Friday, October 21, 2011

Reading, Horror Movie & Lost Landscapes of Detroit! from MOCAD

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READING robhalpern2
Friday, October 21st at 7PM
Rob Halpern with Peter Markus
Admission: Free

Rob Halpern is the author of two books of poems, Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2004), which was nominated for a California Book Award, and Disaster Suites (Palm Press 2009), as well as several chapbooks. In his poetry, Halpern's writing activates a lyrical voice shot-through with linguistic debris and media fallout. In the confusion of current geo-political conflicts, his poems make the fatal abstractions of crisis audible—finance, militarization, and war—by implicating the lyric voice in the materialization of those abstractions. 


petermarkusPeter Markus is the author of a novel, Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as three books of short-short fiction, the most recent of which is We Make Mud. He is the Senior Writer with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project of Detroit and also teaches fiction writing at Eastern Michigan University. His stories and poems have appeared in such literary magazines as Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, and New Orleans Review. His work has also appeared in numerous anthologies including New Sudden Fiction (Norton) and Fiction Gallery (Bloomsbury USA). He has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.

Both readers will be presenting works that touch on and expand on themes and ideas addressed in MOCAD's two current exhibitions, barely there (part two) and Stéphanie Nava: Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory).


DANCE PARTYHorror_Movie_image
Saturday, October 29th at 8PM
MOCAD's New Wave presents
Horror Movie.
Admission: $10 | All ages | Cash bar for 21+

Horror Movie. is the fourth-annual Halloween dance party hosted by MOCAD's young professionals auxiliary committee, the New Wave, as a fundraiser for the Museum's public programs. This year's party promises to be an absolutely horrifying spectacle! Dress as your favorite horror movie icon and then come out to enjoy dancing and all sorts of scary weirdness. With a costume contest, prizes, frightening features and tons of fun, this year's party is definitely going to be one of the best parties that MOCAD and the City of Detroit have to offer!

Entertainment provided by Macho City / Disco Secret DJs


FILM lostlandscapes2
Friday, November 4th at 7PM AND
Saturday, November 5th at 7PM
The Lost Landscapes of Detroit
Admission: $5

Saturday, November 5th 4PM Matinee
A Family Screening of The Lost Landscapes of Detroit
Admission: Free | For families only (you must be with a child to attend)

An eclectic montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen archival film clips exhibiting life, cityscapes, labor and leisure from a 'vanishing Detroit,' as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers. The Lost Landscapes of Detroit aims to offer Detroiters imagery of the City's past, free from any sense of nostalgia, in an attempt to provide subject for contemplation as the people of the city build toward a new future. Unlike most film screenings, Lost Landscapes relies on audience participation for the soundtrack--interaction with the films is encouraged, as questions are shouted out, observations are shared and mysterious locations are identified. 

Rick Prelinger began collecting ephemeral films--advertising, educational, industrial and amateur works--in 1983. In 2002, his collection of over 200,000 items was acquired by the Library of Congress; many key films are available online at the Internet Archive.  In 2004 Rick and spouse Megan opened the Prelinger Library in downtown San Francisco. The archive is open to the public and includes over 60,000 pieces of print ephemera, books, periodicals, maps and zines. 

READING kennethhelphand2
Friday, November 11th at 7PM
Kenneth Helphand: Defiant Gardens
Admission: Free

Author Kenneth Helphand will give a talk accompanied by a slideshow presenting topics and ideas explored in his work Defiant Gardens. To Helphand "defiant gardens are gardens created in extreme or difficult environmental, social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. These gardens represent adaptation to challenging circumstances, but they can also be viewed from other dimensions as sites of assertion and affirmation." The gardens explored will include WWI gardens built behind the lines of the Western front, those grown in the Warsaw ghettos under Nazi occupation and by Japanese American internees during World War II, as well as those he discovered in Detroit on his recent visits to the City.



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Through December 30, 2011

Stéphanie Nava: Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory)
barely there (part two)
A group exhibition featuring Francis Alÿs, Marcel Broodthaers, Luis Camnitzer, Frank Capra, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kimsooja, Mark Lombardi, Christian Marclay, Max Ophüls, Wilfredo Prieto, Yvonne Rainer, Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Ranjani Shettar, Nicolás García Uriburu, Franz Erhard Walther and Francesca Woodman. 



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Rob Halpern & Peter Markus
Still from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, 1960
Still from Lost Landscapes of Detroit
Cover of Kenneth Helphand's Defiant Gardens, 2006
Stéphanie Nava, Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory), 2005-2011, France.  © Stéphanie Nava
Hans Peter Feldmann Lovers, 2008 Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

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