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MOCAD hosts musical, literary and artistic events throughout the year. Check back often or contact us at info@mocadetroit.org if you would like to be kept up to date on upcoming events.

All events are Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation) and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Andrew Kuo (MOCAD Living Canvas Artist)
Tuesday, September 8, 7pm

MOCAD welcomes its Living Canvas artist Andrew Kuo, who will take time out from transforming the museum’s Woodward Avenue facade to talk about his work. Kuo was invited to create a large scale mural which will add color to Detroit's urban landscape. He has appeared in dozens of exhibitions in New York City and around the world. His artwork and writing have appeared in the pages of The New York Times.

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You Can't Print That: 50 Years of the Fifth Estate
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5 - 7pm

Join Fifth Estate at the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead for our 2015 Fall exhibition opening reception.

Fifth Estate, the nation’s oldest and still thriving underground newspaper, celebrates its 50th anniversary in a big way with exhibitions at two Detroit museums this fall. Together the exhibitions provide intimate insights into the influence of the radical media, with its affiliated artists and activists, in the greater Detroit area, throughout the United States, and around the globe.

You Can’t Print That: 50 Years of the Fifth Estate, on view inside the Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), features a vast amount of groovy cover art, provocative editorial cartoons, archival photographs, paintings and memorabilia recalling the iconic events, people, and institutions that informed the newspaper during its earliest days through the present.

The exhibition at MOCAD will be complimented by an overview of the highlights of the Fifth Estate at the Detroit Historical Museum (DHM) on view August 29, 2015 through August 2016. Start the Presses: 50 years of the Fifth Estate is a text and graphics driven installation, focusing mainly on the colorful early history of the papers and its impact on Detroit and its media.

You Can’t Print That: 50 Years of the Fifth Estate is co-curated by Peter Werbe and Barbara Logan in association with MOCAD’s Curator of Education and Public Engagement, Amy Corle. Stop the Presses: 50 Years of the Fifth Estate is curated by founder Harvey Oshinksy, co-editor Peter Werbe and Tim Kiska, media critic and Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Read about the exhibition here.

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Fifth Estate Exhibition Talk and Tour
Saturday, September 12, 1pm

Peter Werbe leads a panel discussion in MOCAD’s cafe examining artist contributions to radical insurgent publications. Joining the panel are Joey Salamon, Stephen Goodfellow, and other exhibition artists. Following the talk visitors are invited to take a short walk over to the Detroit Historical Museum for a tour of the companion exhibition.

Read about the MOCAD Art As Social Force series here.

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Friday, September 18, 2015
Member Preview: 6 - 7pm
Curator Talk: 6:30pm
Public Opening: 7 - 10pm
Music performance by Burnt Sugar Arkestra: 10pm
Free for MOCAD members; $10 for non-members after 9pm

About Burnt Sugar Arkestra
Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a territory band, a neo-tribal thang, a community hang, a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spacial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal, and telepathic. Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On TheCorner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.” For this appearance they are utilizing their warped soul harmonies, freedom-swing horn play, maggot-brained guitar implosions, and arkestral loopadelics in the dark in the service of the songbook of Sun Ra.

Read about the upcoming exhibitions here.

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Laetitia Sadier with Deradoorian
Thursday, October 1, 8pm
Admission: $12
Tickets Available here

MOCAD presents the space-age rock of Laetitia Sadier, formerly of Stereolab, and currently of a solo career that's several wonderful albums deep. With opener Deradoorian (Angel Deradoorian from Dirty Projectors and Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks).

Alternating between a riveting caress and an invigorating shake, the songs of Laetitia Sadier start from the Earth and tilt up towards the sky, before coming back down to the planet again. Taking it all in, her most recent album Something Shines is also an exploration through Debord's La Société du Spectacle, and how it is still up to us to guide and shape our fate, individually and collectively. Laetitia examines several relevant questions such as the main inquiry of "Oscuridad": "Do the rich need the poor to be rich?" The song examines the war being led against the lower classes of this world by the ultra-rich to rob them (us!) even further of their (our!) resources. On the riveting caress-side side of things, "Life Is Winning" is a subtle reminder to get in touch with the innate joy and revelation of living.

All these thoughts and many others are communicated with delicately textured production, twinkling and shifting with the subtlety of nature. Often sounding like the world outside, whooshing and chirping and clicking in time, placing these concerns in the place where we live, Something Shines reflects the lives hanging in the balance between issues, lives that are often too small to see yet contribute to the world as a whole. Even in the face of realities that continue to cripple so many in the name of so few, Something Shines consistently elevates itself with lyrical confidence, intimacy, and an arcing musicality that allows it to go to the hearts and minds of every listener.

With opener Deradoorian: the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors. Angel Deradoorian's levitating vocals buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. She's been a member of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, sang on Flying Lotus' "Siren Song," and has collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Bjork, Matmos, the Roots, et al.


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.