The Scarab Club has been a Detroit art institution since its opening in October of 1928 (as the Scarab “clubhouse”). Its rich history of visiting and local artists is famously catalogued by the collection of signatures on the wood beams of its second-floor lounge. The beams display some 230-plus signatures, including those of Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Norman Rockwell, and Juliana Force—an invitation to sign the beams is means of honoring artists for “their significant and lasting contribution to the arts,” according to the Scarab Club.
Now, the Scarab Club will induct the signature of sculptor Glen Michaels, who is known for his mosaic sculptures, fastidiously fashioned out of thousands of small metal objects, such as token blanks or printer’s type. Michaels’ unveiling accompanies a group show, BEAMS, on view through May 20th, featuring a number of signatories—a break with the Scarab Club tradition of presenting a solo show for beam artists.