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PLAYGROUND DETROIT Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with ARCHIVE Exhibition Opening on Small Business Saturday

Join us for the public opening of our ARCHIVE Exhibition (November 26- January 31) on Small Business Saturday, November 26th. This November, PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to celebrate our Five Year Anniversary! This is your opportunity to peek into the vault and last opportunity to revisit some of our favorite exhibits hosted at the gallery at 2845 Gratiot Avenue. SINCE OPENING […]

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Axios // Detroit artist’s “The Eye of Horus” exhibition debuts at Cranbrook

Original Article: words by Annalise Frank, on Nov 18, 2022 Detroit-based Bakpak Durden, an artist whose work can be seen on murals across the city, debuted their first solo museum exhibition. Driving the news: “The Eye of Horus” runs now through March 19 at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills. Details: Durden’s show is titled after an ancient Egyptian […]

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Bakpak Durden’s ‘The Eye of Horus’ steals the show at Cranbrook Art Museum

Work by Scott Hocking and James Benjamin Franklin is also featured in the museum’s fall season Original Article A human skull explodes into pieces on a wall at Cranbrook Art Museum. In the center of the room sits a strange apparatus reminiscent of a 22-legged steel spider. Each limb reaches out to visitors with a […]

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Scott Hocking leads trio of Detroit artists in new Cranbrook exhibit

Original Article Detroit’s arts scene will be in the spotlight beginning Saturday with a series of exhibitions of powerful displays that include larger-than-life-sculptures, vibrant mixed-media paintings and hyper-realistic still lifes. The Cranbrook Art Museum is showcasing some of Detroit’s best artists, led by a retrospective of work by sculptor and photographer Scott Hocking. Joined by […]

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“The Eye of Horus” Bakpak Durden Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum Opens on November 5th

Bakpak Durden: The Eye of Horus November 5, 2022 – March 19, 2023 Upper Galleries, Cranbrook Art Museum Bakpak Durden is a self-taught artist born and raised in Detroit. Durden’s hyperrealistic work draws upon diverse inspirations, including dramatic cinema and Dutch Baroque painting. The Eye of Horus is Durden’s first solo museum exhibition and the inaugural […]

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Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Artist Ivan Montoya’s New Exhibit, ‘Semillas,’ Reaps New Life From an Old Saying by El Central | October 27, 2022 | in Community, Culture & Arts | Reading Time: 8 mins read By Ofelia Saenz with pictures by Alejandro Ugalde Original Article As visitors to Playground Detroit enter the gallery, it’s hard not to be drawn in by […]

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HAIL ZOMBO! Confronting the Shadow Self at Theater Bizarre

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt A group of costumed revelers gather around a stuffed white goat. Candle wax drips off the table onto the floor as a figure — scratch that — an apparition rises, donning a black dunce cap as it croaks, “Hail the Call, Hail the Hunt, HAIIIIIIL ZOMBO!” The […]

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Haute to Death Celebrates 15 Years of Dancing in Detroit WSG Justin Strauss (NYC) + H2D Friends

15 years is basically an entire lifetime when it comes to throwing parties. For their latest birthday extravaganza, Haute To Death has invited living NYC nightlife legend Justin Strauss to the decks. If you have spent any time in the Detroit party or music scene in the last 15 years, then you most likely have […]

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St. Lucia Celebrates New LP Album “Utopia” at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit [Image Gallery]

Electropop act St. Lucia has kicked off their US headline tour with the release of their highly-anticipated LP Utopia. The husband/wife duo first made a splash with their Billboard-charting debut album, When The Night. We caught them performing the new album live at Saint Andrew’s Hall on Saturday evening with their opener, Blanks.

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Vanessa Cuccia “Gemini” Music Video Release at The Warehouse on October 18th

The Warehouse will host its first one-night experience featuring the premiere of artist Vanessa Cuccia’s music video, “Gemini,” and live piano concert on Tuesday, October 18th in Corktown, Detroit, Michigan. The space boasts its own unique take on a traditional music venue. Guests walk into a spacious, dimly lit arena, featuring a baby grand piano and furniture that mimics […]

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Interview: Ivan Montoya on his debut exhibition, “Semillas” representing his immigrant experience

Semillas, (October 22-November 19) is Ivan Montoya’s solo exhibition of paintings that explores the dynamics between first and second generation immigrants and their parents. As the Spanish word for ‘seeds,’ Semillas can refer to the children of immigrants themselves or the inherited/observed values or habits in the children as they build their life on new […]

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BOILER ROOM DETROIT Details by Niki Williams

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt B*TCH BANG!  That is what AK said. Bitch Bang! The crowd simmered around her, noodling. Bitch Bang! Some frothed over, past innuendo into the sublime. Say Bitch Bang! A tall woman in a tight pink dress twerked frenetically on her partner and her platinum hair bobbed with […]

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