Step inside Tunde Olaniran’s universe

Their new art exhibit titled “Made A Universe” is now available at the Cranbrook Art Museum. It features a short film, an exhibition space and selections from the Mott-Warsh collection in Flint.


Photo credit: Kat Goffnett

Tunde Olaniran has found their voice by sharing the stories and experiences of growing up in Flint, Michigan.

Their latest project is their most ambitious yet — a love letter to Flint that features new music from Olaniran, a short film, an exhibit and selections from the Mott-Warsh collection in Flint, which is one of the largest contemporary collections of Black art in the country. 

“Living through the Flint water crisis was a big inspiration for this film.” — Tunde Olaniran, artist

It’s called “Made A Universe” and it’s on display now through Sept. 25 at the Cranbrook Art Museum, which commissioned the short film from Olaniran.

With the narrative arc of a hero’s journey, this contemporary horror film takes its inspiration from archetypes like those found in storylines from The New Mutants, an X-Men spin-off comic book series.

Film still courtesy of Tunde Olaniran

Listen: Tunde Olaniran talks about their new exhibit and short film “Made A Universe”


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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.