Writing

Review of “The Visibility of Labor” at 9338 Campau @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — On the one hand, it is fairly banal to acknowledge that the manmade objects around us didn’t just appear; they come from somewhere and were made by someone. On the other hand, we often don’t know very much about where, exactly, things are made and, more importantly, by whom. The average American consumer has […]

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“Miles to Empty” at Susanne Hilberry @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — “Cardboard and clay have run parallel for quite some time,” says artist Shannon Goff of her favorite materials. “Somehow I always await their collision.” These two media are separated into different showrooms in her solo show, Miles to Empty, at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, but they both are subject to Goff’s tendency […]

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“Collect…The Power of Knowing” at the Charles H. Wright @ Knight Art blog

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, which has received more than $1.5 million in Knight Foundation funding over the years, opened a new exhibit over Halloween weekend: “Collect: The Power of Knowing,” curated by Dr. Cledie Collins Taylor. The exhibit showcases an eclectic group of art objects that come from various collections of African […]

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“30 Americans” – more important here than anywhere @ Knight Arts blog

“30 Americans” opened its three-month, special exhibition run at the Detroit Institute of Arts last week with fanfare and a diverse set of attendees to its community celebration night. Some among the crowd were gathered to get the first glimpse of the show, which originated in 2008 as a survey of 30 African American artists […]

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Interview w/ the unsinkable Nancy Mitchnick @ Detroit Art Review

Nancy Mitchnick is a Detroit legacy that spans generations. After witnessing and creating work within the Cass Corridor scene, she moved on to find success in New York City, before eventually falling into a series of teaching positions, including working at CalArts in Valencia, California—“the conceptual art school when painting was supposed to be dead”—and […]

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Carrie Dickason’s “Shifting Focus” @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — It is always interesting to watch an art process that began instinctively and organically take on new strategic and conceptual dimensions. For decades, Detroit’s now-famous Heidelberg Project was a solo effort on the part of Tyree Guyton, reclaiming the street he grew up on by creating installations with the discarded materials that had […]

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Micro-interview with Maia Asshaq of DittoDitto @ Knight Arts Blog

From Oct. 17-18, independent bookseller and Knight Arts Challenge winner DittoDitto hosted the third annual Detroit Art Book Fair. The event was held at Trinosophes, a fellow Knight Arts Challenge winner, where dialogue was certainly flowing as art enthusiasts and bibliophiles gathered in droves for creative and fiscal exchanges with a range of booksellers. Many […]

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Coverage of CMA new wing opening @ Hyperallergic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Expanding a museum is a lengthy and costly process, one which requires a great deal of buy-in from the staff, patrons, board, and surrounding community. It’s easy to assume that longstanding institutions are self-sufficient, and to see their occasional expansions as a natural part of their growth, but in reality, it is […]

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NKOTB – Wasserman Projects & David Klein Gallery @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. For years, participants in Detroit’s close-knit art scene have pointed to the underlying struggle: there is space, there are makers, and there are scenesters, but buyers are few to be found. The dearth of art-buying capital within city […]

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