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On Thursday, June 25, MOCAD hosted a guest lecture by Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In 2014, Sirmans served as artistic director for Prospect.3—the third installation of a recently established biennial (which is adapting to a triennial […]

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Much is made of media trends; the 24-hour news cycle and internet mass media is veritably brimming with stories on the effects that media consumption has on society, family and especially on our youth. While sentiments about the value of these effects is mixed, one powerful factor is the platform that web-based and mobile media […]

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Beth Malone, co-founder of Atlanta’s Dashboard Co-Op, says it’s “no easy feat” to produce an exhibition that highlights Detroit’s multi-faceted arts community and captures its socially-conscious, entrepreneurial bent. And yet, the Ford Motor Company Fund has invited Dashboard Co-Op to do just that. “Detroiters seem to frequently communicate through consistent social action and organic entrepreneurship. […]

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This week marks the soft opening of City Sculpture, the Cass Corridor sculpture park that artist Robert Sestok has been working on since 2013. He began negotiations for four vacant lots on the M-10 frontage road at 955 Alexandrine—a corner of the Cass Corridor neighborhood where Sestok has lived and worked since he moved to […]

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What a whirlwind weekend it was for Knight Arts grantee Andy Krieger, who could be found on Friday night making his selections as juror for the Scarab Club’s “Blooms, Bugs, Beasts” group show, and Saturday celebrating his participation in the Essay’d II group show, which opened at 9338 Campau. Both events were packed to the […]

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Friday, May 15th was the opening for the MOCAD’s summer program, and the first time that Rob Pruitt’s “The Obama Paintings” and “The Lincoln Monument” were presented publicly. The installation is staggering in scale, with all of the MOCAD’s existing walls tiled in two-foot-square portraits of the President—2,922 paintings in all, one for every day […]

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The borders were wide open for the weekend of May 16-17th, lending definition to the usually vague transition between Detroit and its step-city, Hamtramck. This was all due to the indefatigable efforts of Hinterlands Theatre Ensemble in organizing the Knight Arts-funded Porous Borders Festival—two days of free events, art installations, contests and happenings exploring the […]

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The art world is a great breeding ground for a cult of personality, but a less likely genesis for the kind of quiet, genuine regard most people seem to hold for sculptor and ceramic artist Tom Phardel. Popps Packing was buzzing with stalwarts of the old-guard Detroit art scene for his solo opening, “Inner Core,” […]

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On Saturday, May 2nd, artist Nick Cave and a bustling entourage appeared at the Eastern Market for the last in a series of photo shoots of the artist wearing one of his “Soundsuits.” These shoots were the first phase in a series of activities and community events created to coincide with a massive installation of […]

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Art X Detroit 2015, the biennial celebration honoring the most recent cycle of Kresge Fellows, drew to a close on Sunday, April 26, following nearly three weeks of free events and exhibits put together by the Visual, Literary, Dance/Music and Film/Theatre Fellows, in partnership with Midtown Detroit Inc., Kresge Arts in Detroit (KAID) and the […]

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