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Everyone’s going to pieces over at the MOCAD’s Mobile Homestead, where Radical Scavengers: the MOCAD Quilting Bee Project kicked off on Sunday, January 25th, with a meet-and-greet that commences a community collaboration of quilt-makers, fiber artists and rank novices—and everyone in between. The project–which will be up and running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through […]

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Friday, January 24th was the opening for “Obscura Primavera” by photographer Corine Vermeulen, at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale. The collection of images, produced from 2009-2014, center around Medellin, Colombia, where Vermeulen spent multiple visits to the city documenting local places, people and nature, as well as participating in artist residencies at Casa Tres […]

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I had the privilege of joining a member of the DIA’s educational department for the Detroit Film Theatre’s first screening of the documentary National Gallery by filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Wiseman was in attendance for a discussion following the three-hour film, which details the inner workings of London’s National Gallery. As a gesture to the relevance […]

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Inside the “Hall of Wonders” at Cranbrook

Published on January 20, 2015 by in Detroit

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Cranbrook Art Museum has a stellar lineup this winter, including a new exhibit co-curated by Shelley Selim, a 2013–2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections fellow, and Laura Mott, curator of Contemporary Art and Design. The pair teamed up for “The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders: Artworks, Objects, and Natural Curiosities,” an inspired installation in the tradition […]

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Saturday, January 10th was the opening reception for Field Guide, a solo show by Susan Goethel Campbell at the Oakland University Art Gallery, which will run through February 22nd, with an artist talk on Wednesday, February 4th at 12 p.m. The show includes work that Campbell has done over the last several years, with the […]

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You can be reasonably assured that when an art show adopts the moniker of “the MUNDANE show,” you are likely walking into an environment that is anything but common, ordinary, banal or unimaginative. It is the natural tendency of creative people, when faced with artistic constraints like the theme of mundaneness, to wrestle innovation from […]

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Beginning on Friday, January 2nd, Cinema Detroit (a.k.a. The Burton Theater, a.k.a. Cass City Cinema) has been screening Citizenfour, the Laura Poitras documentary that exhaustively documents the circumstances surrounding the notorious leak of National Security Agency documents and practices by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Over the course of the documentary, Snowden contacts various journalists, including Poitras and Glenn […]

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Happy New Year! Nothing helps to ease back into the workaday world of 2015 like a little laughter, and there were a lot of laughs to choose from on Friday, January 2nd, when a special Friday-night edition of Ray & Laura’s Comedy Showcase brought a whirlwind of short sets to Small’s in Hamtramck. With regular co-host […]

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On Thursday, December 18th, surrounded by the artificial woodlands at the Cass Café, the crew behind Infinite Mile (a Knight Arts grantee) debuted their Year 1 print compendium to much-deserved kudos, distributing copies to contributors and those savvy enough to pre-order for the holidays. The enchanting book, designed by artist Osman Khan, contains the entirety […]

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Saturday, December 13th was the opening for “Welcoming a Bygone Landscape,” a two-man show at the Cass Café, featuring the combined woodsy wonderland of work by artists Matthew Hanna and James Milostan. Setting the tone with a thematically tight assemblage of collage/mixed media works—nearly 20 in the collection, produced over a single year—Matthew Hanna’s works […]

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