Art Detroit Now Newsletter – April 12, 2012

Art Detroit Now Newsletter – April 12, 2012

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
April 12, 2012 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.

The Museum of New Art, Detroit


Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures looks at artists engaging with the concept of pictures in the era after the “death and resurrection of painting” in which images in any traditional capacity have become impossible in a critical context. In light of this impossibility comes the demand for a fresh investigation. LOST and FOUND showcases a generation of artist that are aware of the historical critique of the language of painting/images. This awareness informs their practice and a traversal of the liminal space between belief/doubt structures their conceptual framework. The show features painting (figurative, abstract and text), print media, transfers, collage, video, drawing, fabric, and sculptural works.

Starkweather Arts Center
Reception Friday, April 13, 6-8pm.

MONA – Detroit
Reception Saturday, April 14, 6-9pm

Re:View Contemporary Gallery

Megan Heeres’ Forever the Future Closing Reception

In Forever the Future, Heeres uses her fascination with the physical and psychological aspects of time to create objects and installations that push materials to their very edge of stability, investigating the delicate cusp between integrity and demolition. Heeres uses this palpable tension to infer her idea of the physical presence of time and the passage of it. The seeming fragility and haphazard nature of some of the works invites the viewer to pause and enter the artist’s experiential world, while creating their own paths of investigation.

Closing Saturday, April 14, 4-6pm.


41st Annual Staff & Student Exhibition

The 41st Staff & Student Exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the diversity of art produced by both students and the Pewabic Staff. The show highlights the creative range within Pewabic Pottery, and a variety of mediums will be represented, including drawing, painting, fiber, and of course, ceramics.

Opening Friday, April 13, 6-8pm.

Show runs through June 10.

The Arts League of Michigan

CINCO CERO CINCO: Photography of the Southwest
What are some of the traditions of the southwestern part of America that can be adequately portrayed in pictures? What is the landscape really like? How is life there seen through the eyes of photographic artists? Those questions and more will be answered in this exhibit.

Some of the photographs are panoramic views of the region and add to the feeling of vast openness and space without boundaries. Others portray today’s culture which finds its roots in the native Americans who were living there when the Spanish invaded the land. Still other artists took the mystical path which also plays a part in the culture of the area.

Come and meet one of the artists, Tim Castillo, who can give you a more personal perspective.

Opening Friday, April 13, 6pm.

Show runs through May 23.

Wayne State University
2012 WSU Undergraduate Exhibition

The WSU Campus Art Installation Award is an opportunity for art students from the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History to share their talent with the public. Students are invited to create temporary artworks under the restrictions of facility limitations and a strict deadline.

This exhibition features approximately 150
works of art and design by undergraduate students chosen from the department’s thirteen studio areas.

Opening Friday, April 13, 5-8pm.

Closing Friday, May 11, 5-8pm.

Detroit Institute of Arts
Moonbeans for Motown

Moonbeams for Motown, a mixed media installation tracing the rays of the sun, will illuminate the sky above the front lawn of the DIA for four nights in a row. Artist Michael Rodemer will use electroluminescent fibers and micro controllers to provide visual markers of the rays of the sun at night. The spectacle will pierce the night sky, extending from the roof of the museum to the ground, each night until 10 p.m.

Friday, April 13 through Monday, April 16 until 10pm.

Artist Demonstration: Michael Rodemer

Join us for Michael Rodemer’s presentation as he talks about the artistic process behind Moonbeams for Motown. Visitors can then accompany Mr. Rodemer on the front lawn to enjoy the installation in its interactive space (weather permitting!).

Sunday, April 15, 12-3pm.


Rackham Centenial Exhibit

An exhibition hosted by The Rackham Graduate School, in celebration of their centennial year. Currently on display on the 4th floor 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Rackham Viewing Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-9pm.

Show runs through May 1.