Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976

FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 21, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date of the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. This loose federation of 14 artists from the south of France made work marked an interest in materiality, lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting. French society was undergoing social protests and upheavals in the 1960s that mirrored the civil rights and anti-war movements in the USA. The Supports/Surfaces artists sought new forms and methods to reflect their times: standard art materials were dropped in favor of homespun non-art materials (bed sheets, rope, dish rags) and figuration was replaced by loose, permeable grids that hinted at a more democratic method of art-making and a proposal for humane society. Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and curated by Wallace Whitney.

Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 is in collaboration with Ceysson & Bénétière.

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Parallels and Peripheries

FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 14, 2019

Parallels and Peripheries, the first exhibition by Larry Ossei-Mensah, as the newly appointed Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, is part of a series that investigates how artists make work that explores the narratives, myths, and memories that shape personal, political, and societal understanding. Parallels and Peripheries highlights the works of 12 artists, all of whom are actively utilizing art, technology, and the sciences as a platform to respond to the dramatically shifting social, cultural, and political landscape. The artists work to leverage their capacity to use art as a tool to create shifts in our understanding of the power dynamics between the “center” and “periphery”. Parallels and Peripheries originated at and is generously supported by the ArtCenter/South Florida, with additional support by the Michigan State University Science Gallery Lab Detroit; David Klein Gallery, Detroit; and Nina Johnson, Miami, FL.

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Useless Utility

FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 21, 2019

Useless Utility is an exhibition that examines how post-industrialization has impacted sites of labor and domesticity–and shaped the practice of regional artists. Participating regional artists, James Benjamin Franklin, Tyanna Buie, Iris Eichenberg, Osman Khan, Tiff Massey, and Tony Rave create work that speaks to the material legacy of the local area. Useless Utility examines the notion of artist as innovator on the frontier of material-use and modalities for production. Their work encourages us to speculate on the future of industry, domesticity, as well as creation of personal space to build an archive of this time from which future generations can draw from. Useless Utility explores how the lack or manipulation of function in everyday objects impacts interpretation of the self, regional culture, and societal standards through the lens of contemporary art.

Useless Utility is curated by Jova Lynne, Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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ProjectArt Detroit presents

Gradient Colors

MIKE KELLEY’S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 21, 2019

Gradient Colors is a collaborative installation of artwork highlighting an infinite world of color through the exploration of hue and light. Featuring new work created by Detroit’s youth and the 2018-2019 ProjectArt Artists in Residence: Alphonso Cox, Cyrah Dardas, Candace Dove, Michelle Happala, Nick Pizana, M Pofahl, and Fatima Sow.

ProjectArt transforms the nation’s public libraries into vital cultural hubs through artist residencies, offering tuition-free after-school visual arts programming led by socially-driven artists who mentor youth while creating new works of art.

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