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The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Topsoil Cafe will be closed to the public from July 28 - September 11 for renovations to the building and preparations for the Fall exhibition season. The Fall season will open September 12 with the People's Biennial co-curated by MOCAD Guest Curator Jens Hoffmann and artist Harrell Fletcher and VDrome. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you join us at the opening on September 12 at 6pm for MOCAD members, 7pm for General Public.

Thank you,

MOCAD Woodward Ave. Exterior: NEKST Murals, 2013 by DONT, VIZIE, POSE, OMENS, REVOK, and SKREW. Photo by Colin M. Day


October 10, 2014

2014 Gala Logo

After another year of groundbreaking exhibitions and expansive education programs - including the launch of the internationally acclaimed public art work Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is proud to celebrate its 9th year in Detroit's midtown neighborhood and cultural center.

This exciting evening event features handcrafted cocktails, a seated dinner paired with lively entertainment, and rare one-of-a kind auction items curated by MOCAD's Guest Curator, Jens Hoffman, and Executive Director, Elysia Borowy-Reeder.

Full information and tickets available here


September 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

People's Biennial
Co-Curated by Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher

People's Biennial

Photograph of Xav Leplae, courtesy of the artist

People's Biennial is an exhibition series conceived by artist Harrell Fletcher and curator Jens Hoffmann in 2009. It examines the work of artists and other creative individuals, who operate outside the conventional art world. As such it recognizes a wide array of artistic expression present in many communities across the United States. In covering the little known, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the excluded, the project offers a view into a diverse range of creative practices in America today. The People’s Biennial also proposes an alternative to the standard contemporary art biennial, which mostly focuses on art from a few select cities (New York, Los Angeles, occasionally Chicago, Miami or San Francisco). It questions the often exclusionary and insular process of selecting art that has at times turned the spaces where art is exhibited into privileged havens seemingly detached from the realities of everyday life.

Read the full exhibition description here

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation, and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.