Detroit Art Week 2019 Announces Schedule of Exhibitions and Events

Detroit Art Week returns for its second year from July 17 – 21st as an annual celebration of contemporary art and culture in Detroit. For five days, DAW invite visitors and residents to attend exhibitions, studio visits, performances, panel discussions and various special programs, alongside the parties, music, nightlife, and culinary experiences that make Detroit an exceptional city. (Featured image, Kate Gowman, courtesy DAW.)

With a vision to help establish Detroit as a global destination for contemporary art and culture, we promote Detroit artists, galleries and cultural institutions worldwide. In doing so, DAW aims to create a space for dialogue, inspire art practitioners and professionals, help stimulate the local art economy and small businesses and show everyone a good time.

DAW 2019 will present Young Curators, New Ideas V, an exhibition of 12 independent curators who will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter (1331 Trumbull Avenue) into mini contemporary art galleries. YCNI V shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming. 

On View encompasses 18 debut exhibitions presented from July 18 – 20, 2019. Participating galleries include 2061.WORLD, Cass Café, Detroit Historical Museum, Galerie Camille, Hamtramck Ceramck, K.OSS Contemporary Art, KO Studio Gallery, M Contemporary Art, Norwest Gallery of Art, PLAYGROUND DETROIT, Pewabic Pottery, Florida Room at Recycle Here!, Red Bull Arts Detroit, Reyes | Finn, Library Street Collective., Simone DeSousa Gallery, The Scarab Club and What Pipeline. 

Public programming highlights include Framed by WDET; a performance by Helina Metaferia at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; 20+ open studios at 333 Midland; studio visits with Tiff Massey, Senghor Reid, Amna Asghar and Anthony Giannini; a curator-led tour of Thank You, Mies at Detroit Artist Market; private studio tours of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois by Anders Ruhwald; and live performances of Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime by Alicia McDaid and Beatrice VS at Sound House.

WED, JULY 17th

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Wednesday, July 17. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space.

10 – 6 PM
Exhibition

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring Bree Gant
July 17 – August 18, 2019
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Skillman Branch121 Gratiot

Detroit-based artist Bree Gant will install her newly produced work, including performative elements, at a branch which has always caught her interest, the Skillman Branch. Gant is a multidisciplinary artist, dancer, and documentarian reimagining future-histories, her practice emerges from self-examination and social documenting, often in the form of speculative portraiture, video and installation.

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.


12 – 8 PM
Exhibition

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring James Gregory Atkinson & Janine Jembere
July 17 – August 18, 2019
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Main Branch5201 Woodward Ave

Frankfurt based German-American artist James Gregory Atkinson will present a newly produced multi-layered installation of sound, video and text in the daily structure of the legendary public library of Detroit. 

Germany-based sound artist Janine Jembere has produced an audio art work which which traces different sonic strategies across times and spaces approaching sound as a sphere of empowering and analyzing, mobilising individually and collectively.

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.


1 – 4 PM
Performance

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Sound House
13181 Moran StLive Performance by Alicia McDaid

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime is a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis, featuring multidisciplinary artists Alicia McDaid (LA) and Beatrice VS (Detroit). McDaid’s performances involve a multitude of characters that reveal the constant state of flux and morphing of the mind. Using humor and improvisational techniques, she grapples with complicated topics surrounding identity politics, stigmas related to sex work and our dollar store culture.


4 – 8 PM
Opening reception

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull Ave
In YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5 LEARN MORE


6 – 7:30 PM
Panel discussion

On Art Criticism
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI
On the Art Criticism panel, writers Ron Scott Teachworth, Michael Hodges, Glen Mannisto, Ryan Standfest and Dennis Nawrocki will discuss their respective backgrounds and approaches to writing an art review. The panel will include a Q&A with the audience. Arrive early to view the 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition at BBAC.


