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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 and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Deerhoof with Awkwafina and Celestial Shor

Friday, April 25, 8pm
Admission: $12
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From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, Deerhoof have become one of the most influential bands in the creative rock underground, with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. With every successive album, it becomes clearer that Deerhoof just do whatever they feel like doing. They’re not caving to expectations, playing to genres, or running with a set of strict rules. Their albums feel instinctual, and that’s not just because of Satomi Matsuzaki’s childlike vocals: whether it’s interlocking guitar shredding or cathartic drum pounding, jazz dexterity, or metal intensity, four musicians who have been playing together for a decade and a half naturally have this special kind of chemistry. Somehow, the end results always manage to both impress and sound like Deerhoof, freewheeling experimentalism that rediscovers the band’s own sound while also producing viscerally new and effective music.




AFROTOPIA with Ingrid LaFleur

Sunday, April 27, 12pm - 4pm
Admission: Free (Suggested $5 museum donation)

Batman prepares to fight crime from his Batcave, Spiderman at his Aunt May’s house. As a superhero what does your headquarter look like? Do you have an all seeing computer or a chemistry lab to develop your own weblike material? Family Day participants will choose a superhero name and power. Using collage, they will illustrate their superhero headquarters. For the industrious, each superhero will create their own badges.

Family Day will be hosted by futurist Ingrid Lafleur and you can learn more about Afro-futurism at her website.




2014 MOCAD Summer Exhibitions

Friday, May 16 6pm
Admission: Free for MOCAD members, $7 Admission after 9pm

Join MOCAD for a night of art, music, and drinks at our 2014 summer exhibition opening reception. MOCAD members are invited to an exclusive members preview hour at 6pm, general public exhibition opening at 7pm. Featuring Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua with opening DJ Hugh Whitaker.

MOCAD is pleased to present the work of Dara Friedman: Projecting José Lerma: La Bella Crisis and Steve Locke there is no one left to blame in three expansive solo exhibitions. Full information available here.

Schedule for the evening:
MOCAD Member’s Preview: 6 - 7pm
Public Exhibition Opening: 7 - 10pm
Music starting at 9pm (Admission begins at 9pm, $7 for non-members)

Exhibitions close to the public at 10pm.
The MOCAD Bar will be open accepting cash and credit.



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.