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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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SPRING/SUMMER 2016 EXHIBITION OPENING
Nancy Mitchnick Uncalibrated, + Mitch McEwen + Annette Kelm + Carlos Rolón/Dzine, with Music by Britney Stoney
Friday, May 6, 2016

  • 6-7pm: Members' preview hour, free for members.
  • 7-9pm: Public preview
  • 10pm: Musical performance by Britney Stoney at 10pm
Free/$5 suggested donation from 7-9pm, $7 starting at 9pm.

Join MOCAD for the opening of Nancy Mitchnick: Uncalibrated,DEPE Space Resident Mitch McEwen Methexis Mitch McEwen, A(n) Office / McEwen Studio with a video series curated by A(n) Office and Dawn Lundy Martin, Detroit Affinities: Annette Kelm, and Carlos Rolón/Dzine Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories in Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead. Click here to learn much more about our upcoming Spring/Summer exhibitions.

Britney Stoney is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist born and raised in Detroit. She is a 2014 Kresge music fellow, and she began her performance career at local open mics across metro Detroit. Stoney is deeply inspired by the human experience and hopes to empower all listeners. She aspires to be a role model for Detroit's emerging artists and an ambassador for the Detroit arts community.

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ARTIST TALK + BOOK SIGNING
Carlos Rolón/Dzine
Friday, May 6, 2016, 7pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Within Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead Carlos Rolón will discuss his project, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories, in which he 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.

Immediately following the artist talk, Rolón will conduct a signing of his acclaimed book, Nailed: The History of Nail Design and Dzine in the Mobile Homestead.

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OPENING NIGHT MUSIC
Britney Stoney
Friday, May 6, 1pm
Admission: $7

Britney Stoney is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist born and raised in Detroit. A 2014 Kresge music fellow, she began her performance career at local open mics across metro Detroit. Stoney is deeply inspired by the human experience and hopes to empower all listeners. She aspires to be a role model for Detroit's emerging artists and an ambassador for the Detroit arts community.

 
 

ARTIST TALK
Nancy Mitchnick
Saturday, May 7, 1pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Nancy Mitchnick and MOCAD's Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann discuss her current exhibit and the history of the Cass Corridor.

 
 

Sundays at Café 78
TERRI WHODAT
Sunday May 8, 11am-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.

Terri Whodat is more than a disc jockey. She's an artist with a love for creating a safe space for the people who come to see her to just be. Whodat has touched audiences Worldwide with her jazz of house, funk, soul and little bit in between.

 
 

FILM
Quartiers Lointains: French Film Series
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

After critically acclaimed runs in both France and parts of the African continent, the Quartiers Lointains film series premieres in Detroit, and features four outstanding film shorts from young French filmmakers: Yohann Kouam, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo, Zangro, and Alice Diop. These films move us, shake us, and amaze us by seizing a feeling distinctly French, but still universal. The evening will conclude with a Q&A with film series curator Clare Diao.

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PERFORMANCE
DETROIT STAGES: [drohn]
Friday, May 13, 2016, 7pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

[drohn] is a multi-channel video and multi-performer/instrumentalist performance which centers on a play off of multiple readings on the word “drone.” The performance juxtaposes imagery mixed and edited from military, industrial, and hobbyist drone footage as well as commissioned and live drone video feeds. The piece is choreographed by artist Osman Khan, with a soundscape performed live by an ensemble led by composer and multi-instrumentalist James Cornish.

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Sundays at Café 78
ALTON MILLER
Sunday May 15, 11am-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.

Never afraid of mixing the old with the new, Alton Miller’s DJ sets are simply magical.

 
 

SWAP + MEET
Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories Swap & Meet
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Admission: Free

Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories will host its graphic novel/comic book swap. Bring your pre-read illustrated stories and trade them for new favorites, enjoy character themed cocktails, and make new friends. This installment of this series is designed to explore the layered connections found in this important and often overlooked cultural nexus. In addition to swapping stories, let's swap ideas. We would like to know what you want to see next!

