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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.

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Plastic Dreams: The Forgotten Future of the Vinyl Format
Friday, May 27, 2016, 2pm-4pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

This panel discussion will explore the resurgence of the vinyl format and its impact on the local music industry. Leading members of Detroit's music industry will be on hand to discuss whether or not the resurgence is real, Detroit's storied history with vinyl manufacturing, and more.

PANELISTS:
Kai Alce (Owner, NDATL Music)
Anna Atanassova (Owner, Paramita Sound)
Dave Buick (Vinyl Release Specialist, Third Man Records)
Andy Garcia (Archer Record Pressing)
Mark Sandford (FIT Distribution)

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MUSIC DISCUSSION
Juan Atkins, Derrick May + Kevin Saunderson in Conversation
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2-5pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and MOCAD Board Member Derrick May are three Detroit-based musicians credited with the invention of Detroit techno. May famously described the sound he helped create as being "like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator." All three maintain busy performance schedules and continue to tour internationally spreading the Detroit sound. Derrick May says that his mission continues to be "to save the world from bad music." Q+A session to follow.

Photo credit: Riva Sayegh-Mccullen

Panel will be moderated by Zachary Weedon

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MUSIC
Official Movement After Party | Transmat 30th Anniversary Celebration
Starring Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Salar Ansari

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10pm - 5am, Sunday, May 29 | 18+
Admission: $35 presale/$40 at door
MOCAD Members: $30
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An official Movement after party celebrating the legacy, presence, and living memory of Transmat and its founder and MOCAD Board Member Derrick May, with Juan Atkins and Salar Ansari.

Time: MOCAD will welcome guests (18+) from 10pm on Saturday, May 28, until the next morning at 5am. 

Tickets: $35 presale, $40 at door, and *$30 for MOCAD Members—stay tuned for an email from MOCAD or, call our front desk at 313-832-6622 to receive the "discount code."

A special thanks to Sydney G. James for the artwork.

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MUSIC
Sundays at Café 78: Red Bull Presents
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul"

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Our groundbreaking Sunday brunch event takes on new life during Movement weekend. "Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul" brings together artists saving souls on and off the dancefloor through a unique synthesis of transcendent music and transportive messages. Hosted by DJ Terrence Parker along with special guest DJs Mark Flash, Merachka, Moreese, and Monty Luke. The selected pop-up vendor will be Brightly Twisted, the brainchild of born-and-bred Michigan artists. They offer a curated mix of contemporary women's clothing, accessories, and home décor.

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ARTIST TALK
How I Wrecked a Painting
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Nancy Mitchnick gets brutally honest about the unseen struggle to make a good work of art by sharing painfully humorous tales of her personal painting failures. How does an artist know when a work of art is finished? And how do they know if it is good or bad?

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TEEN NIGHT
OPEN MIC
Friday, June 3, 2016, 6-9pm
Admission: Free

Due to popular demand, the MOCAD Teen Council is back with our OPEN MIC night of art, music, spoken word, and performance. All teens and young adults are encouraged to come out and show us what you got! Both featured performers and an open mic. For more info contact Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer at: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

READING + CONVERSATION
Frances Stroh: Beer Money
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Please join us for an engaging evening author Frances Stroh in conversation with Toby Barlow as they discuss Stroh's new book, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss. In this candid story, Stroh reveals the complexities of her childhood and what it was like to come of age as a member of Detroit’s Stroh’s Beer family, once in possession of the largest private beer fortune in America. The Stroh Brewery Company suffered a rapid and precipitous loss of market share during the 1980s and 1990s, declining from a Forbes 400 company to become near penniless. Stroh will share the painful unraveling of her family and her struggle to find her own identity and way back as an artist. In addition, Stroh will address the process of writing her first book and navigating the publishing world as a new author. The reading will be followed by a book signing in the MOCAD store.

