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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 and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Wednesday, July 23 8pm
Admission: $12
Tickets available here

OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years.

Full Tour Schedule here


Music Production with Sterling Toles
Two-Day Workshop
Thursday, July 24 Noon - 4pm
Friday, July 25, Noon - 3:30pm Admission is free with RSVP, but space is limited, please RSVP to Youth Program Producer Tylonn Sawyer at tylonnsawyer@mocadetroit.org

MOCAD presents this free two-day music production workshop for teens conducted by musician and visual artist Sterling Toles. The workshop will teach teens how to record professional quality songs with limited equipment and money. Students will learn the basics of GarageBand to create tracks and record. Students will learn how to turn a quiet space into a recording booth using a little imagination.

All supplies and snacks provided by MOCAD.

These free monthly workshops are for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety of areas: drawing, painting, digital design, automotive design, fashion illustration, music production, creative writing, etc.

MOCAD youth programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Programs are overseen by Youth Program Producer Tylonn J. Sawyer.


Super Smash Bros Brawl Game Tournament Part II

Saturday, July 26 Noon - 4pm

Ages 14-24 welcome!
Only 64 slots open for the cash prize tournament!
Doors open and registration begins at 11:30AM.

All supplies and snacks provided by MOCAD.

Super Smash Bros tournament on the big screen with cash prizes!

Food, gaming stations, board and card games and more!

Proudly presented and organized by the MOCAD Teen Council
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MOCAD youth programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Programs are overseen by Youth Program Producer Tylonn J. Sawyer.



Presented by MOCAD New Wave and the MOCAD Store

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27 11am - 5pm

Cash, credit card, and check accepted. All proceeds fund New Wave’s innovative programming and directly support MOCAD.

MOCAD and MOCAD’s New Wave will host the 2nd Annual Upscale No-scale Garage Sale. The garage sale will feature carefully selected donations from museum supporters - clothes, housewares, art, and so much more. Come and enjoy a hot dog fresh off the grill and cold lemonade while you shop. Saturday evening will feature a live musical set from Ivan Gamboa.

MOCAD's store will also hold the annual sidewalk sale that same weekend featuring some of the coolest items priced to go home with you! In preparation for the fall season this sale will feature items from MOCAD’s history, the last year, and more. All priced to sell to make way for exciting new items.

MOCAD’s current exhibitions - Dara Friedman Projecting, Jose Lerma La Bella Crisis, Steve Locke there is no one left to blame, Midwestern Voices & Visions - will also close at the end of the garage/sidewalk sale at 5pm on July 27. Make sure to catch these exciting exhibitions before they’re gone.


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.