Thursday, June 23, 6pm


For this discussion, co-curators Jessica Allie and Daniel Saleh join Detroit-based artist and arts patron James Dozier in a conversation about the exhibition Ground Up: Reflections on Black Abstraction on view in MOCAD’s Front Gallery. This program will include special guest artist Shirley Woodson who has worked with Dozier over the years as a friend and mentor, and is the Founder of the Detroit Chapter of the National Conference of Artists. Join us as we take a deep dive into the importance of the legacies of Black artists across the generations who have produced work in Detroit. As Ground Up features work created by artists that Dozier has supported over the years, this conversation will highlight the collection as a time capsule for the creativity in our local landscape.

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Image: Portrait of James Dozier by Blake Yard.