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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.

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FILM
Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series
Wednesday, August, 3 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw Records on the map. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton gives an exclusive look into the label's left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.

The film features exclusive interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler the Creator, and many more.

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BOOK LAUNCH
Essay'd
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5–8pm
Admission: Free

A venue for Detroit arts writing makes the jump from digital to print! Essay'd is an online writing project by Dennis Alan Nawrocki, Steve Panton, Matthew Piper, and Sarah Rose Sharp that publishes short, illustrated essays about contemporary Detroit artists on a regular basis. If it continues at its current pace, it will reach 100 artists by the end of 2017 &emdash; an unprecedented survey of Detroit art. At this event, come and celebrate the publication by Wayne State University Press of a fully illustrated first volume of the first 30 essays...and pick up a copy of your very own.

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COMMUNITY EVENT/OFFSITE
Family Day Extravaganza at the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 6, 3pm-8pm

Join MOCAD as our Family Day Extravaganza travels to the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts in the heart of Detroit's Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhood. "Sharing Is Caring: Personal Space Building" is the theme for this fiber fort-building extravaganza of epic proportions! Participants of all ages can zip tie, weave, macramé, and duct tape a personal space of their own in and around a wildly colorful multi-media art installation created by artist and teacher Paula Shubatis. Information about the Sidewalk Festival can be found at sidewalkdetroit.com. Questions about MOCAD's Family Day Extravaganza will be answered by Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org.

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FILM
Plastic Dreams: Vinyl Obsession Film Series
Wednesday, August 10, 8pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Our season-long look at the vinyl LP subculture continues with a late summer film series focused on record collecting. The five selected films aim to shed light on different aspects of the re-emergence of this cultural niche as we delve into why it is a true obsession for so many around the world.

Desperate Man Blues Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It's his life.

"Check out the DVD Desperate Man Blues. Joe's an eccentric record collector who's preserved all sorts of magical corners of music – although he says things like ‘There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'" — Elvis Costello

"It's nice to have a DVD of this great documentary on Joe Bussard, plus another featurette, King of All Record Collectors, and other bonus stuff. Bussard is a stone gas, grooving around his basement amidst one of the finest collections of pre-war 78s ever assembled. A few nice archival shots of Fahey, too. And the stories are hilarious." — Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, #4 on their Top 80 of 2006

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WORKSHOP
Feeling Groovy: Macrame for Beginners
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2-4pm
Admission: Free (preregistration is required, materials provided by MOCAD)

Join us for one or both classes to learn the basics of macrame and create your own functional and decorative work of art. Artist Hannah Chalew will teach us how to make classic plant hangers and more. Inspired by Carlos Rolón's installation in the Mobile Homestead. To register, contact Education Associate, Augusta Morrison: amorrison@mocadetroit.org

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COMIC JAM
Open Drawing Sessions + Artist Talk
Saturday, August 20, 5–8pm
Admission: Free

MOCAD and Green Brain Comics present the 7th Annual Comic Jam with guest artist Derf. All are welcome to jam! Participants create spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and free-form drawings with each other. Following the jam session Derf will talk about his international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.

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FALL 2016 EXHIBITION OPENING
Sanford Biggers: Subjective Cosmology, + Matthew Angelo Harrison + Dave Eggers + It's Your Party, with live music by Moon Medicin
Friday, September 9, 2016

  • 6-7pm: Member Only Preview
  • 6:15: Talk with the Curator
  • 7-10pm: Opening Reception
Admission: Free for MOCAD Members, ($5 suggested donation)
After 9pm admission is: $12 for non-members

Opening Night Music
Exhibiting artist Sanford Biggers and his band Moon Medicin, a multimedia concept group, perform original compositions interspersed with re-imagined cover versions. The collective performs against a backdrop of curated sound effects and images of science fiction, sacred geometry, minstrelsy, politics, and ceremonial dance. Biggers is the creative director for the band's rotating cast of musicians and performance artists.

Moon Medicin will perform two sets for us. The first will be a performative walk-through in and around the Subjective Cosmology exhibit in the Woodward Gallery. Following that, the band will plug in and perform on stage in our café performance area.

Image credit: Production still from the Sanford Biggers film, Shatter.