This weekend nearly every gallery in the Detroit area will be hosting an opening of a new exhibition or a special event in celebration of this historic occurrence. There’s an amazing array of different venues, types of works, and events to check out this weekend. Below we offer you just a few samples (in no particular order) from all that might be seen, along with some words from some of the operators of the venues. As always, our arts calendar has the rundown of EVERYTHING going on in Arts. And this week, everything really is everything. So scan below for a teaser or two, and check out the arts calendar for all the specifics and all the events going on. This is really an opportunity to celebrate just how strong and diverse Detroit’s arts community is. Click here to go to the arts calendar.
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery’s Art Detroit Now exhibit will feature three of the gallery’s representative artists, Anita Bates, Christine Hagedorn and Allie McGhee. Each of them has been asked to select a companion artist, whose work they know and admire and with whom they have had some professional connection, thus the title of the exhibit “Connections”. Anita has chosen Alice Smith, a Detroiter and professor at Wayne State, Smith states, ”my quest through art expresses my appreciation and respect for all humans and everything that has dwelled upon this earth, respect for the unending circle of change.” Brian Pitman is Christine’s connection. They have been friends and associates since graduate school and “share a love of all things organic, found objects, discovery and craftsmanship.” Allie McGhee chose longtime friend Ibn Pori Pitts. As budding artists at Cass Tech Allie and Ibn bonded and remain friends as each expresses their talents with varying applications.
The “Connections” exhibit in the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery exemplifies the vision of the Art Detroit Now weekend. This project provides the opportunity to sample the diversity of the Metro Detroit Areas’ artists along with showcasing our numerous galleries and museums. For details see the Arts Calendar.
555: O’Bryan’s and Press/Play
The 555 Galleries and Studios present a variety of art and performances exhibiting along with Art Detroit Now opening on May 8th 6pm-9pm, May 9th 6pm-1:30pm to May 10th Noon-1:30am. The 555 is an artist run non-profit with three gallery spaces and many artist’s studios. The core mission of 555 Gallery/Studio is to further enrich and diversify cultural life in the greater Metro-Detroit area. In support of this mission 555 facilitates the development of emerging artists. 555 consists of leaders and collaborators that continue to develop greater possibilities for the performing and visual artists of the Detroit area.
First Floor Gallery: Aqua O’Bryan and Billy O’Bryan will be showing new work
Father Billy will be exhibiting “Nutrition/Defecation” which explores organic resources and material, natural processes, and bodily functions in creative development and discipline Daughter Aqua will be presenting “Electric Church” a portfolio of brilliant digital photographic prints of Detroit’s churches.
Come join us, better yet come by bicycle!! (weather allowing) bikes for rent @ the Hub, spoketwanger of the former back alley bikes.
Two live acts will be happening on May 10th
5:15 pm – A Disconnect – A simultaneous performance happening live in New York, web streamed in real-time and projected onto the stage in Detroit. Aadika Singh will be performing in New York and projected onto Kt Andresky’s body in Detroit making this an illusional experience you cannot miss.
6:00pm-8:00pm – Press/Play – This Artist ‘News Reel’ is a one-time collaboration of about 20 artists world wide, all coming together to discuss the current happenings of their art world.
The artists will be calling in LIVE via Skype, a real-time video conferencing technology. Each will broadcast for five minutes and creatively interpret what is happening within their art community. Press/Play welcomes all artists and art supporters to be inspired by the artists of this world. - be prepared for art, dancing, performances, live music, and possible interaction with each of these artists.
Come see what is happening in New York via experimental performing artist Biba Bell. Hear what Pittsburgh sounds like through a talented musician and performance artist Pfunkt. See what is happening on the streets of Minneapolis through the eyes of stencil and street artist John G. Detroit is happening, did you hear? Well you will hear more about it from Detroit’s very own James Dozier. What about the action in Pakistan? Faisal Malik of Thespianz Theater will tell us all about it. Technology can be an artist’s tool, come see it work and see what the Lab Factory of Vienna, Austria has to say about art and technology too!… plus many many more!
