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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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MOCAD Members' Double Discount Days
Saturday, November 28 - Sunday, November 29

Take advantage of Members' Double Discount Days! From November 28 - 29, MOCAD members enjoy a 20% discount on all items in the MOCAD store. Discover our distinctive assortment of art and design objects, including jewelry, home accessories, books, and toys. Plus MOCAD members will receive a 20% discount at Café 78!



DJ Celestial Hollandaise + Dolly Rocker's & Handmade Vintage
Sunday, November 29, 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 music 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, MOCAD galleries are open!

DJ Celestial Hollandaise is an ambient music delight with one of Detroit’s deepest record collections. Expect the unexpected.

Dolly Rocker's Handmade & Vintage offers pristine hand selected clothing, jewelry, and accessories, as well as her line of one of a kind hand dyed lingerie.
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Noel Night
Saturday, December 5, 5 - 10pm

MOCAD is pleased to join over 70 participating Midtown venues opening their doors free of charge, as well as the 200 theater and dance groups who will share their creative talents during this Cultural Centerwide open house. Featuring open galleries, activities for all ages, and live music. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit midtowndetroitinc.org.


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Monster Drawing Rally
Friday, December 11, 6:30-9:30pm
Admission: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Free entry with purchase of $100 New Wave Membership.
Tickets available here.

MOCAD's annual public event and fundraiser will feature 70 artists in two, one-hour shifts drawing in front of a live audience, making their private studio practices a public performance. Artists at all stages of their careers will create sensational works using a variety of materials: everything from collage and watercolor to ink and graphite. Spectators will have the opportunity to witness the creative process, watching as ideas transform into fully-fledged artworks. Each piece immediately becomes available for sale at $40.

To date, over 300 artists have participated in New Wave's Annual Monster Drawing Rally, generously donating their talent, time, and artwork to the organization. Monster Drawing Rally is an event concept originally developed by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA, who proudly share it as an open source fundraising model.

Doors open at 6:30pm
Shift 1: 7pm-8pm
Shift 2: 8:30pm-9:30pm

Participating artists include: Kia Arriaga, Corrie Baldauf, Vanessa Beard, Jennifer Belair, Nick Bosse, Anna Braban, Hannah Chalew, Brandon Christopher, Melissa Dettloff, Sunshaine Durant, Matt Dye, Mary Fortuna, Shaina Kasztelan, Addie Langford, Max Majoros, Shelby Murphy, Ouizi, Bridget Quinn, Chris Reiley, Derek Reitzel, Cristin Richard, Chris Riddell, Mike Ross, Rashaun Rucker, Chelsea Schultz, Lindy Shewbridge, Joseph Wojtowicz, and many more!

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Joseph Keckler, Let Me Die
Saturday, December 12, 1 - 5pm

Joseph Keckler takes over MOCAD's performance space for an afternoon preview of his epic work in progress—restaging hundreds of death scenes from the canon of classical opera!

Straddling the worlds of music, art, performance and theater, Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit. Most recently, Keckler playied Chaliapin in the opening run of Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes, directed by Rachel Chavkin and playing at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2013 Dixon Place commissioned his performance piece, I am an Opera. Keckler has been featured on BBC America’s The Nerdist and WNYC Soundcheck, and has appeared at venues including South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Merkin Hall, Union Hall, and BAM. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013."

Borrowing the title from "Lasciatemi morire," the Monteverdi aria, Joseph Keckler's 'Let Me Die' approaches the canon of tragic opera as a "body perfumed with death" as he ties together and performs fragments of hundreds of operatic death scenes in this work-in-progress preview of a new durational piece.

In partnership with the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program.

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DIY Drum Garden
Sunday, December 13, Noon - 4pm
At Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead

The Mobile Homestead continues its series of neighborhood jam sessions, hosted this season by the Michigan State Community Music School Detroit. Join percussion artist Zac Brunell for a DIY drum building workshop using car parts. Enter the Drum Garden workshop and pick your parts: mufflers, brake drums, axel rods, and more to make your own drum or noisemaker. On December 13, join community members of all ages and skill levels for an afternoon of improvised music. Bring the instrument you made, or another of your choosing, and play along in a free form jam session. Tambourines, shakers, and other noisemakers will be available for those without an instrument.

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Resolution Brunch
Friday, January 1, 2016 11am - 5pm

Sleep in, then join MOCAD for brunch with special guest DJs and all your favorite cocktails. Galleries open!


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

Eleanor Friedberger, formerly of the Fiery Furnaces, drew inspiration for her latest album 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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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.