OCTOBER 25, 2019 – JANUARY 5, 2020

Mining images from advertising, social media, and entertainment since the late 1970s, Richard Prince has redefined concepts of authorship, ownership, and aura. Applying his understanding of the complex issues surrounding representation in the context of contemporary art, he has developed a unique signature—one filled with echoes of other images, yet unquestionably his own. An innovator of a critical genre of art history—appropriation—Prince is an avid collector committed to chronicling perspectives on American subcultures. Occupying MOCAD’s largest gallery, various Instagram photos on large canvases will be featured, with Prince adding his own, Instagram-style comments below.

Richard Prince: Portraits is curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, and is generously supported by A. Alfred Taubman Foundation.

↑ Binelde Hyrcan, Cambeck (2011) Video Still. Courtesy of Wedge Collection.


OCTOBER 25, 2019 – JANUARY 12, 2020

Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context presents work that addresses the concerns, thoughts, and desires of contemporary artists from the Southern African region as they grapple with the legacy of post-colonial structures. Regional Identities x Global Context is the second iteration of Crossing Night, an exhibition series organized by the A4 Arts Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the creative arts in southern Africa. With an emphasis on transition and transformation, Crossing Night explores how local politics, urban landscape, and place shape the personal identities that define regional culture. The exhibition will feature photography, video, sculpture, and installation works. For this exhibition, MOCAD and A4 Art Foundation are proud to partner with Wedge Collection—one of Canada’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections focused African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life.

Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in collaboration with the A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town and is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, Josh Ginsburg, Director at the A4 Arts Foundation, and Jova Lynne, Ford Curatorial Fellow.

↑ Kenny Irwin, Jr., Robolights (1987-2017). Photographs: Julia Reyes Taubman, from the publication Kenny Irwin: The Robolights Project, Palm Springs 1986-2017.



OCTOBER 25, 2019 – MAY 3, 2020

Robolights Detroit is a spectacular new site specific installation created for the lawn of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD by artist Kenny Irwin Jr., the mastermind behind the masterpiece known as Robolights – the wildly popular sci-fi themed art installation of epic proportions located in Palm Springs, California.

A companion exhibition featuring sci-fi themed pen and ink drawings by Irwin will take place inside of the Mobile Homestead. Both exhibitions are accompanied by a book of photographs of the original Robolights in Palm Springs by Julie Reyes Taubman, the late founding member of MOCAD.

↑ Video artrist and Daily Rush contributor, Bailey Scieszka. Photo: Nicholas Calcott.



SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 – JANUARY 12, 2020

This September, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Daata Editions will launch an all new DAILY RUSH — MOCAD’s online platform for experimental media and moving image. The Fall 2019 season, titled CACHE, will premiere new moving image works by Detroit-based artists and filmmakers that challenge the conventions of how—and where—new media art is staged. With a series of works that are critically site-specific, artists William Marcellus Armstrong, Oksana Mirzoyan, Bailey Scieszka, and Maya Stovall reimagine place as protagonist, from the unique vantage point of artists living, working, or otherwise engaged with Detroit.

These new commissions will be accompanied by guest essays, new research, and interviews. DAILY RUSH is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and organized by Pat Elifritz, Curator of New Media and Technology, with insight from Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator. The all new DAILY RUSH platform has been designed and developed with Haynes Riley. MOCAD and Daata Editions will launch DAILY RUSH: CACHE on Wednesday, September 18, during EXPO Chicago. DAILY RUSH is supported from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.