7 – 9 PM
Panel discussion

Framed by WDET: Places Where We Belong
1001 Woodward Building
1001 Woodward Ave
Through documentary photography and audio storytelling, Framed by WDET: Places Where We Belong is a multimedia project that celebrates the stories of communities and cultures that have a rich legacy in Detroit. Between 2014 and 2018, WDET paired eighteen Detroit-based photographers and audio producers to present traveling exhibitions that feature the stories of communities and cultures in Detroit. Their work will guide a dynamic conversation that will center on the process of producing visual art and narratives that are forby and with neighborhoods and communities.


9 PM – 1 AM
Party

Young Curators, New Ideas V After Party
& Contemporary And (C&) Special Print Launch
Presented in partnership with Contemporary And (C&)
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull Ave (Courtyard)
The official YCNI V after party features music by DJ mOma of Everyday People. Raised in Queens NY, Sudanese-born mOma is the embodiment of the versatile New York DJ & Music Producer. His sets consist of an agile blend of hip¬hop, dancehall, afrobeats, soca, baile funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, international sounds and underground dance grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems, and modern-day dance floor bangers.

This evening, we will also celebrate the art magazine, C&’s special print edition – highlighting common structures, experiences and differences between German Afro-Diasporic and African American cultures – and Show me your Shelves!, an exhibition that realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US, including Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin).

Tickets: $30

THURS, JULY 18

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Thursday, July 18. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space. Check back regularly for updates.


11 – 1 PM
Guided tour and artist talk

Live6 Alliance7426 W. McNichols Rd
The Live6 Alliance is a non-profit community development organization focused on creative placemaking and commercial corridor vitality in Northwest Detroit. Working closely with muralists, photographers, musicians and image making icons, Live6 facilitates opportunities for artists to showcase their practice through a number of initiatives including the Detroit Neighborhoods Art Project (DNA), Market on the Ave (MOTA) and Reimagining the Civic Commons. Join us at Neighborhood HomeBase for an artist talk and lunch highlighting the creative work that is transforming the Livernois and 6 Mile corridors.


11 – 6 PM
Exhibition

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull AveIn YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5LEARN MORE


12 – 1 PM
Performance

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch1766 Oakman Blvd.

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.

Choreographed for adults.


1 – 4 PM
Performance

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Sound House
13181 Moran StLive Performance by Beatrice VS

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime is a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis, featuring multidisciplinary artists Alicia McDaid (LA) and Beatrice VS (Detroit). Beatrice VS integrates Butoh and other dance techniques with psychedelic visuals and extreme physicality to examine gender variance, sexuality and the assimilation of man and machine in the digital age.


2 – 4 PM
Panel Discussion

She, Her, Me: The Power & Magic of the Black Female Image
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
52 E ForestA conversation with Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe, Sydney G. James and Halima Cassells


4 – 5 PM
Performance

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch1766 Oakman Blvd.

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.

Choreographed for children.


4 – 7 PM
Panel discussion

Millennials: The Creative Complex
Detroit Artist Market
4719 Woodward Avenue
Millennials: The Creative Complex is an open forum, panel discussion about the millennial generation’s pursuit of creativity and entrepreneurship. The panel will cover topics ranging from female representation in art, to the trend and struggle of a generation that appears obsessed with making their way. Millennials: The Creative Complex gathers a diverse group of millennial, creative entrepreneurs from Detroit to discuss their journey as working artists. Moderated by Laura D. Gibson of Chiliad Creatives and Desiree Jennings of The Ratchet Blogger, the discussion will center on brand building, budgeting strategies, networking, gallery and media representation and how millennials continue to persevere.


5 – 7 PM
Tour and panel discussion

Halal Metropolis
Indus Detroit
1713 Waverly StreetAn exhibition tour and panel discussion with members of the local muslim jazz, hip-hop and art scene. Halal Metropolis explores the facts, fictions and imaginaries regarding Muslims in Metro Detroit as viewed through historical research, documentation of current conditions and exploration of the community’s desires. Refreshments served.


