ART AS SOCIAL FORCE EXHIBITION
Radical Scavengers: the MOCAD Quilting Bee Project
January 25 - May 24, 2015
This winter the Mobile Homestead transforms into a contemporary quilt making workshop. Special guest artists will share quilting techniques and teach basic hand stitching to those who are new to the practice. All levels of quilting experience are welcome. Bring your own sewing project or help create a new community quilt for MOCAD and blankets for children in need. Scavenge your closets for old clothes and fabrics to help stock the scrap stash, and learn a bit of history about the radical politics of quilting while you participate.
UPCOMING MOBILE HOMESTEAD EVENTS
Searching for Telos
Saturdays, from January 10 - February 14, Noon
$45 for 6 one hour sessions
Register/more info at email@example.com or 313.744.5677
This unique kids program, led by professional educator Alyson Jones, uses philosophy to spark fun, engaging conversations with children. The benefits of philosophy for children don't come from learning the history of philosophy or about philosophers. Rather, as with reading, math, and art, the benefit of philosophy comes through doing. Active engagement in philosophical inquiry sharpens thinking and allows kids to encounter new ideas. And it helps them decide what they believe. Various specialized programs are offered for kids from K-8th grade.
Opening Show and Tell and Tea
Sunday, January 25, 2pm - 5pm
Bring your quilt to show and tell us your story. Learn new skills and put them into action. Enjoy tea and conversation with new friends as you learn more about this historical, creative pastime.
Circuit Bending Workshop
Sunday, February 8, 2pm
Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits found within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children's toys, and digital synthesizers. Local noise musician, coffee entrepreneur, and electronic tinkerer Catherine Engstrom will lead a circuit bending workshop for beginners in the Mobile Homestead. Participants are encouraged to bring a low-voltage, battery powered electronic device to create a new instrument.
Intro to Zen Meditation
Saturday, February 28, 12pm
Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple Guiding Teacher Koho Vince Anila offers this free introduction to Zen Buddhist history and practice, along with some basic meditation instruction that anyone can do. This gathering will be warm and casual, with plenty of time for questions.
Neighborhood Jam Session #3 & #4
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Saturday, March 21, 2pm
The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions. All ages, levels, and styles of musicians are invited to bring an instrument and play music in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers and other noisemakers will be available to those without an instrument.
RSVP for February 21 here
RSVP for March 21 here
Mobile Homestead is a permanent art work by late artist Mike Kelley located on the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. It's both a public sculpture and a private, personal architecture – based on the artist's childhood home on Palmer Road in Westland, a neighborhood which primarily housed workers for the Big Three auto makers: Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.
In a largely disinvested city with many abandoned houses and dilapidated buildings, Mobile Homestead enacts a reversal of the 'white flight' that took place in Detroit following the inner city uprisings of the 1960s. It does so at a time when the city is exploring new options of renewal by assessing its singular post-industrial conditions in an attempt to articulate a new model for American cities.
The sculpture, which almost exactly replicates the vernacular architecture of working class neighborhoods in the American Midwest, brings the suburbs back into the city, and as it travels – on specific missions – the mobile home performs various kinds of community services, establishing a permanent dialogue with the community that houses it.
MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement programs the ground floor of Mobile Homestead as a community space, as Kelley intended. It is home to projects, events, gatherings, conversations and displays that are created by and for a diverse public, and is intentionally unaffiliated with the Museum’s exhibitions and public programming.
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 Mobile Homestead are supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. MOCAD exhibitions and public programs are supported by the Taubman Foundation. Funding for related programming is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.
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On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the trailer portion of Mobile Homestead, which constitutes the front of the house, made its maiden voyage from its new home in Midtown Detroit to return to the original Kelley home in the suburbs.
On its way down Michigan Avenue, one of Detroit's main arteries and passageway to the western suburbs, the mobile home passed through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods such as the old Irish area of Corktown; Dearborn, the home of the Ford motor company, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Ford's personal collection of homes and structures associated with great Americans such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Rosa Parks); Inkster; Wayne (where Kelley attended Catholic school); and finally Westland where the former Kelley family home still stands.
Mike Kelley also produced a video documentary that focuses on the people and communities who live and work along Michigan Avenue. The videos, entitled Mobile Homestead Christening Ceremony and Launch, September 25, 2010; Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland; and Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit will exhibit at MOCAD, May 11 through July 31, 2013, along with documentation materials, which reveal the process of realizing this major art work.
Mobile Homestead will be fully completed in spring of 2013, when the mobile home will be attached to an altered reconstruction of the Kelley home, to function as a community space.
Mobile Homestead is artist Mike Kelley's first public art project anywhere and the first major permanent installation of his work in his hometown. This project is also the first commission by Artangel in the United States and has been produced with support from the LUMA Foundation and in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Mike Kelley: "Mobile Homestead covertly makes a distinction between public art and private art, between the notions that art functions for the social good, and that art addresses personal desires and concerns. Mobile Homestead does both: it is simultaneously geared toward community service and anti-social private sub-cultural activities. It has a public side and a secret side..." Read Kelley's full essay about the project, written in 2011, here.
Click here for an Audio interview with artist Mike Kelley and Artangel director James Lingwood.
At the core of Mike Kelley’s vision for Mobile Homestead’s ground floor is community engagement. In its permanent location behind MOCAD, Mobile Homestead integrates into the neighborhood as a clubhouse. Rather than projecting ideas out into the world, Mobile Homestead is about inviting the community’s ideas in.
Visitors are encouraged to suggest and participate in potential events or projects to take place within Mobile Homestead. If you have an idea you want to pitch, you can email us, but the best thing to do is drop by for a visit!
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4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Mobile Homestead Hours
Friday - Sunday: 11AM - 5PM
All of Mobile Homestead's entrances and public areas are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Service animals are welcome at Mobile Homestead.