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The Museum will be closing early at 6pm for the MOCAD Teen Council Museum Lock-In on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Café 78 will remain open as normally scheduled until 10pm.
We apologize for the inconvenience,

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

Upcoming Events

Museum Lock-In
Friday, March 27, 8pm - Saturday, March 28 9am
Admission: Free

High school students ages 13 to 17 are invited to join us for this all-night avant garde teen lock-in presented by MOCAD's Teen Council. Trivia, prizes, art making, video games, movies, and more! Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, tooth paste, activewear, sleepover sweats, and a friend! Morning breakfast served. Pre-registration required.

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DEPE Panel Discussion DEPE SPACE
Natural Life Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 28, 5pm
Admission: Free

Screening of "Natural Life" documentary at 5pm, followed by panel discussion, hosting formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer Donald Logan, Deb LaBelle, attorney representing juvenile lifers in Michigan and advocate to end juve

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Last Week of Current Exhibitions: Ending Sunday March 29, 2015

Ragnar Kjartansson: The End

Copyright Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

Ragnar Kjartansson: The End
February 6 - March 29, 2015

Ragnar Kjartansson is known for his spectacular, music-filled performative live installations and video work. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture, and literature finds its way into his durational performances, video installations, drawing, and painting. In 2009 Kjartansson traveled to the Rocky Mountains in search of the epic. Filmed in Banff, Alberta, The End is a five-channel video installation synched together as a single, disfigured country music arrangement in the chord of G. Produced with the support of The Banff Centre for the Icelandic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, the piece was developed by Kjartansson in collaboration with Icelandic musician Davíð Þór Jónsson at The Banff Centre in February 2009.

Kjartansson and Þór Jónsson filmed and recorded the song’s instrumental parts in five idyllic and sublime sites around Banff in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting projections were arranged to echo one another, with Kjartansson and Þór Jónsson performing multiple parts of the same song. Using the Rocky Mountains as a stage set to perform the historically romanticized role of the artist in the landscape, Kjartansson questions the cultural narratives that mediate our experiences of nature. All the while the work’s melancholic beauty and intoxicating soundtrack prove overwhelmingly romantic, eliciting a curiosity in the contemporary abyss.

Kjartansson studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He was born in 1976 in Reykjavík, where he still lives and works today.

MOCAD presents The End as the beginning of a partnership with Ragnar Kjartansson. In February of 2016 MOCAD will present a newly commissioned work. This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and is curated by MOCAD Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder and MOCAD Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann.

Jamian Juliano Villani

Jamian Juliano-Villani, Double Dose, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches


Detroit Affinities:
Jamian Juliano-Villani
February 6 - March 29, 2015

The second segment in the Detroit Affinities series will spotlight the work of New York artist Jamian Juliano- Villani, marking her first solo museum exhibition. Juliano-Villani creates expansive, chaotic scenes painted in a bright, intense palette. Her work is informed by a wide range of sources, including modernist abstract painting, Japanese pen and ink drawings, and 1930s and 1980s American cartoons, including Ralph Bakshi’s curvaceous women. She was born in 1987 in Newark, New Jersey and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

DETROIT CITY runs from September 12, 2014 until January 7, 2018.

MOCAD presents DETROIT CITY, a multiyear program of exhibitions, talks, publications, and educational initiatives investigating Detroit’s current artistic, political, cultural, and economic realities, and what Detroit has in common with other cities and regions around the globe. Detroit Affinities is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann.

On View March 12 - 25, 2015

Christoph Keller

Introduced by Ana Teixeira Pinto

A travelogue on the fringes of what can be said. Black and white images suggest the departure from the bridge of Manaus into the depth of Amazonia. But the photographs only appear for a very short time leaving behind an afterimage that pulls the viewer further into an intermittent written story, which is alternating with the images.

Upcoming Exhibition

Rob Pruitt brings The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Memorial to MOCAD

Rob Pruitt's The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument will be presented to the public for the first time in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), opening May 15, 2015.

Read more here.

Press Release


Natural Life Natural Life by Tirtza Even
February 6 - March 28

Natural Life, an experimental video installation, will immerse visitors in the experience of over 2,500 prisoners in the United States who are serving mandatory life sentences for crimes committed when they were minors. Focusing on the extreme case of Michigan's legal system, Natural Life portrays the ripple effect that the juvenile justice system's imbalance has had on the lives not only of the incarcerated youth and the victims of their crime, but on family members, law enforcement, legal officials and the community at large.

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DEPE Space Panel Discussions

Saturday, March 28, 7pm

Screening of "Natural Life" documentary, followed by panel discussion, hosting formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer Donald Logan, Deb LaBelle, attorney representing juvenile lifers in Michigan and advocate to end juvenile life without parole sentence, and Michael Brown, instructor with Writer's Block literary arts project at Macomb County prison.

Despite a global consensus that children cannot be held to the same standards of responsibility as adults and recognition that children are entitled to special protection and treatment, the United States is the only country in the world that allows life without parole sentencing for youth. A panel of experts will explore the juvenile life without parole issue and consider current reform legislation in Michigan.


DEPE Space is the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s residency program for creative and spirited individuals of any discipline who are interested in a project which focuses on learning and visitor engagement. Launched in 2012, the residency length ranges from one week to one month and ties conceptually to MOCAD’s exhibition programming. Six to nine residencies are offered each year. DEPE Space residents produce an installation, public performance, talk, workshop, Family Day event, and often visit local K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

DEPE Space Residency Natural Life is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Curator of Education and Public Engagement Amy Corle

Learn more about DEPE Space here

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 Full map

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Cover Art: Ragnar Kjartansson, The End (2009). Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.


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 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, and Neiman Marcus, 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.