6 – 8:30 PM
Panel discussion

Looking for America
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward AveJoin the organizers and artists participating in Looking for America (opens July 20at the Detroit Historical Museum) in a discussion on immigration and American values in six cities, including Detroit. Although immigration is a national political issue, its impact on localities varies widely, and the experience of living in a diverse and changing community is not limited to traditional “gateways” like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Looking for America explores this dynamic by curating works from local artists who are politically and demographically diverse, and inviting local community members to respond and share their perspectives and stories.


7 – 9 PM
Permanent installation

Unit 1: 3583 Dubois
Anders Ruhwald Studio
3583 Dubois StExperience a 30-minute intimate tour of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, a permanent art installation by Anders Ruhwald, in a 1700 sq ft apartment, with interior comprised of charred wood, metal, glass and ceramics. This immersive, dreamlike space gradually unfolds as visitors move through its seven rooms. The structure and space appear ravaged by fire, yet upon closer inspection, visitors will realize the interior consist of carefully crafted materials. In each of the rooms, familiar objects remain, but all the surfaces have been transformed through burning, charring, glazing and paints to create an altered interior. The installation is both visual and sensory, creating an environment where visitors can contemplate the effects of fire and consider its ramifications within domestic and intimate spaces.

Max occupancy: 6 people

Send an email to visit@unit1.org to book a 30-minute tour.


6 – 8 PM
Performance

Unboxing: Doublespeak Featuring Helina Metaferia
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward AveThe work of Helina Metaferia builds a conversation about space, language and belonging by asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression—specifically in institutions and gentrified communities landmarked by historical trauma. On the occasion of Unboxing: Doublespeak, exhibiting artist Metaferia will debut a new performance developed for, and responding to, the context of MOCAD. Metaferia was a recent artist-in-residence for Creative Practice in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.


6 – 8 PM
Panel discussion

Imaging Intersectional Futures
Habibi House
7362 Churchill St.Imaging Intersectional Futures is a panel discussion featuring Noura Ballout, Ricky Weaver and Shanna Merola, all photographers working at the intersection of class, race and gender. Together and separately, their artistic practices seek to highlight issues around identity, diaspora, colonization, surveillance and the effects of disaster capitalism on humans and the environment.


6 – 10 PM
Exhibition openings

On View
Citywide On View is Detroit Art Week’s official night of gallery openings, which includes new exhibitions on this evening by M Contemporary Art and PLAYGROUND DETROIT.

FRI, JULY 19

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Friday, July 19. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space. Check back regularly for updates and additions.


11 – 12 PM
Studio visit

Tiff Massey Studio5203 Loraine St.Tiff Massey is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. She holds an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work, inspired by African standards of economic vitality, includes both large-scale and wearable sculptures, music and performance. Massey counts the iconic material culture of 1980’s Hip-Hop as a major influence in her jewelry. She uses contemporary observances of class and race through the lens of an African diaspora, combined with inspiration drawn from her experience in Detroit.

Massey is a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship awardee, as well as a two-time John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge winner, and the 2019 recipient of Art Jewelry Forum’s Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant. Massey’s work has been widely exhibited in both national and international museums and galleries. 

Only 10 slots are available. Send an email to info@tiffmassey.com to RSVP.

Refreshments served.


11 – 6 PM
Exhibition

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull AveIn YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as, woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5LEARN MORE


12 – 1 PM
Performance

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch1766 Oakman Blvd

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.

Choreographed for adults.


2 – 4 PM
Studio visit

1xRun2905 Beaufait St Join the founders of 1xRUN for an exclusive tour of their large-scale studio. 1xRUN— the brand behind the world-renowned Murals in the Market festival— is one of the world’s leading publishers of fine art editions.


4 – 5 PM
Performance

Show me your Shelves!
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch1766 Oakman Blvd.

