Articles by Jeremy Schmall

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    Access Arts Detroit brings art to Belle Isle

    June 29, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Access Arts Detroit brings art to Belle Isle
    There are simply not enough superlatives available to properly laud the work of Access Arts Detroit, the group behind the Belle Isle Public Art Exhibit up now through June 29. The current exhibit features 11 installations — each one site-specific — as well as performances, artist talks, workshops and a...
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    Uncle Frank the Dinosaur comes to Lincoln Street Art Park

    July 3, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Uncle Frank the Dinosaur comes to Lincoln Street Art Park
    This past Sunday — a balmy summer day I spent biking and sightseeing around Detroit — I happened across the newest addition to the Lincoln Street Art Park: Uncle Frank the Dinosaur, a towering construction of recycled materials found throughout the city. The sculpture was created by Kelly Kaatz, Janice...
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    Great weekend of cultural events in store for Detroit

    July 6, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Great weekend of cultural events in store for Detroit
    Summer has officially hit Detroit. With near-record high temperatures baking the city this weekend, it might be a good idea to find your way to an art gallery or museum to cool off and soak in some local culture. There are plenty of options this weekend. Opening tonight, July 6,...
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    Gustafer Yellowgold comes to the DIA

    July 10, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Gustafer Yellowgold comes to the DIA
    This past Sunday, the Detroit Institute of Arts (a Knight Arts grantee) hosted Gustafer Yellowgold as part of their Sunday Music Bar Series. The show is a combination of storytelling, live musical performance and illustration, following Gustafer Yellowgold, who leaves his life on the sun to live in Minnesota. The...
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    Giant Eel brings stereoscopic 3D media to Detroit

    July 13, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Giant Eel brings stereoscopic 3D media to Detroit
    Promotional poster for the show, "Map of Forgotten Places." If you haven’t made it to the current show up at StArt Gallery, “Map of Forgotten Places,” do yourself a favor and get there immediately (or at least before July 21, when the show comes down). The...
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    Drive-in Radio Theater returns to MOCAD

    July 17, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Drive-in Radio Theater returns to MOCAD
    Last Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (a Knight Arts grantee) hosted the second installment of Drive-in Radio Theater, a performance in MOCAD’s parking lot that involves piping a live broadcast hyper locally into the assembled cars. The previous installment showcased the theater group, The Hinterlands Ensemble, as well...
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    Legendary Detroit artist Niagara brings "War Paint" to Re:View

    July 20, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Legendary Detroit artist Niagara brings "War Paint" to Re:View
    Few would argue with the notion that war is evil. Some may claim it as a necessary evil, but the qualifier hardly helps. If anything, that it’s necessary makes it all the more terrifying, because that means it is an essential part of our humanity. History would appear to verify...
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    A look at "Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust"

    August 7, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    A look at "Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust"
    On a recent bike ride through the city I was floored to happen upon MBAD’s African Bead Museum, and the complex art installation called “Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust” that sprawls throughout the adjacent field. Built by 2011 Kresge Fellow Olayami Dabls, it is easily one of the finest...
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    Heavy Feather Review brings "Big Smoke" to Leopold's Books

    July 27, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Heavy Feather Review brings "Big Smoke" to Leopold's Books
    On Wednesday, July 25, Heavy Feather Review brought a literary reading featuring both poets and novelists to Leopold’s Books. The standing room-only event, called “Big Smoke,” featured nine area readers, including Heather Abner, Matt Bell, Russell Brakefield, Francine J Harris, Sean Kilpatrick, Tom McCartan, Robert James Russell, Jeremy Schmall (the...
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    The Nana Projects comes to the DIA

    July 31, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    The Nana Projects comes to the DIA
    The Detroit Institute of Art (a Knight Arts grantee) recently hosted The Nana Projects’s "Alonzo’s Lullaby" as part of the museum’s Family Sunday programming. It was a very unique shadow puppet performance, as well as a technical feat, performed by three puppeteers (aka lanterneers) using three overhead projectors and cutouts...
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    Another packed weekend of art and theater in Detroit

    August 17, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Another packed weekend of art and theater in Detroit
    Just in case you missed my previous post, the Network of Ensemble Theaters is hosting MicroFest USA: Detroit, which starts tonight and runs through the weekend. The schedule offers a variety of multi-disciplinary performances happening in numerous locations and at all hours, which means there’s something for everyone to enjoy...
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    Drawing whose Detroit? In conversation with Ben Bunk

    January 20, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Drawing whose Detroit? In conversation with Ben Bunk
    Ben Bunk is a local working artist. Having grown up in New York, he left home at the age of 18, bouncing around the country before landing in Detroit a few years back. I caught up with Bunk at his home, which is also his studio. Over an afternoon of...
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    Now playing at DIA: "plant (3D)"

    January 27, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Now playing at DIA: "plant (3D)"
    The Packard plant, at one point the most advanced automobile plant in the world, was shuttered and abandoned in 1958, and since then has become one of the more notorious ruins in the country. A vast and sprawling structure, it remains a definitive symbol of Detroit’s economic decline. It has...
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    Mike Monford & Detroit Effervescence perform at Detroit Institute of Arts

    February 7, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Mike Monford & Detroit Effervescence perform at Detroit Institute of Arts
    Local jazz ensemble Mike Monford & Detroit Effervescence performed last Friday in the Diego Rivera mural room at the Detroit Institute of Arts — a Knight Arts grantee — as part of the museum’s "Friday Night Live!" series, which offers free admission to Detroit residents, extended late hours, free drawing...
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    Detroit Soup to celebrate its two-year anniversary on Sunday

    February 10, 2012 by Jeremy Schmall

    Detroit Soup to celebrate its two-year anniversary on Sunday
    This coming Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Detroit Soup will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a dinner at 2900 E. Grand Blvd., featuring a performance by The Detroit Flyhouse Circus School. There is quite a lot to celebrate. Begun by a handful of participants, the micro-granting dinner has undergone steady expansion,...