Monthly Archives: October 2017

“12 Nazi Concentration Camps” at Angela Meleca Gallery @ Hyperallergic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It is possible — tempting, even — to view historical events through a gauzy filter, once which lends a layer of abstraction to the fact that they took place in the same reality as the one we currently inhabit. For an event like the Holocaust, this filter is often created by images […]

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Monet at the DIA @ Detroit Free Press

It is easy to imagine that art history is a fixed discipline, full of information rarely subject to change, particularly when it comes to some of the best-known artists in the Western canon. And yet “Monet: Framing Life” – a new special exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts – proves how devoted curatorial practice can reveal exciting […]

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Paul Schwarz at Paul Kotula Projects @ Hyperallergic

FERNDALE, Mich. — Despite living and attending art school in the heart of Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood, the painter and intermedia artist Paul Schwarz is not readily associated with the Cass Corridor movement, one of the only major 20th-century fine art trends to emerge from Detroit. This year, the gallerist Paul Kotula has organized two posthumous […]

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“Say It Loud” at Charles H. Wright @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — It’s been 50 years since a weeklong mass civil uprising took place in Detroit, an event that is sometimes seen as an isolated riot, but in fact was an expression of decades of racial inequity. The events of the summer of 1967 have been one of the defining incidents connected with the city. […]

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“Detroit Imagines Itself: Art of the Ex-Industrial” @ Grantmakers in the Arts Reader

If there is in society a collective consciousness, then art is its imagination. Imagination is different from fantasy, which conjures up desires divorced from reality; imagination is creative problem solving that assesses what is available and re-creates it into something new, better, or self-satisfying. Detroit has been short on many things over the past fifty […]

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Jason J. Ferguson’s “One-man (freak) show” at Public Pool @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Upon entering Jason J. Ferguson‘s solo exhibition, titled One-man (freak) show, the first thing you’ll encounter is the somewhat ramshackle, seafoam-colored entryway of Public Pool’s storefront gallery space and its much-abused off-white door, numbered 3309. This is also the second thing you’ll encounter, because just inside the original entryway, Ferguson has exactly replicated it, including the […]

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Pope L.’s “Flint Water Project” at What Pipeline @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan decided (while under emergency financial management) to enact a cost-saving measure that temporarily switched the municipal water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The pH of this new water interacted toxically with Flint’s aging infrastructure, resulting in the mass lead-poisoning of a large cross-section of an already […]

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