Art Detroit Now – 3/9/12

Art Detroit Now – 3/9/12

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
March 8, 2012 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.
Department of Education and Public Engagement (DEPE) Artist in Residence: Caleb Gentry

Cardboard cosmonaut Caleb Gentry is March’s DEPE Space Resident. Gentry’s otherworldly installations incorporate optical illusion, geometry, and painterly detail, all the while contributing to a funhouse environment. A California native, Gentry holds a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from The University of Iowa. He is currently splitting his time between Pluto and Philadelphia.

Gentry will be the first artist in residence to hold a workshop with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a partnership through MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement.

March 11 through 18.

Life and the Essential Questions of Fluxus: a lecture by curator Jacquelynn Baas

Fluxus was part of a century-long trend on the part of avant-garde artists to reintegrate art into the activities of everyday life-in other words, into the process of being alive. Being alive is rife with problems, of course, and so too is Fluxus. In this lecture, curator Jacquelynn Baas discusses some of the ways Fluxus has complicated, and is still complicating, life in the realm of art. The artists and art of Fluxus-irreverent, provocative, sometimes downright wacky-first emerged in the early 1960s as an art phenomenon that aimed to circumvent traditional museum-gallery presentation platforms. Scholars disagree about Fluxus’s historical precursors, among them Dada, Marcel Duchamp, and John Cage.

Baas’s contribution is Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, an accessible and engaging exhibition and catalogue intended to present this unconventional “art” in an experiential way. For those who would like to better understand Fluxus from both historical and experiential points of view, don’t miss this informative and insightful lecture.

Sunday, March 11, 4pm.

The Fluxus String and Water Compendium
Join Fluxus originator Ben Patterson, UM History of Art
Professor David T. Doris, and an all-star cast of well-heeled miscreants for a Pleasant, Smoke-Free Evening of Mostly Inoffensive Fluxus Entertainments. In the elegant atmosphere of UMMA’s Helmut Stern Auditorium, witness and participate in an astonishing array of activities, including: counting, dripping, throwing, drawing straight lines (and following them), describing objects, cutting paper, opening umbrellas, and turning lights on and off. Suggested attire: formal evening wear; cocktail dresses for ladies, jackets and ties for gentlemen.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook for Alessi

The exhibition features prototypes created in a collaborative workshop initiated by the Italian design factory Alessi at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The 2009 workshop brought together artists and designers from the Academy’s Metalsmithing and 3D Design departments for a week of open-ended explorations of metal forms and techniques. The resulting prototypes are a mix of material studies, product proposals, and pre-production samples that demonstrate both the hands-on craft and cutting-edge design work. Alessi has approved four designs for the consumer market which will be launched in the latter half of 2012.

Workshop Leaders:Iris Eichenberg, Artist-in-Residence, Metalsmithing Department
Scott Klinker, Designer-in-Residence, 3D Design Department

Opening Friday, March 9, 6pm.

Exhibition runs through March 25.

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art


The Art of Beverly Buchanan and Artist Talk
A Global Perspective on the Creative Vernacular of the Rural South. Beverly will be speaking on her personal history and its direct influence on her subject matter, as well as the importance of the cultural and social issues raised by her artwork.
Exhibition runs through April 19.

Arist Talk Saturday, March 10, 2pm.

Re:View Contemporary Gallery & CCS

One Night Stand

See this special one night event where the community and College for Creative Studies come together and celebrate our emerging artists. Selected juniors and seniors will be available to discuss their work and engage in conversations. Take advantage of this night and meet the artists who will have an impact on the contemporary art world.

A collaboration between Re:View Gallery and College for Creative Studies’ Career Services with the goal to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a professional experience outside school. The selection process included jurying the submissions, as well as studio visits conducted by Re:View’s gallery director, Simone DeSousa.

Saturday, March 10, 7-10pm.

Pewabic Pottery

Annual Birthday Celebration

The past year was full of progress, excitement, and even a couple surprises. We will be celebrating all of the amazing things that we accomplished with a spotlight on our restored historic chimney and the new History Tour Plaques. Come share in our appreciation and love for Pewabic Pottery.

Festivities include birthday cake and refreshments, free guided tours at 11am, 12:30pm and 2:30 pm, demonstrations and hourly door prizes.

Saturday March 10, 10am-3pm.

Quark Gallery


(Pop) Up Quark:  Brighter Days
Make sure you POP in to the opening reception of Brighter Days with artist Caroline Pyle at Pizzeria Venti (on the campus of Wayne State University).

