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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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FILM: Mixtress X
Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series
Wednesday, August, 17, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

Mixtress X
"Hip Hop is a cultural movement of black youth. As a constantly evolving form of self- expression and a social reflection of contemporary urban life, it is rooted in the oral history of African-American story-telling. Since the inception of Hip Hop, women djs have been vital participants in the construction and development of this international musical genre. Mixtress X documents this untold story, spotlighting women hip hop artists' unique contribution to the musical form as they operate and contend with a predominantly male-dominated multi-million dollar industry. While excavating the history of unsung women djs and charting the course of the hip hop movement from a gendered point of view, Mixtress X seeks to provide an uncensored platform for these underground and mainstream women artists who have been transforming their self-images within global Hip Hop movement."

Q&A with director Daty Kaba Immediately following the screening.

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

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.

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FILM
Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series
Wednesday, August 24, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

Secondhand Sureshots
This dublab documentary film by the dublab creative collective features four amazing, LA-based beat makers in a secret mission to create new musical magic from the dusty remains of thrift store vinyl.

Starring & featuring music by:
Daedelus
J.Rocc
Nobody
Ras G

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FILM
Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series
Wednesday, August 31, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

Re-Vinylized
Re-Vinylized" is a 30-minute documentary about independent record stores in Chicago. The film celebrates the culture of independent record stores while examining the effects of downloading and the recent resurgence of vinyl record sales. The documentary profiles a number of Chicago's independent record stores, and features interviews with store owners, employees and customers as well as insightful commentary from national music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (of National Public Radio's "Sound Opinions" program). The film was an official selection of the 2012 Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.

Far Off Sounds - "Echoes Throughout the Land"
Season Two Directors Cut. 63mins.s

The creation of Detroit-based directors Nick George and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman, "Far Off Sounds" is a new kind of music series, a hybrid of ethnographic documentary, music video, and travelogue. The show guides viewers through distant lands and hidden pockets close to home, exploring the beautiful, strange and varied ways that people use, play, and connect with music around the world. We live in a constantly evolving world of ephemeral trends and rapidly shifting cultural norms, and it is often difficult to make sense of this plethora of sensations within a larger context. Far Off Sounds seeks to provide this context by being all-inclusive. The series serves as a platform to connect the dots between the drumbeat of an African village and the pounding rhythm of Detroit techno; between the amplified songs of Orca whales and the electric guitar solos of psychedelic rock. The show tells discreet, intimate stories, in the service of the larger, infinitely complex story of music on earth.

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FALL 2016 EXHIBITION OPENING
Sanford Biggers: Subjective Cosmology, + Matthew Angelo Harrison + It's Your Party, with live music by Moon Medicin
Friday, September 9, 2016

  • 6-7pm: Member Only Preview
  • 6:15: Talk with the Curator
  • 7-10pm: Opening Reception
Admission: Free for MOCAD Members, ($5 suggested donation)
After 9pm admission is: $12 for non-members

Opening Night Music
Exhibiting artist Sanford Biggers and his band Moon Medicin, a multimedia concept group, perform original compositions interspersed with re-imagined cover versions. The collective performs against a backdrop of curated sound effects and images of science fiction, sacred geometry, minstrelsy, politics, and ceremonial dance. Biggers is the creative director for the band's rotating cast of musicians and performance artists.

Moon Medicin will perform two sets for us. The first will be a performative walk-through in and around the Subjective Cosmology exhibit in the Woodward Gallery. Following that, the band will plug in and perform on stage in our café performance area.

Image credit: Production still from the Sanford Biggers film, Shatter.

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TALK
Sanford Biggers
Saturday, September 10 at 1-2pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Sanford Biggers' immersive exhibition, Subjective Cosmology, aims to transform MOCAD with its sprawling intersection between multimedia spectacle and atemporal art. The artist will discuss the exhibition and his work in general during this exciting artist talk.

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WORKSHOP
Hi-Tech Weaving: Reflective Bike Panels
Tuesday, September 13, 6-9pm
Admission: $25 ($20 for members)
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

CLearn the classic techniques of hand weaving with a wild new twist: high tech materials with interactive qualities. No experience? No worries. Levon Kafafian, our highly skilled and infinitely patient instructor will teach you what you need to know. All workshop supplies are included.

Work with highly visibility reflective material to weave stylish panels for night-time bike riding. Materials: cotton yarn, reflective yarn, and sew on velcro.

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FILM
The Unseen: A Film by Gus Sutherland
Wednesday, September 21, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

The Unseen explores the soul and roots of Detroit Hip-Hop production, mirroring the sketchpad format of a beat tape. Loosely acting as a prequel to the LA-based documentary, All Ears, The Unseen provides rare insights into a scene that has remained distant from the public eye while birthing some of the culture's richest and most influential sounds. The film glimpses the hidden and elusive characteristics inherent in a city often depicted in a one dimensional light.

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TALK
Huey Copeland Sun Ra Lecture
Friday, September 23, 7pm
Free ($5 suggested donation)

Huey Copeland (PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 2006) is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School and Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, with affiliations in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies. His writing focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field.

In this lecture, Dr. Copeland explores Sun Ra’s representations of space-time and their implications for contemporary artists. Copeland argues that Ra’s thinking points us toward new criteria for the evaluation of recent art that take seriously both the recursiveness and simultaneity of time as it unfolds within, beyond, and across the black world.

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WORKSHOP
Detroit Writes
Sunday, September 25, 1-3pm
Admission: Free with registration. There are two dates with limited capacity, Sunday, September 25 and Sunday, October 9 from 1-3pm.

Critical processing of art is a crucial part of developing a strong personal art practice and an engaged eye as a viewer. Participants in this workshop led by Detroit's Essay'd collective, will learn different approaches to arts writing, through applying them to the work of renowned, and sometimes controversial, artist Sanford Biggers. Highlights of the workshop will include a group discussion of previous criticism of Biggers, an open interview with the artist himself, and the opportunity to submit a 750 word essay. Selected essays will be reviewed in a public editorial meeting and published on the MOCAD website. People with varied abilities and interests are encouraged to attend; there is room within every writer's practice for improvement, and we look forward to helping develop our critical voices together!

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FILM
Wall Writers
Wednesday, September 28, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Before artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names, there were the graffiti pioneers who laid the groundwork to their success. Wall Writers is the story of the birth of graffiti from 1967 to 1973. Narrated by film director John Waters, the film explores not only early graffiti writing itself, but the writers creating it and the culture that drove them to be recognized by society. From graffiti’s humble beginnings in 1967 to the first painting to be sold in 1973, Wall Writers reveals the context of the start of a movement that would eventually grow to transform city life, public transit, public art, and ultimately visual art the world over.

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