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Café 78 will close to the public on Wednesday, July 22 at 3pm for a private event and will remain closed for the evening.

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.

Ongoing Event

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

Nick Cave Dance Labs
July 13 to August 1
Admission: Free

MOCAD partners with Cranbrook Art Museum to present three dance labs designed by Nick Cave. Cave will pair three local dance companies with three groups of musicians to create their own choreographed works with his extraordinary sculptures. The rehearsals at MOCAD will be open to viewers, and the three public performances will be staged in locations throughout the city.

Rehearsal Schedule:
Choreographer Marcus White and dancers with DJ John Collins
Wednesday, July 22 12 - 4pm
Thursday, July 23 1 - 5pm
Friday, July 24 1 - 5pm
Tentative schedule - Please contact MOCAD visitor services for up-to-the-minute info.

Public Performance Schedule:

Sunday, July 26, 4pm (Free Admission)
Choreographer Biba Bell and dancers with music by Frank Pahl
The Dequindre Cut
A below-level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the riverfront in Detroit.

Friday, July 31, 6:30-7:30pm (Free Admission)
Hardcore Detroit with the Odu Afrobeat Orchestra
Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
In conjunction with the Campus Martius beach party event from 5:30-8:30pm (Rain date: August 1, 6:30-7:30pm at Capital Park)

Upcoming Events

BFF Fest
Saturday, July 25, 2pm - midnight
Admission: $10

MOCAD is honored to host the Seraphine Collective’s second BFF Fest. BFF (Best Fest Forever!) Fest is an inclusive summer music festival created to highlight, celebrate, and promote the talents of Michigan’s diverse community of musicians and artists. By prioritizing the participation of women/POC/LGBTQ performers, BFF Fest strives to be progressive, modern, and thoughtful in the curation of its lineup, and hopes to foster consciousness toward building a stronger, supportive, and, most importantly, a more diverse and balanced scene locally, regionally, and nationally. One dollar of every ticket will be donated to Alternatives for Girls.


Sweet As Sugar + Simplified Clothing
Sunday, July 26, 11 - 5pm

Sweet As Sugar (neé Robert-David Jones and Peter Croce) are a DJ duo who bonded over their love of records that harken to a time when music was a direct reflection of the changing social climate in America— soul, funk, disco, afrobeat, and other roots music. Simplified is Detroit-based clothing company that strives to deliver sophisticated Detroit imagery and thoughtful designs. They will be debuting a new collection on Sunday!


Mobile Homestead
Botanical Fortress
Sunday, July 26, 2 - 5pm

The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions, hosted this season by the Detroit-based collective Botanical Fortress. They only have four guidelines: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to the outcome.

Join these musicians, dancers, and other performers for an afternoon of improvised music and movement exploration. All ages, levels, and styles of musicians can bring an instrument and play music in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers, and other noisemakers will be available for those without an instrument.


MOCAD and Media City Film Festival present Malcolm Le Grice +
Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three (river run thee)

Tuesday, July 28, 8pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MOCAD members and Media City attendees)

MOCAD is honored to continue to host the opening night of Media City Film Festival, an international event held annually in Detroit and Windsor and now in its 21st year.


Click here for more upcoming events


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. This exhibition marks the first solo museum exhibition for Fadell.

Learn more here.

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Currently On View:
Erik van Lieshout
The Basement
July 15 - 31, 2015

Introduced by Filipa Ramos

In 2014, Erik van Lieshout set up a workshop in the basement of the Hermitage Museum to improve the living areas of the large community of cats that has been living in the museum for more than 200 years. The Basement documents this process while following the artist’s unique and idiosyncratic rhythm and methods.

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
Click image for downloadable PDF

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.