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

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PENNY STAMPS ON THE ROAD
Random International
What It Isn't

Friday, October 24, 7pm
Admission: Free

London-based Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental creative practice, best known for the immersive installation Rain Room. Founders Stuart Wood, Flo Ortkrass, Hannes Koch and their colleagues take science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, with work that invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena — with the viewer an active participant.

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TEEN ARTS WORKSHOP
Digital Photography Portrait with Emily Schiffer
Saturday, October 25 Noon - 3:30pm
Admission: Spaces are limited
RSVP with Youth program producer Tylonn J. Sawyer, tsawyer@mocadetroit.org or 313.832.6622

Emily Schiffer is a documentary photographer interested in the intersection between art, audience, engagement, and social change. Her photographs are exhibited internationally and have appeared in such publications as:
Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, TIME Magazine Lightbox, and Mother Jones.

For more info visit: emilyschiffer.com

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:
tsawyer@mocadetroit.org
T:313-832-6622
www.mocadetroit.org

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.
RSVP Here

 

 

OPENING
Detroit Artists Workshop: Roots and Branches

At Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead
Sunday, October 26, 2 - 5pm
Admission: Free

MOCAD and the Mobile Homestead present “The Detroit Artists Workshop: Roots and Branches” an exhibition featuring art, photography and productions by members of the Detroit Artists Workshop. An opening reception will be held Sunday, October 26th at the Mobile Homestead from 2-4 PM. Work will be on view through December, 2014.

In Honor of their 50th anniversary, a presentation of graphic works, music and books published and performed at the Detroit Artists Workshop and Red Door Gallery during the years 1963-1966 will be shown, All gathered from area archives. Workshops, poetry readings, performances and casual gatherings in the spirit of the Detroit Artist Workshop will take place throughout the exhibition at the Mobile Homestead. Curated by Cary Loren in association with MOCAD and Rebecca Mazzei.

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MUSIC + LECTURE
Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli perform Williams Mix Extended, plus "Music-Mushrooms-Manuscripts: John Cage at Cranbrook"

Sunday, October 26, 7pm
Admission: $10 ($5 for Members)

Williams Mix Extended is a new interpretation of John Cage's Williams Mix, performed by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli. Approaching the original score from a contemporary perspective, they establish a relationship between early tape music and current digital production, allowing for original parameters of the score to be realized within the context of recent audio technologies. The performance will be presented in octophonic sound.

The performance will be preceded by “Music-Mushrooms-Manuscripts,” a talk about John Cage’s 1974 visit to Cranbrook, by Shelley Selim, the 2013-2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at the Cranbrook Art Museum.

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Fright Night:Halloween Party
October 31, 6 - 9pm
At Trinosophes, 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI, 48207
Admission: Free with Permission Slip

Download Permission Slip Here

Teen Nights are moving to Trinosophes this Halloween to bring you "FRIGHT NIGHT"! Join us for a fun night of friends, food, and frights! The MOCAD Teen Council is putting on the Halloween event of the season.
Costume contest
Food
Dancing
Games
Prizes
Candy


Sounds provided by DJ Dante Lasalle


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ART AS SOCIAL FORCE TALK
Harrell Fletcher

Saturday, November 8, 1pm
Admission: Free

People’s Biennial co-curator Harrell Fletcher helps us evaluate the relationship between art making, museums, and everyday life, specifically here in Detroit. Presented at MOCAD by The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

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MOBILE HOMESTEAD
Introduction to Zen Mediation with Still Point Zen Center

Saturday, November 8, Noon
Admission: Free

Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple Guiding Teacher Koho Vince Anila will be offering this free introduction to Zen Buddhist history and practice, along with some basic meditation instruction. All are welcome! Complementary green tea will be provided.

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MUSIC
Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa
Sunday, November 9, 8pm Admission: $10 ($7 for members)


Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa are artistic omnivores, soaking up a myriad of cultural artifacts and styles, savoring bits and pieces and recontexutalizing them into entirely delightful and playfully intricate songs. Their songs are imbued with a relentless cheerfulness that belies their technicality, steeped in the history of Japanese pop music and exuding the joy of discovery and exploration. Wong and Minekawa are serious musicians not afraid to play it silly. Their music is vibrant pop, laced with the sounds of video games, radiophonic experiments, and indigenous music from around the world.

Their latest collaboration, 'Savage Imagination,' was recorded at home by Takako and Dustin: “We both hit the record button for each other.” Dustin was introduced to the world as a member of Ponytail, and has spent the past several years making incredibly deep and complex albums of looped solo electric guitar for Thrill Jockey. Takako Minekawa first rose to international prominence as a Shibuya-kei singer in the mid-90s with the song “Fantastic Cat” and her albums 'Roomic Cube' and 'Cloudy Cloud Calculator.' She has collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cornelius, Buffalo Daughter, Dymaxion, and others. Dustin and Takako will tour Asia and North America this fall as a duo, including a stop at MOCAD.

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PENNY STAMPS ON THE ROAD
Anab Jain
Superflux: Design for Anxious Times

Friday, November 14, 6pm
Admission: Free

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. Through their work and approach, Anab helps shape the studio's vision as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Jain wants designers to adopt new roles as sense-makers, translators and agent provocateurs who can open up an informed dialogue that will help shape better futures for everyone.

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FAMILY DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Heirloom Staff creation with David Philpot

Sunday, November 16, Noon - 4pm
Admission: Free

David Philpot’s remarkable staffs and assemblage works evoke power, ceremony and splendor. Join us as David leads the group in creating staffs and mosaic art, embellishing objects with beads, buttons, trinkets, faux jewels, shells, clocks, and found objects. Participants may bring old “junk” jewelry and watches to create a personalized totem or memory collage, and there will be lots of great stuff provided to create amazing art with this legendary mosaic artist. Aaron Parrot performs on the steel drums and leads hands on demonstrations with the instrument and its musical stylings. Topsoil Cafe will serve a special kid-friendly menu.

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TEEN ARTS WORKSHOP
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:
tsawyer@mocadetroit.org
T:313-832-6622
www.mocadetroit.org

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.
RSVP Here

 

 
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.