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TEEN NIGHT
Monster Drawing Rally: Teen Edition
Friday, May 20, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free

Join us for the teen edition of MOCAD's popular live drawing event and fundraiser! Part performance, part laboratory, part art bazaar, the Monster Drawing Rally consists of three one-hour shifts of approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously. The original drawings will be available for purchase for $15 each. Proceeds from the event support MOCAD Youth Programs. Sponsored by MOCAD's Teen Council and inspired by the original Monster Drawing Rally by Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, CA. For more info contact Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer at: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org

 
 

CONFERENCE
2016 Art & Race Conference
Saturday, May 21, 11am-2pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

The Art & Race Conference will provide a public forum to discuss topics on art and race. The event will feature a keynote speech by artist Sanford Biggers (who will also be on exhibit at MOCAD beginning in fall 2016) and presentations by members from the Detroit art and cultural communities, followed by group discussions. Organized by Infinite Mile and the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, the event coincides with the 2016 Art & Race Series. Visit infinitemiledetroit.com/art_&_race_conference.html for further details and registration.

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Sundays at Café 78
ARIEL CORLEY + FUNKY JUNK & JUJU
Sunday May 22, 11am-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.

Ariel Corley is a one-woman funk machine born and raised in the hub of Electronic Music. Join her as she concocts her next tasty musical dish. Funky Junk and Juju is your one stop for everything thrifty and fabulous in Detroit.

 
 

BOOK LAUNCH
313ONELOVE by Marie Staggat presented by MOCAD & Carhartt WIP
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6pm-8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

We are proud to announce the US release of the Berlin-based photographer Marie Staggat and her enigmatic 313ONELOVE book – an extensive picture love letter to Detroit's influential electronic music scene.

With more than 170 portraits, her book captures some of the most influential techno and house artists from the Motor City, plus a string of profound stories and quotes from selected artists on their hometown and its rich musical history. Her images are not just regular portraits of the artists in their living environment. Instead, Staggat decided to shoot close-up pictures of each DJ, musician and producer, as their hands and ears represent the fundamental "tools" for all their creative output. Detroit has been an inspiration to and definition of music history since the late 1950's with a wide range of styles from jazz, soul, funk, rock and hip-hop. The latest heavy contribution to global music culture has been house and techno – two genres that would not exist the way they do without the groundbreaking artists Staggat features in her book.

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Plastic Dreams: The Forgotten Future of the Vinyl Format
Friday, May 27, 2016, 6pm-8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

This panel discussion will explore the resurgence of the vinyl format and its impact on the local music industry. Leading members of Detroit's music industry will be on hand to discuss whether or not the resurgence is real, Detroit's storied history with vinyl manufacturing, and more.

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MUSIC DISCUSSION
Juan Atkins, Derrick May + Kevin Saunderson in Conversation
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2-5pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and MOCAD Board Member Derrick May are three Detroit-based musicians credited with the invention of Detroit techno. May famously described the sound he helped create as being "like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator." All three maintain busy performance schedules and continue to tour internationally spreading the Detroit sound. Derrick May says that his mission continues to be "to save the world from bad music." Q+A session to follow.

Photo credit: Riva Sayegh-Mccullen

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MUSIC
Sundays at Café 78: Red Bull Presents
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul"

Saturday, May 29, 2016, 10am-4pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Our groundbreaking Sunday brunch event takes on new life during Movement weekend. "Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul" brings together artists saving souls on and off the dancefloor through a unique synthesis of transcendent music and transportive messages. Hosted by DJ Terrence Parker along with special guest DJs Mark Flash, Merachka, Moreese, and Monty Luke. The selected pop-up vendor will be Brightly Twisted, the brainchild of born-and-bred Michigan artists. They offer a curated mix of contemporary women's clothing, accessories, and home décor.

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ARTIST TALK
How I Wrecked a Painting
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Nancy Mitchnick gets brutally honest about the unseen struggle to make a good work of art by sharing painfully humorous tales of her personal painting failures. How does an artist know when a work of art is finished? And how do they know if it is good or bad?


