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Detroit City/Detroit Affinities: Annette Kelm

On view Friday, May 6 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Annette Kelm, Percent for Art, 2013, c-print, 6 parts, 28 3/8 x 19 3/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery.
Annette Kelm, Percent for Art, 2013, c-print, 6 parts, 28 3/8 x 19 3/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery.

The photographic works of the Berlin-based artist Annette Kelm often feature a single, vaguely familiar object, which she renders using a direct and realistic style that oscillates between genres, such as documentary and advertising. She makes series revolving around these objects, pressing the relationship between photography and sculpture—her work moves between the creation of images and the recording of a staged object or objects—in order to unfold her subject's social, economic, and cultural context. The work shares much with that of contemporaries such as Josephine Pryde and Wolfgang Tillmans, but perhaps her clearest influence is Christopher Williams, who also puts his camera at the service of finding historical marks and contexts embedded within forms. Yet whereas Williams typically provides lengthy captions that help viewers decipher and unpack his images, Kelm offers few clues.

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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.

DEPE Space Resident Mitch McEwen

Mitch McEwen, A(n) Office / McEwen Studio with a video series curated by A(n) Office and Dawn Lundy Martin

On view Friday, May 6 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

 House Opera, courtesy of McEwen Studio / A(n) Office
V. Mitch McEwen, Photo of House Opera during SigiFest 2015, courtesy of McEwen Studio / A(n) Office

The DEPE (Department of Education and Public Engagement) Space Residency Project and exhibition series presents interdisciplinary art that serves as a catalyst for learning and transformative conversation about complex social issues. DEPE Space offers opportunities to reflect upon the personal relevance of these topics and how they relate to communities in Detroit and throughout the world.

In the DEPE exhibition produced by V. Mitch McEwen and collaborators, a series of design studies, maps, and abstract design codes will reimagine processes of demolition and preservation, specifically focusing on the tens of thousands of vacant houses in the city that were built in the early 20th century. This extensive collection of studies continues the ongoing research of McEwen Studio and A(n) Office focusing on demolition alternatives for publicly owned vacant structures. Visitors will encounter an excessive number of architectural scale models arranged from the floor of the gallery to the steel girders above. These architectural models, fabricated both by hand and digital processes, coalesce into a large sculptural field. Alongside these study objects, animations and interactive tools show how these design tactics would impact the image of the city.

DEPE Space is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mitch McEwen's Methexis is supported by the University of Michigan Office of Research, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Taubman College, University of Michigan.

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Carlos Rolón/Dzine Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories

On view Friday, May 6 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Carlos Rolón: Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories Photo Credit: CW Mosier
Get Nailed 2011 Public intervention and performance | New Museum, New York, New York Image credit: Chris Mosier. From the publication, Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine.

Carlos Rolón makes art a universal experience for everyone to share. For his Mobile Homestead project, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories, Rolón will create a pop-up nail salon within the context of a domestic space reminiscent of his family's home on the Southside of Chicago. On Saturdays during the run of the exhibition, gifted nail artists will work in the installation, creating customized nail designs for visitors who have made prior appointments. Each room will be decorated and finished with vintage wallpaper, framed mirrors, and craft based works such as hanging handmade macramé's for visitors to explore. Rolón views this project as a community service in both micro and macro forms. The various retro decorated rooms will serve as visual backdrop and speak to the many influences of an era when ornate tchotchkes, optic and geometric wallpaper design went beyond kitsch and into modern art. The complete installation and nail salon creates a sense of wonder that is bold and brilliant, leaving the viewer with visual re-discoveries and new conversations.

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Save the Date!
October 7, 2016


Please join the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as we celebrate another tremendous year of acclaimed exhibitions and expansive educational programs. The 2016 Gala + Art Auction will feature MOCAD’s brand of dynamic live entertainment, craft cocktails by our own Café 78, and a sophisticated dinner menu from Cutting Edge Cuisine.

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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.


2016 Summer Program Guide
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Image Credit:
Nancy Mitchnick, Torn Orange, Oil on canvas, 51 x 99 inches


Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation.

Exhibition support for Nancy Mitchnick's Uncalibrated is graciously provided by Ethan and Gretchen Davidson, David and Elyse Foltyn, Marsha Miro, and the Taubman Foundation.

DEPE Space is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mitch McEwen's Methexis is supported by the University of Michigan Office of Research, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Taubman College, University of Michigan.

MOCAD's operations are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, 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.

Funding to support the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, Jens Hoffmann, is provided by the Susanne Feld Hilberry Endowment for the Arts and Noreen Khalid Ahmad.

DETROIT CITY funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Kayne Foundation (Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree).

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

MOCAD Capital support is provided by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

MOCAD's 2016-2021 Strategic Planning Initiative is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation.

MOCAD 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, MGM Resorts Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

The EB/SS Junior Docents and other educational programs are supported by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

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. Support for Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Carlos Rolón's Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories is supported by Nancy Rogers, and Neiman Marcus.

MOCAD would like to thank our Leadership Circle (Jennifer and David Fischer, Linda Dresner and Ed Levy, Marsha and Jeffrey Miro, Roz and Scott Jacobson, Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Sonia and Keith Pomeroy, Sandy Seligman and Gil Glassberg, and, Julie Reyes Taubman and Robert Taubman) for making these programs possible: Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, Lectures, Poetry, Performance Art, Exhibitions, Film, DEPE Space, Music, Family Day, Public Programming, Education, Literature, and Museum Operations.