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Ragnar Kjartansson: Woman in E

On view Friday, January 15 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ragnar Kjartansson, Woman in E

In January 2016, MOCAD presents a major new performance by Ragnar Kjartansson, the Icelandic artist known for creating spellbinding installations which are equal parts music, performance, sculpture, and cinema. Superlatives are well-suited to his work: he tackles expansive themes using the most ambitious forms. Inspired by the music scene in Reykjavik, where he lives and works, he has created numerous immersive compositions that often involve live musical performances. To realize these large-scale productions, he collaborates prolifically with other artists, including The National, the Vienna Boys Choir, and Icelandic musicians Kjartan Sveinsson and Davíð Þór Jónsson.

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Detroit Affinities: Steve Shaw

On view Friday, January 15 - Sunday, April 24, 2016
Curated by MOCAD's Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, Jens Hoffmann

Steve Shaw
Saturday, February 6 at 1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation). RSVP on Facebook here.

Steve Shaw, Belle Isle, 1986.
Steve Shaw, Belle Isle, 1986. Courtesy of the artist.

STEVE SHAW completed one of his first photographic series just after high school, while working as a “ragpicker” at a Detroit factory. Though his job title had its own meaning at Motor City Wiping Cloth, the term typically refers to a person undertaking a kind of unauthorized labor in the street: collecting detritus to eke out a living. In a sense, this early role is a metaphor for the lifelong task Shaw assigned himself: to find value in the scraps and pieces of an urban scene that most people would throw away.

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As part of:

DETROIT CITY is comprised of three concurrent series: Detroit Affinities (exhibition), Detroit Speaks (education), and Detroit Stages (performance). This multi-year research program is one of the most ambitious undertakings to date at MOCAD.

Chloë Brown Dancing in the Boardroom

On view Friday, January 15 - Sunday, April 24, 2016
Part of DEPE Space Residency

Chloë Brown
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation). RSVP on Facebook here.

Chloe Brown, Dancin' in the Boardroom.
Film still from Dancing in the Boardroom (Turnin' My Heartbeat Up), 2013. Chloë Brown.

MOCAD is pleased to present the United States premiere of Chloë Brown's video work Dancing in the Boardroom (Turnin' My Heartbeat Up) and her large drawing From Alfred Street to Temple Street, Detroit. Dancing in the Boardroom uses the music and dance of Northern Soul to explore issues of class and hierarchy within the post-industrial landscape of Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom, a city once known for the production of ceramics. Shot in the disused Spode ceramics factory, the video explores connections between the post-industrial cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Detroit, and asks: what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down, but the people don't?

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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., and is currently accessible from both John R. and Woodward Ave.

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


2015 Summer Program Guide
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Image Credit:
Pia Camil Espectacular Cortina,2012 (Detail)


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, the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

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.