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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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Other Markets: Thinkarchitecture

Wednesday, September 24, 4pm
Admission: Free

Peter Mortenbock and Helge Mooshammer, working collaboratively as Thinkarchitecture, will discuss their most recent project which examines how informal markets intersect with global governance. Based in London and Vienna, their research and curatorial work focuses on sites of global deregulation around the world.



Performance into Flipbooks with multimedia artist Charlie Michaels

Saturday, October 4, Noon - 3pm
Admission: Free with RSVP

Studio and community based artist Charlie Michaels work focuses broadly on the relationships between people, nature, and urban environments through temporary exhibitions, ephemeral installations, works on paper, and projects that engage youth and communities from Detroit to West Africa.

Using ideas about transformation and the manipulation of time in contemporary photography and video, students will develop quick performances, photographic sequences, or drawings that transform over a series of frames. Projects will be recorded, printed, and bound into flip books, an analog time-based art.

For more info visit: charlie-michaels.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:

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.

Downloadable PDF Flyer


Xylouris White & Peter Jefferies

Saturday, October 4, 8pm
Admission: $12
Purchase Tickets Here

Xylouris White brings together two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, drummer of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three, and Giorgos Xylouris (Psaragiorgis), the master lutenist described as “the future of Cretan music.” Together Xylouris White have created a new and compelling blend of melody and rhythm. Even to watch them absorbed in their music is an exhilarating experience. Jim and Psaragiorgis first played together in Melbourne. Since then they have been on a wonderful journey across three continents. Although these new experiences have added many riches, neither has lost touch with the best of their diverse traditions.

Appearing with one of the great songwriters of the international rock underground, Peter Jefferies creates extraordinary music, the kind that places him among peers like Nick Drake, John Cale, and few others. Writer Mike Wolf says, "In a sandy voice that soothes and slashes, Jefferies offers a compassionate, piercingly lucid view of the endeavor of life, all our pain and small glories rendered in tones both harrowing and tender. On piano, drums and percussion, he pounds out melodies that roar, sweep and lilt."



Home Movie Day
Uncommon Odysseys

Saturday, October 18, 11am
Screenings Noon - 4pm
Admission: Free

Do you have old home movies in your attic or basement that you haven't seen in years, or ever? Home Movie Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of amateur films, and this year, it's coming to Detroit. Share your home movies - and watch movies from others - in the comfort of a "living room" in the Mobile Homestead as we munch on popcorn and share memories of the past. We'll provide the expertise to evaluate, clean, and project your films - you just bring down the movies you want to share. So dig through those boxes of birthday parties, vacations, sledding, and parades - we want to see it all. Experts will be on hand to offer information for preserving and digitizing your films.

Formats supported: 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm (sorry, no video - film only!)

Film drop-off for inspection: now through October 16th at the MOCAD admission desk.

**It's *highly* recommended that your drop off your films at MOCAD in advance to ensure careful inspection and to prevent damage. Otherwise, please drop your films off no later than 11am the day of the event.

Co-sponsored by Mothlight Microcinema and 7Cylinders Studio




Amie Siegel
Uncommon Odysseys

Saturday, October 18, 1pm
Admission: Free

For the past decade and a half, Amie Siegel has worked between film, installation, photography, and performance, questioning the tropes of cinematic forms. Amie Siegel’s conceptual films and multichannel installations have been described as “uncanny reflections on absence, historical disorientation, and nostalgia.” Her work investigates issues concerning cultural memory, identity, and the cinematic portrayal of place. This free talk is co-presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art




Random International
What It Isn't

Sunday, 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.