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UPCOMING EVENTS / PAST EVENTS

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.

Follow MOCAD's upcoming events and announcements:


 
 

MUSIC
Ancient/Urban: A Xenakis Sampler
Thursday, May 28, 8pm
Admission: $10 ($5 for members)

Iannis Xenakis, one of the most highly regarded post- war avant garde composers, created challenging electronic and acoustic music using mathematical formulas and architectural principles. Percussion artist Zac Brunell presents a program that combines acoustic percussion pieces by Xenakis with a sample of electronic presentations of seminal musique concrete compositions, exploring the sonic mathematics of physics and nature. The centerpiece of the performance will be Bohor, an electronic piece for octophonic sound, and Xenakis’s first large-scale electroacoustic work.

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TALK (DETROIT SPEAKS)
Michael Stone-Richards: "The (Im)-possibility of Learning..."
Saturday, May 30, 1pm
Admission: Free

Michael Stone-Richards is professor in the department of Liberal Arts, College for Creative Studies, Detroit where he teaches Critical Theory and Visual Studies. He has published widely in English and French on the history and critical theory of the avant-garde and contemporary art practices. He is also the founding editor of Detroit Research. In a talk entitled "The (Im)-possibility of Learning..." Stone-Richards will speak on the crisis in art school pedagogy / education and the implications for art school pedagogy of the contemporary art practices emerging in Detroit, including Social Practice, Post-Studio, Dance, and more.

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SUNDAYS AT CAFÉ 78
Josh Guerin + Soren / 528 Crate
Sunday, May 31, 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 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. Plus, the MOCAD galleries are open! The series happens every Sunday from 11am - 5pm.

TV Lounge resident Josh Guerin (My Baby) and Soren (We Are All Machines / Aphotic Segment) team up for a Sunday of tastefully selected techno, new wave, and disco. The 528 Crate is a conscious and aesthetically esoteric street wear, vintage clothing, and vinyl line.

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Members save 10% on their Café 78 purchases.

 
 

MUSIC
Ryan Sawyer with Kathy Leisen
Sunday, June 7, 7pm
Admission: $8 ($5 for members)

Ryan Sawyer was born in San Antonio, Texas, and started playing drums at the age of 11. Drawn not only to rock and jazz, but the colloquial conjunto, zydeco and punk rock music of his hometown, by the age of 19 he had recorded with the influential band At the Drive-In. He balances his percussion practice between composed and improvised performance. He has supported and collaborated with such diverse names as Rhys Chatham, Charles Gayle, TV on the Radio, Boredoms, Thurston Moore, Nik Zinner, Kid Millions, Fiery Furnaces, Trevor Dunn, Mekons, and Zeena Parkins, to name a few. While this list is always growing, Sawyer has been cultivating a tight group of peers to deepen collaborative possibilities. Detroit artist and musician Kathy Leisen, who is also Sawyer’s bandmate in Glass Rock, opens as part of Detroit Stages.

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FILM
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
Wednesday, June 10, 8pm
Admission: $8 ($5 for members)
Tickets available here.

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in our nation’s capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.

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3RD THURSDAY
Psychological Services
Thursday, June 18, 6 - 9pm
Admission: Free

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Make MOCAD a part of your regimen and take part in Psychological Services, a program stocked with craft cocktails, music to elevate your mood, and staffed with therapists and artists waiting to talk to you. Take advantage of the free parking at MOCAD and use the museum as a launching point or as the final destination as you make the rounds through all that 3rd Thursday has to offer.

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month.


As part of Art Detroit Now 3rd Thursday
3rd thursdays logo


 

 

MUSIC
Allied Media Conference Dance Dance (R)evolution
Saturday, June 20, 8pm
Admission: $15 (free for AMC attendees)

The Allied Media Conference brings together a network of social justice organizers, community technologists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many others, all using media in innovative ways. This music showcase is a genre-spanning highlight of the weekend, and MOCAD continues its partnership in hosting this major event. With performances by THEESatisfaction, Las Cafeteras, Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale featuring Nyumba Muziki, Passalacqua, and Monty Luke. Hosted by Miz Korona. Complete conference info at alliedmedia.org.

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LECTURE
Franklin Sirmans
Thursday, June 25, 7pm
Admission: Free

Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),is known for exhibitions that celebrate universality as well as individuality. His curatorial practice looks at art through such lenses as spirituality, the multicultural experience, and even soccer. In 2014 Sirmans served as Artistic Director for Prospect.3 New Orleans, a recently established biennial that showcases new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contributes to the cultural economy of New Orleans.

 

 

WORKSHOP
Thing Thing
Saturday, June 27, 2 - 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring your clean plastic waste (#1 and #2 only) to run through Thing Thing’s micro plastic factory and watch your trash transform into art. Any colorful plastic will work—all colors are welcome, and the more the merrier. Recommended for ages seven to adult.