Need inspiration, this is where you should go to get some. Find out what is happening in the art world around the world presented to you by artists and not someone else. (This is an anything goes sort of viewing, kids are welcome, but i do not have any control censoring what the artists choose to do while performing live during the event.)For details see the Arts Calendar.
MOCAD: CONSIDERING DETROIT
This is the first exhibition in a series that MOCAD is launching exploring contemporary art in the Detroit area. The concept of the series is to effectively document the recent history: that is of the last forty years. The seven artists or groups participating were selected on the merits of their work and for their various connections to the place. For the 2008 exhibition MOCAD has chosen the following seven artists to highlight: Ellen Cantor, Maurice Greenia Jr. (Maugre), Jim Gustafson, Allie McGhee, Heather McGill, Gordon Newton, and the artist collective TIME STEREO.
Ellen Cantor grew up in the City and mines her memories in abstract ways for videos and drawings. Maurice Greenia Jr. (Maugre)’s installations have appeared on various buildings in Detroit and Ann Arbor; poet and performance artist Jim Gustafson’s written and visual work will be exhibited. Allie McGhee plans an original installation that includes his landscape-based paintings. An installation by Heather McGill will combine her sculpture and prints, which transform the images and processes of the auto culture. Gordon Newton has been assembling large industrial sculptures since the 1960s of which highlights will be exhibited; and the collective TIME STEREO plans a new installation covering the entrance of the museum that will include popular culture images, music, and structural forms. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Community Arts @ Paramount Bank: Inner Surroundings
It is possible to envision a time when there wasn’t oil painting or video art, but drawing seems to have been with us always. Barnett Newman swore that the first man, who happened to be an artist, made a line in the dirt with a stick, creating the first drawing and simultaneously the first artwork. For Newman and other postwar modernists, drawing was the most direct and unmediated method of catching the creative process as it happened.
…“There is no way to make a drawing – there is only drawing,” Richard Serra remarked in a well-known interview. “Anything you can project as expressive in terms of drawing – ideas, metaphors, emotions, language structures – results from the act of doing.” (Laura Hoptman “Drawing Now: eight propositions.”)
Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery invites you to explore the way drawings of Addie Langford, Jae Won Lee and Emily Lyman connect and react to their immediate environment. Discover how that environment becomes a drawing and leave your own mark in our collaborative artwork located at the Gallery.
Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery is proud to be a part of Art Detroit NOW weekend. “I believe that this is a very important first step towards putting long deserved Detroit Metro area art on a national art map. As well as drawing attention of our own communities to the resources that they have in the area. Art is an industry that can change current economical situation in Michigan. This weekend is the time to discover how.” – says the curator of the gallery, Narine Kchikian. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Ariana Gallery: 21 Years of Exhibiting Fine Art Glass
For 21 years Ariana Gallery has been focusing on a small select group of glass artists whose design will resonate for years. This years Glass Invitational features over 20 acclaimed artists including Tom Philabaum, Scott Bayless, Ed Branson, Brian Russell and Mark Vandenberg. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Art Detroit Now is one the most exciting art events to have hit the Detroit area. Not only does it portray the vitality of the Metro Detroit art scene but it has had a residual effect of unifying us. I remember the art scene in the 70’s and 80’s when groups would travel from gallery to gallery and show to show. You wanted to arrive early so that you had the best selection from which to choose your next piece of art.
Metro Detroit artists and galleries and institutions have created an art scene like no other. It is hot and gritty and new. At my gallery I show only Metro Detroit artists and my show right now is a takeoff from Earth Day. On my second floor I have art that has been made from throwaways. There is an installation is by Tim Burke (how more Detroit can you get???) who found industrial waste from Nerf footballs laying in a field near his home and studio on Heidelberg Street. He took these, what he terms “Schrooms", and made tiles at Pewabic, bronzed them at Wayne State University and put them on wall plaques and on and on. If you just make that trip “downriver” for that alone…it will be worth it but there is many other reasons including visiting Patricia Izzo’s Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery on our third floor. We’ll be here Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Owner River’s Edge Gallery
Biddle: A Creative Environmental Happening
“Green Bunny” is a conscience effort to recycle and reuse to reduce our environmental foot print. “Green Bunny” is open through June 7, 2008 at Biddle Gallery. It is a mixed media show featuring recycled and earth friendly materials. Artists include Rick McQuaid, Ryan Weiss, Jerome Ferretti, Terri Sarris, Dave Moroski, Carl Oxley III, Mrrranda Tarrow, Joan Painter Jones, Joey Merchant, Taryn Boyd, Davin Brainard, Michele Kramp, Greg Loselle, Heather Fagan, Faina Lerman, and more. Biddle Gallery started the successful event called “Craft Uprising” back in January. Many of the artists who participated made things from recycled items
Here are a few examples:
Miranda (aka Mrrranda) L. Tarrow juxtaposes delicate and even perishable objects found in nature with pre-loved toys, antique hardware, and consumer debris - often looking worse for wear than their organic companions - Tarrow’s assemblages are subtler and more complex in structure and meaning.
