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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Join us for the opening celebration of five new exhibitions: 99 Cents or Less, Detroit Affinities: Alivia Zivich, Dylan Miner: To Build Up Invincible, Bárbara Wagner: Aspirations, and Lisa Kereszi: Joe’s Junk Yard.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Member Only Preview: 5-7pm
Opening Reception: 7-9pm
Admission before 9pm: Free
Admission after 9pm: $12 ($7 for members). Members can call 313.832.6622 or email [email protected]
to get the access code for member pricing.
Become a member of MOCAD or renew your membership at any level and get a limited edition Gary Simmons long-sleeved t-shirt from our 10th Anniversary exhibition and partnership with Culture Lab Detroit!
Musical guests, Moonwalks and VNESSWOLFCHILD will help us celebrate the opening of our Spring/Summer exhibitions with a performance on opening night. Moonwalks is a weird, dark, space psych-rock band. They originated in Detroit's DIY scene, playing in warehouses and makeshift venues across the city. They belong in outer space. The band consists of Kerrigan Pearce (drums), Jacob Dean (guitar), and Kate Gutwald (bass). They make gorgeous, 1960s-influenced psychedelic rock with a modern feel. They've been at it for over two years, playing shows both locally and internationally.
VNESSWOLFCHILD is a musician and interactive ritual healing performance artist who uses sound, installation, video, and movement to create performances that encourage the listener into understanding and integrating the subtle aspects of existence. Her most recent works explore inner expansion and self-love for all. Through life and art, VNESS is on a mystical quest to absolve herself from suffering by riding the wondrous love-joy train into the depths of the collective heart.
99 Cents or Less
May 19-August 6, 2017
99 Cents or Less is a major group exhibition of 99 artists making new artworks from items purchased at America’s ubiquitous 99 Cent stores. MOCAD invited 99 United States-based artists to purchase items at 99 Cent stores, each spending up to $99. The exhibition looks at art as commodity and the value of objects, while also engaging with such subjects as consumerism, free trade, retail, and manufacturing.
As of 2016, there are about 40,000 dollar stores operating in the United States, together making about $50 billion in annual revenue. The dollar store phenomenon has become such a large part of the country’s retail industry that the New York Times proclaimed we are living in the “age of the dollar-store economy”. While about 50 percent of the stores’ customers earn less than $30,000 per year, roughly 20 percent make $70,000 or more, pointing toward how conspicuous frugality has replaced the conspicuous consumption of the pre-2008 era.
99 Cents or Less is also a reflection on the realities of a city that was once one of the country’s wealthiest, and a global industrial powerhouse. By using materials from 99 Cent stores, often with obscure and questionable manufacturing chains, 99 Cents or Less aims to make connections between past, present, and future centers of production and points to a way that artists can address the manners in which mass production has changed and will continue to evolve. Within the globalized field of 21st century manufacturing, the exhibition takes Marcel Duchamp’s idea of the readymade, a manufactured consumer item that is manipulated via an intervention by the artist, into the hyper industrialized and commodified realities of today.
99 Cents or Less will present the work of:
Kelly Sumiko Akashi, Kathryn Andrews, Uri Aran, Julieta Aranda, Edgar Arceneaux, Corrie Baldauf, John Baldessari, Heidi Barlow, Michael Bell-Smith, Brian Belott, Frank Benson, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrea Bowers, Chris Bradley, Jon Brumit, Dora Budor, Nicholas Buffon, A.K. Burns, Jedediah Caesar, Juan Capistrán, James Collins, Matt Connors, Bjorn Copeland, Sarah Crowner, Sara Cwynar, N. Dash, Nathaniel de Large, Michael DeLucia, Jim Drain, Josh Faught, Harrell Fletcher, Liam Gillick, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Michelle Grabner, Nicolas Guágnini, Henry Gunderson, Mark Handforth, Lena Henke, Marie T. Hermann, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ben Hall, Channing Hansen, Scott Hocking, Jonathan Horowitz, Alex Israel, Alfredo Jaar, Colter Jacobsen, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Matt Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Sarah Kabot, Shaina Kasztelan, Osman Khan, Thomas Kovachevich, Andrew Kuo, Agnieszka Kurant, Jason Lazarus, Pamela Lins, Matt Lipps, Mateo López, Bonnie Lucas, Shana Lutker, Medrie MacPhee, Jill Magid, Anthony Marcellini, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Josiah McElheny, Adam McEwen, Heather McGill, Jason Meadows, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Meyohas, Jason Middlebrook, Carter Mull, Matt Mullican, Ruben Ochoa, Arthur Ou, Virginia Overton, Hamilton Poe, Walter Price, Rob Pruitt, Puppies Puppies, Jonathan Rajewski, Chadwick Rantanen, Sean Raspet, Hans Dieter Rieder, John Riepenhoff, Will Rogan, Matthew Ronay, Aura Rosenberg, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Michael Scoggins, Robert Sestok, Arlene Shechet, Amy Sillman, Casey Silverstein, Laurie Simmons, Michael E. Smith, Philip Smith, Agathe Snow, Valeska Soares, Haim Steinbach, Jessica Stockholder, Ricky Swallow, Cheyney Thompson, Clarissa Tossin, J Parker Valentine, Michael Wang, Garth Weiser, Eric Wesley, Jeff Williams, Viola Yeşiltaç, and Mario Ybarra Jr.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a publication produced in collaboration with KARMA.
