn the remaining chapters upon attending the party. 1936, Cranbrook Archives.

An intriguing invitation to 1936’s Atlantis-themed Crandemonium, this card featured the first part of the story of Atlantis. The invitee would presumably learn the remaining chapters upon attending the party. 1936, Cranbrook Archives.

The 1936 Atlantis Crandemonium theme led to some amazing promotional material. 1936, Cranbrook Archives.

The 1936 Atlantis Crandemonium theme led to some amazing promotional material. 1936, Cranbrook Archives.

 

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