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UPCOMING EVENTS / PAST EVENTS

MOCAD hosts musical, literary and artistic events throughout the year. Check back often or contact us at info@mocadetroit.org if you would like to be kept up to date on upcoming events.

All events are Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation) and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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READING
Luc Sante
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7pm
Admission: Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation)

Writer and cultural critic Luc Sante has been praised by The New York Times Book Review as having “a talent for the striking, impressionistic insight and the ability to write transcendental prose.” Sante reveals fascinating secret histories in a rich, anecdotal style, which has led New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl to exclaim that Sante is “one of the handful of living masters of the American language, as well as a singular historian and philosopher of American experience.”

Sante is the author of the books Lowlife: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005, and Folk Photography: the American Real Photo Postcard, 1905-1930. Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. At MOCAD, Sante reads from his essays and creative nonfiction.

Please also join us at Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium at 7PM on Tuesday, Feb. 3 (the night before this event) for Luc Sante’s presentation on vernacular photography, "The Genius of the System."

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Luc Sante
 

EXHIBITION OPENING
Winter 2015 Opening with music from Protomartyr and Double Winter
Friday, February 6, 7pm
Admission: Free for MOCAD Members, $10 for non-members after 9pm
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Schedule for the evening
MOCAD Member preview: 6 - 7pm
Gallery talk: 6:15pm
Public preview: 7 - 9pm
Galleries Close: 10pm
Music performance by Protomartyr and Double Winter beginning at 10pm

MOCAD Members receive complimentary beer and wine from Café 78 during the members preview hour from 6-7pm and 10% discount for the rest of the evening on all food and beverages.
 
Not a member? Join today and get in for the preview hour and discounts at the store and Café 78! 

MOCAD kicks off its next exhibition season with performances by the internationally renowned and Detroit-based band Protomartyr, along with Double Winter.

In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters, playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. There’s a temptation to call it garage rock, but that doesn’t quite fit. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn’t the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges’ greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is “stuck between the cracks." If that’s the case, though, they aren’t alone. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates—guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson—the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. In other words, to "[mess] around a little bit more."

With Double Winter: DIY Detroit quartet that explores the spaces between the garage, the AM radio, and the postpunk sounds of the early Rough Trade era.

Both bands appear as part of DETROIT STAGES.

In the galleries, February 6 - March 29:
Ragnar Kjartansson: The End
Detroit Affinities: Jamian Juliano-Villani

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TEEN ARTS WORKSHOP
Robert Platt
Saturday, February 7, 12pm - 3:30pm
Admission: Free
Space is limited
For questions and/or to register contact Youth Program Producer Tylonn Sawyer at: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org

Using the paintings of Sigmar Polke as inspiration, this one-off workshop explores the relationships between abstract painting, visual perception and optical technologies.
Following a brief slideshow introducing the context of artists employing abstract painting techniques in conjunction with technological processes, Students will work on canvases with acrylic exploring new painterly processes. While these paintings are drying, a compact microscope will be used to view and document each others eye’s at very close range. We will then process the images through Photoshop, reducing the images to high contrast duotone and then project these images onto their fluid,(now dry) abstract paintings. The ending result will be engaging images that simultaneously reflect the same subject matter (the eye) but also reflect the students own personality and emotional charge as they express themselves in fluid mark making. Aesthetic choices will also be made in composition and balance of the structure of the technologically reproduced imagery.
Close examination of their own eyes anatomy will yield a new understanding of the relationship between fluid dynamics, experimental paint processes, pigmentation and the anatomy of the eyes Aqueous Humor.
Students will be encouraged to explore ways to present human as a dynamic confluence of traditional and contemporary media.

As part of our OPEN STUDIOS, MOCAD offers free monthly workshops for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety areas: drawing, painting, sculpting, digital design, automotive design, fashion illustration, music production, creative writing etc.

Learn more about Robert Platt at:
robert-platt.com

All snacks and supplies provided by MOCAD.

MOCAD Youth programs are graciously funded by the General Motors Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. MOCAD’s youth programs are overseen by Youth Program Producer Tylonn J. Sawyer.

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Robert Platt
 

EXHIBITION TALK
Jamian Juliano-Villani in conversation with Jens Hoffmann
Saturday, February 7, 1pm
Admission: Free

Detroit Affinities artist Jamian Juliano-Villani and MOCAD Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann discuss the artist's work the afternoon after the Winter Exhibitions opening.

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Jamian Juliano Villani

Jamian Juliano Villani, Double Dose, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

 

MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Circuit Bending Workshop
Sunday, February 8, 2pm
Admission: Free

Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits found within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children's toys, and digital synthesizers. Local noise musician, coffee entrepreneur, and electronic tinkerer Catherine Engstrom will lead a circuit bending workshop for beginners in the Mobile Homestead. Participants are encouraged to bring a low-voltage, battery powered electronic device to create a new instrument.


