↑ New Red Order, Culture Capture: Terminal Adddition (2019)  video still. Courtesy of the artists.

THE NEW RED ORDER:
CRIMES AGAINST REALITY

APRIL 16 – JUNE 7, 2020

The New Red Order: Crimes Against Reality is the first solo museum exhibition of The New Red Order. Accompanied by a series of public programs, the exhibition will explore how digital media actively shapes the historicization and interpretation of Indigenous material culture. Crimes Against Reality includes new video commissions shot on-location in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

The New Red Order is a public secret society facilitated by core contributors Adam Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway), and Jackson Polys (Tlingit). Working with an interdisciplinary network of artists, filmmakers, and collaborators—including, for this exhibition, Bayley Sweitzer, Gaile Pranckunaite, Jim Fletcher, Inpatient Press, Walker Schiff, Walter Scott, KITE, Rezarta Seferi, Ashley Byler, and Jeremy Pheiffer, and others—The New Red Order co-produces video, performance, and installation works that confront settler colonial tendencies and obstacles to Indigenous growth and agency.

The New Red Order: Crimes Against Reality is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Pat Elifritz, Curator of New Media and Technology, with curatorial support from Tizziana Baldenebro, Ford Curatorial Fellow.

Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. The New Red Order: Crimes Against Reality is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

↑ Peter Williams, The Sudanese Market (2019). Oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist and the Pizzuti Collection.

PETER WILLIAMS:
BLACK UNIVERSE

APRIL 3 – JUNE 7, 2020

Peter Williams: Black Universe is a joint exhibition that surveys Williams’ figurative and abstract paintings. Intertwining art historical references, allegories, and current events with personal life experiences, his paintings address significant issues of our time, such as climate change and racial discrimination, through grotesque figures, vibrant compositions, and symbolic imagery.

Peter Williams’s practice spans more than forty years. Renowned for his bold and experimental use of color, geometry, and abstraction, Williams’s work speaks to emotional states and experiences. Willams works in both figurative and abstract practices, forging connections between these worlds.

Peter Williams: Black Universe is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by guest curators Larry Ossei-Mensah and Rebecca Mazzei. Peter Williams: Black Universe is also on view at Trinosophes, Detroit.

Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. Additional support for Peter Williams: Black Universe is provided by Modern Ancient Brown and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Joseph’s Lullaby (2019). Oil, acrylic, mounted plexi, glitter, synthetic flowers and wood on canvas 86 x 108 in. Courtesy of  the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

CONRAD EGYIR:
TERRA NULLIUS

APRIL 16 – JUNE 7, 2020

Conrad Egyir: Terra Nullius is the first solo museum show for Detroit-based visual artist, Conrad Egyir.  For this debut, Egyir created a new body of work while in residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City, during the summer of 2019. The works in this show focus on figurative characters that reside or bestride three geographical spaces–Detroit, New York, and Aburi, Ghana–and how the cultures of each of these locations define citizenship, migration, hybrid spaces, and political and religious revolutions. At the core of the exhibition, is finding similarities among the three psycho-social terrains and synthesizing them into a new space “Terra Nullius.” Within this new place, devoid of political and legal constructs, its residents behave as stewards of time, resources, and space.

Conrad Egyir: Terra Nullius is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in partnership with International Studio & Curatorial Program. Conrad Egyir: Terra Nullius is coordinated by Tizziana Baldenebro, Ford Curatorial Fellow with curatorial insights from guest curator Larry Ossei-Mensah.

Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. Lead funding for this exhibition is generously provided by The Kettering Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Jessica Silverman Gallery.