Events and Education


February 25, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type: Talk

TALK: The History of the Detroit Society of Women Painters Sculptors

Dive into the fascinating history of the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors with society president, Jackie Rybinski.

February 26, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Type: Talk

ARTIST TALK: Dana Hoey, Anthony Geathers, and Michelle Keim

DEPE Space artist Dana Hoey discusses the Five Rings exhibition in conversation with photographers Anthony Geathers and Michelle Keim. Learn what sparked their interest in photography, the different ways they chose to pursue it, and what it takes to practice as a contemporary photographic artist. An excellent lecture for the aspiring photographer, fight fan, art lover, or the boldly curious.

March 1, 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Type: Film

FILM: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center, Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.

March 4, 2017 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type: Upcoming

WORKSHOP: Ink and Gouache Resist with Jackie Rybinski

Beloved by cartoon illustrators, this classic fine art technique can seem like a trick of magic. Jackie Rybinski will show you how it’s done. Make your own ink and gouache painting to take home.

March 8, 2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Type: Film

FILM: Born in Flames

Born in Flames rocked the foundations of the early indie film world. This raw, provocative, thrilling, and still-relevant classic is a science-fiction fantasy of female rebellion set in the United States ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Women’s Army is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women emerges to blow the System apart. Filmmaker (and Metro Detroit native) Lizzie Borden will conduct a Q&A after the screening.

March 9, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Type: Talk

TALK: Mike Kelley: The Return of the Past with Laura López Paniagua

This lecture will approach two of the main topics that dominate Mike Kelley’s oeuvre since the 1990s: memory and history. Through the analysis of works such as Educational Complex (1995)and Reconstructed History (1990), López Paniagua will establish how Kelley explores biographic memory as a quasi fictional construct and how he destabilises the notion of official history through minor narratives of the everyday, oppressed and forgotten by the Great History.

March 11, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Type: Art as Social Force

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art + Feminism

This program is presented in association with Art+Feminism, an international campaign to improve content on women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage women to participate in the online encyclopedia. Every March since 2014, people have gathered at 280+ events across six continents, to create and improve thousands of Wikipedia pages for artists like Tina Charlie, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ana Mendieta, Augusta Savage, and Frances Stark.

March 11, 2017 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type: Upcoming

WORKSHOP: Abstract Art with Carolyn Sherwood and DSWPS Members

Children of all ages can join in the fun of creating one-of-a-kind abstract pieces of art using paint, tape, colored pencils, crayons, and more.

March 16, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Type: Talk

TALK: Mitch McEwen + District 6 Councilmember Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: Promised Air

As a Partner at A(n) Office and Principal of McEwen Studio, V. Mitch McEwen works in architectural and urban design, focused particularly on the intersection of urban culture and global forces. In 2015, she began the House Opera project, a collaborative design and arts project located in Southwest Detroit. Southwest Detroit’s District 6 Councilmember, Raquel Castañeda-López will join McEwen in conversation about House Opera.

March 18, 2017 12:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Type: Teen

TEEN WORKSHOP: Architecture with Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones is a registered architect, illustrator, and fabricator located in Detroit. He’s produced experimental theaters, pop-up structures, comic books, performance art, and much more. Jones received a Masters in Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and is currently a professor at Lawrence Technical University. In this workshop, participants will produce small landscapes, structures, and scenarios which format into science fiction zines. This will involve model making, photography, creative writing, and printing.

March 18, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Type: Teen

TOUR: EB/SS Junior Docent Day

View art from a fresh perspective. The junior docents from the University of Michigan Architecture Prep program and MOCAD’s Teen Council will be available throughout the day to conduct tours and engage in casual conversations about the exhibitions. The EB/SS Junior Docents are named in honor of Edith S. Briskin and Shirley K. Schlafer.

March 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type: Upcoming

WORKSHOP: Open Studio! with Emilie Beadle

Painting with a palette knife is another way to achieve surprising effects with paint. Emilie Beadie will demonstrate this technique and answer questions as she works on her most recent painting inspired by the city.

teen council

The Teen Council is a select group of young creatives from metro Detroit that come together to empower local youth and to provide safe space for other teens to have fun and explore the arts. With the help of museum professionals, these teens come together to plan and produce programming for youth and adults.

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depe space residency

The DEPE (Department of Education and Public Engagement) Space residency and exhibition series presents interdisciplinary art that serves as a catalyst for learning and transformative conversation about complex social issues. DEPE Space offers opportunities to reflect upon the personal relevance of these topics and how they relate to communities in Detroit and throughout the world.

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art as social force

Inspired by Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, MOCAD has embarked on a multi-year examination of artists who seek to establish participatory and socially transformative art. Known primarily as social practice, its practitioners freely blur the lines among art making, performance, political activism, community organizing, environmentalism, and investigative journalism, creating a deeply participatory art that often flourishes outside the gallery and museum system.

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