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DETROIT STAGES
Matthew Daher EP Release Party
Friday, February 13, 8pm
Admission: $5, Free for MOCAD Members

Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility of Everything is the latest release from Detroit drummer/composer/producer Matthew Daher. The culmination of 4 years of explorations in groove-driven songwriting, with studio production guided by electroacoustic gesture and manipulation, Dwelling weaves ambient, noise, and post-rock sensibilities into cerebral and emotive compositions inspired by artists such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, J Dilla, and Bjork. Developed around the music of the release, this evening’s multimedia performance explores themes addressed in the compositions: infinite regress, meditation, chronic anxiety, and the volatility of romantic emotional entanglement. Featuring the Detroit video and movement artists Christina De Roos, Kevin Eckert, Costa Sirdenis, Goran Butorac, Maggie Piellusch, Alex Pavlov, Natasha Beste, Rachel Ann Harbert, Lisa LaMarre, Marianne Brass, Angela Sutcliffe, Shanice Rollins, and Rena Hertrich. With Dial81 DJ sets before and after the performance.

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PENNY STAMPS ON THE ROAD & ART AS SOCIAL FORCE TALK SERIES
Jose Miguel Sokoloff
Friday, February 20, 7pm
Admission: Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation)

President of Lowe and Partners Global Creative Council, ad executive Jose Miguel Sokoloff has led a multi-year, award-winning marketing campaign on behalf of Colombia’s Ministry of Defense against the guerrilla war in Colombia, persuading guerrilla fighters to demoblize. He passionately believes in using creative thinking and innovation, interactive campaign strategy, and powerful storytelling to one bring an end to a war he has lived all his life. Sokoloff remains dedicated to being a part of the evolving peace process in his homeland. He is the recipient of the prestigious Titanium Lion, a UK IPA Effectiveness Grand Prix, a Jay Chiat Grand Prix, and an El Ojo Grand Prix. His agency, Lowe SSP3, was awarded Advertising Age’s International Agency of the Year in 2013.

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DETROIT CITY
Detroit Speaks: Jeffrey Abt
Saturday, February 21, 1pm
Admission: Free

Jeffrey Abt, Professor of Art and Art History at Wayne State University, discusses the origins of Detroit's contemporary art world as reflected by area museums and institutions.

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MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Neighborhood Jam Session #2
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Admission: Free

The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions. All ages, levels, and styles of musicians are invited to bring an instrument and play music in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers and other noisemakers will be available to those without an instrument.


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MUSIC
Cakes Da Killa with UNIQU3, Miz Korona, and DJ Wildkatz
Sunday, February 22, 8pm
Admission: $10

Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes Da Killa is a 24 year-old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man, he's not your run of the mill rapper. But he just might be your new favorite. Cakes Da Killa steps on the scene with a fresh look, sound, and indisputable lyrics that match a big personality. Prolific and ambitious at an early age, he's becoming a hot commodity on the music scene and club circuit. He's been compared to Lil’ Kim due to his wild raunchiness. His risqué lyrics, rebellious attitude, and throwback ’90s beats have made him a big hit. Cakes fuses NYC ballroom culture, hardcore hip hop, and raw vocal talent into an infectious witches brew. Cakes’ witty word play has made him the MC to look out for right now.

Cherise Gary, raised in Hillside, New Jersey, is professionally known as the producer and DJ extraordinaire UNIIQU3 (formerly known as DJ Uniique). She is one of the leading women of Jersey Club and a member of Brick Bandits, the pioneering Newark, New Jersey crew. UNIIQU3 began playing music at the age of seven. She began DJing in 2009, aged eighteen, and started producing in 2012.

If award-winning Detroit emcee Miz Korona had followed the rigid rules she's been given since her childhood, she would have never opened up for hip-hop icons like Scarface and Run-DMC, or freestyled alongside Eminem and Xzibit in the blockbuster film '8 Mile.' A cowardly music industry would prefer she either rap about sex or keep her lips sealed, but she spits blistering bars without compromise. "I have a no-holds-barred approach: 'You're going to respect me," Korona insists. "If you stand firm, you make people pay attention."

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Photo by Drew Gurian

 

EVENT
Oliver Payne's Chill Out
Thursday, March 5, 8pm
Admission: Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation)

NO PHONES / NO TALKING / NO PHOTOGRAPHY / NO LATE ENTRY / NO RE-ENTRY / BRING A BLANKET / BRING A PILLOW / TURN ON / SWITCH OFF / LISTEN TO 'CHILL OUT' BY THE KLF.

