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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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MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Prints and Drawings by Dave Eggers
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6-8pm
Admission: Free

Please join us for an opening reception with Dave Eggers on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6 - 8pm. Eggers is an American writer and artist known for books such as The Circle and What Is the What. His artwork has been shown in galleries in the United States and was the subject of a recent exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art.

A selection of prints will be for sale in support of MOCAD’s Education Programs. This exhibition is on view until April 24, 2016.

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CAFÉ 78
One Year Anniversary Party at Cafe 78
Friday, February 5 8-12pm
Admission: Free

Cafe 78 Is excited to announce our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY! WIth special guest DJ Peter Croce, of Rocksteady Disco! Join us inside the Museum, after the Dave Eggers reception in the Mobile Homestead, where we will have music, craft cocktail and beer specials, as well as amazing food by Chef Marc Djozlija.

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ARTIST TALK
Steve Shaw in conversation with Timothy Hill of the Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.
Saturday, February 6 at 1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Born and raised in Detroit, photographer Steve Shaw was gifted a camera at age ten. Using this tool to highlight details often dismissed or invisible in the blur of daily life, Shaw photographed people he worked with or encountered on the street, including many World War II refugees and people who had moved to Detroit from the South in the Great Migration. A student of Bill Rauhauser, who dedicated his career to Detroit street photography since the 1940s, Shaw was influenced by images of the conflict in Vietnam, protest, civil unrest, and similar events happening in Detroit. Although Shaw's work often captures people in the vortex of economic downturn, the picture it offers of the human spirit remains overwhelmingly positive.

As a place where, in some sense, the Great Depression never ended, Detroit is a perfect setting for this kind of work. It is the home of the American automotive industry, and the symbolic center of its 2008 collapse. Steve Shaw was born and raised here, and in his many years living and working in the city, he has found that it offers all the source material he needs. He claims, "I have never had trouble finding inspiration living in Detroit."

Click here to learn more about Steve Shaw's winter 2016 Detroit Affinities exhibition, a part of MOCAD's ongoing DETROIT CITY program, a series of exhibitions, talks, and performances.

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Sundays at Café 78
Pilar Cote + Paper Cut Cards
Sunday, February 7, 11am-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.

Pilar is an electronic artist who creates compelling dance floor sets for music aficionados and sophisticated atmospheres for the art & fashion connoisseur. Papercut Cards feature irreverent greeting cards made and manufactured via Detroit’s own Signal/Return.

 
 

LECTURE
RoseLee Goldberg
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. She is the author of Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, the key text for performance art history. Throughout her career, Goldberg has established new models for exhibiting modern and contemporary performance. As curator at the Kitchen, she presented works by Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk. In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development, and presentation of 21st Century visual art performance.

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Sundays at Café 78
Stacey "Hotwaxx" Hale + Detroit Clothing Circle
Sunday February 14, 11am-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.

Detroit’s first female House music DJ, Stacey "Hotwaxx" Hale has made a strong impact on Detroit’s music scene in the clubs, festivals, production studios, the community at-large. Detroit Clothing Circle brings customers a mix of vintage and contemporary fashion they desire, with a price tag that brings a smile.

 
 

SWAP + MEET
Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories Swap & Meet
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Admission: Free

Society for the Preservation of Illustrated Stories will host its first 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 is the launch of a new monthly series designed to explore the layered connections found in this important and often overlooked cultural nexus.

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TEEN NIGHT
TV NIGHT: Flashback Friday
Friday, February 19, 6-9:30pm
Admission: Free with permission slip

Teens take a trip back in time for a throwback evening of old favorite TV shows on the big screen at MOCAD. Games, prizes, snacks, and more! Courtesy of the MOCAD Teen Council.

 
 

Sundays at Café 78
Pontchatrain + Detroit Deadstock Vintage
Sunday, Februrary 21, 11am-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.

DJ Pontchatrain specializes in keeping the funk alive, and getting back to the roots of what makes us move. Funk be with you. Detroit Deadstock carries the largest selection of vintage deadstock snapback NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA professionally licensed team gear from the 1980's and 1990's in Michigan.

 
 

MUSIC
Eleanor Friedberger
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 8pm
Admission: $12 ($8 for members)
Tickets available here

It's been two years since the release of Eleanor Friedberger's sophomore solo album Personal Record, which made countless year-end lists including Rolling Stone, , Paste, Magnet, MOJO, Uncut, CMJ and more. During that time, Eleanor has kept quite busy – she live-scored unreleased Andy Warhol films alongside Bradford Cox and Dean Wareham, and sat in with the 8G Band numerous times on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Most recently, Eleanor released a new song, "False Alphabet City," giving us a taste of what's to come on New View.