Abstract painter, C. Pyle, is a self-taught artist who began painting after a near fatal accident in 2006. The exhibition reflects the healing power of art, personal resilience and the triumph of spirit.
Opening Friday, March 9, 5-9pm.

Exhibition runs through April 6.

Gallery Project

Spactial Shift

A multimedia exhibit in which 30 local, regional and national artists and film makers celebrate sensorial options to a flat, 2-D digital world. Spatial Shift is a cultural phenomenon-a reaction to the coldness, abstraction, and disconnection of the digital world. It is a call to embrace the physical and dimensional. Reunite the two- and three-dimensional for the sake of basic human experience through the five senses.

Lecture Wednesday, March 14, 4:30-5:30pm.

Detroit Artists Market and Detroit Historical Museum

DAM:  The First 80 Years

As part of the celebration of their 80th Anniversary, the Detroit Artists Market presents a special exhibition focused on their extensive history and unfailing support of local arts.  Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years will be shown in the Community Gallery at the Detroit HIstorical Museum.

Opening reception Thursday, March 8, 5-9pm.

Heidelberg Project


Emerging Artist Talk

Emerging artist Flaco Shalom

will be discussing his current exhibition at the Heidelberg Project, “The Lovesick Moon,” his journey as an artist and he’ll be taking a Q & A from the audience.

Saturday, March 10, 2pm.

Padzieski Gallery

Meanings Optional

The show features drawings, paper works, and digital prints by Ann Arbor artist Joseph Bergman. Bergman received his BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and his MFA degree from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Exhibition runs through April 13.
Belian Art Center

Abstract Artworks by Zabel Belian

View the vibrantly colored painting and mixed media artworks of Zabel Belian – of the Belian Art Center in Troy, Michigan. Her beautiful raku and pottery pieces are also on display and available for sale. Sculpture by internationally known artist Richard Hunt and paintings by abstract expressionist Edward Avedisian are also on exhibit.

Exhibition runs through April 30th.

Detroit Institute of Arts

As Nigerian resistance to British colonialism intensified in the 1940s and 1950s, civil rights activism in the U.S. also increased. This lecture explores how international exchanges influenced innovations between African and African American artists, including Ben Enwonwu and Jacob Lawrence. Speaker: Freida Tesfagiorgis, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African American Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sunday March 11, 2pm in the DIA Lectural Hall.

Oakland University of Art Gallery

Rosy Keyser Artist Lecture
Rosy Keyser’s lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Idealizing the Imaginary: Illusion and Invention in Contemporary Painting.

This survey of contemporary painting, drawn from the stables of nine eminent New York galleries and the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, brings the work of fourteen major New York artists to Detroit, most of whom are debuting their work here for the first time.

Lecture Wednesday, March 14, 4:30-5:30pm.

Glass Academy

Coffee Nights Return

The 2nd Wednesday of every month stop in and warm up with us during Coffee Nights. This a free monthly event where you can meet with friends, watch live glassblowing demonstrations, and hang out with the family. Each month we will feature a fellow artist who will be working on their own personal work and demonstrating new techniques as they practice their craft. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the warm glow of the furnace as you unwind from your day.

Wednesday, March 14, 6-9pm.


Call for Proposals:  Hands on the Machinery

The distortion by the media of history-of all the things that we should know so that we can collaborate together as a civilization-is the worst thing. It is our single greatest impediment to advancement. We are routing around media that is closed to power but it’s not a foregone conclusion, which is what makes this time so interesting. We can rest the Internet and our communication mechanisms into the values of the new generation that has been educated outside of that distortion. And all those young people are becoming important within institutions. I want to talk about what it means when institutions-the most powerful institutions from the CIA to News Corporation-are all organized using technical young people. What does that mean when all those technical young people adopt a certain value system-and they are in an institution where they do not agree with the value system-and yet actually their hands are on the machinery?

This April, the non-profit organization ONTOLOGUE wishes to expand this sentiment into a dialogue in the context of greater Detroit. Through an exhibition and conference with North End Studios, guests and attendees will help to position the tactical and strategic choices facing artists, writers, educators, community leaders, activist, and technicians. This is a ground where the local population can test their thoughts, exhibit their practices, share their skills, and assemble to discuss what they want to do now.

ONTOLOGUE is seeking proposals for artworks, lectures, seminars, encounters, experiments, workshops or public engagements.