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FILM
'Projection Instructions' - an evening of expanded cinema
Saturday, March 7, 8pm
Admission: $5, Free for MOCAD Members

MOCAD, Mothlight Microcinema and the Film-Makers’ Cooperative present an evening of seminal and rarely-screened avant garde cinema. Each of the films shown requires that the presenter follow special instructions to screen them properly. Multiple projections, superimpositions, unconventional angles, external sound, light, and actions: this will be a rare opportunity to see these experimental classics of expanded cinema the way you are supposed to. Featuring work by Storm de Hirsch, Ken Jacobs, Malcolm LeGrice, Rose Lowder, and Paul Sharits.

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PENNY STAMPS ON THE ROAD
Casey Reas
Friday, March 13, 7pm
Admission: Free

Casey Reas writes software to explore conditional systems as art. Using emergent networks and layered instructions, he has created a unique area of visual experience that builds upon concrete art, conceptual art, experimental animation, and drawing. While dynamic, generative software remains his core medium, work in variable media (including prints, objects, installations, and performances) materializes from his visual systems.

Learn more about Penny Stamps here

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OPEN DRAWING SESSION + ARTIST TALK
MOCAD and Green Brain Comics present the 6th Annual Comic Jam with guest artist Phoebe Gloeckner
Saturday, March 14, 8pm
Admission: Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation)

All are welcome to jam! Participants create spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation)-form drawings with each other.

Following the jam session, acclaimed graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner will talk about her art and career. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." R. Crumb called her story Minnie’s Third Love one of the "comic book masterpieces of all time." Gloeckner continues to experiment with technology and the form of the novel. She is striving to create an electronic "multi-touch" book offering a seamless reading experience, a work that feels to be of one piece rather than an "enhanced" novel with multi-media annotations and side matter. Gloeckner is an assistant professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

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TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Fantasy Vehicles Detroit with The Future People
Saturday, March 21, 12-3:30pm
Admission: Free

Design the perfect vehicle for Detroit with "The Future People". The Future People will present their work that was recently debut at The Detroit Auto Show and ask the workshop participants to design a fantasy vehicle to transport themselves around Detroit.


THE FUTURE PEOPLE is the collaborative creative practice of the husband and wife team, Cameron and Rachael Van Dyke. They integrate their practice into daily lifestyle choices in order to explore and test alternative value systems related to housing, transportation, and community. Both avid bicyclists, "Future Cycles" is their most recent collaboration with experimentation in human-powered vehicles.

Visit thefuturepoeple.us for more information.
As part of OPEN STUDIOS these free monthly workshops are for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety of areas: drawing, painting, digital design, automotive design, fashion illustration, music production, creative writing, etc.

MOCAD Youth programs are graciously funded by the General Motors Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

All snacks and supplies provided by MOCAD

Presented by the Stamps School of Art & Design

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The Future People
 

MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Neighborhood Jam Session #2
Saturday, March 21, 2pm
Admission: Free

The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions. All ages, levels, and styles of musicians are invited to bring an instrument and play music in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers and other noisemakers will be available to those without an instrument.


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FAMILY DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Make a Magical Stuffed Animal with Melissa Dettloff
Sunday, March 22, 12pm - 4pm
Admission: Free

Let your child’s imagination run wild! MOCAD’s Family Day Extravaganza features craft making, live music, tasty snacks and lots of family fun. Detroit artist Melissa Dettloff leads an inspiring workshop, where kids and parents alike are invited to create a personalized stuffed animal pet. Dig deep into your imagination to create a brand new creature of your own invention.
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Teen Night
 

TEEN NIGHT
Museum Lock-In
Friday, March 27, 8pm - Saturday, March 28 9am
Admission: Free

High school students ages 13 to 17 are invited to join us for this all-night avant garde teen lock-in presented by MOCAD’s Teen Council. Trivia, prizes, art making, video games, movies, and more! Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, tooth paste, activewear, sleepover sweats, and a friend! Morning breakfast served. Pre-registration required.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD’s Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults here at the MOCAD.

The MOCAD Youth Programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Arts Foundation, and Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and are overseen by Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer.


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Teen Night
 

YOUTH PROGRAM
5th Annual Kids-TALK Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 23, 4pm - 7pm
Admission: Free

The Children’s Center presents the 5th annual Kids-Talk Poetry Slam. Join us for a night of music, complimentary food and beverages, poetry, and great people. This fun lyrical competition shows off Detroit’s best and brightest young poets.


 
Teen Night
 

TEEN NIGHT
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Friday, May 8, 6pm - 9pm
Admission: Free

Join us as the teen council honors the Mexican-American tradition of Cinco De Mayo, MOCAD Style! It may be three days later, but it’s never too late to celebrate. Traditional Mexican music, food, and art making influenced by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD's Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults here at the MOCAD.

The MOCAD Youth Programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Arts Foundation, and Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and are overseen by Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer.


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Teen Night
 
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.