Michelle Pappas creates felted handbags and bags using recycled sweaters.
Taryn Boyd of TalkingSquid creates handmade rugs from old t-shirts.
Birch bark jewelry by Heather Fagan of BirdsGather. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces made from bark she collects off the ground that naturally peel off birch bark trees.
Michelle Kramp creates one-of-a-kind handbags from sentimental and recycled textiles. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Paulkotulaprojets: Mytty and Vogel
Amy Vogel: At Two with Nature and Melissa Mytty: Urban Couture. Amy Vogel (Chicago, IL) makes paintings and sculpture based on her vacations in northern Michigan. Open and vast, her landscapes are filled with trees, evergreens and remnants of man - trailers, fencing, chopped wood for fuel. Painted on prepared linen mounted on masonite, Vogel’s works are formed with lively marks that sit upon and absorb into her unique ground.
Melissa Mytty is from Birmingham, MI. She earned her BFA in 2005 at the College for Creative studies and her MFA in 2007at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In this her first exhibition since graduating, Melissa continues to explore cultural issues within the framework of a cup and its saucer. Informed by fashion and urban street life, Mytty created graffitti-like volumes that hold oddly playful and sensual cups. She is currently an artist-in-residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Bike Detroit Now! Gallery Crawl for Art Detroit Now
Encouraging the benefits of art and biking for the individual and for the community at large, The Center for Creative eXchange has teamed up with Detroit Bikes! to host a special event for Art Detroit Now called Bike Detroit Now. This moderately-paced bike tour and costume-optional gallery crawl will begin in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts at noon on May 10th and will travel to galleries in Eastern Market, New Center East, and Woodbridge before heading back towards the Cultural Center to stop at Motor City Brewery, Back Alley Bikes and finally to the DIA at approximately 4pm. At each stop a brief synopsis of the exhibition will be given by artists and gallery staff followed by a quick look around.
Back Alley Bikes will be offering bike rentals at $5 for the day plus deposit and pre-registration. Bikes can be picked up at The HUB at 3611 Cass Ave. between 11am and 11:45am on May 10th directly before the event. Pre-registration for rentals required by May 3rd. (No registration required to participate in Bike Detroit Now. )
This is a free event and costumes and helmets are encouraged!
Participating Galleries and Venues
Eastern Market: The Detroit Film Center, Johansen Charles Gallery.
New Center East: The Pioneer Building, Russell Industrial Spring Show. Woodbridge: Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, The Center for Creative eXchange,4731 Gallery, 555 Gallery.
Cass Corridor: Back Alley Bikes; The Hub, Motor City Brewery.
www.detroitsynergy.org/projects/detroitbikes, For details see the Arts Calendar.
Lemberg Gallery: Mark Fox
Mark Fox explores the possibilities of chance and the strange narratives that emerge from the juxtaposition of images, addressing the glut of information imposed upon our daily lives by news media, advertising, religion, cinema, street noise and telephones. In two main works in the exhibition, Construction and Ply, Fox eliminates representational imagery from his constructed drawings and focuses on linear elements, which have their origin in sacred texts. Fox’s ongoing interest in eschatology-theologies concerning the end of the world-and its prevalence in the dogma of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is a driving force behind these large-scale sculptural drawings. The cloud-like paper forms, affixed to upright wood plinths, are comprised of words from various texts describing fantastical religious and mythic events, such as the Catholic doctrine of the Assumption of Mary. The brushwork originates in Fox’s calligraphic reproductions of such texts, which are reduced to bold linear elements, then cut from their paper grounds and reassembled. As with his choice of raw plywood, Fox also employs sawhorses and workbenches to undergird his delicate paper forms. His intention is to create a striking contrast between these basic construction materials and the esoteric fragments and lofty proclamations they support.
