Art Detroit Now Newsletter – February 3, 2012

Art Detroit Now Newsletter – February 3, 2012

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
February 2, 2012 - News, exhibitions, openings and events.
Arab American Museum

Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in We the People?

This exhibit highlights the stories of seven diverse individuals, their service to their country and their civic engagement that helped to change our American democracy for the betterment of all.

The exhibition uses World War II as a case study to begin discussion about how women and minorities have expanded the meaning of “we” in “we the people.” It looks at the experiences of seven people and traces their stories throughout the pre-war, war, and post-war periods as examples of the millions of Americans whose lives were affected by the war.

These stories help viewers to understand the conditions facing Americans before and during World War II while challenging them to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Revealed on Film: After the Factory  

Former industrial towns are asking the question, ‘What comes after the factory?’ Detroit has been running on fumes since the fall of the auto industry and Poland’s textile industry in Lodz has been hanging by a thread since the fall of communism. In both cities, their populations have fled, unemployment has spiked, and now, they’re both knee-deep in the pressures of re-building their economies. After the Factory presents an opportunity to learn from these two cultures as their ways of life transition to something new.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion including director Philip Lauri.

Showing Thursday, February 2, 7pm.

University of Michigan School of Art & Design

8th Annual Faculty Exhibition

An expansive snapshot of current creative practice by faculty from the School of Art & Design, with a lively mix of work in a spectrum of media, from paintings, prints and ceramics, to installation, performance and kinetic work.

On view at the Slusser Gallery, 1st Floor 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

Closing Friday, February 3, 6-9pm.

Standing Heat

Curated by Holly Hughes and featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artist Kathy High and New Orleans based Lee Deigaard (A&D MFA ’02), Standing Heat maps the boundary between animal and human.

On view at Work * Ann Arbor, 306 S State Street.

Runs through February 10.

Hatch:  Hamtramck Art Collective

A Dream of Gentle Past:  Art of Marianne Audrey Burrows
This small collection of work is entirely new. It is about reminders of places and of collective memory that pertain to the gentleness of the world.

Work is on view in Hamtramck at Cafe 1923, 2287 Holbrook

Opening Thursday, February 2, 5-7pm.

Runs through February 25.


Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery, WCCCD

Bruce Giffin’s Faces of Detroit:  Focus and Refocus

The photographs of Kresge fellow, Bruce Giffin.

Work is on view at the Western Campus, 9555 Haggerty, Belleville

Opening Thursday, February 2, 5:30-7:30pm.

Runs through April 2.

Structured Fusion
A show of sculpture and assemblages

Work is on view at the downtown campus: 1001 W. Fort Street.

On view through March 30.

Clay Gallery

Cups of Fire:  National Ceramic Cup Competition
These objects challenge us to present the most common form in a unique manner by presenting them in an interesting or provocative fashion. They are intimate forms of expression that possess strength in concept as well as technical skill.

Reception Friday, February 3, 7-9pm.

Runs through March 3.

Gallery Project

A multimedia exhibit in which over 29 local, regional, and national artists explore how hopeful narratives of the American experience are changing.

In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

Epiphany Glass

First Thursday

A world-class-artist in her private state-of-the-art studio.  2000° hot glass-blowing demonstrations, wine, art and snacks!

Every first thursday of the month, 4-9pm.

Book Beat

Rock Legend Mitch Ryder Signing

The legendary “unsung hero” of Michigan rock and roll will be presenting and signing his new autobiography, Devils & Blue Dresses: My Wild Ride as a Crazy Rock & Roll Legend. This is a rare opportunity to meet and hear Ryder speak up close in a small and intimate setting.

Sunday, February 5, 12:30-2:30pm.


Support Cranbrook Art Museum @Saks

Throughout February, the Cranbrook Educational Community will be a beneficiary of the Saks Fifth Avenue “Support Your Favorite Charity@Saks” program in which Saks will give 5% of all Saks card purchases back to the charity the cardholder designates.

A Kick-off Cocktail Party gives patrons a chance to shop, socialize, and help Cranbrook by purchasing a $35 dollar ticket. For each ticket sold, the patron receives admission to the event and a $25 Saks Gift Card. In addition, Cranbrook receives a $10 donation!  You do not need a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card to attend this event.

Kick-Off Cocktail Party Wednesday, February 5:30-8pm, 3pm.

To register for free event call 248.645.3210 or online at and click on Saks Fifth Avenue “Support Your Favorite Charity@Saks” event.

Runs through February 29.