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Café 78 will be closed to the public after 4pm on Wednesday, May 27 for a private event.
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MOCAD Woodward Ave. Exterior: NEKST Murals, 2013 by DONT, VIZIE, POSE, OMENS, REVOK, and SKREW. Photo by Colin M. Day

Upcoming Events

Ancient/Urban: A Xenakis Sampler
Thursday, May 28, 8pm
Admission: $10 ($5 for members)

Iannis Xenakis, one of the most highly regarded post- war avant garde composers, created challenging electronic and acoustic music using mathematical formulas and architectural principles. Percussion artist Zac Brunell presents a program that combines acoustic percussion pieces by Xenakis with a sample of electronic presentations of seminal musique concrete compositions, exploring the sonic mathematics of physics and nature. The centerpiece of the performance will be Bohor, an electronic piece for octophonic sound, and Xenakis’s first large-scale electroacoustic work.


Michael Stone Richards
Michael Stone-Richards: "The (Im)-possibility of Learning..."
Saturday, May 30, 1pm
Admission: Free

Michael Stone-Richards is professor in the department of Liberal Arts, College for Creative Studies, Detroit where he teaches Critical Theory and Visual Studies. He has published widely in English and French on the history and critical theory of the avant-garde and contemporary art practices. He is also the founding editor of Detroit Research. In a talk entitled "The (Im)-possibility of Learning..." Stone-Richards will speak on the crisis in art school pedagogy / education and the implications for art school pedagogy of the contemporary art practices emerging in Detroit, including Social Practice, Post-Studio, Dance, and more.

Sundays at Cafe 78 SUNDAYS AT CAFÉ 78
Josh Guerin + Soren / 528 Crate
Sunday, May 31, 11 - 5pm

Café 78 invites you to immerse yourself in a sumptuous brunch of beats, art, and pop-up shopping. Contemporary leaders of the Detroit electronic music club community create the sonic ambience while guests enjoy classic cocktails, an array of Anthology coffee drinks, and a menu of seasonal food specialties curated by James Beard Award-nominated chef Marc Djozlija. Plus, the MOCAD galleries are open! The series happens every Sunday from 11am - 5pm.

TV Lounge resident Josh Guerin (My Baby) and Soren (We Are All Machines / Aphotic Segment) team up for a Sunday of tastefully selected techno, new wave, and disco. The 528 Crate is a conscious and aesthetically esoteric street wear, vintage clothing, and vinyl line.


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Obama Paintings

Installation detail from The Obama Paintings. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown enterprise, and MOCAD.

Rob Pruitt: The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument
On View: May 15 - August 2, 2015

Rob Pruitt’s The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument will be presented to the public for the first time beginning May 15, 2015. Both works serve as monuments in themselves, as well as examinations of presidential monuments in general. The exhibition will spotlight how images of past presidents are disseminated and function in our society.

Learn more here.

Press Release

Greg Fadell

Detroit based artist Greg Fadell will inaugurate the second set of the Detroit Affinities series of solo exhibitions, part of MOCAD's DETROIT CITY program. Ken Okiishi will be the other artist in this new pairing. These exhibitions mark the first solo museum exhibition for each artist.

Learn more here.

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Currently On View:
Ben Russell
May 6 - 19, 2015

2014, Super 16mm transferred to video, 23' 33"

Introduced by Erika Balsom

Some say that the island of Malta is a remnant of the lost continent of Atlantis, a contested claim that superimposes the mythic grandeur of a drowned past onto the quotidian existence of a present society. From Plato to pulpy science fiction and into the sea, Atlantis is a search for utopia – and a reflection on the desire for it – that documents place and non-place at once.

Parking and Directions to MOCAD

Detroit is getting a street car line, the M1 Rail! As such construction has made some areas of Woodward Avenue difficult to travel. For full lane closures and directions, check the M1 Rail's interactive map here.

Our parking lot is located off of Garfield St. We recommend taking John R to Garfield. If you are traveling from I-75 northbound take the exit at Mack Ave. to John R north. If you are traveling southbound on I-75, take the Warren exit west to John R south. Visitors traveling from the M-10 Lodge Freeway take the Forest Ave exit east to John R south.

Please call the Museum at 313.832.6622 if you need further assistance.


2015 Summer Program Guide
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Image Credit:
Matana Roberts: detail from “the ties that bind...” (watercolor, india ink, charcoal, collage on found materials, 2013)


MOCAD Operations
Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation.

MOCAD Operations are supported by Masco Corporation Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Erb Family Foundation approved unrestricted operating support for 38 cultural and arts organizations, including larger organizations that have had historical significance to the family and other organizations that are essential elements of a strong core central City and vibrant neighborhoods.

​MOCAD's 2015-2020 Strategic Planning Initiative is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation.​

MOCAD Exhibitions

DETROIT CITY funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kayne Foundation (Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree), Quicken Loans, Andre Sakhai, Liz and Jonathan Goldman, Jane Suitor, Scholar Property LTD, Jasmin Tsou, the Krawiecki Gazes Family, Kimberly Brown, and William Leung.

Detroit Speaks funding is provided by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

MOCAD Education + Public Programs
Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

MOCAD Youth Programs
Youth Programs are graciously funded by the General Motors Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Neiman Marcus, and MCACA, as well as with product donation support from Whole Foods.

Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead
The Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead is commissioned by Artangel in association with MOCAD, LUMA Foundation and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with the generous support of the Artangel International Circle.

Community programs in Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead are supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.