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MOCAD and Café 78 will be closed to the public on July 4, 2015 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Sunday, July 5 at 11am.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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MOCAD Woodward Ave. Exterior: NEKST Murals, 2013 by DONT, VIZIE, POSE, OMENS, REVOK, and SKREW. Photo by Colin M. Day


Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit for the second annual Interchange Art + Dinner Series summer fundraiser. Detroit's most avid art collectors and supporters are opening their homes for a range of exclusive evenings that will combine food, drink, and art to create truly unique experiences. This array of individual and diverse events will unite like minded members of the community to benefit MOCAD and the ever thriving creativity in the city of Detroit.

Proceeds from the Interchange Art + Dinner Series aid in funding MOCAD's commitment to the presentation of forward thinking art and cultural events.

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.

For more information please call the Museum at 313.832.6622 or email interchange@mocadetroit.org.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 5, 11 - 5pm
Rick Wilhite / Worn

Rick “The Godson” Wilhite’s position within the ranking of his Detroit peers and amongst the city’s respected house music heritage is impressive. One that still carries and loves vinyl, one that knows past, present and doesn’t shy away from the future, and most of all a DJ that knows what a party could and should be. Worn offers a curated selection of vintage clothing to drive your wear for the summer time.

Laura Mott
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm
Admission: Free

Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, will be joined in conversation with MOCAD Curator of Public Programs Greg Baise, who will interview her about her discoveries in and explorations of the Detroit art world since her arrival at Cranbrook in November 2013.


80's Throwback Night
Thursday, July 9, 6-9pm
Admission: Free

Take a trip back to a time of big hair, bright colors, new wave, b-boys, and more!

Music, games, food, prizes for best 1980's outfit.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD’s Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and, with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults at the MOCAD.

MOCAD Youth Programs are generously funded by the General Motors Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Neiman Marcus, and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

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Obama Paintings

Installation detail from The Obama Paintings. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown enterprise, and MOCAD.

Rob Pruitt: The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument
On View: May 15 - August 2, 2015

Rob Pruitt’s The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument will be presented to the public for the first time beginning May 15, 2015. Both works serve as monuments in themselves, as well as examinations of presidential monuments in general. The exhibition will spotlight how images of past presidents are disseminated and function in our society.

Learn more here.

Press Release

Greg Fadell

Detroit based artist Greg Fadell will inaugurate the second set of the Detroit Affinities series of solo exhibitions, part of MOCAD's DETROIT CITY program. Ken Okiishi will be the other artist in this new pairing. These exhibitions mark the first solo museum exhibition for each artist.

Learn more here.

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Currently On View:
The Otolith Group
The Radiant
July 1 - 14, 2015

Introduced by Sven Lütticken

The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. Burdened by the difficult task of representing the invisible aftermath of nuclear fallout, The Radiant travels through time and space to invoke the historical promises of nuclear energy and the threats of radiation that converge in Japan in the months immediately following the disaster.

Parking and Directions to MOCAD

Detroit is getting a street car line, the M1 Rail! As such construction has made some areas of Woodward Avenue difficult to travel. For full lane closures and directions, check the M1 Rail's interactive map here.

Our parking lot is located off of Garfield St. We recommend taking John R to Garfield. If you are traveling from I-75 northbound take the exit at Mack Ave. to John R north. If you are traveling southbound on I-75, take the Warren exit west to John R south. Visitors traveling from the M-10 Lodge Freeway take the Forest Ave exit east to John R south.

Please call the Museum at 313.832.6622 if you need further assistance.


2015 Summer Program Guide
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Image Credit:
Matana Roberts: detail from “the ties that bind...” (watercolor, india ink, charcoal, collage on found materials, 2013)


MOCAD Operations
Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation.

MOCAD Operations are supported by Masco Corporation Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Erb Family Foundation approved unrestricted operating support for 38 cultural and arts organizations, including larger organizations that have had historical significance to the family and other organizations that are essential elements of a strong core central City and vibrant neighborhoods.

​MOCAD's 2015-2020 Strategic Planning Initiative is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation.​

MOCAD Exhibitions

DETROIT CITY funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kayne Foundation (Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree), Quicken Loans, Andre Sakhai, Liz and Jonathan Goldman, Jane Suitor, Scholar Property LTD, Jasmin Tsou, the Krawiecki Gazes Family, Kimberly Brown, and William Leung.

Detroit Speaks funding is provided by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

MOCAD Education + Public Programs
Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

MOCAD Youth Programs
Youth Programs are graciously funded by the General Motors Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Neiman Marcus, and MCACA, as well as with product donation support from Whole Foods.

Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead
The Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead is commissioned by Artangel in association with MOCAD, LUMA Foundation and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with the generous support of the Artangel International Circle.

Community programs in Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead are supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.