99 Cents or Less is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Curatorial support is provided by Scott Campbell, Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow at MOCAD. Exhibition management is provided by Zeb Smith. Exhibition design by Jon Sueda of Stripe SF.
Detroit Affinities: Alivia Zivich
May 19-August 20, 2017
The multifaceted practice of Detroit-based artist Alivia Zivich ranges from art making, to co-founding the small independent music label AA Records, to running the gallery What Pipeline, which she established with artist Daniel Sperry in 2013. What stands out in Zivich’s work is a fascination with the popular versus the personal and the mass-produced versus the handmade. Zivich’s artworks draw on these same ideas. By processing mass-media images through her own hands, channeling how these influences infiltrate and influence our personal lives, she interrogates the ways in which we use and are used by popular culture; the ways in which it is monetized, and the ways in which it aims to manipulate. Curated by Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann.
A multi-year program of exhibitions (Detroit Affinities), performances (Detroit Stages), educational programs and publications (Detroit Speaks), Detroit City places local artists in a global context while investigating the city’s current artistic, political, cultural, and economic realities. Presenting sequential solo exhibitions by Detroit artists and artists from elsewhere, the Detroit Affinities series seeks to reveal correspondences, similarities, and differences in the artists’ respective practices. This multi-year research program is one of the most ambitious undertakings to date at MOCAD.
DEPE SPACE RESIDENCY
Dylan Miner: To Build Up Invincible
May 19 — August 20, 2017
Dylan Miner’s DEPE Space residency seeks to re-engage anti-capitalist histories in the city and examine their relationship to the present and future by drawing upon the radical and working class histories of pennants, banners, community spaces, and ideas of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies), a labor union and social movement whose hall was located just three blocks from MOCAD.
Throughout the exhibition the galleries will serve as a temporary community center featuring a reading room, a stage, and a printmaking studio filled with poetic banners and over a thousand wool pennants. Inspired by the Wobblies practice of incorporating art, song, poetry, and social activities into their organization, Miner and other artists, along with community groups, activists, and poets will use the DEPE Space community center to host a variety of free programs and engage the public in conversation about non-capitalist ways of being and imagining a better and more equitable world.
Dylan Miner is Director of the American Indian Studies Program and Associate
Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries.
DEPE Space Residency
The DEPE (Department of Education and Public Engagement) Space residency and exhibition series presents interdisciplinary art that serves as a catalyst for learning and transformative conversation about complex social issues. DEPE Space offers opportunities to reflect upon the personal relevance of these topics and how they relate to communities in Detroit and throughout the world.
Bárbara Wagner: Aspirations
May 19-August 20, 2017
Curated by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large
MOCAD is proud to present the first-ever solo museum exhibition devoted to the Brazilian photographer and filmmaker Bárbara Wagner. Based in Berlin, Germany and Recife, Brazil, Wagner examines performances—both formal and informal—to explore layers of identity created through symbolic gestures. Her work addresses the intersections of gender, class, race, and religion as expressed through movement, costume, dance, and worship. She captures shared cultural expressions—from music to dance, spiritual practice to urban nightlife—to interrogate the complexities of identity, the fantasies of our ideal selves, and the labor of moving between reality and an aspirational ideal. In three film-based works, made in collaboration with the director Benjamin de Búrca, Wagner examines questions of performance and authenticity via contemporary Brazilian cultural forms. Faz Que Vai (Set to Go) effectively challenges typical expectations of movement and masculinity, gesture and gender, as it celebrates the dancers’ spontaneous and vivacious movements. In Estás Vendo Coisas (You Are Seeing Things) Wagner examines the commercial culture of brega music in Recife. Finally, Wagner’s film Terremoto Santo (Holy Tremor) addresses a growing evangelical movement in Brazil’s Pernambuco region.
MOBILE HOMESTEAD EXHIBITION
Lisa Kereszi: Joe’s Junk Yard
May 19-August 20, 2017
Through photographs and a collection of ephemera, Joe’s Junk Yard tells the story of an empire built on the steel of crashed El Caminos and used car parts, the effects of a changing economy and shifts in societal values, and the decades long struggle of a first generation immigrant family to maintain the American Dream. Lisa Kereszi made her first image of her grandfather’s junk yard when she was 16. A graduate of Bard College, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in photography from the Yale School of Art in 2000. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.