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UPCOMING EVENTS / PAST EVENTS

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.

Follow MOCAD's upcoming events and announcements:


 
 

TEEN ARTS WORKSHOP -- SOLD OUT
Signal Return
Thursday, July 2, 2 - 5pm
Admission: Free
This workshop is now full, thank you to all those that pre-registered.

This month's workshop travels to Eastern Market to Signal Return. Students will create text based prints using traditional letter press and setting type.

Signal Return is a letterpress studio dedicated to teaching, advancing, and preserving the art of letterpress printing, and providing a place for Detroit's artistic community to gather and connect.

All snack and supplies provided by MOCAD.

For questions and/or to register please contact Youth Program Producer Tylonn Sawyer at tsawyer@mocadetroit.org

For more info on Signal Return visit: signalreturn.org.

RSVP Here.

 
 

CANCELED - EXHIBITION TALK + BBQ
Rob Pruitt
Thursday, July 2, 7pm
Admission: Lecture Free
BBQ: free for MOCAD members, $10 for non-members

Rob Pruitt talks about The Obama Paintings and MOCAD’s New Wave hosts an Independence Day barbeque.

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SUNDAYS AT CAFÉ 78
Sunday, July 5, 11 - 5pm
Rick Wilhite / Worn

Café 78 invites you to immerse yourself in a sumptuous brunch of beats, art, and pop-up shopping. Contemporary leaders of the Detroit electronic music club community create the sonic ambience while guests enjoy classic cocktails, an array of Anthology coffee drinks, and a menu of seasonal food specialties curated by James Beard Award-nominated chef Marc Djozlija. Plus, the MOCAD galleries are open! The series happens every Sunday from 11am - 5pm.

Rick “The Godson” Wilhite’s position within the ranking of his Detroit peers and amongst the city’s respected house music heritage is impressive. One that still carries and loves vinyl, one that knows past, present and doesn’t shy away from the future, and most of all a DJ that knows what a party could and should be. Worn offers a curated selection of vintage clothing to drive your wear for the summer time.

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TALK (DETROIT SPEAKS)
Laura Mott
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm
Admission: Free

Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, will be joined in conversation with MOCAD Curator of Public Programs Greg Baise, who will interview her about her discoveries in and explorations of the Detroit art world since her arrival at Cranbrook in November 2013.

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MOCAD TEEN NIGHTS
80's Throwback Night
Thursday, July 9, 6-9pm
Admission: Free

Take a trip back to a time of big hair, bright colors, new wave, b-boys, and more!

Music, games, food, prizes for best 1980's outfit.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD’s Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and, with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults at the MOCAD.

MOCAD Youth Programs are generously funded by the General Motors Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Neiman Marcus, and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

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DANCE + MUSIC
Nick Cave Dance Labs
July 13 to August 1
Admission: Free

MOCAD partners with Cranbrook Art Museum to present three dance labs designed by Nick Cave. Cave will pair three local dance companies with three groups of musicians to create their own choreographed works with his extraordinary sculptures. The rehearsals at MOCAD will be open to viewers, and the three public performances will be staged in locations throughout the city. Watch this space for complete schedule soon.

Public performance schedule:

Sunday, July 19, 4pm (Free Admission)
Choreographer Marcus White and dancers with DJ John Collins
The Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203

Sunday, July 26, 4pm (Free Admission)
Choreographer Biba Bell and dancers with music by Frank Pahl
The Dequindre Cut
A below-level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the riverfront in Detroit.

Friday, July 31, 6:30-7:30pm (Free Admission)
Hardcore Detroit with the Odu Afrobeat Orchestra
Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
In conjunction with the Campus Martius beach party event from 5:30-8:30pm (Rain date: August 1, 6:30-7:30pm at Capital Park)

 

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

 

3RD THURSDAY
Psychological Services
Thursday, July 16, 6 - 9pm
Admission: Free

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Make MOCAD a part of your regimen and take part in Psychological Services, a program stocked with craft cocktails, music to elevate your mood, and staffed with therapists and artists waiting to talk to you. Take advantage of the free parking at MOCAD and use the museum as a launching point or as the final destination as you make the rounds through all that 3rd Thursday has to offer.

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month.


As part of Art Detroit Now 3rd Thursday
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POP-UP SHOP
Thing Thing’s Shop Shop
Shopping Event: Thursday, July 16, 6 to 9pm
Pop Up Shop Open: July 16 - August 2, normal Museum hours

Celebrate the culmination of Thing Thing’s residency at the Mobile Homestead. Choose from a curated selection of lighting, objects, furniture, and accessories, created by Thing Thing and their innovative recycling practice.

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TALK (DETROIT SPEAKS)
Rebecca Mazzei
Saturday, July 18, 1pm
Admission: Free

Rebecca Mazzei is co-owner of Trinosophes, an art space and cafe in Eastern Market. She’ll give an overview of the culture of galleries and alternative spaces in Detroit.

