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MOCAD will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, December 24-25, 2014 and New Years Day January 1, 2015.

We will be open on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 11am - 8pm. We hope you can join us!

Happy Holidays!

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

2014 Annual Fund Donation

Mobile Homestead Library Tour

Mobile Homestead Library Tour

Thank you for all you have done to make 2014 an overwhelming success for MOCAD. We are proud of our year by every measure. At MOCAD, we encourage visitors from all walks of life to discover connections between art, creativity, and their everyday lives. As arts and culture are on the front lines of reinventing Detroit, your sustained support comes at a critical time.

As you consider your year-end giving, please help support MOCAD. Your gift supports the importance of creativity in invigorating this great city’s continued success. Because of you, we will be able to continue our teen programs, our community outreach, our exceptional programming, and continue to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.

Because of your support, MOCAD does not just survive, it thrives!

MOCAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Upcoming Events

Pharmakon MUSIC
Pharmakon, with Dorit Chrysler, Slither, and Kuperus/Bell
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8pm
Admission: $10
Advance Tickets For Sale Here


Luc Sante
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7pm
Admission: Free


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September 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

People's Biennial
Co-Curated by Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher

People's Biennial
People's Biennial is an exhibition series conceived by artist Harrell Fletcher and curator Jens Hoffmann in 2009. It examines the work of artists and other creative individuals, who operate outside the conventional art world. As such it recognizes a wide array of artistic expression present in many communities across the United States. In covering the little known, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the excluded, the project offers a view into a diverse range of creative practices in America today. The People's Biennial also proposes an alternative to the standard contemporary art biennial, which mostly focuses on art from a few select cities (New York, Los Angeles, occasionally Chicago, Miami or San Francisco). It questions the often exclusionary and insular process of selecting art that has at times turned the spaces where art is exhibited into privileged havens seemingly detached from the realities of everyday life.

Read the full exhibition description here

September 12, 2014 - January 7, 2018


Downloadable Press Release

Series On View until December 19, 2014

Ovidiu Anton Ovidiu Anton
“Street Cat Deluxe”

Introduced by Tom Morton

The recent transformation of the city of Istanbul is critically analysed by a heterogeneous group of inhabitants of the Turkish metropolis. Discussing such topics as the impact of tourism, the effects of gentrification, and the results of urban policies on their daily lives, the single individuals also comment on the complex sharing of the city with their fellow denizens.

The Republic David Hartt
“The Republic”

Introduced by Marc Glöde

The Republic shot in both Athens and Detroit and set to a score by Sam Prekop, turns the two locations indiscernible, in a hybrid city-state that emerges from the edit. Throughout the film a group of laborers flip an automobile in a winter landscape as both an invocation of the myth of Sisyphus and a reenactment of civil disorder.

Model Court Model Court
“Resolution 978 HD”

Introduced by Basia Lewandowska Cummings

Resolution 978 HD observes how technology mediated and conditioned the 2009-10 trial of François Bazaramba, a Rwandan citizen exiled in Finland, who was convicted for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Conducted under universal jurisdiction, the trial took place in Rwanda and Tanzania, making use of modern videoconferencing technologies to transmit the legal proceedings to and from Bazaramba.

Alexis Gideon Alexis Gideon
“Video Musics III: Floating Oceans”

Introduced by Casey Droege

Video Musics III: Floating Oceans is a stop-motion animation video opera based on the works of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, and inspired by the time and dream experiments of the Irish physicist John William Dunne. Dedicated to Flann O’Brien, the piece contrasts the vivid dreams of its poet-protagonist with the foreboding routine of pedestrian life.



October 15, 2014 - January 4, 2015

DesignInquiry at MOCAD

DesignInquiry kicks off 'Year of Agitation' at MOCAD in Detroit

DesignInquiry (DI) is a collective of designers, thinkers, and makers devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings and publishing its outcomes. Initializing the group’s 'Year of Agitation' with design work that questions the status quo, DesignInquiry will install a changing series of visual/verbal/performative design research works in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) as part of the museum's DEPE Space Residency Program. MOCAD's Department of Education and Public Engagement (DEPE) enables adventurous, multidisciplinary programming in which the museum and city of Detroit function as sites for investigation and experimentation.


October 15–24, 2014
'Writing the Essay' - work by participants of the Detroit Inquiry: Ben Van Dyke, Rachele Riley, Joshua Singer, Rachel Fishman, Emily Luce, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Rebecca Tetgemeyer, and more.

'Responsive Exhibition' by Ben Van Dyke (ongoing)—immediate curation, in which the work is being made as it is installed.

October 26–Nov 2, 2014

'Different Data for Mapping Detroit's Cultural Landscape'—a hi/lo-fi data mash-up and workshop/exhibition by Rachele Riley, Joshua Singer, Patricio Davila and Dan McCafferty.

Upcoming projects include:

November 2014
'Detroit Gold Record' by Lincoln Hancock—conveying the aspirations, consciousness, and potentials of the city and its inhabitants at this pivotal moment of rebirth through sound and graphic design.

'Public Work Detroit' by Ben Gaydos and Julia Yezbick—a social practice reading group with exhibition-quality interpretation.

'Detroit/Food/Ephemera' by Emily Luce—investigates food systems as a success/fail practice.

December 2014
'Dissertation Project Print Shop' by Stacy Asher, Chris Fox, Catherine Watson
and more.

Press Release

Learn More about DesignInquiry here

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation, and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.