Many of Fox’s recent works have incorporated reflective surfaces in order to give the viewer multi-faceted access to the drawings. The most recent work on exhibit here, Triptych, presents the reflective surface as its main subject matter. The large curtain-like form (a favorite motif of the artist) is made of cut stainless steel and suspended in the center of the gallery. With equal amounts of reflective and perforated surface, the placement of this piece in the middle of the gallery calls into question what seen as a reflection behind the viewer and what is seen through the openings in front of the viewer. While working to decipher these challenging optics, the viewer may at times see a single amalgamated image, a unified field comprised of everything visible in the gallery space. Fox’s work may be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.
For over thirty years Lemberg Gallery has exhibited modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture and works on paper by regionally and internationally acclaimed artists. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery – University of Michigan Dearborn
There is energy and excitement in the process of inventing and exploring new possibilities and the ARTDETROIT NOW project is a great example! Marc and the “founders” have taken the lead in activating the arts and cultural community in a fresh new way! Their effort has has been widely embraced and supported!
The Art Museum Project at UM-Dearborn presents 7-10 exhibitions each year. We are just closing our annual Michigan Glass Month presentation, “Privileged Access,” seldom seen studio art glass by celebrated master craftsmen on loan from important regional collections, and will open “James Scripps Booth: Artist, Engineer, Polymath,” a project of students in the Museum Practices Seminar in our Art History program, on May 16.
The gallery will be in process of installation until then so we are not open for ADN this year.
We are looking ahead to our 12th Michigan Annual Competition, June 27 - July 24; the Michigan Water Color Society traveling exhibition, August 4 - 28; a special exhibition of children’s book illustration, September 12
- October 24; and finally, as part of our community outreach, we’ll feature the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, November 14 - December 12.
It’s great to be a part of this celebration of the arts in our region!
Art Museum Project / Alfred Berkowitz Gallery University of Michigan-Dearborn
Art Space: Twenty-Four Years of Reselling Fine Art
Born is Detroit in 1904, his working life extended for more than six decades during which time he traveled and studied with and was influenced by some of Europe’s greatest painters. He studied with Andre LHote in Paris and was juried into the Carnegie Institute competition by Henri Matisse who much admired Yaegers work. As a celebrated modernist, Yeager has exhibited in many of the most prestigious arts institutions in the nation, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was much in demand as a WPA artist painting numerous murals in the Detroit area. An interesting note: Yaeger never purchased a tube of paint. He ground and tubed all his paints himself because he felt that the colors were fresher that way.
Art Space shows the work of modern 20th century masters, Detroit Cass Corridor artists as well as emerging artists in an ever changing selection. You never know what you may find. For details see the Arts Calendar.
CAID Opens Four New Galleries
The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit opens four galleries with four curators, five jurors, twentyone artists, one Eco Village, seven bands, two art shuttles and one MassiV kick off party. Founded in 1979, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) and its half dozen members moved into its first home on Rosa Parks Blvd after 25 years of nomadic existence. Now only 3 years after that move, CAID operates four venues throughout Detroit and has over 500 members and growing.
May 10th brings the debut of CAID’s 2008 exhibition season with shows at all four venues: CAID, the Carriage House Gallery, Ladybug Gallery and Studios and the newest addition to CAID’s family of galleries, MassiV.
Amy Green Deines, Board Chair of CAID, explains the exciting new programs and growth, “Recently, we [CAID] have been criticized for spreading ourselves too thin. With four galleries with different programs extending throughout Detroit’s landscape, one might agree. We feel that Detroit is in desperate need of art and art education as a catalyst for change and exchange, with that, the idea of ’spreading thin’ is appealing. We consider our expansion as a conceptual veil that is delicately laid over the City of Detroit, it touches, effects and consumes. Even at moments when the veil is so thin that it becomes porous or torn, it becomes evidence to this group that friction or reaction is embraced. As our non-profit evolves moments in the veil will thicken, while other area’s will stay thin, that’s fine with us. We are in the business of changing the consciousness of men and women, children and the elderly; we are in the business of changing the world.”
