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PLAYGROUND DETROIT Drops First NFT Collection by Artist Gerald Collins on Rarible

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to announce the release of our first NFT series, “Everywhere and Nowhere” by Gerald Collins, available on Rarible. As the art industry evolves further into the digital space, we are excited to join the NFT marketplace and expand our platform to present innovative artists working in digital and new media artwork. […]

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Farmer Street 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has all of the gifts you need this holiday season! We have been busy stocking up on the best one-of-a-kind items from your favorite Detroit artists and makers at 1435 Farmer Street in Downtown Detroit. FREE  WITH $75 PURCHASE! Detroit-based artist Martyna Alexander (@martyna_alexander) has designed a Limited Edition Nalgene® water bottle featuring her exclusive artwork along […]

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A Contemporary Take on Shibari: Hajime Kinoko Art Basel Performance

Hajime Kinoko is one of the world’s most well-respected practitioners of Shibari, the ancient Japanese are of rope bondage. His performances are tastefully sensual, engrossing, and a bit mysterious, captivating audiences with intricate pattern work and meticulous attention to detail. Seeing the dynamic between Kinoko and his assistants is a work of art in and of itself, the […]

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT Announces Participation in SCOPE Miami Beach

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to announce our inaugural participation at international art fair SCOPE Miami Beach (Booth H021). Through the following emerging artists’ array of mediums and heritages, this debut presentation will comprise a brief view of Detroit’s diversity as a noteworthy creative hub: Bakpak Durden (painting/ mural), Zoe Beaudry (painting), Marlo Broughton (painting), Gerald […]

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Bruiser Thanksgiving Returns: A Detroit Tradition to Celebrate

Detroit’s resident purveyor of avant-garde hip hop, Danny Brown, has already cemented his place in the city’s musical history. But that’s not what it’s all about, at least according to Brown himself: “I’m just happy that we’re here for the 8th year of doing it. I don’t make money off of this…I do it for […]

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Real Art Detroit // bakpak durden at playground detroit

I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before By Kim Fay via REAL ART DETROIT Bakpak Durden’s solo exhibition, currently on view at Playground Detroit, explores perspective, neurodivergence and intersectional identity. Their series of paintings examine specific experiences that we -as humans- come up against and have to power through in order to maintain the “normalcy” […]

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MetroTimes // Bakpak Durden, BLKOUT Walls, and Black figurative art in Detroit

By Steven Panton Published on November 17, 2021. It is common knowledge that body language can say a lot about our day-to-day emotional state. But the body is also an archive; it stores scars and trauma and talks about the life we have lived to this point. In I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before, a solo […]

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A Masterclass in House Music: François K Live at Tangent Gallery on November 13th

Few people have been as integral to the birth of house music as François K. Born in Rodez, France in January of 1954, he moved to New York City at a young age to continue to pursue his music career as a drummer. A dedicated audiophile and studied listener, he gravitated towards all types of […]

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In Conversation: Bakpak Durden speaks to Cyrah Dardas on Their Upcoming Exhibition, “I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before”

I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before, is Bakpak Durden’s solo exhibition exploring perspective, neurodivergence and intersectional identity, opening to the public on November 13, 2021 from 6-9PM at 2845 Gratiot Avenue. Their series of paintings examine specific experiences that we -as humans- come up against and have to power through in order to maintain […]

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ProsperUs // Impact Stories: PLAYGROUND DETROIT

With their innovative and ambitious mindset and eye for all things art and design, Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Bankle Schefman co-founded PLAYGROUND DETROIT, but would never have predicted it when the two first met at Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Petkoski spent several years living in NYC after graduating with her BFA in International […]

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“Zero Hunger” Mural by World Food Program USA, Street Art for Mankind and Kellogg Company in Downtown Detroit

A new mural has been completed in downtown Detroit by prominent Artist Carlos Alberto as a part of a series of murals around the United States dedicated to “Zero Hunger,” one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG2). This mural is led by the World Food Program USA, in support of the mission of […]

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