Articles by matthew.piper

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    Moments of being: André Kertész photos at the DIA

    March 11, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Moments of being: André Kertész photos at the DIA
    If you haven’t been to the Detroit Institute of Arts’ photography gallery lately, stop by and check out the current show, An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs 1914-1969. This generous exhibition of elegant black and white images traces the influential modernist’s career from Hungary, where it began, to Paris in...
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    Redreaming black history at MOCAD

    March 15, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Redreaming black history at MOCAD
    This Saturday night, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will exhibit two experimental films that investigate (among much else) the connection between black history and science fiction. This connection is the central theme of John Akomfrah’s documentary The Last Angel of History (1996), which explores moments when blackness and science...
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    Detroit gears up for major art events in April

    March 17, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Detroit gears up for major art events in April
    After a long and snowy Detroit Winter, the arts community is welcoming Spring with an important pair of events that will celebrate local talent and inspire dialogue about the region's future: The inaugural Art X Detroit is a sprawling visual, performing, and literary arts festival taking place April 6-10 at...
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    Cranbrook show dazzles at DAM

    March 8, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Cranbrook show dazzles at DAM
    The annual Detroit Artists Market (DAM) Scholarship and Exhibition Program opened Friday at DAM’s midtown gallery. It features work by nine Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate students, all finalists for DAM's John F. Korachis Scholarship Award, as well as a handful of alumni. The exhibition commemorates more than 75 years...
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    Redefining beauty: the art of Tyree Guyton and Sam Mackey

    March 25, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Redefining beauty: the art of Tyree Guyton and Sam Mackey
    You can't talk about the last 25 years of art in Detroit without talking about Tyree Guyton. His ever-expanding, internationally-acclaimed east side neighborhood Heidelberg Project (the subject of an upcoming Knight-funded retrospective exhibition at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History) has delighted, haunted, and inspired visitors since...
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    Material dreams at the N'Namdi Gallery

    March 29, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Material dreams at the N'Namdi Gallery
    If you haven't visited the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art since it opened in the Sugar Hill Arts District last October, now's an excellent time. The splendid, 16,000 square foot facility is currently hosting its first curated show, New Departures and Transitions: Medium, Materiality and Immateriality. (Additionally, there are three...
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    Pop Up Detroit!

    April 1, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Pop Up Detroit!
    Pop Up Detroit is back. The temporary art gallery that periodically pops up around town started building a reputation last year as a showcase for Detroit's young artists and overlooked spaces. It premiered last fall in the Kresge Building downtown, followed by a Midtown Noel Night appearance in a vacant...
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    Two Hamtramck installations invite you inside

    April 9, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Two Hamtramck installations invite you inside
    The two installations on display this month in Hamtramck couldn’t be more different from one another: Scott Hocking's chaotic Tartarus is a crowded and dirty underworld, while Marcelyn Bennett-Carpenter's elegant Turn is an ordered, minimalist paradise. But both invite you to explore and revel in the total environments they create,...
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    A banner weekend for art in Detroit

    April 12, 2011 by matthew.piper

    A banner weekend for art in Detroit
    It was an amazing weekend for art and community in Detroit. This was thanks in large part to the first ever Art X Detroit, a remarkably successful, five-day festival in Midtown showcasing the work of 38 local Kresge Arts grantees and several guests. [caption id="attachment_14767" align="alignnone" width="553" caption="Zeena Parkins at...
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    Form and formlessness at 2739 Edwin

    April 26, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Form and formlessness at 2739 Edwin
    Marcelyn Bennett-Carpenter's Turn (one of two installations on view in Hamtramck this month) closed last Saturday night. To mark the occasion, there was an improvisational dance and music performance inside 2739 Edwin, the gallery space that housed the installation (composed of hundreds of translucent, tensile bands strung from floor to...
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    Waiting for Godot at the Abreact

    April 19, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Waiting for Godot at the Abreact
    Two friends separately cautioned me against seeing Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which is playing at the Abreact Performance Space in Corktown until May 7. “You know nothing happens,” one said. “For more than two hours.” Truth be told, when we got to the theater, located in the Lafayette Lofts,...
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    Material Spaces at the Elaine Jacob Gallery

    April 29, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Material Spaces at the Elaine Jacob Gallery
    There's a beautiful fiber art show currently on view at Wayne State University's Elaine L. Jacob Gallery in Midtown. "Material Spaces: Veneration Through the Needle's Eye" includes work by three nationally recognized fiber artists: Carolyn Kallenborn, Beili Liu and Tom Lundberg. Kallenborn and Liu created two stunning, complementary installations that...
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    DDCDances closes season with new moves

    May 3, 2011 by matthew.piper

    DDCDances closes season with new moves
    DDCDances, the local company known previously as the Detroit Dance Collective, is concluding its 31st season with a concert at Marygrove College on Friday night. "New Moves," which also includes performances by the Marygrove College Dance Company, will feature works by founding member and artistic director Barbara Selinger, company choreographer...
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    Start spreadin' the news: Detroit artists exhibit in New York

    May 5, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Start spreadin' the news: Detroit artists exhibit in New York
    The work of 12 Detroit artists is currently on view at the Fred Torres Collaborations gallery in Chelsea. "Live From Detroit" was curated, at Fred Torres’ invitation, by Monica Bowman, founder and director of the local Butcher’s Daughter gallery space. (Click here for photos of the show's opening party.) I...
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    Baby Dee, Frank Pahl & the Scavenger Quartet at Cliff Bell's

    May 10, 2011 by matthew.piper

    Baby Dee, Frank Pahl & the Scavenger Quartet at Cliff Bell's
    Cliff Bell’s, downtown Detroit’s beautifully restored Art Deco jazz venue, is hosting a singular music performance this Friday night. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents Cleveland-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Baby Dee and local experimental group The Scavenger Quartet, led by Kresge fellow Frank Pahl. It’s sure to be...