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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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Summer Backyard BBQ
Friday, July 31, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Come out and enjoy this free and fun classic backyard BBQ...MOCAD style!

There will be music, food, games, art, and more! Catered by Slows BBQ.


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.



Nick Cave Dance Labs Performance
Friday, July 31, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Admission: Free

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)

More information available here


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


Mike Medow + Hello Records
Sunday, August 2, 11 - 5pm

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.

Mike Medow is record collector and DJ of house music and a bit of disco. He focuses on the underground sounds Chicago and Detroit, seeking dance floor rhythms that are alternately sublime and squelching. He plays vinyl only and is a regular at the Fort Street post office with a near 100% Discogs seller rating. Mike is the COO of Allied Media Projects, a co-founder of Emergence Media (with performing artist Invincible and designer Wes Taylor), and a co-founder of Sector 7-G Recordings (with producer Ben Christensen and filmmaker Oren Goldenberg).

Hello Records provides a wide and ever changing selection of vinyl and shellac recordings from all eras on all sizes and all speeds, with a focus on party and dance music from the 1940's through the 2000's.


Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
Wednesday, August 5, Doors at 8pm, film at 9pm sharp!
Admission: $5 (The way Ian intended)
Tickets available here

Back by popular demand, MOCAD is pleased to re-screen the documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) as part of a new film series presented by MCOAD and Café 78.

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in our nation's capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry's subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC's original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.



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.



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.