Things we’re looking forward to in 2016
In 2016, Detroit is poised to go from reference point to bonafide arts destination. After a slow brew effort in the past decade to highlight the non-motorized assets of the Motor City, the international arts community has realized what Detroiters knew all along — Detroit is not a blank canvas, and the arts scene has been thriving in the city for decades with an established arts infrastructure that continues to grow and a boisterous class of artists destined to be heard around the globe. We’ve highlighted a few arts-centric events that caught our eye and implore you to add them to your social calendar.
Dance! American Art 1830 – 1960
@ Detroit Institute of Arts (March 20 – June 12 2016)
It’s tough to understand where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been. The Detroit Institute of Arts has excelled in the past decade in curating exhibits exploring riveting pockets of history, responding to the Internet age with specialized pocket exhibits that are highly specific — like the portrayal of dance in American art across tribe, culture, throughout the Harlem Renaissance and straight into Andy Warhol’s arms.
Reading + Conversation with author Rachel Kushner
@ Museum for Contemporary Art Detroit (Wednesday, April 27)
New York Times best-seller, 2013 Guggenheim fellow and finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, author Rachel Kushner arrives in Detroit at the MOCAD for a reading and conversation about her work. In a city often light on literary events, this is one not to be missed.
Detroit Design Festival
@ Various venues in Detroit (Sept 22 – Sept 24)
Spanning across the city at a diverse array of venues, Detroit Design Festival not only heralds Detroit’s history as a design capital, but allows patrons to peak into artists’ studios that they may never otherwise be able to see. It peels back the layers between idea and final form, drawing back the curtain to allow the city to see the process and learn more about the artists creating right their own backyards.
Murals In The Market
@ Eastern Market (Fall 2016)
The dates haven’t been released for 2016 and we’re already chomping at the bit. If last year’s 9-day arts festival in historic Eastern Market (home to yours truly), was any indicator, we’re in for something grand this year. Murals In The Market — hosted, curated and created by local institutions 1xRun and Inner State Gallery — brought 40+ artists (local, national, international) to one of the country’s largest outdoor markets to plaster the walls with massive murals to turn the market into “the epicenter of the city’s burgeoning public art movement.”