Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Programming at MOCAD

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MOCAD and Cranbrook Academy of Art Present: kenny g
Kenneth Goldsmith 

Friday, March 30, 6PM at Cranbrook Academy of Art
If We Had To Ask for Permission, We Wouldn't Exist: A Brief History of UbuWeb
*in the Cranbrook Art Museum's deSalle Auditorium*
Admission: Free

Saturday, March 31, 7:30PM at MOCAD
American Deaths and Disasters: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Admission: Free

Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry" by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for the opera Trans-Warhol that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. In 2011, he co-edited Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age.


MUSIC duanetheteenagewierdo
Saturday, March 31, 2PM
Duane the Teenage Weirdo
performing in Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show
Admission: Free

Duane the Teenage Weirdo takes the world of electronic pop music, Pokemon, glam rock and art house provocation and makes gritty, catchy punk music using simple technology and catchy tunes. This sensational young star on the rise will be performing in Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show for one very memorable afternoon.


MUSIC A-Spencer-Barefield
Friday, April 6, 8PM
A. Spencer Barefield
Admission: $6 (free for members)

Multi-talented Detroit-based guitarist and composer A. Spencer Barefield has recorded and performed internationally as a leader, soloist, and accompanist with legendary progressive jazz voices like Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis, Wadada Leo Smith and countless others. On this very special evening Barefield will present a performance in Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show.

For more information on A. Spencer Barefield visit his website

MUSIC Van Dyke Parks-1
Saturday, April 7, 8PM
Van Dyke Parks
Admission: $10
Advance tickets can be purchased on MOCAD's Website:
Tickets purchased in advance are 'will call' only. 

Songwriter and performer, Van Dyke Parks is the celebrated mind behind some of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys' most notable releases, Smile and Pet Sounds. Parks has produced, arranged, or played on albums by artists as diverse as Tim Buckley, U2, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, The Byrds, Cher, Rufus Wainwright, Sam Phillips, Ringo Starr, Frank Black, The Manhattan Transfer, Keith Moon, Carly Simon, T-Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Gordon Lightfoot, Fiona Apple, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom, The Everly Brothers, Saint Etienne, Scissor Sisters, Laurie Anderson, and Susanna Hoffs/Matthew Sweet's covers collection. On this rare Detroit appearance Van Dyke Parks will perform on piano with minimal accompaniment.

For more information on van Dyke Parks visit


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Post-Industrial Complex - Research Phase
Submission Deadline is April 21, 2012.

Calling all makers, inventors, problem solvers, fabricators, modifiers, creators, builders, conjurers, producers, storytellers, tinkerers, visionaries and hobbyists! The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is creating a book in celebration of local brainpower and is looking for local input. Post-Industrial Complex, the book, will be comprised of postcard questionnaires and online submissions. An exhibition by the same name will be on display at MOCAD from May 11 to August 8, 2012.

Submissions are being accepted now. This is a chance for local creative people of all bents -- from scientists to crafters, from foodies to fixers -- to showcase their wares and ideas, and shed light upon the people that make up the cultural fabric of Detroit.

The deadline for submission is April 21, 2012. Postcards are available at MOCAD and online submissions should be directed to

Please direct any questions about the submission process, book or exhibition to MOCAD's Curator of Education,  Katie McGowan at or Curator of Public Engagement, Jon Brumit at



Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show is a new exhibition organized especially for the Museum by two great pioneers of multimedia art. White and Panter have been working together since the late 1990s, and this exhibition is their largest collaborative project to date.

Occupying nearly all of the Museum's 22,000 square foot area, this immersive installation features a "permanent" light show designed by White (of Woodstock and Fillmore East fame) that will be on view through the entirety of the exhibition's run. Panter, whose prolific output is most recognized in the set design for Pee-wee's Playhouse, will construct a funhouse of his imagination. Bridging these two worlds is a historical corridor, filled with ephemera illuminating their long-running careers. Materials from the archives of both artists will be on display to illustrate the range and depth of their work.

For more information:


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Promo image for MOCAD and Cranbrook Academy of Art Present: Kenneth Goldsmith; design by Jonathan Ryan Rajewski.
Duane the Teenage Weirdo, image courtesy of the artist.
Spencer A. Barefield, image courtesy of the artist.
Van Dyke Parks, image courtesy of the artist.
Promo image for Post Industrial Complex, design by Jonathan Ryan Rajewski.
Promo image for Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show, courtesy of the artists.
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