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2017 Winter Season Opening

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Join us for the opening celebration of four new exhibitions: The Architectural Imagination, Detroit Affinities: Adriana Martínez, Five Rings: Dana Hoey, and HOME: Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

  • Member Only Preview: 3-4pm
  • Curators Talk: 4-6pm
  • Opening Reception: 6-9pm
  • Performance by The Black Opera: 10pm

Admission before 9pm: Free
Admission after 9pm: $12 ($7 for members)

Support for the opening reception generously provided by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Architectural Record.


Curators of The Architectural Imagination, Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León, discuss their experience with the Venice Biennale, the speculative architecture projects included in the exhibition, and the visionary thinking behind them. Cynthia Davidson is Executive Director of the nonprofit architecture think tank Anyone Corporation, based in New York, and editor of the international architecture journal, Log. Mónica Ponce de León, AIA, formerly Dean of Taubman College, is the current Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture, and Founding Principal of MPdL Studio (Ann Arbor, Boston, and New York). The discussion will be introduced by Robert Fishman, Interim Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The Black Opera is rap’s first performing arts group. Comprised of well-known artists with roots in Nigeria, Uganda, Madagascar, France, and the United States, the collective has chosen to hide their identities for the sake of making the following statement: art is all that matters. They thrive on anonymity for their selfless cause, losing themselves in a different character’s costume for each song during the performance. For years The Black Opera has sent warnings, and many have assumed their operations were limited to underground societies and secret networks. Little did they know, The Black Opera has been among us all along. Like The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, the best way to hide something is to keep it in plain sight.


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February 11, 2017
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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