March 5, 2016 - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - Ragnar Kjartansson: Woman in E
March 5, 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Ragnar Kjartansson, Woman in E, 2016. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. © Ragnar Kjartansson.

Ragnar Kjartansson: Woman in E
January 15–April 10, 2016

Lecture: John Miller: March 31, 7–9pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
United States
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Ragnar Kjartansson: Woman in E    
On view through April 10

Kjartansson’s gripping new work created for MOCAD features a single, central figure—a nod to classic and representational sculpture. Woman in E is at once an investigation of idolatry, a living monument to Detroit; and an abstracted icon, custom-built for the city.

Exhibition support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation and Ethan and Gretchen Davidson.

Detroit Affinities: Steve Shaw
On view through April 24

Steve Shaw’s photographic work points out the contrast between the American dream and the reality of life with little money, drawing attention to the details of life at and around the poverty line. Yet even while portraying people in the vortex of economic downturn, the image it offers of the human spirit remains overwhelmingly positive.

DETROIT CITY is comprised of three concurrent series: Detroit Affinities (exhibition), Detroit Speaks (education), and Detroit Stages (performance). This multi-year research program is one of the most ambitious undertakings to date at MOCAD.

DEPE Space: Chloë Brown: Dancing in the Boardroom
On view through April 24

Dancing in the Boardroom uses the music and dance of Northern Soul to explore issues of class and hierarchy within the post-industrial landscape of Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom. The exhibition explores connections between the post-industrial cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Detroit, and asks: what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down, but the people don't?

Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead Programs
Lecture: John Miller on Mike Kelley's Educational Complex

Thursday, March 31, 7pm

John Miller, Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Art History at Barnard College, is an artist and critic whose work has been exhibited internationally. He was Mike Kelley's friend and colleague from 1978 until Kelley's death in 2012. In this talk, Miller will examine Kelley's milestone work from 1995, Educational Complex. Through an archaeology of the contemporary, Miller argues, Kelley examines the mandate for education and the liberal democratic premises underpinning it.

Little Library Originals: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community
On view through April 24

Little Library Originals: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community aims to encourage reading and community cohesion in Detroit, while providing opportunities for visitors to interact with literary culture and the written word in engaging ways.

Prints and drawings by Dave Eggers
MOCAD in partnership with 826 Michigan is exhibiting the drawings of American writer and artist, Dave Eggers. All prints and drawings are for sale, proceeds will benefit MOCAD youth programs and 826 Michigan programs.

Current MOCAD exhibitions and funders

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