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WORKSHOP
Feeling Groovy: Macrame for Beginners
Saturday, June 11, and Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2-4pm
Admission: Free (preregistration is required, materials provided by MOCAD)

Join us for one or both classes to learn the basics of macrame and create your own functional and decorative work of art. Artist Hannah Chalew will teach us how to make classic plant hangers and more. Inspired by Carlos Rolón's installation in the Mobile Homestead. To register, contact Education Associate, Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org

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SWAP + MEET
Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories Swap & Meet
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Admission: Free

Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories will host its graphic novel/comic book swap. Bring your pre-read illustrated stories and trade them for new favorites, enjoy character themed cocktails, and make new friends. This installment of this series is designed to explore the layered connections found in this important and often overlooked cultural nexus. In addition to swapping stories, let's swap ideas. We would like to know what you want to see next!

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TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Funk Underground: Hip Hop Arts Workshop
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Calling all teen MCs and beat makers! Rhode Island hip hop collective, The Funk Underground, host this teen centered multidisciplinary workshop. Teens will participate at different stations that focus on deejaying, beat making, rap and discussions of critical issues in hip hop. For more info on Funk Underground visit: thefunkunderground.com RSVP to Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Songwriting and Recording with Sterling Toles
Thursday June 23 and Friday June 24, 2016, 11am–2:30pm
Admission: Free with RSVP (space is limited)

MOCAD presents this free two-day music production workshop 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 using GarageBand to create tracks and record. Also, using a little imagination, students will learn how to turn a quiet space into a recording booth. Participants are encouraged to bring works in progress. All supplies and snacks provided by MOCAD. RSVP to Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer: tsawyer@mocadetroit.org


 
 

MUSIC
Julianna Barwick wsg/Mas Ysa
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9pm
Admission: $12
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Join us at MOCAD for an evening with the fantastic Julianna Barwick. Her new album, "Will" comes out on May 6 on Dead Oceans Records. Since her 3rd album, Nepenthe was released in 2013, Julianna has toured with Sigur Rós, sung with children's choirs around the world, recorded and performed with the Flaming Lips, recorded Bach's "Adagio from Concerto In D Minor" on Sony Masterworks, played piano and sang with Yoko Ono and brewed a wasabi beer with Dogfish Head.

Barwick's diverse past has also included collaborative albums with Ikue Mori and Helado Negro, a remix commission from Radiohead and her song "Vow" remixed by Diplo. Upcoming Barwick projects include a film score and a music box.

REVIEWS Pitchfork: "…among the best and most artful ambient music being made today."
Diplo: "Barwick's music is like Care Bears making love."
Wayne Coyne: "I'm a fan of what she does…she's really pretty crazy, and weird, and funny."
NPR: "Downright medicinal, altering the listener's surroundings in ways that make them uncomfortable, yet still wondrously inviting."
New York Times: "Her ethereal multi-tracked harmonies have the devotional quality of gospel choirs, and the oddball allure of Bjork or Yoko Ono"

Mas Ysa opens.

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GALLERY TALK
Jens Hoffmann on Annette Kelm
Friday, June 24, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

To augment the exhibit by Berlin-based artist Annette Kelm, MOCAD's Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann will host a special gallery talk. Hoffmann will walk attendees through the exhibit and expound upon the connection between Kelm's work and the City of Detroit.

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MUSIC + WORKSHOP
Analog Ladies + The Church of the Super Serge
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 4pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Analog Ladies is a group for women of all kinds to meet and connect based on their love of creating and performing live electronic music. This includes analog and digital instruments. The Church of the Super Serge was founded by Dmitri Ponce in order to create a gathering for men and women to come together in the name of DIY synth builders, modular synth performers, and most importantly, to celebrate the Serge Synthesizer, the namesake of the event. The event will consist of two parts. First a workshop by The Church of the Super Serge where people will learn how to wire their very Atari Punk Console. The workshop will be followed by an evening of performances by selected analog ladies and Slope114.