 
 

TEEN NIGHT
OPEN MIC
Friday, June 3, 2016, 6-9pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Due to popular demand, the MOCAD Teen Council is back with our OPEN MIC night of art, music, spoken word, and performance. All teens and young adults are encouraged to come out and show us what you got! Both featured performers and an open mic. For more info contact Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer at: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

WORKSHOP
Feeling Groovy: Macrame for Beginners
Saturday, June 11, and Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2-4pm
Admission: Free (preregistration is required, materials provided by MOCAD)

Join us for one or both classes to learn the basics of macrame and create your own functional and decorative work of art. Artist Hannah Chalew will teach us how to make classic plant hangers and more. Inspired by Carlos Rolón's installation in the Mobile Homestead. To register, contact Education Associate, Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org


 
 

READING + CONVERSATION
Frances Stroh: Beer Money
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Please join us for an engaging evening author Frances Stroh in conversation with award winning author Janis Cooke Newman as they discuss Stroh’s new book, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss. In this candid story, Stroh reveals the complexities of her childhood and what it was like to come of age as a member of Detroit’s Stroh’s Beer family, once in possession of the largest private beer fortune in America. The Stroh Brewery Company suffered a rapid and precipitous loss of market share during the 1980s and 1990s, declining from a Forbes 400 company to become near penniless. Stroh will share the painful unraveling of her family and her struggle to find her own identity and way back as an artist. In addition, Stroh will address the process of writing her first book and navigating the publishing world as a new author. The reading will be followed by a conversation between the author and Toby Barlow, in addition to a book signing in the MOCAD store.

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SWAP + MEET
Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories Swap & Meet
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Admission: Free

Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories will host its graphic novel/comic book swap. Bring your pre-read illustrated stories and trade them for new favorites, enjoy character themed cocktails, and make new friends. This installment of this series is designed to explore the layered connections found in this important and often overlooked cultural nexus. In addition to swapping stories, let's swap ideas. We would like to know what you want to see next!

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TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Funk Underground: Hip Hop Arts Workshop
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Calling all teen MCs and beat makers! Rhode Island hip hop collective, The Funk Underground, host this teen centered multidisciplinary workshop. Teens will participate at different stations that focus on deejaying, beat making, rap and discussions of critical issues in hip hop. For more info on Funk Underground visit: thefunkunderground.com RSVP to Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Songwriting and Recording with Sterling Toles
Thursday June 23 and Friday June 24, 2016, 11am–2:30pm
Admission: Free with RSVP (space is limited)

MOCAD presents this free two-day music production workshop conducted by musician and visual artist Sterling Toles. The workshop will teach teens how to record professional quality songs with limited equipment and money. Students will learn the basics of using GarageBand to create tracks and record. Also, using a little imagination, students will learn how to turn a quiet space into a recording booth. Participants are encouraged to bring works in progress. All supplies and snacks provided by MOCAD. RSVP to Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

MUSIC
Julianna Barwick
Wednesday, June 23, 2016, 9pm
Admission: $12

Join us at MOCAD for an evening with the fantastic Julianna Barwick. Her new album, "Will" comes out on May 6 on Dead Oceans Records. Since her 3rd album, Nepenthe was released in 2013, Julianna has toured with Sigur Rós, sung with children's choirs around the world, recorded and performed with the Flaming Lips, recorded Bach's "Adagio from Concerto In D Minor" on Sony Masterworks, played piano and sang with Yoko Ono and brewed a wasabi beer with Dogfish Head.

Barwick's diverse past has also included collaborative albums with Ikue Mori and Helado Negro, a remix commission from Radiohead and her song "Vow" remixed by Diplo. Upcoming Barwick projects include a film score and a music box.

REVIEWS Pitchfork: "…among the best and most artful ambient music being made today."
Diplo: "Barwick's music is like Care Bears making love."
Wayne Coyne: "I'm a fan of what she does…she's really pretty crazy, and weird, and funny."
NPR: "Downright medicinal, altering the listener's surroundings in ways that make them uncomfortable, yet still wondrously inviting."
New York Times: "Her ethereal multi-tracked harmonies have the devotional quality of gospel choirs, and the oddball allure of Bjork or Yoko Ono"

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GALLERY TALK
Jens Hoffmann on Annette Kelm
Thursday, June 24, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

To augment the exhibit by Berlin-based artist Annette Kelm, MOCAD's Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann will host a special gallery talk. Hoffmann will walk attendees through the exhibit and expound upon the connection between Kelm's work and the City of Detroit.

