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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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Huey Copeland Sun Ra Lecture
Friday, September 23, 7pm
Free ($5 suggested donation)

Huey Copeland (PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 2006) is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School and Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, with affiliations in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies. His writing focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field.

In this lecture, Dr. Copeland explores Sun Ra's representations of space-time and their implications for contemporary artists. Copeland argues that Ra's thinking points us toward new criteria for the evaluation of recent art that take seriously both the recursiveness and simultaneity of time as it unfolds within, beyond, and across the black world.

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Detroit Writes
Sunday, September 25, 1-3pm
Admission: Free with registration. There are two dates with limited capacity, Sunday, September 25 and Sunday, October 9 from 1-3pm.

Critical processing of art is a crucial part of developing a strong personal art practice and an engaged eye as a viewer. Participants in this workshop led by Detroit's Essay'd collective, will learn different approaches to arts writing, through applying them to the work of renowned, and sometimes controversial, artist Sanford Biggers. Highlights of the workshop will include a group discussion of previous criticism of Biggers, an open interview with the artist himself, and the opportunity to submit a 750 word essay. Selected essays will be reviewed in a public editorial meeting and published on the MOCAD website. People with varied abilities and interests are encouraged to attend; there is room within every writer's practice for improvement, and we look forward to helping develop our critical voices together!

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Wall Writers
Wednesday, September 28, Doors open at 7pm, Film begins at 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Before artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names, there were the graffiti pioneers who laid the groundwork to their success. Wall Writers is the story of the birth of graffiti from 1967 to 1973. Narrated by film director John Waters, the film explores not only early graffiti writing itself, but the writers creating it and the culture that drove them to be recognized by society. From graffiti's humble beginnings in 1967 to the first painting to be sold in 1973, Wall Writers reveals the context of the start of a movement that would eventually grow to transform city life, public transit, public art, and ultimately visual art the world over.

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It's Your Party Parties
Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead
September 26, October 4, October 9, October 19, and November 8, 8pm
Admission: Free

Join your fellow Americans for one, or all, of our It's Your Party Parties held in honor of the 2016 elections. We will have drinks, snacks and hats, maybe some small flags and streamers. All of the live, televised debates and election night coverage will be shown on two separate screens allowing you to choose your own media bias. View the It's Your Party exhibition, make your own campaign buttons, and play Political Jabber Bingo. The final election night party will be hosted by Peter Werbe of WRIF 101.1 FM, WCSX FM 94.7 and The Fifth Estate.

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The Attainable Object of Your Desire
Thursday, September 29, 6pm
Admission: Free

With prices ranging from $1 to $300 million, buying a work of art can be intimidating — we’re here to tell you it doesn’t need to be. Join MOCAD founding board member Burt Aaron and other art lovers for an informal discussion about the possibility and pleasure of buying art on any budget. Whether you’re acquiring your first piece to decorate the living room or looking to start a serious collection, we can show you ways to maximize not only the quality and value of your art, but also your own personal enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of that art.

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Bike!Bike! 2016
September 28 through October 2
Admission: Free

Bike!Bike!, an annual gathering of bicycle advocates and enthusiasts, enables non-profit bike organizations, collectives, and related advocacy groups from around the world to come together and share ideas to help their communities make bike riding easier, more inclusive, safer, and more fun. In support of themes addressed in MOCAD’s DEPE Space Residency exhibition The Spirit of Animals is in the Wheels, and in partnership with Detroit conference hosts Back Alley Bikes and The Hub, MOCAD is pleased to serve as a site for Bike!Bike! workshops on September 30 and October 1.

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Elections in American Art
Friday, October 21, 2pm
Admission: Free with registration

In connection with the It’s Your Party exhibition in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, we invite you to join us for a fall field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a private gallery talk exploring elections in American Art. Led by Benjamin Colman, the DIA’s Associate Curator of American Art, this 40-minute gallery talk will highlight works ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries that illustrate and respond to perennial issues in American politics.

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Matthew Angelo Harrison
Saturday, October 22, 1pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Our featured Detroit City artist this season is Matthew Angelo Harrison. His work focuses on the performative aspect of systems and manufacturing. His groundbreaking MOCAD exhibit, Irrealism transforms the making of traditional african masks through the use of 3D printing and open-source technology. The artist will discuss his work and the exhibit during this intriguing artist talk.

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General Services Administration: Art in Architecture
Wednesday, October 26, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

The U.S. General Services Administration's Art in Architecture Program commissions established and emerging artists to create site-specific artwork for federal properties across the country. GSA Fine Arts Specialist Michael Finn will present an overview of the program's history and the diverse contexts, environments, audiences, and influences that help shape these projects.

Image Credit: Alexander Calder, Flamingo, 1974
Installed at the Chicago Federal Center, Chicago, Illinois. Photography credit: Carol Highsmith

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King Britt/Flohston Paradigm
Friday, October 28, 8pm
Admission: $12 ($7 for members)

Fhloston Paradigm is a manifestation of afrofuturist ideals, based in an electronic music landscape. A sonic project by Philadelphia based DJ/Music Producer King Britt, this live show is a mix of science fiction soundtrack vibes and futuristic visual art.

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