Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

ART X Detroit 2015 April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26

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Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts in Detroit (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues including Cass Cafe, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra‘s Orchestra Hall Music Box, and more throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April and is FREE and open to the public!

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Detroit Among 15 Best Cities for Creative 20-Somethings Other Than New York

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Artists like Tyree Guyton, who’s been finding objects and attaching them to decaying homes along Heidelberg Street, are using the now blank and dilapidated city as their canvas.

And institutional art hubs like the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts and organizations like Art Detroit, along with a plethora of galleries, are boosting their efforts to support the vibrant scene.

The literary arts scene is taking off, too. Currently, a writer’s residency program “Write a House” is taking applications for writers to live in a renovated home for free.

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“Here Hear” exhibition/performances begin in Detroit June 20

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From Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD

We are thrilled to partner with Cranbrook Academy of Art for the extraordinary seven month project “Nick Cave: Here Hear.” MOCAD will host the Dance Labs portion of this massive project at the end of July and beginning of August. Stay tuned for more information and announcements of dates, times, and dancers.

More info on “Hear Hear” at…/sound-of-the-city-a-detroit-renaissance-…

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With Hope and Promise for the Future, Detroit Comes Roaring Back

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Originally published by Austin Monthly

It was midnight at the Magic Stick and The Garden Bowl [in The Majestic] , a bowling alley–dive bar hybrid in Midtown Detroit, and a touring all-girl punk band had just taken the stage. The sound of clanging pins meshed perfectly with their wild, gritty sound, and in between fervent head bangings, I could discern a neon-red “You Can’t Stop Detroit” decal affixed to the lead singer’s guitar strap.

I had seen the same motto emblazoned across T-shirts, storefront windows and bumper stickers throughout the streets of Detroit, which, following its 2013 bankruptcy, began billing itself as “America’s Great Comeback City.” The skeletal remains of its bygone industrial heyday, like the Packard Plant, the largest abandoned building in the world, are still visible throughout the Motor City, but a new generation of intrepid artists and entrepreneurs only see new opportunities, taking advantage of cheap rent and newly vacant historic locales to breathe life back into a town that’s known for pulling itself up by its bootstraps.

Ramona Flume explored the Motown Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD, Detroit Mercantile Co., Shinola, The Heidelberg Project, & the GM Ren Cen.

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