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


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MOCAD is now accepting applications for the next school year for the MOCAD Teen Council

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September 26 - 27, 2014, 7pm - Midnight


Dlectricity, presented by DTE Energy, Detroit’s nighttime festival of art and light, returns this fall to present 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design, and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. MOCAD is pleased to present three free programs in association with Dlectricity.

Atlantis Dance City, presented by artist Cary Loren, is an interactive installation created inside the Mobile Homestead garage, based on the designs of Sun Ra, 1970s Detroit dance show The Scene, and Diver Dan, an underwater puppet show from the 1960s. Wear a mask and follow the dance runway. Live music by Monster Island. Stop by in a costume, enter the future and shake a tail-feather!

Mother: Assuming the form of a Detroit-style house party, Mother is an interactive performance which explores conceptions of the divine feminine through sound, movement, and light. Presented by Sameer Reddy and featuring performances from Christina Sears-Etter (Artistic Director of People’s Dancing), Ivan Antonio Gamboa, Ta’rajee Omar, Bailey Scieszka, and more. DJ sets by Aaron ‘FIT’ Siegel on Friday and Scott Zacharias on Saturday.

Broken Dance (Beatboxed): Shaun Gladwell is renowned for his mesmerizing studies of the body in motion set against the backdrop of gritty urban environments or remote landscapes. The dual-channel video installation Broken Dance (Beatboxed) continues his engagement with the nexus between embodied expression and urban subcultures.

Full information available here

Downloadable Festival Map (PDF)


October 10, 2014

2014 Gala Logo

After another year of groundbreaking exhibitions and expansive education programs - including the launch of the internationally acclaimed public art work Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is proud to celebrate its 9th year in Detroit's midtown neighborhood and cultural center.

This exciting evening event features handcrafted cocktails, a seated dinner paired with lively entertainment, and rare one-of-a kind auction items curated by MOCAD's Guest Curator, Jens Hoffman, and Executive Director, Elysia Borowy-Reeder.

Full information and tickets available here

MOCAD Luncheon with Stephen Jones + Hamish Bowles
Presented by Linda Dresner

Stephen Jones

Hamish Bowles + Stephen Jones
Thursday, October 16, 11:30AM
Admission: $120 ($100 for members)
Tickets Available Here

Linda Dresner presents a lecture and luncheon with milliner Stephen Jones and special guest Hamish Bowles, VOGUE’s International Editor at Large. Jones, a perennial favorite of the royal family, and Bowles will be at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit on October 16 at 11:30 AM. The luncheon is the inaugural event for the New Audience Development Group, MOCAD’s newest auxiliary group, and is a singular opportunity to listen to one of the fashion world’s most eminent and inspired creative minds.

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September 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

People's Biennial
Co-Curated by Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher

People's Biennial
People's Biennial is an exhibition series conceived by artist Harrell Fletcher and curator Jens Hoffmann in 2009. It examines the work of artists and other creative individuals, who operate outside the conventional art world. As such it recognizes a wide array of artistic expression present in many communities across the United States. In covering the little known, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the excluded, the project offers a view into a diverse range of creative practices in America today. The People’s Biennial also proposes an alternative to the standard contemporary art biennial, which mostly focuses on art from a few select cities (New York, Los Angeles, occasionally Chicago, Miami or San Francisco). It questions the often exclusionary and insular process of selecting art that has at times turned the spaces where art is exhibited into privileged havens seemingly detached from the realities of everyday life.

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September 12, 2014 - January 7, 2018


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On View: September 11 - 24, 2014
Laida Lertxundi
Cry When It Happens

Laida Lertxundi

Introduced by Miguel Armas
Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats. Music appears across the interiors and exteriors and speaks of limitlessness and longing.

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.