Each of the four galleries offers a completely different perspective of the CAID exhibition and education vision and mission.
CAID Main offers the Eco Village Student Design Competition. Eco Village is part of the City of Detroit’s latest green initiative. The exhibition includes cutting edge solutions to vacant land usage including the potential of developing eco-villages.
The Carriage House Gallery features the work of Madeleine Barkey, Jeanne Bieri, Teresa Petersen with their collaborative exhibition, The Harvest Gold Club: COLLECTING, CREATING and CLEARING OUT. The exhibition will display artwork within an environment that imitates a typical living room or clubhouse.
Ladybug Gallery and Studios, which opened last fall in Southwest Detroit’s Whitdell Building, hosts the Curator’s Choice exhibit. This show features the work of Sandra Cardew, Simone DeSousa, Bill Dolson, Tirtza Even, Tom Humes, Curt LaCross, Jayson Lowery, Azucena Nava-Morena, Teresa Petersen, Don Pollack, Len Puch, Sam Wolf, Sharon Que, Daniel Timlin, Ram Singh Urveti, Tiffany Sayre, Ropert Showalter & Stage 3 Productions.
MassiV is the latest addition to the CAID family of galleries. The inaugural exhibition, Chido Johnson: Domestified angst – first recording, includes a major solo installation of new work. Born in Nyadiri, Zimbabwe and currently the chair of Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies, Johnson’s work explores his own state of cultural negotiations. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Russell Reschedules for ADN
Russell Industrial Center moved their Spring show from late April to early May to participate in Art Detroit Now. The Spring Show has over 70 artists that open their studios and showcase their art to the masses. The tour usually sees around 500 visitors but with participation in Art Detroit Now over 1000 are expected. Russell exhibits artists from all walks of life and genres. Painters, sculptors, metal fabricators, furniture makers, photographers, clothing designers, film makers and many more will exhibit work.
Russell also has four walkable art galleries. DIP (Detroit Industrial Projects), CAVE, MASSiV (CAID GALLERY) and the OVERPASS gallery. Michigan Hot Glass is also on our campus. These galleries will also be open on May 10th. The campus will be open May 10th, Saturday 2pm-Midnight.
The RIC is very excited to participate in this event. The creative class at the RIC (and the Detroit area), is happy to help draw attention to the wealth of creativity in this region and its beneficial effects on the effort to help Detroit thrive and prosper. For details see the Arts Calendar.
CAVE: Still Moving
In the weekend of Art Detroit Now, Cave will be showcasing work from eight distinct artists. This particular show titled “Still Moving” will include works by Vanessa Merrill, Vince Troia, Gilbert Vasquez, Nate Morgan, Andrew Davis, Kevin Beasley, Jenny Ziegler (all of whom occupy studios in the space) and Ed Brown who recently had a solo exhibition at Cave and will be showing at Robert Kidd Gallery this weekend. The show seeks to offer the audience a chance to see where each of these artists are at this point in time with their work in a climate that presides in a paradox. This particular show represents a young ambitious group of artists who are eagerly taking part in the rapid growth of the luscious Detroit art scene.
A year ago, Cave was non-existent. A mere idea that was only exercised for the need of a working studio for a group of avid artists. After months of renovation, building, and a slight vacation, the space began to take shape into a studio/working playground. Having 4000 sq. ft. of space to work with, the group decided to build out a 1500 sq. ft. clean space that would serve as an area for documentation, events and possible exhibition. Seven months after the first exhibit during the People’s Arts Festival, Cave has become a must-see in the Detroit community.
The development of Cave embodies the essence of blatant possibility in Detroit. It is a space that was developed by a young group of determined artists that exemplifies the spirit of the do-it-yourself mentality of the Detroit art scene. If its not happening, then make it happen. Cave is a fresh space with fresh faces that is openly looking to join forces with the rest of the community that Art Detroit Now has brought together so valiantly. This event is very significant to not only the threading of the art community here in Detroit, but also as a firm statement to outsiders that the Detroit Art scene is alive- and thriving. For details see the Arts Calendar.