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.

Choreographed for children.


4 – 10 PM
Exhibition openings

On View
CitywideOn View is Detroit Art Week’s official night of gallery openings, which includes new exhibitions by Galerie Camille, Hamtramck Ceramck, KO Studio Gallery, K.OSS Contemporary, Norwest Gallery, Pewabic Pottery, Recycle Here!, Red Bull Arts Detroit, Simone DeSousa Gallery and The Scarab Club.VIEW SCHEDULE


6 – 9 PM
Open studios + exhibition

333 Midland333 Midland, Highland Park, MI
333 Midland, an industrial site in Highland Park, MI, contains the studios of 20+ artists whose practices include painting, sculpture, performance and other media. Resident artists include Robert Onnes, Betty Brownlee, Mike Ross, Peter Daniel Bernal, Lis Chere Thomas, Rick Cronn, Doug Cannell, Ann Smith, Jeanette Strezinski, Scott Campbell, Jan Brown, Lindsay McCosh, Chloe Songalewski, Anita Schmaltz, Linden Renee Godlove, Elizabeth Youngblood, Ronald Rodriguez, Robert Piatek, Bryan Grose and Charles Poole. In addition, Annex Gallery (located in the same complex) will present an exhibition of established local and national artists.


7 – 9 PM
Painting workshop and performance

Man in the City 10th Anniversary Pour & Paint Event
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation1211 TrumbullJoin artist Steven Martinez & John Sauve (Man in the city) for a painting workshop at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a 10,000 square foot space wrapped in contemporary graffiti murals, located across the street from Trumbull and Porter Hotel. Each participant will leave with their very own painted canvas. Wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and paint supplies included, with a performance from Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel (Mexican Folk Dancing) and silent art auction. Tickets are $50 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s youth and family programs.


7 – 10 PM
Performance

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Sound House
13181 Moran StLive Performance by Alicia McDaid

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime is a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis, featuring multidisciplinary artists Alicia McDaid (LA) and Beatrice VS (Detroit). McDaid’s performances involve a multitude of characters that reveal the constant state of flux and morphing of the mind. Using humor and improvisational techniques, she can grapple with complicated topics surrounding identity politics, stigmas related to sex work and our dollar store culture.


9 PM– 2 AM
Exhibition + after party

Future Distortion
hygienic dress league

2545 Bagley St.Future Distortion is a new installation by Detroit conceptual artists Steve and Dorota Coy under their project hygienic dress league. This speculative installation allows viewers to project themselves into a dystopian future to contemplate present society and its unintended consequences on the future. The exhibition will be comprised of several sculptural forms, video and installations using light and sound in a former distillery.

SAT, JULY 20

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Saturday, July 20. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space. Check back regularly for updates.


10 – 11 AM
Collection visit

Burris Law
PLLC 300 River Pl Dr, #1775 
Burris Law has a collection of Detroit based art including work from Brian Day, Scott Campbell, MALT, Matt Eaton, Michael Luchs, Tony Roko, Senghor Reid and many more. The firm has integrated the collection into their company culture, allowing each employee to select a work to add to the collection and utilize art in a unique way to connect with their clients.


11 – 6 PM
Exhibition

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull AveIn YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as, woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5LEARN MORE


11 – 6 PM
Open studios + exhibition

333 Midland333 Midland, Highland Park, MI
333 Midland, an industrial site in Highland Park, MI, contains the studios of 20+ artists whose practices include painting, sculpture, performance and other media. Resident artists include Robert Onnes, Betty Brownlee, Mike Ross, Peter Daniel Bernal, Lis Chere Thomas, Rick Cronn, Doug Cannell, Ann Smith, Jeanette Strezinski, Scott Campbell, Jan Brown, Lindsay McCosh, Chloe Songalewski, Anita Schmaltz, Linden Renee Godlove, Elizabeth Youngblood, Ronald Rodriguez, Robert Piatek, Bryan Grose and Charles Poole. In addition, Annex Gallery (located in the same complex) will present an exhibition of established local and national artists.


