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Structures of Light

Through Jan. 31
Culture Lab Detroit 1301 Broadway St, Detroit Downtown Detroit


For Structures of Light, a joint show from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Playground Detroit, artist and educator Scott Klinker uses new LED neon technology to transform a downtown Detroit space into a light-up wonderland — “like entering the space of a glowing, geometric line drawing,” according to the event curators. Should make a great selfie photo op.

Klinker is currently Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook, where he received his MFA in 1996. Klinker led the product design program at the Kanazawa International Design Institute in Japan, where he founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Design, and has worked with clients like Herman Miller, Alessi, Steelcase, Landscape Forms, Burton Snowboards, and more.

Opening reception from 6-9 p.m.

313-649-7741

Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes

Through Feb. 8
Holding House Gallery 3546 Michigan Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area


Here, the word “preoccupations” is a double entendre — it can refer to both Palestinians’ longstanding preoccupation with landscape art, but also Israel’s occupation of Palestine, which has transformed the terrain with military checkpoints and the West Bank wall. Curated by Kathy Zarur, this show features photos, paintings, and mixed-media from Palestinian artists Ryah Aqel, Zeina Barakeh, C. Gazaleh, Najib Joe Hakim, Manar Harb, Yazan Khalili, Suhad Khatib, and Mary Tuma. The show’s run includes a panel discussion and brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12; a conversation between Zarur and University of Michigan Islamic Arts lecturer Sascha Crasnow about the challenges of curating exhibitions of Palestinian art in the U.S. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16; a “Building a Palestine Library” event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25; a zine-making worksop from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1; and a closing reception from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940

Through April 5


This partnership with the the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibits 40 paintings made during the 90 years between 1850 and 1940 — a period of time that includes the Civil War, World War I, and the outset of World War II. The collection, “drawn from a turbulent epoch, presents a fascinating historical snapshot,” according to organizers. “If art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety-years between 1850 and 1940?” Works include Seymour Joseph Guy, Carl Hirschberg, and Thomas Moran, among others.

Opening reception from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Jan. 10. Runs through Sunday, April 5.

(248) 370-3005

C. Gazaleh, "Flight Over Jerusalem," 2015. Ink on paper.

Through Feb. 22
Simone DeSousa Gallery 444 W. Willis St., Units 111 and 112, Detroit Midtown


Simone DeSousa Gallery has two exhibitions opening on Saturday. Always Sometimes Never is a solo exhibition of paintings by Timothy van Laar, made up of new works alongside selected works from the 1980s and ’90s. Meanwhile, I went to work but I did not get there has new work from Ryan Standfest, which draws on Standfest’s love of all things old-school, like comic strips and tabloid newsprint. (313) 833-9000

Exhibition: "Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs" (September 21, 2019–February 23, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23


Come help build our collection of “ordinary” American 20th-century photographs. "Take Your Pick" invites you—the Museum’s visitors—to select photographs for our permanent collection. What belongs in a permanent collection, and why? Who and what should be represented, and how should we decide? This exhibition considers these questions in regard to 1,000 amateur photographs on loan from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen, who has gathered more than 60,000 snapshots while exploring flea markets in the United States and Europe over two decades. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Reflections: An Ordinary Day" (November 16, 2019–May 10, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through May 10


UMMA’s second exhibition of Inuit art derived from the Power Family’s generous promised gift to the Museum in 2018 explores the relationship between the artist and the representation of everyday experiences. Through a selection of mid-century to contemporary Inuit prints, drawings, and sculptures that portray seemingly ordinary reflections of daily life along with daydreaming meditations, the exhibition bridges the mundane and the fantastic. "Reflections: An Ordinary Day" takes visitors on a lyrical journey of the myriad spaces and routines within an Arctic landscape. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Mari Katayama" (October 12, 2019–January 26, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26


Japanese artist Mari Katayama (born 1987) features her own body in a provocative series of works combining photography, sculpture, and textile. Born with a developmental condition, the artist had both her legs amputated at the age of nine and has worn prosthetics ever since. In order to fill a deep gap between her own understanding of self and physicality, and contemporary society’s simplistic categorizations, Katayama began to explore her identity by objectifying her body in her art. In photographs she assumes different personas, dressed in revealing lingerie in private, domestic spaces or in dramatic waterscapes. Her first solo US show. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Abstraction, Color, and Politics: The 1960s and 1970s" (June 8, 2019–February 9, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9


In the midst of the political and cultural upheavals of the 60s and 70s, artists, critics, and the public grappled with the relationship between art, politics, race, and feminism. During these decades, the notion that abstraction was a purely formal and American art form, concerned only with timeless themes disconnected from the present, was met with increased skepticism. Women artists and artists of color began to actively and assertively explore abstraction’s possibilities. Their new formal and intellectual strategies—seen here across large-scale and miniature work—dramatically transformed the practice of abstraction in the 1960s and 1970s in a politically shifting American landscape. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Statewide Artist Open Call- "Citizens Coping" Artists Respond to 4 Years of an Administration

