ART X DETROIT TAKES OVER MIDTOWN FEATURING EXPERIENCES CREATED BY KRESGE FELLOW ARTISTS
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience will take over Midtown Detroit this spring as the free, 10-day arts experience celebrates Detroit’s arts scene for three weekends, (April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26). The third edition of AXD will feature an exciting collection of dance, literary, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions and interactive experiences created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. Their works will debut at nearly 20 cultural venues in the vibrant Midtown district—and new this year, venues in Downtown and Eastern Market. AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI).
“Art X Detroit is a unique opportunity to celebrate arts, creativity and community through the work of the Kresge Artist Fellows and Eminent Artists. In cultural hubs along Woodward Avenue from Midtown to downtown and in the unique spaces in between, Art X will show the world – once again – that Detroit is rich in its artists and that this community values the fruits of their craft,” said Rip Rapson, president & CEO of The Kresge Foundation.
The biennial AXD attracted thousands in 2013 as Detroit’s flourishing arts scene continues to generate excitement nationally and internationally. A complete listing of AXD artists and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are extremely grateful for The Kresge Foundation’s unprecedented support of the arts in Detroit, which makes experiences such as Art X Detroit possible,” said Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit, Inc. “The expanded festival programming and footprint speaks to the commitment of Kresge to bring the arts to our city and will showcase this cadre of artists, many whom are committed to making a difference within their communities.”
Attendees will experience new works and performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Box, the College for Creative Studies and other venues in Midtown’s Cultural Center. New venues for this year include the Detroit Opera House, the Garden Theater, Cass City Cinema, Salt & Cedar and Trinosophes, to name a few.
ART X DETROIT 2015 Visual Arts Exhibition
From April 9–26, 2015, MOCAD hosts the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, two of the 2014 Kresge Dance/Music Fellows, two of the 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellows, and eight of the 2013 Kresge Visual Arts Fellows in an exhibition of their works. This exhibition presents these artists as they arrive at the culmination of their fellowship period, and shows their continuing explorations in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, animation, video, and mixed-media installations. For some, the time as a Fellow has allowed for the creation of new works specifically for exhibition during Art X Detroit 2015. It has also given some Fellows an opportunity to collaborate with other artists, or to explore an altogether new medium for expression.
The Art X Detroit 2015 exhibition at MOCAD brings forth selected works from the collection of 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser, as well as the latest developments in the ongoing artistic careers of the following Kresge Arts Fellows: Ben Hall, Jeedo, Cary Loren, Michael Zadoorian, Coco Bruner, Jon Brumit, Jason E. Carter, Kate Daughdrill, Oren Goldenberg, Marie T. Hermann, Bryant Tillman, and Carl Wilson.
In 2011, Stephen Nawara founded The Beehive Recording Company to give Detroit musicians a place to have their music recorded, packaged, and distributed at no cost to either the musician or the public, made possible through online distribution and digital recording equipment. Since then, Stephen and Beehive have recorded over 200 songs approaching over 1,000,000 downloads. As part of the relaunch of its digital presence, Nawara will present a history of The Beehive Recording Company, followed by a live music concert featuring Beehive recording artists and Nawara’s own band, Colorwheel.
What is the value of design to Detroit in the 21st century? Design and the creative industries are a vibrant and complex ecology. Design in particular currently has multiple meanings, scales and opportunities for a diversity of practitioners and practices. Moderated by Cezanne Charles (Creative Many), this panel will examine how design and the creative industries impact Detroit.
Save Yourself! Musical Stage Performance by Britney Stoney
Apr 12th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Save Yourself! presents an original musical that looks into one creative person’s journey to discover the “Self.” Combining audio and visual, the audience explores the perspective of an emerging artist. Relatable to both young, and old, it delves into life lessons that reach beyond art, touching on the experience shared by all human beings.
Why the Arts Matter: A Conversation on Art, Engagement, and Community
Apr 18th, 12:00 pm
Art X Detroit welcomes Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, for a public conversation with The Kresge Foundation President & CEO Rip Rapson. Jane and Rip will discuss why the arts matter and the critical role arts, culture, and creativity play in restoring and animating communities across the country, including Detroit.
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AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many and MOCAD. Media partners include: WDET-FM, FOX 2, Metro Times and ZIPR Magazine.
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