Monthly Archives: February 2016

2/21/2016 – Three-for-All with Young World

Artists: Ben Hall, Andrew Mehall, Jason Murphy Location: (New) Yemen Cafe Breakfast: BH/AM/JM/SRS – Sweet tea (creamer/black/none/black), Shish Kabob Combo #2, lamb fahsah, bread x 3 All right, Young World. So, first, I am grouping Jason on in there, though if you want to make petty distinctions, I think technically YW is Ben and Andrew, […]

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“Him” by Liz Cohen @ Hyperallergic

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich — We live in a time that challenges easy distinctions on the subject of identity. Gender has become fluid as never before in Western society, and art-makers find themselves remarkably unconfined by medium in an era that values ideas articulated by the most effective means possible rather than with a more traditionally […]

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Book Lover’s delight @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — I’m an inveterate lover of books, so you never have to bother arguing with me about the continued relevance of print as a medium. Books are not just the sum of their words and ideas, but lovely standalone objects — a concept aptly demonstrated by two book-based shows going on in the Detroit […]

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Opera MODO’s contemporary “Carmen” @ Knight Arts Blog

Founded in New Jersey in 2011 by Danielle Wright, Opera Modo is Detroit’s newest operatic institution. This weekend was the opening of “Carmen,” Opera Modo’s fifth production since moving to Detroit in 2013. Made possible by a Knight Arts Challenge grant, the first two of four performances took place this weekend at the Carr Center […]

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2/19/16 – Caring about things with Casey Rocheteau

Artist: Casey Rocheteau Location: Dime Store Breakfast: CR – Coffee (sugar, cream), Voodoo lady blood orange French toast special, 1/2 side order of bacon parm fries SRS – Coffee (black), duck confit reuben, 1/2 side order of bacon parm fries It’s hard to simplify conversations with Casey. Writer-on-writer action tends to be far-ranging and heavy […]

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“Living Vessel” at Pewabic @ Knight Arts Blog

If the title to the ceramics show guest curated by Anders Ruhwald for the main gallery at Pewabic in Detroit sounds a little on the hippie side, that’s because it’s a snippet of text lifted from the introduction to “Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and Person” by M.C. Richards—a potter, poet and essayist who taught at […]

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2/18/2016 – Flying Freelance with Taylor Aldridge

Artist: Taylor Aldridge Location: Wasabi Breakfast: TA – Hot green tea, vegetarian ramen with hot sauce, side salad w/ carrot dressing SRS – Soda water, spicy pork lunch box, miso soup It’s great when you meet someone as self-possessed and thoughtful as Taylor Aldridge–a Detroit native who has recently returned to her native scene to […]

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Kent Monkman’s “Scent of a Beaver” @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Scroll quickly enough past a photograph of Kent Monkman’s new installation, “Scent of a Beaver,” at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities, and you might mistake it for a painting. You don’t have to be an art historian to recognize the aesthetic, but those steeped in the canon of European […]

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2/16/2016 – Taking the long view with Gary Eleinko

Artist: Gary Eleinko Location: Mudgie’s Breakfast: GE – Iced tea, tuna melt SRS – Coffee (black), Kenna (chicken salad sandwich), pickle wedge Maybe it’s sort of a Fluxus concept–it’s weird when things you’re into turn out to be Things–but I tend to think that objects and environments harbor energy, and that the more time and […]

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Indigenous Beauty at Toledo Art Museum @ Detroit Art Review

This month, the Toledo Museum of Art opened the fourth and final installation on the tour of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. The show features a breathtaking array of cultural artifacts and several contemporary works of Native American art, collecting material culture from tribes that spanned the North American […]

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