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Noel Night
Saturday, December 5, 5 - 10pm

MOCAD is pleased to join over 70 participating Midtown venues opening their doors free of charge, as well as the 200 theater and dance groups who will share their creative talents during this Cultural Centerwide open house. Featuring open galleries, activities for all ages, and live music. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit midtowndetroitinc.org.


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Monster Drawing Rally
Friday, December 11, 6:30-9:30pm
Admission: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Free entry with purchase of $100 New Wave Membership.
Tickets available here.

MOCAD's annual public event and fundraiser will feature 70 artists in two, one-hour shifts drawing in front of a live audience, making their private studio practices a public performance. Artists at all stages of their careers will create sensational works using a variety of materials: everything from collage and watercolor to ink and graphite. Spectators will have the opportunity to witness the creative process, watching as ideas transform into fully-fledged artworks. Each piece immediately becomes available for sale at $40.

To date, over 300 artists have participated in New Wave's Annual Monster Drawing Rally, generously donating their talent, time, and artwork to the organization. Monster Drawing Rally is an event concept originally developed by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA, who proudly share it as an open source fundraising model.

Doors open at 6:30pm
Shift 1: 7pm-8pm
Shift 2: 8:30pm-9:30pm

Participating artists include: Kia Arriaga, Corrie Baldauf, Vanessa Beard, Jennifer Belair, Nick Bosse, Anna Braban, Hannah Chalew, Brandon Christopher, Melissa Dettloff, Sunshaine Durant, Matt Dye, Mary Fortuna, Shaina Kasztelan, Addie Langford, Max Majoros, Shelby Murphy, Ouizi, Bridget Quinn, Chris Reiley, Derek Reitzel, Cristin Richard, Chris Riddell, Mike Ross, Rashaun Rucker, Chelsea Schultz, Lindy Shewbridge, Joseph Wojtowicz, and many more!

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Joseph Keckler, Let Me Die
Saturday, December 12, 1 - 5pm

Joseph Keckler takes over MOCAD's performance space for an afternoon preview of his epic work in progress—restaging hundreds of death scenes from the canon of classical opera!

Straddling the worlds of music, art, performance and theater, Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit. Most recently, Keckler playied Chaliapin in the opening run of Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes, directed by Rachel Chavkin and playing at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2013 Dixon Place commissioned his performance piece, I am an Opera. Keckler has been featured on BBC America’s The Nerdist and WNYC Soundcheck, and has appeared at venues including South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Merkin Hall, Union Hall, and BAM. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013."

Borrowing the title from "Lasciatemi morire," the Monteverdi aria, Joseph Keckler's 'Let Me Die' approaches the canon of tragic opera as a "body perfumed with death" as he ties together and performs fragments of hundreds of operatic death scenes in this work-in-progress preview of a new durational piece.

In partnership with the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program.

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United States of Latin America

Curated by: Jens Hoffmann and Pablo León de la Barra
On View: September 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Felipe Arturo

Minerva Cuevas, America, 2006, Acrylic Paint on Wall, Dimensions Variable. Courtesy Kadist Art Foundation and the artist

The exhibition United States of Latin America brings together more than thirty emerging artists from Latin America, many of whom will be exhibiting in the United States for the first time.

The show is based on an ongoing conversation between two curators, Jens Hoffmann and Pablo León de la Barra, who for a number of years have exchanged research and information about artists, artworks, and the overall development of the art world from Mexico to Argentina and the many countries in between. The exhibition is an extension of this dialogue into the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit via artworks suggested in dialogue format.

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Detroit Affinities: Jonathan Hernández

On View: September 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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Jonathan Hernández, Vulnerabilia (no cars go), collage on paper, 2015 (Detail). Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto

Begun over a decade ago, Vulnerabilia is built upon Jonathan Hernández’s fascination with our media-saturated present. The title of the series evokes the idea of “vulnerability” while referencing the delicacy of the original materials that Hernández uses as well as the form and fragility of life. Cut directly from the daily news, the thin membrane of the paper and the sensitivity of the ink make these images contrarily permanent, frozen in time, and ephemeral. Beyond the paper itself, Hernández’s choreographies of images also gesture toward our shared humanity. Obsessively cataloguing and arranging these images, Hernández creates a kind of visual encyclopedia of various moments—both catastrophic and rather ordinary—that define contemporary human life.

The collages presented at MOCAD include both pre-existing works from the series as well as new compositions that Hernández has made for the exhibition related to the city of Detroit. Architectures abandoned and left; the faces of dozens of politicians peering furtively at their watches; car crashes and small-scale catastrophes. Hernández’s appropriation of these mundane images transforms them with great unease into a tapestry of uncertainty, ambiguity, and intrigue.

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As part of:

DETROIT CITY is comprised of three concurrent series: Detroit Affinities (exhibition), Detroit Speaks (education), and Detroit Stages (performance). This multi-year research program is one of the most ambitious undertakings to date at MOCAD.


Dor Guez The Sick Man of Europe: The Architect
On View: October 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Dor Guez
Dor Guez, The Architect, Scanogram 4 (2015) from The Sick Man of Europe. Archival inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm (59 x 79 in).

In The Sick Man of Europe, Jerusalem-born artist Dor Guez focuses on the plight of marginalized communities in the Middle East. The five-part work by Guez, of mixed Christian-Palestinian and Jewish-Tunisian heritage, reflects on the military history of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region. "The Sick Man of Europe" was first used in the mid-19th century to describe the Ottoman Empire, but has since been applied at one time or another to nearly every country in Europe and the Middle East. For his installation at MOCAD, Guez appropriates the proverbial "Sick Man" by reconstructing him as an individual and an allegory. Caught in the crosshairs of history, the "Sick Man" blurs the categories of perpetrator and victim, soldier and citizen.

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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., and is currently accessible from both John R. and Woodward Ave.

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


2015 Summer Program Guide
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Image Credit:
Pia Camil Espectacular Cortina,2012 (Detail)


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, the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

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.