Art Detroit Now Newsletter – May 10, 2012

Art Detroit Now Newsletter – May 10, 2012


Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
May 10, 2012 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.

Long-Sharp I Curis Modern & Contemporary Fine Art



Misdemeanors to Masterpieces

John (CRASH) Matos, the grandfather of urban/graffiti art, comes to Long-Sharp/Curis bringing an exhibit titled “Misdemeanors to Masterpieces.” CRASH, whose works are in museums and galleries worldwide, will be in attendance at a reception given in his honor.
Opening Friday, May 11, 8-10pm.
Show runs through July 3.

Post Industrial Complex / Vertical Urban Factory

Post-Industrial Complex is a survey, group exhibition, and source book that explores the ingenuity and adaptivity of human-scale production at the heart of Detroit. The exhibition disrupts the notion that there is a story of the city. A true metropolis is comprised of multiple stories and multiple voices. From a prolific inventor to a collective working to keep an aboriginal language alive, the artists included in this exhibition-all of whom responded to an open call for “makers, inventors, problem solvers, fabricators, modifiers, etc…”-are a small, yet representative, sample of the diverse range of brainpower that exists in a city often oversimplified by metanarratives.

Vertical Urban Factory features the innovative design of factory buildings that are both urban-located in cities or shaping cities-and vertical-multistoried and dense. Included are significant examples from around the world, spanning the Modern era to the present. By examining the significance of these spaces, this project points to the impact of global economies on local industries and aims to stimulate ideas for the sustainable reintegration of the factory into the urban fabric.

Music by Omar S, Melvin Davis & United Sounds and Passalacqua

Opening Friday, May 11, 7-9pm.
Performances at 9pm, $6

Show runs through July 29.

College for Creative Studies

CCS Student Art Showcase in New Center

This annual spring event showcases student artwork and transforms the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education into a gallery of more than 3,500 student works of art. The Student Exhibition is one of Detroit’s largest celebrations of creativity featuring creations by up-and-coming artists who craft furniture, sculpture, ceramics, hand-blown glass, jewelry, paintings, photography and other extraordinary works of art. All proceeds from the sale of art go directly to the students to help jump start their careers in art and design. 

Collectors’ Ticket
Includes preview from 5:30-7pm and private reception from 5:30-10pm, $350

CCS Alumni Ticket
7 -10pm (Includes private alumni reception)
Two tickets for $60

General Exhibition Opening
7 – 10pm, $50

Opening Friday, May 11, 7-10pm.

Show runs through May 25.

Belian Art Center

Canvas & Clay

The Contemporary Paintings and Ceramics of  James Homer Brown and Jeremy Forman.

James Homer Brown brings his own inner vision of vitality and animation to his mechanical parts paintings. Forms take on lifelike gestures as they push and pull through space. His highly developed sense of design, form, texture and color bring us into his iconographic world.

Jeremy Forman’s thought provoking ceramic and mixed media works represent visual puns on reality. His work examines how we question and view objects.

Opening Friday, May 11, 7-9pm.

Show runs through June 30.

Hatch:  Hamtramack Art Collective



“Stand” is an advertisement-free quarterly photographic journal showcasing the work and thoughts of various contemporary photographers from all areas of the world. Our goal is to spread knowledge of contemporary photography around the Detroit area and wherever else it may reach.

Come join us for our first exhibition! We’ll be displaying the work of several Stand contributors at the Hatch in Hamtramck, and refreshments will be provided. 

Opening Friday, May 11, 5-9pm.

Show runs through June 2.

Our new gallery will be open every Saturday in May with artist talks and live performances throughout the month for our 6th annual juried show.

Artist talks: Mara Magyarosi, Carl Wilson, Mariuca Rofick, Heather
Kelly, Michael Thompson, Tim Householder, Rita Dickerson.

Saturday, May 12, 6-7pm.

Live Performance by Team Marshall 7-8pm.


Glass Gardens

During Mother’s Day weekend, the Glass Academy will open the hot shop floor to welcome in visitors so they may watch live demonstrations of their garden accessories called “Percolla Reeds”.The studio will be open all month with glass garden accessories produced on site in the studio.Smaller glass items start at $10 and Percolla Reeds start at $35, with 10% discount when you buy 3 or more during the show.Opportunity to commission custom orders will take place on Saturday.

Opening Saturday, May 12, 10-4pm.






A group show highlighting skatedeck art, custom sneakers, stencil art, photography, painting and more, all based on the theme of what you do with your feet, and where they take you.  Lots of fun pieces from 35+ artists from coast to coast will be featured

Opening Saturday, May 12, 7-11pm.

Show runs through June 2.



Main Gallery: Works on Paper – drawings, collages and other works by Corrie Baldauf, Yoriko Cronin, Christina Galasso and Kyle Miller. Join us for a gallery talk with the artists.

First Floor Gallery: Robert Tucker: Torn and Painted in the Desert – a selection of collages and paintings by this Michigan native who now lives in the Sonoran Desert.

Saturday, May 12, 2pm.





The Scarab Club will unveil an interactive educational kiosk which not only maps all signatures on the exposed wood beams located within the organization’s historic building but also provides a brief biography and photograph of each signer.
As of today, there are 266 signers. Among the really famous signatures are Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Marcel Duchamp, Eliel Saarinen, Tyree Guyton, John Sinclair, Charles McGee, Balthazar Korab and Elmore Leonard.
The Scarab Club expects this kiosk to provide a better interactive and informative experience for visitors. The ceremony is free and open to the public with light refreshments.


Unveiling Thursday, May 10, 6-9pm.