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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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Godzilla Movie Making with Multimedia Artist Nick Tobier
Saturday, December 20, Noon - 3:30pm
Admission: Spaces are limited
RSVP with Youth program producer Tylonn J. Sawyer, tsawyer@mocadetroit.org or 313.832.6622

Join us for this monstrous workshop of epic proportions! Students will create mini movie sets from scratch, set stage action, edit video, track sound and more, all to create a whole movie in one afternoon!

Nick's focus as an artist and designer is with the social lives of public places, both in built structures and events. He has designed and/or activated bus stops, farms, kitchens, boulevards, and have worked within and without municipal structures in Detroit, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco.

For more info visit: everydayplaces.com and Stamps Nick Tobier Profile

These free monthly workshops are for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety of areas: drawing, painting, digital design, automotive design, fashion illustration, music production, creative writing, etc.

All snacks and supplies provided by MOCAD

Space is limited to the first 12 students
For questions and/or to register contact Youth Program Producer Tylonn Sawyer at:

MOCAD youth programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Programs are overseen by Youth Program Producer Tylonn J. Sawyer.



Pharmakon, with Dorit Chrysler, Slither, and Kuperus/Bell
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8pm
Admission: $10
Advance Tickets For Sale Here

PHARMAKON: Margaret Chardiet was born and raised in New York City. As a founding member of the Red Light District collective in Far Rockaway, NY she has been a figurehead in the underground experimental scene since the age of seventeen. She points out that the environment there amongst so many other experimental artists (amongst them Yellow Tears and Haflings) inspired her to keep making increasingly challenging work. She describes her drive to make noise music as something akin to an exorcism where she is able to express her "deep-seated need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something [specifically] in uncomfortable/confrontational ways." Unlike other experimental projects, Pharmakon does not improvise when performing or recording. She is concise and exact; each song/movement is linear with a clear trajectory. Spin Magazine aptly points out that "She glowers in measured silence as often as she shrieks, and every serrated tone cuts straight to the bone, a carefully calibrated interplay between frequency and resistance."

DORIT CHRYSLER: Renowned as a premier thereminist, musician/composer Dorit Chrysler has had a prolific career as a vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, and engineer. Chrysler made her professional debut at the age of seven at Austria's Opera House Graz. She has since gone on to collaborate with the likes of Elliot Sharp, Chicks on Speed, Matt Johnson (The The), Cluster, and Gibby Haynes, amongst many others. Chrysler has also written scores for several of Jesper Just's films. Of Chrysler, Ann Magnuson exclaims, "A wizard! A true theremin star! Imagine if Marianne Faithfull and Nikola Tesla had a love child, with Jane Birkin as the nanny and Bjork as the wayward Girl Scout leader!" Dorit Chrysler comes to Detroit via support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of ADULT. Detroit House Guests, a Detroit Arts Challenge project.

SLITHER: The duo of Heath Moerland (Sick Llama, Odd Clouds) and Chris Pottinger (Cotton Museum, Odd Clouds). ”Primitive, droning reed work with delayed trash percussion, deep fog horn soundings and an Industrial-Folkways feel that comes across like a more hyper-active Sean Meehan/Tamio Shiraishi brain bender," says David Keenan of Volcanic Tongue.

KUPERUS/BELL: The evening starts at 8:30 SHARP with the debut performance by Kuperus/Bell, entitled "Women Dancing with the Spirits: No.1." This unique performance piece brings together artist/musician Nicola Kuperus and dancer/choreographer Biba Bell. The performance will examine obsessive repetition, the status of the performer, the gaze, disorientation of the body, and of course, spirits.



Luc Sante
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7pm
Admission: Free

Writer and cultural critic Luc Sante has been praised by The New York Times Book Review as having “a talent for the striking, impressionistic insight and the ability to write transcendental prose.” Sante reveals fascinating secret histories in a rich, anecdotal style, which has led New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl to exclaim that Sante is “one of the handful of living masters of the American language, as well as a singular historian and philosopher of American experience.”

Sante is the author of the books Lowlife: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005, and Folk Photography: the American Real Photo Postcard, 1905-1930. Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. At MOCAD, Sante reads from his essays and creative nonfiction.

Please also join us at Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium at 7PM on Tuesday, Feb. 3 (the night before this event) for Luc Sante’s presentation on vernacular photography, "The Genius of the System."


Luc Sante
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.