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Self-Care Winter Guide @ Detroit Metro Times

Self-care has become a hot topic these days, evoking ideas of expensive bath bombs and boutique consumerism as a panacea for lives spent struggling against the ravages of late capitalism. But considered another way, self-care is about devoting time, space, and resources to aspects of daily life that contribute to one’s baseline health and wellbeing […]

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Nabil Mousa at Arab American National Museum @ Art in America

Atlanta-based painter Nabil Mousa’s “American Landscape” series (2008­–12) trades in readily identifiable symbols: the American flag, the gendered iconography of restroom signs, and the Human Rights Campaign’s logo of a yellow equals sign on a blue background. Only a painter as gifted as Mousa could make such generic source material feel personal. It’s a testament […]

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“Fired Up!” at TMA @ Hyperallergic

TOLEDO, Ohio — Whenever I encounter a museum exhibition that frames itself as presenting exclusively female artists, I have to run through the same internal debate about emphasizing artists’ gender. I recognize the necessity of making a conscious effort to include or exclusively feature female artists — or any other broad swath of the population […]

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“No Idle Hands” – Tramp Art at New Mexico’s Museum of International Folk Art @ Hyperallergic

SANTA FE, New Mexico — To the uninitiated, the phrase “tramp art” probably evokes a stereotypical hobo, train hopping with a cartoonish bindle or drinking moonshine around a fire pit. This was even the case for Laura Addison, curator of North American & European Folk Art at New Mexico’s famed Museum of International Folk Art, who […]

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“Making Home” at the DIA @ CultureSource

For co-curators Taylor Aldridge and Lucy Mensah, the opportunity to collaborate on Making Home, their debut Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition was not just an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the museum’s vast collection, but to get to know each other. “We discovered that we had mutual admiration for two literary works,” said Aldridge, in […]

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Henry Crissman & Virginia Torrence @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — When two artists are married it’s tempting to draw connections between their work and assume they are in conversation with one another. And although the artists, experimental ceramicists Virginia Rose Torrence and Henry James Haver Crissman, have been together long enough to serve as primary interlocutors — and to finish each other’s sentences […]

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Matter Out of Place @ Detroit Artists Market

Coming Soon: Matter Out of Place January 19 – February 17, 2018 Curated by Andrew Thompson Matter Out of Place is a group exhibition of craft, fine art and design projects that explore the shifting meanings of decontextualized objects from industrial and cultural production. Preexisting objects, images and narratives are contested, critiqued and renewed via […]

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