4pm - Church of the Super Serge Workshop
6pm - Mother Cyborg [Temple of Cyborg] - DJ set
7pm - Erika [Interdimensional Transmissions] - DJ set
8pm - Slope114 [Black Catalogue, San Francisco] - Live PA

Info on the Atari Punk Console: compiler.kaustic.net/machines/apc.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Punk_Console

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ARTIST TALK
Mitch McEwen
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Mitch McEwen, Principal of A(n) Office and McEwen Studio, discusses her design work sited in Detroit since relocating from Brooklyn two years ago, including the House Opera, an ongoing art space project in Southwest Detroit, and a commissioned project for the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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CONVERSATION
Ruin Porn Chinwag (noun\chin-wag\: a friendly conversation)
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Trigger words often become cliches because they hold portable, immediate power. Once they become overused, we step away from them without first exploring the origin of that power. They continue to live shadowy lives beneath our beds and on Twitter. Four chatterboxes — scholars Jessica Moorman and Heidi Jugenitz, and artists Khary Frazier and Phreddy Wischusen — want to join with you in exorcising our feelings about ruin porn. Come ready to think, feel and share. Visit MOCAD.org, for more info and suggested readings.

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TALK + POETRY READING
Dawn Lundy Martin
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin discusses the Methexis film series, her ongoing collaboration with Mitch McEwen and read selections of her poetry.

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COMMUNITY EVENT/OFFSITE
Ann Arbor Art Fair
Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24, 11am–6pm

Spend time with MOCAD at the Ann Arbor Art Fair creating your own works of art in the Art Activity Zone. Located on Ingall's Mall between E. Washington and N. University in Ann Arbor.

 
 

ARTIST TALK
Cass Corridor Secrets Revealed
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Nancy Mitchnick entertains and enlightens us with personal tales from the first generation of Detroit's legendary Cass Corridor art scene. This lively illustrated talk is accompanied by clips from the movie, Detroit's Cass Corridor directed by Shaun Bangert and Kathryn Brackett Luchs and will feature an intermission for beer and one on one conversation with artists who made art history.

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BOOK LAUNCH
Essay'd
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5–8pm
Admission: Free

A venue for Detroit arts writing makes the jump from digital to print! Essay'd is an online art writing project that publishes short essays about contemporary Detroit artists by Detroit writers on a regular basis. If it continues at its current pace it will reach 100 artists by the end of 2017—an unprecedented survey of Detroit art. At this event, celebrate the publication by Wayne State University Press of a fully illustrated first volume of 30 essays and pick up a copy of your very own.

 
 

COMMUNITY EVENT/OFFSITE
Family Day Extravaganza at the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 6, 3pm-8pm

Join MOCAD as our Family Day Extravaganza travels to the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts in the heart of Detroit's Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhood. "Sharing Is Caring: Personal Space Building" is the theme for this fiber fort-building extravaganza of epic proportions! Participants of all ages can zip tie, weave, macramé, and duct tape a personal space of their own in and around a wildly colorful multi-media art installation created by artist and teacher Paula Shubatis. Information about the Sidewalk Festival can be found at sidewalkdetroit.com. Questions about MOCAD’s Family Day Extravaganza will be answered by Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org.

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WORKSHOP
Feeling Groovy: Macrame for Beginners
Saturday, June 11, and Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2-4pm
Admission: Free (preregistration is required, materials provided by MOCAD)

Join us for one or both classes to learn the basics of macrame and create your own functional and decorative work of art. Artist Hannah Chalew will teach us how to make classic plant hangers and more. Inspired by Carlos Rolón's installation in the Mobile Homestead. To register, contact Education Associate, Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org

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COMIC JAM
Open Drawing Sessions + Artist Talk
Saturday, August 20, 5–8pm
Admission: Free

MOCAD and Green Brain Comics present the 7th Annual Comic Jam with guest artist Derf. All are welcome to jam! Participants create spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and free-form drawings with each other. Following the jam session Derf will talk about his international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.

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