Art Detroit Now Newsletter – May 31, 2012

Art Detroit Now Newsletter – May 31, 2012

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
May 31, 2012 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.

Art Effect Gallery



Revelations:  Love & Loss

Moments of revelation and profound discovery are unarguably some of the most intense and insular experiences found within the journey of being human. These universal od- ysseys in love and loss can shake us to our core leaving us questioning, searching and wanting. We invite you to take this journey and to explore these profound revelations with us. Featuring the work of Michigan artists, currently exploring and redefining what is means to love, lose and be human through a variety of media.
Opening Saturday June 2, 7-9pm.

Detroit Institute of Arts


Patti Smith: Camera Solo

This is the first American museum exhibition to focus on the photography of artist, poet, and performer Patti Smith. Smith’s photographs are infused with personal meaning and highlight the rich relationships between art, architecture, poetry, and the everyday. This selection of images from the past decade reveals the artists, poets, authors, family, and friends from whom Smith draws inspiration. The exhibition includes 70 black-and-white gelatin silver prints and a small selection of original Polaroids and items from Smith’s personal collection.

Opening and Live Concert Friday, June 1.

Click to purchase tickets.

Show runs through September 2.


Whitdel Arts

Partners in Crime
Dynamic duos like Thelma and Louise successfully committed their crimes by making sure they knew how to do one thing – collaborate. These ladies understood that through collaboration, each partner gains from the others’ talents. This innate quality of partnership is as equally beneficial for artists. When artists work together, it creates the opportunity for networking and the exchange of ideas.  Each artist grows as new avenues of creativity are opened…and new schemes are plotted.

Opening Friday, June 1, 6-9pm.

Streaming Live Performance, 8pm.

Show runs through  July 7.

Intimacy, Form & Space:  Works by Tim Powers

Powers practice is rooted in material exploration and form.  Re-tasking, reinterpreting and transforming ubiquitous material and redirecting the materials expected application into original forms.  His dimensional design and artistic experience are accessed in producing objects that find their relevance in a mix of function, concept, aesthetics and wonder.

Opening Friday, June 1, 6-9pm.

Show runs through June 11.



Curator’s Talk and Panel Discussion

Nina Rappaport on Vertical Urban Factory
Jon Brumit and Katie McGowan on Post-Industrial Complex
Moderated by Michael Tower

Tours of Vertical Urban Factory offered at 12 and 2pm by curator Nina Rappaport.

Saturday, June 2, 1pm.

OFF-SITE PROJECT:  Youthville Radio

Youthville Radio is an off-site MOCAD project debuting some of Detroit’s finest young electronic musicians in an innovative sound project: a radio-based audio collage created collaboratively by internationally renowned DJ Mike Huckaby.

This multi-transmitter radio installation can be heard in the downtown area between Campus Martius and Hart Plaza on 87.9 FM. Listen to original music from DJ Vic Nice, Larue Brown, Reuel Walker and Mike Huckaby himself!

May 26 through July 29.


Anton Art Center

Mount Clemens Art Fair

Artists, fine crafters, make & take art activities, and live entertainment.

June 1, 2 and 3.

Macomb Country Artists Recognized by Juror Jo Powers
Over 30 artworks from Macomb County artists are on display, chosen from over 100 that were submitted for Jo Powers’ consideration. 

Show runs through June 16,

Pewabic Pottery

For the House and Garden Show:  Preview Party

Pewabic will kick off, For the House & Garden Show, 22nd Annual Benefit Show & Sale, with a ticketed preview party with an unveiling of three new items: an 8″ x 9″ trillium vase, a 5″ trillium tile, and a trillium magnet.

At the event, guests can enjoy strolling diner, live music, free tours, demonstrations and meet Pewabic designers.  The House and Garden Show will feature work from more than 80 nationally renowned ceramic artists including vessels for plants and flowers, place settings for indoor and outdoor entertaining, sculptural ceramic pieces, tiles and tile adorned items.

Tickets start at $75 and reservations are required.  Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorship go to benefit Pewabic’s education programs and preserve Pewabic’s historic legacy.

Thursday, June 7, 6-9pm.

Free and open to the public June 8-10.

Clay Gallery


The Children’s Birthday Party & Invited Guests:  Marcia Polenberg

Marcia Polenberg has created a sculptural interpretation of a joyous birthday party.

Opening Friday, June 1, 7-9pm.

Artist Talk Sunday, June 10, 3pm.

Show runs through June 30.


Heidelberg Project Gallery

Wall Flowers:  Quilts by Hilda Vest

The Heidelberg Project presents Emerging Artist Hilda Vest. Vest is the HP’s first 78-year old Emerging Artist.  And while this is her first one-woman show, Vest is no stranger to exhibiting her work. “Wall Flowers” features the vibrant colors and painstaking detail of her hand-quilted and hand-appliquéd quilts. Vest’s vivid design entwines personal and worldly connections with the deft hand of over two decades of passionate quilting expertise.

Opening Sunday, June 3, 3-5pm.

Show runs through June 29.

N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Ménage à Detroit

Join the N’Namdi Center for a discussion with select artists from the “first generation” of Detroit Expressionist Art, as displayed in the show “Ménage à Detroit – Three Generations of Expressionist Art In Detroit, 1970-2012″

Artists speaking: Gordon Newton, John Egner, Ellen Phelan, Nancy Mitchnick, Allie McGhee, James Crawford, Nancy Pletos, Michael Luchs,
Robert Sestok

Artist talk Saturday, June 2, 2-4pm.



Grand Opening:  Spacematic



In celebration of Salt & Cedar letterpress, the newly-minted space at 2448 Riopelle Street, our divine neighbors are hosting a wine tasting & benefit. Enjoy music by Soldat, light fare, and a tour of this dynamic letterpress/bookbinding hive in Eastern Market. Peruse artwork offered for sale exclusively this evening by two dozen of Detroit’s established and up-and-coming art stars.

For more information, please email

Saturday, June 2, 7-10pm.





The art teachers who teach Detroit Public Schools children are the featured artists in the next exhibition at the Carr Center, 311 East Grand River. The 75th annual ‘ARTISTS WHO TEACH’ exhibition features the  works of the members of the DETROIT ART TEACHERS ASSOCIATION.  The show will repeat the quality and variety of their previous show at the Carr Center but with all new pieces. The artist/teachers will be on hand to talk about their works created from a variety of media such as textiles and weavings, paints, collages, photography, colored glass and metal, found objects, polished stones for jewelry and fired clay.  Interpretations range from pure abstractions to figurative and portrait art.  Of course the teachers will discuss their passion for teaching youngsters to be tomorrow’s artists.

Opening Thursday, May 31, 6pm.

Show runs through July 13.