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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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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.

In honor of the late Fluxus artist, Ben Patterson, McEwen will dedicate the beginning of her talk by leading a remix of a Patterson score.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016, 8pm
Admission: $5 and free for members

Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe extreme rock and roll. They run the Okutiuka orphanage in the war-ravaged city of Huambo, Angola and dream of mounting the first-ever national rock concert. Raucous and righteous, DEATH METAL ANGOLA follows their story, giving audiences a look at a rock show off the grid that is fulfilling, haunting, and real.

The film will be followed by a Q+A with filmmaker Jeremy Xido.

View the trailer at: www.deathmetalangola.org

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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.

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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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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.


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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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.


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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Feeling Groovy: Macrame for Beginners
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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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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