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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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A diverse audience was gathered at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art on Thursday, April 16th, for the final installment of a three-part panel series on gentrification–this one on the subject of “Gentrification and Urban Development.” The panel was moderated by Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, and comprised of Malik Yakini, founder and […]

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On April 4th, a powerful group exhibition, “The place where things happen for the second time,” opened at 9338 Campau. Its theme? “The unspeakable complexities of remembering and forgetting,” in the words of gallerist Steve Panton. Featuring contributions by Sandra Cardew, Ulysses Spencer, Andrew Krieger, John Richardson and others, the show explores memory through visual art. […]

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Saturday, March 28th was an evening of hard-hitting and hilarious performances by some of Detroit’s most dynamic spoken-word performers–all in the name of raising funds for the Radical Librarianship track of the upcoming 2015 Allied Media Conference. Held every summer in Detroit, the Allied Media Conference is “a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for […]

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Artist Clinton Snider is best known for his moody landscapes and portraits—blue/green toned images that overlap the whimsy of children’s book-style illustrations, a cadre of offbeat characters, and the poignancy of vacant landscapes. In “Sleeping Potential,” a new collection of work will be on display at Popps Packing through April 11, Snider reveals some of […]

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It is easy, in the context of the art world, to take art very seriously. To be sure, art is a mechanism for social critique and personal catharsis, and that can lead to dark and solemn places. But there is a refreshing feeling to art, which is taking fun seriously. That spirit is alive and […]

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When it comes to artist Megan Heeres, collaboration is the name of the game. Whether she’s rigging a local bell tower to light up in reaction to the movements of the DLECTRICITY 2014 festival attendees milling beneath it, or driving into the community with her self-made mobile paper station, Heeres consciously leverages her art making […]

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