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


Youth Lead Tour Day

We had a wonderful time April 3, 2014 with the Junior Docents, check out these photos to see the docents in action in the museum.

Make sure to mark your calendars for May 1 for their last day in the museum.

Junior Docent Program

The Junior Docent Program consists of 7th and 8th grade students from the Academy of the Americas. Docents will be onsite to answer questions and lead visitors through this thought-provoking exhibition.

Each season MOCAD invites a group of middle school students to learn the vocabulary, history, and interpretation of the visual arts in relation to exhibitions at the Museum. Students engage with the public by acting as docents and create visual responses to their experiences. The in-depth and immersive program assists in the development, awareness, and understanding of visual arts in relation to history and cultures.


James Lee Byars: I Cancel All My Works At Death
February 7 - May 4, 2014

Read about this exhibition here.

State of Exception
February 7 - May 4, 2014

Installation created by Richard Barnes and Amanda Krugliak, photograph Richard Barnes, featured in the New York Times Magazine, July 2013. Originally from the exhibition State of Exception, hundreds of backpacks left behind by undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert; from the archives of Jason De León's Undocumented Project

Read about this exhibition here.


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.

Currently Screening:
April 18 - 27
Daniel Gustav
Cramer "Orrery"


2012, 20 minutes, HD video

Orrery portrays the encounter between two men at night in a hut outside an Australian village. The two share time together. They talk, remain silent and depart at last. The film reflects on solitude, friendship, trust and the fleetingness of time.
Read More Here.

Upcoming Vdrome Films


The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is pleased to announce that the museum will remain open from May 7 through May 16 while we prepare our galleries for three new exhibitions. During this time, we will continue our ongoing film program organized by Vdrome and the MOCAD Store and Topsoil Café will remain open for all of your shopping, snacking, and WiFi needs. The museum will be open during our regular hours from 11 - 5 Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 - 8 Thursday and Friday.

Press Release

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.