FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS LECTURE HALL 5200 WOODWARD AVE
Detroit Art Week kicks off with a moderated conversation between Carole Harris and Allie McGhee, acclaimed for their distinct abstract aesthetic that has endured for over 40 years. The discussion will explore what it means to live and make art in Detroit, maintain a long-standing artistic practice, as well as the role art can play in community building.
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS JACK AND AVIVA ROBINSON GALLERY 5200 WOODWARD AVENUE
Carole Harris and Allie McGhee's distinct abstract aesthetic has endured and evolved for more than 40 years. Harris is a fiber artist whose process emulates that of a painter, often revising her earlier decisions and doubling back in a medium that traditionally progresses linearly. McGhee is a painter who frees his canvases from their flatness through the kinetic energy created by using them not only as support, but almost as the subject. In diverging from tradition, these two Detroit veterans have converged on common ground. “Repetition, Rhythm, and Vocab” presents Harris and McGhee together in homage to the harmony of their improvisational languages and to the city in which they found their voices.
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM FLOWERS OF VIETNAM 4430 VERNOR HWY
To celebrate Carole Harris and Allie McGhee's two-person exhibition (“Repetition, Rhythm and Vocab”) at the Detroit Institute of Arts, DAW will host a private dinner at Flowers of Vietnam, named one of the “Best Restaurants in America” by GQ in 2017. Formerly a clandestine, weekend-only destination hidden inside a Coney Island, today Flowers of Vietnam is a leader in Detroit's dining scene.
SATURDAY JULY 21, 2018 2:00 PM N'NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 52 E FOREST AVE
Detroit artist, Tylonn J. Sawyer discusses the insights into his artistic practice and provides an analysis of his present exhibition, “American Gods.”
“American God”s merges Sawyer’s figurative artistic approach representing metaphoric deities placed on the backdrop of Americana. Using religious metaphor, history, pop culture, and the flag as sacred symbols of America, Sawyer explores how African Americans exist within the mythology of Americana.
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM DAVID KLEIN GALLERY 1520 WASHINGTON BLVD
Join David Klein Gallery for bubbles and a chat with artist Mario Moore, whose exhibition, “Recovery,” contemplates the process of self-care – a distant luxury for black men, despite being historically bombarded with endless conflict against their minds and bodies.
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PLAYGROUND DETROIT 2845 GRATIOT
In “A Difficult Pair,” Victoria Shaheen and George Vidas use materials associated with industrial and commercial applications to probe questions of identity, hierarchy, and material culture. Shaheen uses commodity culture, image saturation and the history of decorative arts and design to create contemporary environments that deconstruct hierarchies, expose absurdity in social systems, and simply make viewers laugh. Vidas also uses humor to convey witty concepts and ideas through his neon work.
To support art education at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit Art Week will host an evening of cocktails and music at the historic Stanley Kresge Estate, featuring a live set from legendary producer and DJ Waajeed and hometown favorites Black Noi$e and BEIGE.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School provides college-preparatory Catholic high school education, in the Cristo Rey Model, to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit.
"REJECTING REALITY" at Red Bull Arts Detroit
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM RED BULL ARTS DETROIT 1551 WINDER STREET
FREE + OPEN THE PUBLIC OF ALL AGES
“REJECTING REALITY” with Detroit Bureau of Sound and architect Aaron Jones will fuse avant-garde music with immersive architectural installations into an apparatus for sensory escape. This escape mission will de-familiarize the familiar through unconventional relationships in music, self, and infrastructure. A diversion for your senses showcasing a spectrum of sound experiments and special guest performer Pamela Z within a fully transformed environment at Red Bull Arts Detroit. A one-night-only, up close and personal glimpse into another dimension.
Red Bull Arts Detroit is an artist residency, visiting curator and writer fellowship, micro-grant program, and experimental, non-commercial exhibition space. Since 2011, the organization has ensured a sustained commitment to the cultivation and advancement of the arts in Detroit and beyond.