Friday, June 29, 2012

Join us in July! @MOCAD's Upcoming Public Programs #cultural #detroit


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The 14th Annual Allied Media Conference
Saturday, June 30, 8PM to 2AM
Admission: Free for registered AMC participants / $6 (suggested donation for non-AMC attendees)
All Ages. Wheelchair Accessible. 

The Allied Media Conference advances strategies for using media arts to investigate, illuminate and develop visionary solutions to the crises faced by our communities. Through the AMC, held every summer in Detroit, the worlds of media, art, technology, education and social justice are united. In all AMC sessions, participants build on their knowledge and develop relationships that continue to grow throughout the years.

Since its founding in 1999, the AMC has inspired hundreds of new leaders, showcased dozens of innovative popular education tools, incubated cross-sector collaborations and fostered critical dialogue on a host of social justice issues. For artists and activists who return year to year, the Allied Media Conference presents a vehicle for the evolution of their theories and practices towards genuine social change.

Performances by JD Samson & MEN (ex-Le Tigre / electropop), Lauren Flax (house), The Black Opera (hip-hop), Emily Wells (classical/electronics), Waajeed (hip-hop/experimental). The night will be hosted by Miz Korona. 


Presented in the MOCAD parking lot 
Wednesday, July 11, 8PM to 10PM 
Admission: $5 per car 

Join us for another installment of hyper-local electromagnetism at this season's Drive-In Radio Theater in the MOCAD parking lot. This evening of live performances is hosted and curated by Jon Brumit, MOCAD's Curator of Public Engagement, and features a disparate program inspired by and diverging from the Post-Industrial Complex and Vertical Urban Factory exhibitions on view in the museum. Starting every 20 minutes, the performances are lit by your headlights, with audio transmitted to your car radio. Attendees can stay for the whole evening or catch a few acts before heading out.

FREE SWAP MEET rainbow_clothing  
Saturday, July 21, 1PM to 3PM 
Admission: Free 

Upcycle! You're invited to come get some new-to-you duds from this big 'ol swap meet. The only thing missing is the price tags. Donate! Trade! Collect! Unwanted clean clothing items will be accepted from 12 PM to 2:30 PM the day of the event. Leftovers will be donated to charity.

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Jerry Herron on Detroit: America's First Un-City
*Date rescheduled for Thursday, July 26, 7PM
Admission: Free

Jerry Herron is Professor of English and Founding Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. His publications include two books, Universities and the Myth of Cultural Decline, andAfterCulture: Detroit and the Humiliation of History. His essays and critical articles have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Raritan, Social Text, Representations, Georgia Review, Antioch Review, and Harper's. He has also written for the London Times Higher Education Supplement, Detroit News, Hour Detroit, the MetroTimes, and Playboy. He is currently finishing a book about Americans' sense of the past:Living With Detroit: An All-Purpose History of American Forgetting

Herron was born in Abilene, Texas; he received his BA at the University of Texas in Austin, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University. Since 1982 he has been a resident of downtown Detroit, a city which has provided him with a great subject to write about and an exceptional place to live.


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The Hinterlands present Voice of The City June 13 through July 22

MOCAD is pleased to present its premiere artists in residence, The Hinterlands. This Detroit-based company creates original, multidisciplinary performance works through ecstatic training and play, and engages their community through direct collaboration and exchange. The Hinterlands will slowly amass the setting for a new performance exploring American subculture and Vaudeville, which translates as the "voice of the city," to be showcased at MOCAD. 

Dates to remember for The Hinterlands programs while in residence: 

SUMMER CAMP June 25 - July 6 
Make it! Play it!, a free two-week summer camp on creating and performing original theatre for artists ages 12 through 16. 

FAMILY DAY Sunday, July 15, 12PM to 4PM 
Admission: Free 
The Hinterlands' Family Vaudeville Day! Spend an afternoon with The Hinterlands to uncover your own family vaudeville routine. 

Admission: $15/person 
The Hinterlands make a rare in-progress presentation of Voice of The City.

The Hinterlands residency is supported with a matching grant from the National Performance Network Creation Fund, while the summer camp is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 


Walter Bailey at work_Photo by Lindsay Sebold VUF_000


Post-Industrial Complex is a survey, group exhibition, and source book that explores the ingenuity and adaptivity of human-scale production at the heart of Detroit. The exhibition disrupts the notion that there is a story of the city. A true metropolis is comprised of multiple stories and multiple voices. From a prolific inventor to a collective working to keep an aboriginal language alive, the artists included in this exhibition—all of whom responded to an open call for "makers, inventors, problem solvers, fabricators, modifiers, etc..."—are a small, yet representative, sample of the diverse range of brainpower that exists in a city often oversimplified by metanarratives. 

Post-Industrial Complex is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and curated by MOCAD's Curator of Public Engagement, Jon Brumit, and Curator of Education, Katie Grace McGowan. 

Vertical Urban Factory features the innovative design of factory buildings that are both urban—located in cities or shaping cities—and vertical—multistoried and dense. Included are significant examples from around the world, spanning the Modern era to the present. By examining the significance of these spaces, this project points to the impact of global economies on local industries and aims to stimulate ideas for the sustainable reintegration of the factory into the urban fabric. 

Vertical Urban Factory is an independent project and exhibition curated by architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport.

Click here for more information.


Ruth Ellis Center and MOCAD present
Ruth Ellis Center Photography Exhibition
June 22 - July 29, 2012

Following a month-long collaboration with MOCAD's Department of Education and Public Engagement, Ruth Ellis youth will exhibit the fruits of their photography workshop focusing on identity construction and portraiture on view through July 29.


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Allied Media Conference design by Nina Bianchi.
Drive In Radio Theater Image.
Jerry Herron, image courtesy of the author. 
The Hinterlands. Images by Carrie Morris, courtesy of PuppetArt and The Hinterlands. 
Walter Bailey, photo taken by Lindsay Sebold.
Vertical Urban Factory
 Photo, Fiat factory Lingotto, engineer Giacomo Matte-Trucco, completed 1926, Turin, Italy. Courtesy of the Fiat Company.

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