Curator profile: art hero Andrew Thompson

Published on August 26, 2014 by in Detroit

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I recently met up with artist Andrew Thompson (a.k.a. Andy T) during a visit to Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, where he was in the process of hanging and lighting “Break With Tradition,” a show curated by Thompson and featuring an array of local artists. Besides this practical demonstration of Thompson’s chops […]

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On Wednesday, August 20th at 8 p.m., the Jam Handy building hosted a screening of “Sign Painters,” a documentary that highlights the colorful personalities and craftsmanship behind the once-massive and now cultish profession of hand-lettering and sign painting. The film was revelatory on many levels, and especially relevant for a Detroit audience, in a town […]

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On Saturday, August 30th, Ocelot Print Shop will paste up a poster in support of climate change awareness, part of a nationwide campaign to spread the message about the People’s Climate March, which will take place in New York City on September 21st, 2014. The grassroots promotional effort was initiated by 350 and Just Seeds, […]

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On Saturday, August 9th, the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (a Knight Arts grantee), hosted an artist talk with Osi Audu, whose work has been on display since May, in an exhibition that closes Saturday, August 16th. Audu spoke with artist Addie Langford and professor and writer of art criticism Michael Stone-Richards, who facilitated a […]

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The Red Bull House of Art opened its newest season with a brand new collection, featuring artists working in a broad range of media. Austin Brady, Chad Davis, Paolo Pedini, Rashaun Rucker, Tiff Massey and Anthony Lee premiered their diverse range of viewpoints amid typically lively opening-night festivities, which spilled out onto the streets of […]

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While much of the subject matter in Jeremy Deputat’s solo photo exhibit is stand-out by design, there are a few moments where the body of work transcends the subject to create outstanding impact. The ostensible point of interest in “Nothing is Forever,” which opened at the Inner State Gallery on Friday, July 18th, is the […]

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Sunday, July 27th marked the closing of the MOCAD’s (a Knight Arts grantee) summer program, an eclectic assembly of exhibits with a light-hearted summer feel. The video gallery hosted, Projecting (see video above), a trio of works by video artist Dara Friedman: Musical (2007-2008), Dancer (2011), and PLAY (2013), all which feature everyday people assuming […]

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The Michael Jon Gallery has touched down in the New Center neighborhood, bolstering Detroit’s art scene with this sister gallery to a namesake in Miami, Florida. Gallery partner and co-director Alan Gutierrez describes the opening of this show while simultaneously closing the Miami season as a way of symbolically presenting Detroit as MJG’s site for […]

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The DIA was jumping this weekend with the Motor City Puppet Blast, part of the 2014 Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival, which took place all weekend, July 25-27, with a packed program for the delight of puppetheads, young and old. One highlight of the weekend was a recreation by performer and archivist Seth […]

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Self-deprecation is a prime tool in the stand-up comedy arsenal, and it provides a strong counterpoint to the practice of making fun at the expense of others. However, comic Brian Posehn (best known for his turns on “Mr. Show,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “The Comedians of Comedy” and a recurring appearance on “Just Shoot Me”) […]

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