DAY 1

WED, JULY 17

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Wednesday, July 17. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require an RSVP due to limited space. Check back regularly for updates.

 

10 AM – 6 PM
EXHIBITION

Show me your Shelves!
July 17 - August 18, 2019
Detroit Library, 
Skillman Branch, 121 Gratiot
Featuring Bree Gant
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)

Detroit-based artist Bree Gant will install her newly produced work, including performative elements, at a branch which has always caught her interest, the Skillman Branch. Gant is a multidisciplinary artist, dancer, and documentarian reimagining future-histories, her practice emerges from self-examination and social documenting, often in the form of speculative portraiture, video and installation.

In a rare constellation, the exhibition Show me your Shelves! realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US. The show brings together four artists reflecting on existing common structures, experiences, as well as differences between German Afro-Diasporic cultures and lifestyles and African American perspectives. Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin) will present installations, films, sound and performance pieces in different branches of the Detroit Public Library.


12 – 8 PM
EXHIBITION

Show me your Shelves!
July 17 - August 18, 2019
Detroit Library, 
Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave
Featuring Janine Jembere
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)

Germany-based sound artist Janine Jembere has produced an audio art work which which traces different sonic strategies across times and spaces approaching sound as a sphere of empowering and analyzing, mobilising individually and collectively.


1 – 4 PM
PERFORMANCE

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime
Sound House,
13181 Moran St
Curated by Zarah Ackerwoman
Live Performance by Alicia McDaid

Before you can become a butterfly, you must first become green slime is a performance-based exhibition about metamorphosis, featuring multidisciplinary artists Alicia McDaid (LA) and Beatrice VS (Detroit). McDaid’s performances involve a multitude of characters that reveal the constant state of flux and morphing of the mind. Using humor and improvisational techniques, she grapples with complicated topics surrounding identity politics, stigmas related to sex work and our dollar store culture.


4 – 8 PM
OPENING RECEPTION

Young Curators, New Ideas V
Trumbull and Porter,
1331 Trumbull Ave

In YCNI V, 12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter Hotel into mini contemporary art galleries. The exhibition shines a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of those identifying as woman, Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming.

Tickets: $5


5 PM
FILM PREMIERE

Show me your Shelves!
Detroit Library,
Main Branch (Adam Strohm Hall), 5201 Woodward Ave
Featuring James Gregory Atkinson
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)

The day I stopped kissing my father, a film by James Gregory Atkinson, accompanied with live music by Ahya Simone.

Repetition and revision or repetition with a signal difference are fundamental to black artistic forms, from painting and sculpture to music and language use. In his latest work for the exhibition Show me your Shelves! James Gregory Atkinson analyzes emblems of black queer self expression, which emerge both from within and against the cultural and historical discourses operating around them.


6 – 7:30 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION

On Art Criticism
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center,
1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI

On the Art Criticism panel, writers Ron Scott Teachworth, Michael Hodges, Glen Mannisto, Ryan Standfest and Dennis Nawrocki will discuss their respective backgrounds and approaches to writing an art review. The panel will include a Q&A with the audience. Arrive early to view the 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition at BBAC.


7 – 9 PM
ARTIST TALK

Creating Visual Narratives of Detroit
1001 Woodward Building,
1001 Woodward Ave

Join WDET and Documenting Detroit for a dialogue with local documentary photographers and filmmakers. The night will feature short conversations between local artists and the media and nonprofit organizations that support their work. Together, we will explore the role of documentary photography and film as a medium to produce visual art for, by, and with neighborhoods and communities.

This artist talk will take place at the exhibition space for “Framed by WDET: Places Where We Belong,” a photography and audio storytelling installation that celebrates the stories of communities with a rich legacy in Detroit through the work of 18 Detroit-based photographers and storytellers.

This Detroit Art Week event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP Today »


9 PM – 1 AM
PARTY

Young Curators, New Ideas V After Party
& Contemporary And (C&) Special Print Launch
Presented in partnership with Contemporary And (C&)
Trumbull and Porter,
1331 Trumbull Ave (Courtyard)

The official YCNI V after party features music by Lansuh & Mae, and DJ MOMA of Everyday People. Raised in Queens NY, Sudanese-born mOma is the embodiment of the versatile New York DJ & Music Producer. His sets consist of an agile blend of hip-hop, dancehall, afrobeats, soca, baile funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, international sounds and underground dance grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems, and modern-day dance floor bangers.

This evening, we will also celebrate the art magazine, C&’s special print edition – highlighting common structures, experiences and differences between German Afro-Diasporic and African American cultures – and Show me your Shelves!, an exhibition that realizes an artistic dialogue between Black artists from Germany and the US, including Bree Gant (Detroit), Jennifer Harge (Detroit), James Gregory Atkinson (Frankfurt) and Janine Jembere (Berlin).

Tickets: $30