11 – 12 PM
Studio visit

Senghor Reid Studio18019 James Couzens FreewayIn this studio visit, Senghor Reid will discuss Distilled, his latest series of paintings that reflect on water as a tool, force, scared treasure and our most valuable resource. Reid’s work explores the interactions between the human body and the environment, creating visual representations of dreams, memories and traces of human contact with nature. He is a Detroit native, received a Kresge Fellowship in 2009, and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.


12 – 8 PM
Open studios

Pewabic Pottery
10125 East Jefferson AvePewabic’s Education Studio will host an open house, including a Kiln Pad pop-up exhibition and sale of works by its many talented students and education staff/instructors. Guided tours of its historic building and education studio will take place at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM.


12 – 8 PM
Studio visit

Ann Lewis StudioAddress to be determinedMeet artist Ann Lewis for an engaging discussion on her work, which focuses on social and environmental justice issues such as education, womxn’s rights, police brutality and single-use plastic. On view will be prints, interactive light pieces and elements from recent public interventions. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.


12 – 1 PM
Studio visit

Robert Mirek Studio
8104 W. 9 Mile Rd., Oak Park, MIRobert Mirek is a multi-media artist whose studio offers a glimpse into his meticulously created works— both 2D and 3D. His work explores themes that lend themselves to multiple interpretations, including architecture, landscape architecture and all sciences— including, but not limited to, biology, geology, botany, chemistry, sub-atomic theory and physics. His work has been exhibited nationally and extensively in the Detroit-area.


1 – 4 PM
Permanent installation

Unit 1: 3583 Dubois
Anders Ruhwald Studio
3583 Dubois StExperience a 30-minute intimate tour of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, a permanent art installation by Anders Ruhwald, in a 1700 sq ft apartment, with interior comprised of charred wood, metal, glass and ceramics. This immersive, dreamlike space gradually unfolds as visitors move through its seven rooms. The structure and space appear ravaged by fire, yet upon closer inspection, visitors will realize the interior consist of carefully crafted materials. In each of the rooms, familiar objects remain, but all the surfaces have been transformed through burning, charring, glazing and paints to create an altered interior. The installation is both visual and sensory, creating an environment where visitors can contemplate the effects of fire and consider its ramifications within domestic and intimate spaces.

Max occupancy: 6 people

Send an email to visit@unit1.orgto book a 30-minute tour.


2 – 3 PM
Reading and conversation

If Only I Could Say It With WordsDavid Klein Gallery
1520 Washington Blvd

David Klein Gallery is pleased to host a program of readings and conversation about women moderated by Detroit based writers Lynn Crawford and Cristin Lee.  In addition to readings by a group of Detroit based writers, the audience will be invited to participate in the conversation. On view at the gallery will be Pattern, a solo exhibition of paintings by the Los Angeles based artist, Kelly Reemtsen. The politically observant Reemtsen is recognized for her provocative paintings of women who break glass ceilings, choose their tools wisely and dig deep.


4 – 5 PM
Exhibition tour

Detroit Artist Market4719 Woodward AvenueDennis A. Nawrocki will give a guided tour of Thank you, Mies— an exhibition he organized to spotlight a style of abstract art that has long focused on clarity and order instead of overt emotions. On view are sculptures and paintings by 20 Detroit-area artists who picked up the baton of formalism and forged images perhaps best defined by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mantra, “Less is more.” Participating artists include Simone DeSousa, Paul Kotula and Kate Silvio, among others. Refreshments served.


