DAY 2

THURS, JULY 18

Below is the Detroit Art Week schedule for Thursday, July 18. 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
FILM

Show me your Shelves!
Detroit Library,
Main Branch (Robert 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.

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.


11 AM – 1 PM
TOUR & ARTIST TALK

Live6 Alliance, 7426 W. McNichols Rd

The Live6 Alliance is a non-profit community development organization focused on creative placemaking and commercial corridor vitality in Northwest Detroit. Working closely with muralists, photographers, musicians and image making icons, Live6 facilitates opportunities for artists to showcase their practice through a number of initiatives including the Detroit Neighborhoods Art Project (DNA), Market on the Ave (MOTA) and Reimagining the Civic Commons. Join us at Neighborhood HomeBase for an artist talk and lunch highlighting the creative work that is transforming the Livernois and 6 Mile corridors.


11 AM – 6 PM
EXHIBITION

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


12 – 1 PM
PERFORMANCE

Show me your Shelves!
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd.
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

Choreographed for adults.


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 Beatrice VS

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). Beatrice VS integrates Butoh and other dance techniques with psychedelic visuals and extreme physicality to examine gender variance, sexuality and the assimilation of man and machine in the digital age.


2 – 4 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION

She, Her, Me: The Power & Magic of the Black Female Image
N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
, 52 E Forest

A conversation with Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe, Sydney G. James and Halima Cassells


4 – 5 PM
PERFORMANCE

Show me your Shelves!
Detroit Library, 
Parkman Branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd.
Featuring Jennifer Harge
Conceived by
Contemporary And (C&) , supported by ProjectArts Detroit  and in the frame of “Wunderbar Together” (The Year of German-American Friendship)

In the Parkman Branch, dancer, performing artist and educator Jennifer Harge will invite visitors into her performance specially developed for this library. Her approach to form combines the multiplicity of her black and queer identities with her training in postmodern dance. Her performances are embedded with specific black vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of subverting postmodern obscurity. 

Choreographed for children.


4 – 7 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION

Millennials: The Creative Complex
Detroit Artist Market
, 4719 Woodward Avenue

Millennials: The Creative Complex is an open forum, panel discussion about the millennial generation's pursuit of creativity and entrepreneurship. The panel will cover topics ranging from female representation in art, to the trend and struggle of a generation that appears obsessed with making their way. Millennials: The Creative Complex gathers a diverse group of millennial, creative entrepreneurs from Detroit to discuss their journey as working artists. Moderated by Laura D. Gibson of Chiliad Creatives and Desiree Jennings of The Ratchet Blogger, the discussion will center on brand building, budgeting strategies, networking, gallery and media representation and how millennials continue to persevere.


5 – 7 PM
TOUR & PANEL DISCUSSION

Halal Metropolis
Indus Detroit
, 1713 Waverly Street

An exhibition tour and panel discussion with members of the local muslim jazz, hip-hop and art scene. Halal Metropolis explores the facts, fictions and imaginaries regarding Muslims in Metro Detroit as viewed through historical research, documentation of current conditions and exploration of the community’s desires. Refreshments served.


6 – 8 PM
PERFORMANCE

Unboxing: Doublespeak Featuring Helina Metaferia
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
, 4454 Woodward Ave

The work of Helina Metaferia builds a conversation about space, language and belonging by asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression—specifically in institutions and gentrified communities landmarked by historical trauma. On the occasion of Unboxing: Doublespeak, exhibiting artist Metaferia will debut a new performance developed for, and responding to, the context of MOCAD. Metaferia was a recent artist-in-residence for Creative Practice in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.


6 – 8 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION

Imaging Intersectional Futures
Habibi House
, 7362 Churchill St.

Imaging Intersectional Futures is a panel discussion featuring Noura Ballout, Ricky Weaver and Shanna Merola, all photographers working at the intersection of class, race and gender. Together and separately, their artistic practices seek to highlight issues around identity, diaspora, colonization, surveillance and the effects of disaster capitalism on humans and the environment.


6 – 8:30 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION & OPENING

Looking for America
Detroit Historical Museum
, 5401 Woodward Ave

Join the organizers and artists participating in the new exhibition "Looking for America” in a discussion on immigration and American values in six cities, including Detroit. Although immigration is a national political issue, its impact on localities varies widely, and the experience of living in a diverse and changing community is not limited to traditional “gateways” like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 'Looking for America' explores this dynamic by curating works from local artists who are politically and demographically diverse and inviting local community members to respond and share their perspectives and stories. This exhibition is in partnership with the “International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (1919-2019): 100 Years of Bridging Differences, Fulfilling Dreams, and Building Better Tomorrows" exhibition.

Panelists: Dan Wallace, Director, Special Projects, New American Economy; Vicky Wilkins, Dean, The School of Public Affairs at American University; Gracie Xavier, Director, Corporate and Economic Development Strategy at Global Detroit; Phyllis A. Noda, Ed.D., President, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit; Philippa P.B. Hughes, Social Sculptor + Creative Strategist, CuriosityConnects.us.

Panel from 6 to 7 PM and opening with refreshments from 7 to 9 PM.


6 – 10 PM
EXHIBITION OPENINGS

On View
Citywide

On View is Detroit Art Week’s official night of gallery openings, which includes new exhibitions on this evening by M Contemporary Art, PLAYGROUND DETROIT and Arnold’s.


7 – 9 PM
INSTALLATION

Unit 1: 3583 Dubois
Anders Ruhwald Studio
, 3583 Dubois St

Experience a 30-minute intimate tour of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, a permanent art installation by Anders Ruhwald, in a 1700 sq ft apartment, with interior comprised of charred wood, metal, glass and ceramics. This immersive, dreamlike space gradually unfolds as visitors move through its seven rooms. The structure and space appear ravaged by fire, yet upon closer inspection, visitors will realize the interior consist of carefully crafted materials. In each of the rooms, familiar objects remain, but all the surfaces have been transformed through burning, charring, glazing and paints to create an altered interior. The installation is both visual and sensory, creating an environment where visitors can contemplate the effects of fire and consider its ramifications within domestic and intimate spaces.

Max occupancy: 6 people

Send an email to visit@unit1.org to book a 30-minute tour.