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  This past Thursday, February 26th, artists Corrie Baldauf and Rose DeSloover participated in an artist talk and open discussion that I moderated for Essay’d, Detroit’s premiere location for short, in-depth articles on key members of the Detroit art scene. The discussion was fluid and far-ranging, highlighting a number of similarities between these two artists, […]

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There are few things that make the average person more squeamish than contemplation of our bodies as physical vessels. What goes on inside us is a mystery that most prefer to keep out of mind and under the skin. Perhaps that is why “Thinking Colon”—new work by Kylie Lockwood, which opened at Popps Packing in […]

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By Tod Machover, composer and head of the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future Group A new, collaborative symphony, led by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab and funded by Knight, is taking shape in the Motor City. Below, Machover, who is gathering sounds from the people of Detroit […]

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By Biba Bell On Feb. 25, Detroit choreographer Biba Bell will launch a site-specific dance piece in a fifth floor corner apartment of a 1958 Mies van der Rohe high-rise in Lafayette Park. In the fashion of an intimate cocktail party, the 2-hour piece opens up a private space to a public audience. Here Bell, […]

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On Thursday, February 12th, artist and activist Jonathan Rajewski was the featured speaker at the weekly Fine Art Talk—an ongoing series facilitated by College of Creative Studies professor Chido Johnson. Exhibiting his trademark reluctance to highlight his own studio practice, Rajewski chose instead to put the focus on a couple of his ongoing social works-in-progress: […]

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For some, February is a cold, dead time of year, where all the charm of winter has given way to Seasonal Affective Disorder and an increasingly whiny yearning for signs of spring. But others, bowing to the inevitabilities of Michigan’s most severe season, embrace this atmospheric lockdown as an opportunity for creative indoor pastimes. Such […]

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Saturday, February 14th marks the closing of “It’s Like Toys in Here” at the Detroit Artists Market, giving you just one last chance to fall in love with this playful show curated by Andrew Thompson, featuring three generations of Detroit artists working in the show’s eponymous medium. Of the old school, the mythic creations of […]

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This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity for MOCAD’s Mobile Homestead, with a 1-2-3 punch of activities to supplement the opening of a new round of exhibits at the museum. Friday, February 6th saw the continuation of the Radical Scavengers: Quilting Bee Project, which will feature events and open working hours from Friday to […]

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February is Black History Month, and there’s an exciting range of free programming being supported by the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights to celebrate the rich cultural traditions and history of black and African American communities, as well as to examine some of the challenges that continue to face black Americans. On Saturday, […]

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By Marika Lynch, Knight Foundation communications consultant More than 5,000 people came out to see last fall’s Interactive Hip-Hop Carnival in Detroit, a visual and aural spectacle that combined b-boy dancers in lights, island-inspired Mardi Gras costumes and music, a dancing crowd and more. What the organizers want everyone to remember though is the backstory […]

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