LENI SINCLAIR: MOTOR CITY UNDERGROUND

Motor City Underground presents the photographs of Leni Sinclair, best known for her work chronicling radical movements of Detroit since the 1960s. A founding member of the White Panthers, Sinclair is both an activist and longtime witness to social justice organizing in Detroit. Her images are among the most iconic and thorough records of the city’s countercultural history.

EXHIBITIONS


LENI SINCLAIR:
MOTOR CITY UNDERGROUND

FEBRUARY 5 – APRIL 18, 2021


Motor City Underground presents the photographs of Leni Sinclair, best known for her work chronicling radical movements of Detroit since the 1960s. A founding member of the White Panthers, Sinclair is both an activist and longtime witness to social justice organizing in Detroit. Her images are among the most iconic and thorough records of the city’s countercultural history.

Motor City Underground is Sinclair’s first American museum solo exhibition, following her 2014 gallery debut at the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, MI. MOCAD is proud to present a set of lesser-known gems from Sinclair’s rich portfolio. Accompanying the exhibition, MOCAD in partnership with Foggy Notion Books is publishing a 408-page monograph of the artist’s work.


Motor City Underground is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and is curated in collaboration with Cary Loren and Lorraine Wild, with support from Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator Jova Lynne, MOCAD Curatorial Fellow M Pofahl, and MOCAD Exhibitions Director Zeb Smith.

The Motor City Underground exhibition and book are supported by Gretchen Gonzales Davidson and Ethan Davidson, the Susanne Feld Hilberry Endowment for the Arts, and Red Bull Arts Detroit. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. MOCAD’s curatorial fellowship program and related exhibitions and programs are supported by the Ford Foundation.

Images:
01. Leni Sinclair, “Two boys at State Fairgrounds, Detroit, Michigan,” b&w photograph, undated. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
02. Leni Sinclair, “MC5 band member Wayne Kramer in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” b&w photograph, 1969. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
03. Leni Sinclair, “Members of the White Panther Party and the Weathermen at The Fifth Estate, Detroit, Michigan,” b&w photograph, 1970. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
04. Leni Sinclair, “Protestors at Anti-War March,” b&w photograph, 1966. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
05. Leni Sinclair, “Crowd in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” b&w photograph, 1970. Image: Courtesy of the artist.


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