SONIC REBELLION: MUSIC AS RESISTANCE
Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance is inspired by the vital history of music in Detroit and the legacy of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. The exhibition continues MOCAD’s investigations into the history of Detroit as well as its programmatic focus on the relationship between art, music, and politics. Sonic Rebellion connects Detroit’s musical and political histories with a wide range of artworks, music ephemera, and artifacts to offer a listening space for the Rebellion’s reverberations.
SONIC REBELLION: MUSIC AS RESISTANCE
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018
Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance is inspired by the vital history of music in Detroit and the legacy of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. The exhibition continues MOCAD’s investigations into the history of Detroit as well as its programmatic focus on the relationship between art, music, and politics.
Sonic Rebellion connects Detroit’s musical and political histories with a wide range of artworks, music ephemera, and artifacts to offer a listening space for the Rebellion’s reverberations. The Rebellion must be listened to and heard if it is ever to be understood. The show connects this historic event to more recent social movements, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, illustrating threads between past protests and the unresolved racial politics in the United States today. One major thread is the role of music as a catalyst for social change and empowerment.
The contemporary artworks in the presentation all deal with race, identity politics, and protest in connection with music. Interspersed with the artworks, the show features materials from music and resistance movements in Detroit such as posters, flyers, record covers, magazines, photographs, music artifacts, audio, and video drawn from numerous Detroit-area collections. Resonances generated among the exhibition’s interdisciplinary and intergenerational components connect Detroit’s history with underlying social and economic inequalities persisting in this country and across the globe.
Participants and artists featured in Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance include Barbara Weinberg Barefield, Sadie Barnette, Andrea Bowers, Vivian Caccuri, Juan Capistrán, Nathan Carter, Marcelo Cidade, Minerva Cuevas, Christopher Cushman, Jamal Cyrus, Tim Davis, Emory Douglas, Kevin Jerome Everson, Gary Grimshaw, Ben Hall, Matthew Angelo Harrison and Corine Vermeulen, David Hartt, A. Qadim Haqq, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Juliana Huxtable, Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Richard Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Darin Mickey, Gordon Newton, Alan Oldham, Adam Pendleton, Pedro Reyes, Imani Roach, Tylonn Sawyer, Leni Sinclair, Bayeté Ross Smith, Cauleen Smith, Diamond Stingily, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Anthony Warnick, and Brenna Youngblood, with Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Black Merda, Black & Red Books, Ben Blackwell, Book Beat, Greg Bosch, T.M. Caldwell, Death, Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, Detroit Historical Society, DJ Babe, DJ Dez, DJ Head, DJ Los, The Electrifying Mojo, Fifth Estate, The Foundation: Celebrating Women in Hip Hop, Morry Greener, Kellie Hay and Rebekah Farrugia, Hello Records, Craig Huckaby, MAHS Museum, Derrick May, Marsha Music, Martha Jean the Queen Legacy Committee, Mike Khoury, Miz Korona, Motown Museum, Nat Morris, Abby Oladipo, Roberto’s Beauty and Barbershop, Mike Rubin, Third Man Records, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Sterling Toles, R.J. Watkins, and WGPR–TV Historical Society.
Sonic Rebellion is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, with Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow. Graphic identity and catalogue design by Judith Banham of Middlecott Design.
MOCAD exhibition support is provided by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Sonic Rebellion Advisory Committee consists of Dan Aldridge, John Collins, Meghan Courtney, Bryce Detroit, Jean Louis Farges, Dameon Gabriel, Oren Goldenberg, Marion Hayden, Shea Howell, Curtis Lipscomb, Cary Loren, Derrick May, Rebecca Mazzei, Michelle McKinney, Marsha Music, Miz Korona, Pirahnahead, Steven Reaume, Tim Retzloff, Karen Hudson-Samuels, Tylonn Sawyer, Leni Sinclair, Zana Smith, Sterling Toles, and Patrick Burton.