On view September 6, 2013 ongoing program
Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema. They are all narrative films and all a minimum of 15 minutes long. Each screening is presented during a limited period of time. Vdrome is on view at MOCAD and online, the program is organized by Edoardo Bonaspetti, Jens Hoffmann, Andrea Lissoni and Filipa Ramos.
5 – 14 December
Mike Kelley and Michael Smith:
“A Voyage of Growth and Discovery”
Introduced by Emi Fontana
Mike Kelley and Michael Smith’s video follows the bizarre journey of Baby IKKI over several days at Burning Man, the festival of "radical self-expression" held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Baby IKKI – pre-lingual and of ambiguous age – is a character that artist Michael Smith has been performing for over thirty years.
Vdrome is open for submissions. The Vdrome curatorial team are constantly reviewing new material. Please visit vdrome.org for details.
September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014
The Past is Present
The Battle of the Overpass, 1937, 2013
Painted by Lisa Poszywak
MOCAD has invited a select group of Detroiters to host informal gallery talks throughout the run of The Past Is Present. These talks explore the exhibition vis-à-vis the specialty of each speaker.
Saturday, November 2, 1pm
Music historians Jim Gallert and Lars Bjorn discuss Motown and jazz
Wednesday, November 6, 12:30pm
Brown Bag Lunch-Curator's Forum
Join us for a public discussion of MOCAD's current exhibition, The Past is Present
, with MOCAD's guest curator and deputy director/head of exhibitions and public programs at the Jewish Museum, Jens Hoffmann.
Take part in a lively conversation where the curatorial process and Detroit's history become the subject matter for international artists to look from an outsider's perspective. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase from the MOCAD Cafe.
Saturday, November 30, 1pm
Attorney and social justice activist Syeda Davidson discusses women and the labor movement
Thursday, December 12, 6:30pm
Architecture expert Dan Austin discusses the exhibition’s Claire Fontaine mural
in relation to architectural preservation and loss in Detroit.
Gallery talks are open to the public and complimentary with museum admission ($5 suggested).
2013 marks the 80-year anniversary of Diego Rivera's 27-panel mural, Detroit Industry
. Commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Arts and financed by the Ford family, Detroit Industry
portrays the successful fusion of man and machine. Representing the city through a series of intricate vignettes, Rivera's mural celebrates the working man, the advancement of technology, and the industrial wonder of the time—the Ford V-8.
Over the past 80 years, the city of Detroit has faced many challenges, and, sadly, fewer triumphs. Looking back across the historic events that have shaped the Detroit of the present, the fifteen artists commissioned for The Past is Present
offer unique perspectives on the city. From the riots of 1943, and the decline of the manufacturing industry, to the advent of Motown, and the present urban gardening movement, The Past is Present
will feature 15 newly-commissioned murals. Made by artists from around the world whose works are rooted in explorations of history, political conflict, and social change, these works allow an opportunity to begin where Rivera left off, examining the history of the city from contemporary points of view.
While Rivera may be remembered as often for large-scale controversies as he is for his large-scale frescoes, the impact of his works - their ability to capture history, energize resistance, and celebrate change - cannot be denied. It is in this spirit that this exhibition is based. Providing a looking glass into the past, the murals presented in The Past is Present
allow for a reflection of what Detroit was, what it is, and what it may become.
The Past is Present
is curated by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD's guest curator and coordinated by MOCAD exhibitions department Zeb Smith, Jonathan Rajewski, and Liz Glass. The murals were conceived by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Julieta Aranda, Katherine Ball, Andrea Bowers, Carolina Caycedo, Nicolás Consuegra, Harrell Fletcher, Claire Fontaine, Maryam Jafri, William E. Jones, Daniel Martinez, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Slanguage, and Hank Willis Thomas. The murals were then painted by Detroit-area artists Jon Anthony, Michael Burdrick, Daniel DeMaggio, Edward John Charles Foster, Nick Jaskey, Jesse Kassel, Sunshine Lee, Sylvia Molina, Chris Morris, James Noellert, Lisa Poszywak, Tylonn J. Sawyer, Lindy Marie Shewbridge, Vaughn Taormina, Adam Thibodeau, and Vince Troia.
Here is what curator Jens Hoffmann had to say about this thrilling exhibition.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation, and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.