4 – 10 PM
Exhibition openings

On View

Citywide On View is Detroit Art Week’s official night of gallery openings, which includes new exhibitions by 2061.world, Cass Cafe, Library Street Collective, PLAYGROUND DETROIT, Reyes Finn and What Pipeline. VIEW SCHEDULE


7 – 10 PM
Performance

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Sound House
13181 Moran StLive Performance by Beatrice VS

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime is a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis, featuring multidisciplinary artists Alicia McDaid (LA) and Beatrice VS (Detroit). Beatrice VS integrates Butoh and other dance techniques with psychedelic visuals and extreme physicality to examine gender variance, sexuality and the assimilation of man and machine in the digital age.

SUN, JULY 21

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Sunday, July 21. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space. Check back regularly for updates.


11 – 6 PM
Exhibition

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull AveIn YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as, woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5LEARN MORE


11 – 12 PM
Studio visit

Scott Vincent Campbell
333 Midland, Highland Park, MIScott Vincent Campbell is a visual artist and curator born in New York and currently based in Detroit, MI. Working primarily in drawing, collage and mixed-media sculpture, Campbell’s studio practice examines the social and cultural constructs that inform our identity, motivate our behavior and ultimately shape our societies. Visually inspired by semiotics and African-American material culture, his work takes the form of serial projects, each created around a set of aesthetic guidelines that dictate form, materiality and imagery. Campbell has exhibited widely in New York and throughout the Midwest. In 2016, he was awarded an artist residency at Red Bull Arts Detroit, and in 2017 he was the inaugural Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Campbell was included in HOMEMADE, a group show curated by artist McArthur Binion at Detroit’s Library Street Collective. He recently closed his second solo show at M Contemporary Art, and is currently included in Breaching the Margins at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.


12 – 1 PM
Studio visit

Gold Top
Fisher Building

3011 W Grand Blvd, Suite 473Gold Top is a collaborative studio-space consisting of nine multidisciplinary artists. With artists representing diverse socio-economic backgrounds and viewpoints, Gold Top has become a safe environment for different ideas to merge and amplify. Studio artists include Sheila Nicolin, Michael Polakowski, John Sippel, Brooke Hitchcock, Ivan Montoya, Ginny Neumann, Joey Salamon, Kate Fischer and Ben Fraser.


12 – 8 PM
Studio visit

Ann Lewis Studio Address to be determined

Meet artist Ann Lewis for an engaging discussion on her work, which focuses on social and environmental justice issues such as education, woman’s rights, police brutality and single-use plastic. On view will be prints, interactive light pieces and elements from recent public interventions. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.


1 – 2 PM
Studio visit

Amna Asghar Studio & Anthony Giannini Studio
9340 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI

Visit Amna Asghar and Anthony Giannini’s studio as they create work for their upcoming solo exhibitions in New York, scheduled for this fall and next spring. Asghar is working on a new series of paintings that combine acrylic, airbrush and screen printing to explore constructions of identity. These iterations of hybridized cultural elements and poetics of mistranslation are odes to their original sources. Giannini’s practice deals with the daily gestation of imagery collected anywhere from news sources to the personal. His large-format paintings incorporate a collage aesthetic into layered surfaces, exploring the relationship between still life and landscape.


3 – 4 PM
Studio visit

Gisela McDaniel Studio
560 Custer StGisela McDaniel is a diasporic, indigenous Chamoru feminist artist. Her art explores how women and female-identifying people who survive/resist sexualized violence create unique paths towards healing and reclaiming their own bodies. As a survivor herself, McDaniel dialogues with indigenous individuals, women of color, multiracial and immigrant women as a means to allow them to share their stories, heal from trauma and explore how their experiences affect them physically and spiritually. As an indigenous, biracial Pacific Island woman, McDaniel is also interested in exploring connections between nature, displacement, migration and violence against women, asserting that these factors are not only deeply entwined but can serve as a key to healing. The current work in the studio includes oil paintings, interactive audio and sculpture.


2 – 5 PM
Artist talk + closing party

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Sound House
13181 Moran St

Join Zarah Ackerwoman, Alicia McDaid and Beatrice VS for an artist talk and closing party for Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime, a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis.

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