New View signals a fresh beginning for the former Fiery Furnaces' frontwoman. After living in Brooklyn for fourteen years, Friedberger moved to upstate New York, and the album reflects that region's rustic charm. The songs were arranged with her backing band Icewater and recorded in Germantown, NY, live to tape, with producer Clemens Knieper in his converted barn studio. The result is an album that feels like an instant classic upon first listen, and is Eleanor Friedberger's best record to date.

Friedberger drew inspiration for New View from many of her musical heroes – everyone from Van Morrison, Neil Young and George Harrison, to Slapp Happy, Yoko Ono and Elyse. There are ghost notes of all of those influences on New View, but mostly you hear the singular voice of Eleanor Friedberger, whose warm, inviting alto and incredible word play continue to make her one of the foremost songwriters in the indie rock world today.

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LECTURE
The Architectural Imagination with Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon, the co-curators of the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, introduce a conversation designed to establish dialogue, discussion, and debate. The exhibition for the US Pavilion, entitled The Architectural Imagination, will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally. It will open to the public in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and MOCAD will present The Architectural Imagination in Detroit in 2017.

The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. The birthplace of the automobile industry, the free-span factory floor, the concrete paved road, and Motown and techno music, Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban core that for decades has generated much thinking in urban planning. As advocates of the power of architecture to construct culture and catalyze cities, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon have selected twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

The U.S. Department of State has selected the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan to organize the exhibition of the United States Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion.

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TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Art Practice Discussion with Tiff Massey
Saturday, February 27, 2016 1pm
Admission: Free

JOIN US FOR AN INTIMATE/ PUBLIC DISCUSSION WITH THE AWARD WINNING 3-D ARTIST, TIFF MASSEY AS SHE DISCUSSES HER ARTISTIC PRACTICE, INFLUENCES, LIFE AND MORE. HOSTED BY TEEN COUNCIL MEMBER MATT KASPROWICZ.

About Tiff Massey: Detroit-based jeweler, sculptor and designer, Tiff Massey works are an observation of class, race and contemporary culture, viewed through the lens of African adornment and life in Detroit. She holds a BS from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in Metal smithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including South Africa, Belgium, the Netherlands and most recently France. Massey many award include the Michigan Chronicles “40-under-40" and 2015 Kresge Arts Fellow and Knight Arts Challenge winner. For more about Tiff visit: tiffmassey.com

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MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Sunday Storytime at the Mobile Homestead: Charlie LeDuff
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

In conjunction with the Little Libraries exhibition, Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead hosts a monthly story time. Special guest writers and storytellers share their words and tales on the on the last Sunday of each month from 1-2pm. These programs are free and family friendly.

Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, formerly at The New York Times and The Detroit News, and currently Fox TV's The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.

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Sundays at Café 78
Nothing's Elegant + SOUQ & See Why Vintage
Sunday February 28, 11am-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.

Born out of the adoration for whimsical and nostalgic jams, Nothing Elegant, is the duo of DJ Lady Fantastic (Sara Aldridge) and DJ Amy Dreamcatcher (Amy Kaherl). SOUQ is a pop-up shop featuring books, accessories and hand-made goods. Curated by Danielle Karmo, the collection will include both her work and other designers from near and far. Bringing you a polished collection of mens and womens vintage and current fashions, See Why Collection takes pride in sourcing high quality, one of a kind, groovy fashions that hope to excite you.

 
 

TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Fashion Illustration with Dana Keaton
Saturday, March 5, noon-3:30pm
Admission: Free

Before reaching the glitz and glamor of the runway, fashion starts on the page! Join us as designer Dana Keaton takes students through the process of fashion illustration. Whether you are a beginner or looking to improve your skills, this workshop will give you the tools to bring your designs to life.

As part of the OPEN STUDIOS program, MOCAD offers free monthly workshops for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety of creative areas. All supplies and snacks provided by MOCAD.

 
 

ARTIST TALK
Chloë Brown
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

MOCAD is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of Chloë Brown's Dancing in the Boardroom (Turnin' My Heartbeat Up) video work and her large drawing From Alfred Street to Temple Street, Detroit. Brown will talk about how her visits to Detroit inspired the work exhibited at MOCAD in addition to her current artist residency at Spread Art in Detroit. Her work will be on view at MOCAD January 15 through April 24, 2016.