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MUSIC + WORKSHOP
Analog Ladies + The Church of the Super Serge
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 4pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Analog Ladies is a group for women of all kinds to meet and connect based on their love of creating and performing live electronic music. This includes analog and digital instruments. The Church of the Super Serge was founded by Dmitri Ponce in order to create a gathering for men and women to come together in the name of DIY synth builders, modular synth performers, and most importantly, to celebrate the Serge Synthesizer, the namesake of the event. The Church of the Super Serge will host a workshop where people learn how to wire their very own Serge filter module. Followed by an evening performance of selected Analog Ladies and Slope114.

 
 

ARTIST TALK
Mitch McEwen
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Mitch McEwen, Principal of A(n) Office and McEwen Studio, discusses her design work sited in Detroit since relocating from Brooklyn two years ago, including the House Opera, an ongoing art space project in Southwest Detroit, and a commissioned project for the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

 
 

CONVERSATION
Ruin Porn Chinwag (noun\chin-wag\: a friendly conversation)
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Trigger words often become cliches because they hold portable, immediate power. Once they become overused, we step away from them without first exploring the origin of that power. They continue to live shadowy lives beneath our beds and on Twitter. Four chatterboxes — scholars Jessica Moorman and Heidi Jugenitz, and artists Khary Frazier and Phreddy Wischusen — want to join with you in exorcising our feelings about ruin porn. Come ready to think, feel and share. Visit MOCAD.org, for more info and suggested readings.

 
 

TALK + POETRY READING
Dawn Lundy Martin
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin discusses the Methexis film series, her ongoing collaboration with Mitch McEwen and read selections of her poetry.

 
 

COMMUNITY EVENT/OFFSITE
Ann Arbor Art Fair
Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24, 11am–6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Spend time with MOCAD at the Ann Arbor Art Fair creating your own works of art in the Art Activity Zone. Located on Ingall's Mall between E. Washington and N. University in Ann Arbor.

 
 

ARTIST TALK
Cass Corridor Secrets Revealed
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Nancy Mitchnick entertains and enlightens us with personal tales from the first generation of Detroit's legendary Cass Corridor art scene. This lively illustrated talk is accompanied by clips from the movie, Detroit's Cass Corridor directed by Shaun Bangert and Kathryn Brackett Luchs and will feature an intermission for beer and one on one conversation with artists who made art history.

 
 

BOOK LAUNCH
Essay'd
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5–8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

A venue for Detroit arts writing makes the jump from digital to print! Essay'd is an online art writing project that publishes short essays about contemporary Detroit artists by Detroit writers on a regular basis. If it continues at its current pace it will reach 100 artists by the end of 2017—an unprecedented survey of Detroit art. At this event, celebrate the publication by Wayne State University Press of a fully illustrated first volume of 30 essays and pick up a copy of your very own.

 
 

COMMUNITY EVENT/OFFSITE
Family Day Extravaganza at the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 6, 3pm-8pm

Join MOCAD as our Family Day Extravaganza travels to the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts in the heart of Detroit's Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhood. "Sharing Is Caring: Personal Space Building" is the theme for this fiber fort-building extravaganza of epic proportions! Participants of all ages can zip tie, weave, macramé, and duct tape a personal space of their own in and around a wildly colorful multi-media art installation created by artist and teacher Paula Shubatis. Information about the Sidewalk Festival can be found at sidewalkdetroit.com. Questions about MOCAD's Family Day Extravaganza will be answered by Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org.

 
 

COMIC JAM
Open Drawing Sessions + Artist Talk
Saturday, August 20, 5–8pm

MOCAD and Green Brain Comics present the 7th Annual Comic Jam with guest artist Derf. All are welcome to jam! Participants create spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and free-form drawings with each other. Following the jam session Derf will talk about his international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.

 
 
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.