Mondays-Sundays, 12 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5


@ Project civilartzation, 126 s union st traverse city, mi. 49684
Project Civilartzation /non-profit Arts Organization is currently having a statewide open call to explore the theme of :" Citizens Coping"- Artists respond to the last 4 years of an administration. Please visit our website for detailed info on how you can be a part. All Media is considered 2312524616

Re-Imagining Printmaking: Kath Frajbis and Dennis Gordon

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1
Northville Art House 215 W. Cady St., Northville Downtown Northville

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Kath Frajbis and Dennis Gordon delve into a variety of printmaking methods to develop exciting prints. Frajbis’ work features rich colors and textural surfaces. She often combines lino etching and collagraph techniques with a variety of metals and materials to build intaglio prints that resemble sculptural works of art. Gordon’s work reveals strong lines and vibrant intensity. Utilizing a laser to help create the woodcut, he is able to produce startling detail and linework. His woodcuts are then inked and printed on a variety of colored background. Reception on Sat., Jan. 11, 1 -3pm with Artist talk at 2 pm. 248-344-0497

Exhibition: "Pan-African Pulp: A Commission by Meleko Mokgosi"

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.


In Pan-African Pulp, Botswana-born artist Meleko Mokgosi explores the history of Pan-Africanism, the global movement to unite ethnic groups of sub-Saharan African descent. His Vertical Gallery installation, which inaugurates a new biennial commission program at UMMA, features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and ’70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, posters from Pan-African movements from around the world, including those founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s, and stories from Setswana literature. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Collection Ensemble" (April 2, 2019–ongoing)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.


"Collection Ensemble" presents the first major reinstallation of UMMA's iconic entry space in over a decade. It exchanges Alumni Memorial Hall's previous focus on European and American painting for a broad mix of American, European, African, and Asian art from across media, sampling the Museum's remarkable, disparate holdings. Featuring works of art by numerous famous and not-so-famous artists, many of them artists of color and women—including Charles Alston, Christo, Theaster Gates, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Do-Ho Suh, Kara Walker, and others, "Collection Ensemble" reimagines the collection. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Live T-shirt Screen Printing

Ongoing, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Detroit Shipping Company 474 Peterboro St., Detroit Cass Corridor


Check out Armadillo Printwear at the Detroit Shipping Company, 474 Peterboro St. for a live t-shirt screen printing demonstration. Our staff is available to demonstrate and talk about the screen printing process. 313-460-8333

The Big Picture Guided Tour

Tuesdays-Sundays, 1 p.m., Fridays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


313-833-7900

Drawing in the Galleries

Fridays, 6 p.m., Saturdays, 12 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


313-833-7900

'Detroit Future History' closing reception

Sat., Jan. 18, 4-8 p.m.
Irwin House Gallery 2351 Grand Blvd., Detroit Greater Detroit Area


DETROIT FUTURE HISTORY explores those distinct moments, memories and imaginings that define our great city. If you haven't visited, please come check us out before the show closes. If you've been here or been part of of some of the recent programming - including the opening reception, artist talk with Darin Darby and Delores Slowinski, M.L. Liebler's PoetryMusicArt Jam, John Sims Detroit Art Residency and the Sorrento Project, VidaAfroLatina's film screening, or Dancing by Day with Detroit Diaspora - we THANK YOU and invite you back for a closer look and an intimate afternoon with the artists. We'll be here all day with artisan teas and cocktails, powerful Detroit art (much of it for sale!), and more... Featured artists include: Brian Nickson, Carolyn Thompson, Damon Chamblis, Darin Darby, Dolores Slowinski, James Charles, Morris, Jeni Wheeler, Jonathan Harris, Jon DeBoer, John Sims, Kathleen Rashid, Lance Johnson, Melissa Vize, Robert W. Clark III and Waleed Johnson with special contributions by Eric's I've Been Framed, M.L. Liebler, and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

Sat., Jan. 18, 8-9:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sat., Jan. 25, 8-9:30 & 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sun., Jan. 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 1, 8-9:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 8, 8-9:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sat., Feb. 15, 8-9:30 & 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Matrix Theatre Company 2730 Bagley St., Detroit Mexicantown

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This is an ever changing attempt to perform 30 original plays in just 60 short minutes. You are in charge of the order and you determine whether we get done or not! All of the plays are true, the time is now, the place is here. If you're a traditional theatre goer this will blow your mind - if you are not, this might be the theatre for you. You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Get Woke...the world is literally on fire...now is the time to come together and have some fun! It's Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen! 5862463450

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