Dancing in the Boardroom uses the music and dance of Northern Soul to explore issues of class and hierarchy within the post-industrial landscape of Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom, a city once known for the production of ceramics. Shot in the disused Spode ceramics factory, the video explores connections between the post-industrial cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Detroit, and asks: what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down, but the people don't?

Chloë Brown is an artist and Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, living in Sheffield, UK. She has an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987).

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MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Sunday Storytime at the Mobile Homestead: Alex Trajano presents Beginning of the End
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

In conjunction with the Little Libraries exhibition, Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead hosts a monthly story time. Special guest writers and storytellers share their words and tales on the on the last Sunday of each month from 1-2pm. These programs are free and family friendly.

Live from MOCAD's Media Room, Alex Trajano presents a live performance of his podcast, The Beginning of the End. BOTE features stories about when, how and why things end. It's a show that explores the soul of human behavior and transformation. BOTE is a production of WDET.

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TEEN NIGHT
Teen Lock In, Part Deux
Friday, March 25-26, 8pm-9am
Admission: Free with permission slip

High school students ages 13 to 17 are invited to join us in taking over the museum for an entire night during this all-night, avant garde teen lock-in presented by MOCAD’s Teen Council. Music, movies, art making, video games, movies, and more! Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, activewear, sleepover sweats, and a friend! Breakfast served in the morning. Pre-registration required.

 
 

MUSIC
Northern Soul Night with Brad Hales
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Dance 'til you drop at MOCAD's sensational soul stomp! Brad Hales, a Detroit–raised legend of the American funk and soul 45 scene meets up with other special guests to play Northern Soul obscurities all night. Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England, the English Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s independent from the British mod scene. Northern Soul mainly consists of a particular style based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of Black American Soul music and the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound. The Northern Soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has had significant mainstream commercial success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by small regional American labels such as Detroit's own Ric-Tic and Golden World Records.

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DANCE
Adva Zakai: Last Seen Standing Between Brackets
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Belgium-based Adva Zakai's choreographic works explore how body and language are perceived through each other, and evoke an experience that can be grasped through multiple perspectives. Last Seen Standing Between Brackets attempts to separate a body from its own movements, a text from its writer, and a person from their own mind in order to be able to imagine all these elements existing without the one who created them.

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LECTURE
John Miller on Mike Kelley's Educational Complex
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

John Miller, Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Art History at Barnard College, is an artist and critic whose work has been exhibited internationally. He was Mike Kelley's friend and colleague from 1978 until Kelley's death in 2012. In this talk, Miller will examine Kelley's milestone work from 1995, Educational Complex. Through an archaeology of the contemporary, Miller argues, Kelley examines the mandate for education and the liberal democratic premises underpinning it.

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FAMILY DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CANVASxDetroit
Saturday, April 2, 2016, noon-4pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Groove on down to MOCAD for some Motown Family Day fun, with the museum's largest all-ages program of the season. Brandon Christopher will lead hands-on activities and a video dance party focusing on Motown music and fashion for kids four and up. Christopher is the founder of CANVASxDetroit, a platform dedicated to creative literacy, artistic engagement, and solving social and civic problems via the arts. MOCAD Teen Council youth docents will help you gain fresh perspectives on the exhibitions. Café 78 will offer a special kid-friendly menu.

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ART AS SOCIAL FORCE PANEL
Book Deserts in Detroit
Saturday April 16, 11am-1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Mary-Catherine Harrison, Associate Professor of English at the University of Detroit-Mercy, leads a panel discussion about the current state of access to books for children in Detroit. Joining the panel are Nell K. Duke, Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Michigan, Satori Shakoor, Executive Director for the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, and Ethriam Cash Brammer, Associate Dean of the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Each panelist will touch on their contributions to the community through different literary avenues and the role Little Libraries plays in Detroit.

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MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Sunday Story Time at the Mobile Homestead: 826Michigan presents A Lantern of Fireflies
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

In conjunction with the Little Libraries exhibition, Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead hosts a monthly story time. Special guest writers and storytellers share their words and tales on the on the last Sunday of each month from 1-2pm. These programs are free and family friendly.

826Michigan presents A Lantern of Fireflies: An Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic. This publication features twenty Ann Arbor Huron High ninth-graders and a class of second-grade students from Ann Arbor Mitchell Elementary. Volunteers from 826Michigan will be reading for this Sunday storytime.

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READING + CONVERSATION
Rachel Kushner
Wednesday, April 27, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Rachel Kushner's debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. The Flamethrowers received rave reviews across the country, and Kushner was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, Cabinet, and Grand Street. After the reading, Kushner will be joined in conversation by author Lynn Crawford. Presented with the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Photo: Ann Summa for the New York Times.

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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.