Part of MOCAD's Art As Social Force Initiative
Inspired by Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, MOCAD has embarked on a multi-year examination of artists who seek to establish participatory and socially transformative art. Known primarily as social practice, its practitioners freely blur the lines among art making, performance, political activism, community organizing, environmentalism, and investigative journalism, creating a deeply participatory art that often flourishes outside the gallery and museum system.

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LIVE TELEVISION EVENT TAPING
E.S.P. TV
Saturday, June 27, 7pm
Admission: $10 ($5 for MOCAD members)

E.S.P. TV is a live TV show that hybridizes old and new technologies to realize synthetic environments for performance, while also exposing the process of production. Now in its fifth season, E.S.P. TV makes its first-ever Detroit visit, which will feature guest performers from Detroit, and a video art program curated by Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller of Adult.

 

 

FAMILY DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Sunday, June 28, Noon to 4pm
Admission: Free
RSVP: Education Associate Augusta Morrison, amorrison@mocadetroit.org

Experience art making with your family at MOCAD Family Day. Enjoy hands-on art, interactive performances, family tours, music, visiting artists, and more. Join in for an art project inspired by artist Nick Cave’s hybrid creations. Create your own mask, choosing from a variety of materials that MOCAD provides. You can also bring your own objects to personalize your mask. MOCAD Family Days are great for preschool to middle school children.

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EXHIBITION TALK + BBQ
Rob Pruitt
Thursday, July 2, 7pm
Admission: Lecture Free
BBQ: free for MOCAD members, $10 for non-members

Rob Pruitt talks about The Obama Paintings and MOCAD’s New Wave hosts an Independence Day barbeque.

 

 

TALK (DETROIT SPEAKS)
Laura Mott
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm
Admission: Free

Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, will be joined in conversation with MOCAD Curator of Public Programs Greg Baise, who will interview her about her discoveries in and explorations of the Detroit art world since her arrival at Cranbrook in November 2013.

 

 

DANCE + MUSIC
Nick Cave Dance Labs
July 13 to August 1
Admission: Free

MOCAD partners with Cranbrook Art Museum to present three dance labs designed by Nick Cave. Cave will pair three local dance companies with three groups of musicians to create their own choreographed works with his extraordinary sculptures. The rehearsals at MOCAD will be open to viewers, and the three public performances will be staged in locations throughout the city. Check the MOCAD website for dates and times.

 

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.​

 

3RD THURSDAY
Psychological Services
Thursday, July 16, 6 - 9pm
Admission: Free

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Make MOCAD a part of your regimen and take part in Psychological Services, a program stocked with craft cocktails, music to elevate your mood, and staffed with therapists and artists waiting to talk to you. Take advantage of the free parking at MOCAD and use the museum as a launching point or as the final destination as you make the rounds through all that 3rd Thursday has to offer.

Over 30 Detroit art galleries, boutiques, and cafes stay open late, with special programs and activities on the 3rd Thursday of every month.


As part of Art Detroit Now 3rd Thursday
3rd thursdays logo


 

 

POP-UP SHOP
Thing Thing’s Shop Shop
Shopping Event: Thursday, July 16, 6 to 9pm
Pop Up Shop Open: July 16 - August 2, normal Museum hours

Celebrate the culmination of Thing Thing’s residency at the Mobile Homestead. Choose from a curated selection of lighting, objects, furniture, and accessories, created by Thing Thing and their innovative recycling practice.

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TALK (DETROIT SPEAKS)
Rebecca Mazzei
Saturday, July 18, 1pm
Admission: Free

Rebecca Mazzei is co-owner of Trinosophes, an art space and cafe in Eastern Market. She’ll give an overview of the culture of galleries and alternative spaces in Detroit.

 

 

HAPPENING (DETROIT STAGES)
Time Stereo’s Noise Camp
Saturday, July 18, 6pm
Admission: Free

Calling all campers! Noise Camp is an annual free outdoor event, similar to the Dally in the Alley, Woodward Dream Cruise, Downtown Hoedown, the Thanksgiving Parade, and Devil’s Night, except with harsh electronic noise, camp haircuts, a potato sack race, crafts table, a cardboard bear, a campfire singalong, camp nurses, a BBQ grill, cute colorful backdrops, and a guy in a cardboard tree suit engaged in merciless combat with a guy in a cardboard bush suit. Presented by the legendary local noise collective Time Stereo.

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENT
Slow Roll
Monday, July 20, 5pm

Slow Roll is for everyone: all ages, all skill levels, and every type of bike are welcome. Its slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of Detroit and its neighborhoods. All rides meet at 6pm for a 7pm ride. Registration starts at 5pm and is required.
Sign up online at slowroll.bike/memberships

 

 

MUSIC
MOCAD and Media City Film Festival present Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three (river run thee)
Tuesday, July 28, 8pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MOCAD members and Media City attendees)

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist, and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. Roberts has been called “a major talent” (The Wire) and “the spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene” (Jazzthetik). Her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting,” aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with history, community, and political expression within improvisational music. Part of the opening night of Media City Film Festival, an international event held annually in Detroit and Windsor. Complete schedule: mediacityfilmfestival.com

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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.