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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 nonprofit Write-a-House offers a twist on a typical writer’s residency: It provides writers with the opportunity to own a home, for free, in Detroit, as a way to promote the literary arts. The group, a Knight Arts Challenge winner, is currently accepting applications through June 5. Here, the first recipient, poet Casey Rocheteau,, writes […]

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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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By Julie Edgar, Detroit-based freelance writer A windstorm. A canceled flight. A play rehearsal. Fate surely stepped in and delivered an amazing – indeed, a Shakespearean – opportunity for the Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit. That chain of events led to the theater company’s collaboration with the legendary Public Theater of New York and the […]

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By Liza Bielby, The Hinterlands A festival has a beginning and an end. But if we dare to call an event “Porous” – like the Porous Borders Festival – we better be willing to stretch the boundaries a bit. One of the ways we’re trying to extend the reach of the festival is through a […]

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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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Now through the fall, Detroit will become the backdrop for artist Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date, including seven months of events and his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, all funded by the Knight Arts Challenge. Here Cranbrook Curator Laura Mott writes about Cave’s first stop in the city, where he travelled […]

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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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