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Happy Thanksgiving to MOCAD's friends and family!

Both MOCAD and Café 78 will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, November 26. We will be open during regular hours on Friday, November 27 and throughout the weekend.

Upcoming Events

MOCAD Members' Double Discount Days
Saturday, November 28 - Sunday, November 29

Take advantage of Members' Double Discount Days! From November 28 - 29, MOCAD members enjoy a 20% discount on all items in the MOCAD store. Discover our distinctive assortment of art and design objects, including jewelry, home accessories, books, and toys. Plus MOCAD members will receive a 20% discount at Café 78!

DJ Celestial Hollandaise + Dolly Rocker's & Handmade Vintage
Sunday, November 29, 11 - 5pm

Café 78 invites you to immerse yourself in a sumptuous brunch of beats, art and pop-up shopping. Contemporary leaders of the Detroit music community create the sonic ambience while guests enjoy classic cocktails, an array of Anthology coffee drinks, and a menu of seasonal food specialties curated by James Beard Award-nominated chef Marc Djozlija. Plus, MOCAD galleries are open!

DJ Celestial Hollandaise is an ambient music delight with one of Detroit’s deepest record collections. Expect the unexpected.

Dolly Rocker's Handmade & Vintage offers pristine hand selected clothing, jewelry, and accessories, as well as her line of one of a kind hand dyed lingerie.

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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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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.

Click here to read more about this exhibition and DEPE Space.

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.