The 52 Hour Chance @the OVERPASS at Russell
Join us in a 52 hour open jam of music, mural, collage, assemblage sculpture and t-shirt screen printing. Just bring any useful materials; paints, brushes, instruments, noises, magazines, images, found objects, t-shirts…
Music and Poetry by;Angelo Conti, Tom Budday, Mother Whale, Food for Owls, The Beards, Eric Waters, Urine Sample, As Centaurs, Black Seal, Weston Parker, Arrow/Spear/Sword, Jason Tobin, the Questions, Polar Opposite, The Nerve, Joe Whizner, the JIG… and others. For details see the Arts Calendar.
In the Main Gallery – “SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION” an eclectic collection of Found Object Art by M80 and Joan Painter Jones. In the Bar Gallery – “WORK” by John Aretakis (neon sculpture) and Tony Patterson.
THE ARTISTS: M80 and Joan Painter Jones are no strangers to the Zeitgeist.
They have been important players in the “Visual Jam Sessions” that we have hosted every summer for 6 years. They always bring good junk to play with and to share.
Expose yourself to more ART!! For details see the Arts Calendar.
Northville Art House: “Osmosis” Adnan Charara Solo Exhibition
Be a pART of it! Enjoy spring – take in art. The Northville Art House is delighted to welcome back the artist Adnan Charara to the Northville Art House for a wonderful new solo exhibit, “Osmosis,” in the Art House Gallery. Adnan Charara is an artist that you will want to meet.
Adnan Charara has participated in many group exhibitions, as well as having several solo exhibits. His most recent solo exhibit was hosted at the Arab American National Museum, March 2007 in Dearborn, Michigan. Adnan Charara is the subject of numerous articles, most recently, “Tried and True,” by Nadia Abou-Karr, in the Detroit Metro Times, 4/18/07. His work is a part of both private and public collections, such as the Whistler House Museum of Arts, Lowell, Massachusetts, and the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Bohemian National Home: Slippery Weasel Society
Slippery Weasel Society – Interstate Reunion Exhibition
Society members – inducted Weasels: Jeanne Bieri, Carl Butler, Todd Erickson, Mary Fortuna, Matthew Hanna & Arturo Rodriguez
Photos: Mary Fortuna, Slippery Weasel
Rather than saying which style, trend, movement or period we fit;
let us say we indulge in whatever strikes our fancy. - Slippery Weasel Society, 2005
A History of the Slippery Weasel Society
Though the origins of this secretive fraternal organization are shrouded in mystery, its antecedents can be found in several Native American Medicine Societies of certain Great Lakes tribes. The first mention of the society can be found in H.R. Schoolcraft’s “Algic Researches” of 1839, wherein Pauppukeewiss, a “crazy brain”, likens the slippery weasels in his lodge to a “sack of fish” and wishes them good luck in surviving the harsh winter. (La Poudre, Historical and Statistical Information Respecting…the Indian Tribes of the United States. Mentor L. Williams, Editor.)
The society not only managed to survive, but thrived. During the war years it claimed the largest number of furniture movers among its ranks of any other civic organization of its kind in North America. Though interest waned at times, the society has enjoyed something of a renaissance during the ferret boom of the mid 1990’s. Today Slippery Weasels are everywhere. Membership is up, and council meetings are more egalitarian. Due to multiple lawsuits in the early part of this decade the Society has been forced to open its doors to women, dancing bears, and the Irish.
- excerpted from the Slippery Weasel Society Historical Archive
Recent activities of the society include an exhibit at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in August – September 2005, and a traveling extravaganza which graced the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts Gallery in September, 2006. With each subsequent exhibit, newly inducted members present their works. For details see the Arts Calendar.
Work : Detroit offers Engagement: U of M projects in Detroit.
