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

Upcoming Events

Day of the Dead Ofrendas and Retablos
Saturday, October 3, Noon - 4pm

In celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, MOCAD has invited local artist Kia Arriaga to create a community ofrenda and guide participants through a guided tour of the many symbols associated with the celebration . Visitors will create miniature shrines called retablos with a variety of supplies provided by MOCAD.

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Frankie Banks + Detroit Clothing Circle
Sunday, October 4, 11 - 5pm

Frankie Banks, long-time Detroit-based maverick DJ/producer is well known nationally underground for both classy cocktail hours and raging late-night parties.

Detroit Clothing Circle brings customers a mix of vintage and contemporary fashion they desire, with a price tag that brings a smile.

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Kraftwerk After Hours @ MOCAD
Monday, October 5, 10pm - 2am
Admission: $7 MOCAD Members/$10 Non-Members

Pre-sale tickets have sold out Juan Atkins in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents Kraftwerk After Hours @ MOCAD. Join us at the Museum after the concert for DJ sets by Juan, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and other special guests. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see these pioneers and creators of techno music: Detroit’s contemporary sound.

21 and over

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2015 Gala

Please join the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as we celebrate another tremendous year of acclaimed exhibitions and expansive educational programs. The 2015 Gala + Art Auction will feature MOCAD’s brand of dynamic live entertainment, craft cocktails by our own Café 78, and a creative dinner menu from Cutting Edge Cuisine.

The 2015 Art Auction, with work selected by MOCAD's Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann and Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder, will continue its tradition of offering exceptional pieces by some of today's most iconic and progressive international artists.

All proceeds enable MOCAD to continue presenting innovative and inspiring exhibitions and to build upon the momentum of its ambitious educational and cultural programming.

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Evening's Itinerary
6:30pm - Cocktails & Auction Preview
8pm - Dinner & Remarks
9:30pm - Auction Ends
10:00pm - Coconut Babylon
MOCAD hosts a tropical Detroit party with selectors Monty Luke, Jeff Risk and Daisuke Hughes.

Attire: Flash of brilliance
Valet Parking will be available

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Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

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The MOCAD Art + Culture auction is now live on Paddle8! This benefit auction features rare one-of-a kind auction items curated by MOCAD's Guest Curator, Jens Hoffman, and Executive Director, Elysia Borowy-Reeder. All proceeds enable MOCAD to continue presenting innovative and inspiring exhibitions and to build upon the momentum of its ambitious educational and cultural programming.

2015 Afterparty

A Tropical Detroit After Party

MOCAD hosts a tropical Detroit party with Coconut Babylon

Featuring Selectors: Daisuke Hughes, Monty Luke, and Jeff Risk

All proceeds enable MOCAD to continue presenting innovative and inspired exhibitions and to build upon the momentum of its ambitious educational and cultural programming.

Supported by MOCAD's New Wave Young Professionals Group

Sound sponsored by Burst

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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

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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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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.

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. We recommend taking John R to Garfield. If you are traveling from I-75 northbound take the exit at Mack Ave. to John R north. If you are traveling southbound on I-75, take the Warren exit west to John R south. Visitors traveling from the M-10 Lodge Freeway take the Forest Ave exit east to John R south.

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.