Art Detroit Now — 12/2

Art Detroit Now — 12/2


Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
December 1 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.



39th Annual Noel Night

Over 60 Midtown venues open their doors to the public FREE of CHARGE during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house.” Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Special performances by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Tartan Terrors, Melvin Davis and The United Sound, and Breathe Owl Breathe.  The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band-a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots.


Saturday, December 3, 5:00-9:30.  See schedule of events for full listing.



Mocad and Affirmations

Film:  Untitled

Affirmations and MOCAD, in partnership with Visual AIDS, are observing Day With(out) Art by screening Untitled a film by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz. We are joining over 55 major museums, arts organizations, community groups and colleges throughout the United States in presenting free public screenings of the film in honor of World AIDS Day. 


Friday, December 2, 6-8pm at Affirmations:  290 W 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale.


Mona (Art|Room Detroit)


Mr. Peeps Takes a Vacation
Mr. Peeps is an illegal immigrant who has been living in the USA since the age of 12. Self-taught, Mr. Peeps did not become an artist until later in his life. As the manager of several parking lot flea markets, Peeps has had easy access to an encyclopedia of characters and models that now inform his work. Still, it was only after his name made the national registry of sex offenders that he achieved some prominence as an artist.
His career was officially launched while serving a three month jail term for having kissed his eight year old daughter on the mouth at a municipal swimming pool in West Melvindale. The county psychologist and, later, his parole officer encouraged Peeps to transfer this “paternal” passion into his art.  
Saturday, December 3, 5-10pm at Art|Room Detroit – a MONA project located in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center, Bldg. 2, Third Floor.



Mellon Grant Helps UMMA Expand Teaching and Learning Initiatives

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has received a grant of $650,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and expand a comprehensive initiative for collections-based teaching and learning.

The 40-month grant from the Mellon Foundation accomplishes three objectives: (1) to engage and sustain curriculum-based relationships with students, faculty, and staff in a more systematic way;  (2) to expand the range of exhibitions that highlight U-M’s varied collections; and (3) to fund training and support for future scholars, historians, and curators in various stages of their careers.

College for Creative Studies

Student & Alumni Art Salel

CCS will be hosting its annual Student and Alumni Art Sale in the Walter B. Ford II Building (201 E. Kirby), along with other exhibitions throughout campus.


Saturday, December 3, 4-9pm. 


Epiphany Glass


Annual Holiday Show and Sale
Watch a master glassblower perform hourly
glassblowing demonstrations.
20% of gallery prices 


Featured Guest Artists:

Erica Bartels – jeweler
Jim Griffin – sculptor
Kevin Griffin – glassblower
Marla Karimipour – painter
Sebastian Sullen – photographer


Friday, December 2, 4-9pm.

Saturday, December 3, 12-6pm.
Sunday, December 4, 12-6pm.


  Information Session for Literary Artists AND Performing Artists
  Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center
  311 East Grand River Avenue
  Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm.  Must RSVP.



  Holiday Shop

  For those looking to support local artists, the Holiday Shop    
  provides jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber, home décor,
  children’s fashions, ornaments, glass, paintings, Judaica, and
  much more.

                                           Holiday Shop will be open from Dec. 2-17.  



  Mini Christmas Trees:  Lovingly Decorated to Support the Arts

  Decorated miniature Christmas trees are on display as part of a silent 
  auction to benefit the Anton Art Center.  Anyone may bid!  Eight lucky winners 
  will be able to take home a tree on December 16.  The trees are all 42″ or


  Community and service groups were invited to decorate a tree and donate it  

  to the Anton Art Center for auction.  All proceeds will benefit the center’s       

                                          educational and community programs. 







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