Assistant Professor Nick Tobier’s Detroit Connections class brought students from the School of Art & Design to Detroit every Friday to work with the 4th grade students at Greenfield Union Elementary on East 7 Mile Road. U of M students got a chance to get to develop sustained time with the children while getting to know the city through its neighborhoods, cultural institutions and to engage their time in the city as artist-educators with the hopes that these bonds continue.
Assistant Professor Stephanie Rowden’s Digital Audio Narratives class sat down with members of St. Pat’s to make audio recordings of life stories and reflections. St. Patrick’s Senior Center is a vibrant and vital day program on Parsons Street, just around the corner from the UM Detroit Center.
A& graduating senior Happi Williams collaborated with Detroit foster care teens who have “aged” out of the foster care system to produce a photo essay as well as a book. In addition, there is a photo essay documenting the work of Doc to Docks, an organization that provides much needed medical supplies to Africa which was compiled by Happi Williams and Peter Schottenfels.
The Art Detroit Now event provides a well choreographed unprecedented forum for users to connect to and engage in a wide variety of artistic offerings over a condensed period of time. As director, I am looking forward to engaging with gallery users here at Worketroit as well as connecting with many of my fellow gallery colleagues and sharing in their exhibitions. I also look forward to discovering exciting new creators as well as new creations by familiar artists. For details see the Arts Calendar.
BBAC- In and Out during Art Detroit Now
The BBAC is hopping with so many activities during the May 9-11 weekend both inside the 50 year old regional art center and in downtown Birmingham.
Inside the BBAC:
Michigan Masters Exhibit- Georg Vihos: Spiritual Flesh 50 Years and Soaring
Free exhibit through May 30. Georg Vihos is an artist whose passion is so large that it cannot be contained on any small scale. Vihos’ works sweep the walls of office buildings, homes, lobbies and art galleries all over the world. He has said that, “My work has reached proportions that stagger even my own imagination.” This is the first retrospective exhibit of Vihos’ half-century of work and includes works in a variety of media.
Regional High School Competition
27 schools participating with 100 works in a juried competition. This prestigious event includes prizes like a college scholarship to Kendall College of Art and Design and others. Special Opening Reception Friday May 9 6-8 PM
The 2008 National City Birmingham Fine Art Festival
Hours Saturday May 10 AM 6PM
Sunday May 11 10 AM- 5PM
Shain Park- Birmingham
Over 200 artists from all over the US
Artists in Action- BBAC instructors live demos
Hands on Art Activities for all ages
Design .99: not necessarily functional furniture
Design 99 is pleased to present ‘not necessarily functional furniture’, an exhibit honoring the common objects we live with by rendering them not entirely practical and/or functional. New work and some reinterpreted older works will be included by artists Mark Moskovitz, Abigail Newbold, Chris Riddell, Clinton Snider, Team D99, and Graem Whyte. This show brings together work exhibiting an ideas-based approach to furniture, revealing personalities and lives beyond our immediate control. Each artist explores the potential of an object by resurrecting neglected and abandoned furniture for new and unusual uses (Riddell) or building a sculpture to touch the ceiling or reassigning indoor chairs as outdoor seating (Design 99) or making a seat that’s a lamp from a stump (Moskovitz) or casting aluminum landscapes for use in your home (Whyte) or hand dipping household objects (Snider) or prepackaging and pre organizing furniture and parts (Newbold).
We are also celebrating the launch of our publications department – D99 – with 2 initial offerings:
 A People’s Guide to Detroit
“… a collection of personal narratives and clipped entries based on individual experiences living here in the city, bound together for ease of use and enjoyment. This is not a comprehensive guide to the city. No, this guide offers a character study of the city based on personal experience. What we offer are impressions of places that hold our interest, places that we’d like to share with you; perhaps where we would take you if you came to visit.” (from the introduction)
a collection of photography by Mitch Cope, Scott Hocking, & Corine Smith
“This time… the tropical island is in the Mid West and the isolation is more cultural than geographic, although geography still plays a major role. In fact the landscapes of a tropical island and inner city Detroit are not dissimilar, carrying many of the same traits of wild untamed all consuming growth, providing a backdrop to be reckoned with, to discover what’s beyond the wall of foliage and to harvest for survival.” (from the introduction) Pre-order your copies now! For details see the Arts Calendar.
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