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HAPPENING (DETROIT STAGES)
Time Stereo’s Noise Camp
Saturday, July 18, 6pm
Admission: Free

Calling all campers! Noise Camp is an annual free outdoor event, similar to the Dally in the Alley, Woodward Dream Cruise, Downtown Hoedown, the Thanksgiving Parade, and Devil’s Night, except with harsh electronic noise, camp haircuts, a potato sack race, crafts table, a cardboard bear, a campfire singalong, camp nurses, a BBQ grill, cute colorful backdrops, and a guy in a cardboard tree suit engaged in merciless combat with a guy in a cardboard bush suit. Presented by the legendary local noise collective Time Stereo.

 

 

NEW WAVE PRESENTS
Art Bike Tour Detroit
Sunday, July 19, 2 - 5pm
Admission: Free for New Wave Members
Purchase a New Wave Membership here
Limited to 20 attendees
Please RSVP to amorrisson@mocadetroit.org

In this tour we will cycle around the city looking at a large variety of art throughout the city. The tour will range from works from the Cass Corridor movement to present day. Stops on the tour will include; Belle Isle, City Sculpture, the Dequindre Cut, Hart Plaza and a few others. Marc Langlois will be leading the tour. We'll meet at 2PM and leave around 2:30

Please note: This is a New Wave members only event. You may upgrade your membership before or the day of the event.

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DANCE + MUSIC
Nick Cave Dance Labs Performance
Sunday, July 19, 4pm
Admission: Free

Choreographer Marcus White and dancers with DJ John Collins

Location:
The Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203

More information available here

 

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

 

COMMUNITY EVENT
Slow Roll
Monday, July 20, 5pm

Slow Roll is for everyone: all ages, all skill levels, and every type of bike are welcome. Its slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of Detroit and its neighborhoods. All rides meet at 6pm for a 7pm ride. Registration starts at 5pm and is required.
Sign up online at slowroll.bike/memberships

 

 

MUSIC (DETROIT STAGES)
BFF Fest
Saturday, July 25, 2pm to midnight
Admission: $10

MOCAD is honored to host the Seraphine Collective’s second BFF Fest. BFF (Best Fest Forever!) Fest is an inclusive summer music festival created to highlight, celebrate, and promote the talents of Michigan’s diverse community of musicians and artists. By prioritizing the participation of women/POC/LGBTQ performers, BFF Fest strives to be progressive, modern, and thoughtful in the curation of its lineup, and hopes to foster consciousness toward building a stronger, supportive, and, most importantly, a more diverse and balanced scene locally, regionally, and nationally. One dollar of every ticket will be donated to Alternatives for Girls.

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NEIGHBORHOOD JAM SESSION
Botanical Fortress
Sunday, July 26, 2 - 5pm

The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions, hosted this season by the Detroit-based collective Botanical Fortress. They only have four guidelines: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to the outcome.

Join these musicians, dancers, and other performers for an afternoon of improvised music and movement exploration. All ages, levels, and styles of musicians can bring an instrument and play music in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers, and other noisemakers will be available for those without an instrument.
RSVP Here

 
 

DANCE + MUSIC
Nick Cave Dance Labs Performance
Sunday, July 26, 4pm
Admission: Free

Choreographer Biba Bell and dancers with music by Frank Pahl

Location:
The Dequindre Cut
A below-level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the riverfront in Detroit.

More information available here

 

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

 

MUSIC
MOCAD and Media City Film Festival present Malcolm Le Grice +
Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three (river run thee)

Tuesday, July 28, 8pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MOCAD members and Media City attendees)

MOCAD is honored to continue to host the opening night of Media City Film Festival, an international event held annually in Detroit and Windsor and now in its 21st year.

Malcolm Le Grice (b.1940) is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of artists' cinema. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, founded the London Filmmakers' Co-op Workshop in the late 1960s, and was a founding member of the legendary Filmaktion group, endorsing a more active, improvisational and participatory experience of cinema that re-envisioned the possibilities for film as a live event. LeGrice also carried out the first experiments with computer-based filmmaking in Britain. His works have screened at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Vienna; the Louvre, Paris; Tate Modern and Tate Britain; Documenta, Kassel; the Paris Biennale, and the Fondacion Joan Miró in Barcelona. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou; the Royal Belgian Film Archive; the National Film Library of Australia; the German Cinematheque, and L’ Archives du Film Experimental D'Avignon. He has written extensive critical and theoretical publications, including a history of experimental cinema 'Abstract Film and Beyond' (Studio Vista and MIT, 1977), and ’Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age’ (British Film Institute, 2001). Le Grice is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Arts London.

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist, and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. Roberts has been called “a major talent” (The Wire) and “the spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene” (Jazzthetik). She presents the Detroit premiere of 'Coin Coin Chapter Three (river run thee)'. The ongoing Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting,” aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with history, community, and political expression within improvisational music.

With DJ sets from Ephraim Asili, an artist, filmmaker, DJ, radio host, and traveler, who won the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Part of the opening night of Media City Film Festival. Complete schedule: mediacityfilmfestival.com

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DANCE + MUSIC
Nick Cave Dance Labs Performance
Friday, July 30, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Admission: Free

Hardcore Detroit with the Odu Afrobeat Orchestra

Location:
Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
In conjunction with the Campus Martius beach party event from 5:30-8:30pm (Rain date: August 1, 6:30-7:30pm at Capital Park)

More information available here

 

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

 
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.