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Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 5
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


If you haven’t had a chance to behold the beauty of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new Impressionist-era exhibition, there’s still time. The museum announced last week that it will now run through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. The show, which opened in June, was originally supposed to come down in October. The museum says it made the decision to keep it open due to near-record attendance: more than 100,000 people visited the exhibition in its first 13 weeks, and 200,000 are expected by the new closing date, which will make it the highest-attended exhibition at the DIA in nearly 20 years. The show features 44 works by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and more. Many of the works on display had never been shown in Detroit. It honors the late art collector Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the founder and owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills who lived in the Detroit area for much of his life. 313-833-7900

Neighborhood on the Edge: Who gets to choose what happens to the Hubbard Richard Neighborhood?

Through Dec. 22
Mexicantown Center 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit Greater Detroit Area


Detroit’s Hubbard Richard neighborhood is due for even more changes soon. A quarter-century ago, “Matty” Moroun leveled dozens of houses in the community for his Ambassador Bridge. Now, with Ford Motor Co.’s purchase of the nearby former Michigan Central Station, the neighborhood will likely experience an influx of real estate speculators — which could mean many longtime members of the community get pushed out.

A new multimedia art exhibition offers a portrait of the community as it is now. Titled Neighborhood on the Edge: Who gets to choose what happens to the Hubbard Richard Neighborhood?, the show is a collaboration between activist and Matrix Theatre Company founder Shaun Nethercott and photographer Carlos Dueweke-Perez, featuring 10 life-sized photos of local residents, who have shared and recorded stories about their community. The installation is part of a city-wide, multi-disciplinary series featuring 22 commissioned exhibitions, performances and events developed by Kresge Artist Fellows.

Opening reception from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-626-6232. Show runs through Sunday, Dec. 22. (313) 842-0450

Exhibition: "Copies and Invention in East Asia" (August 17, 2019–January 5, 2020)

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


Far from being frowned upon as uncreative, in China, Korea, and Japan, copying has long been considered a valuable practice. Through works of art spanning ancient to contemporary times, "Copies and Invention in East Asia" challenges our understanding of originality, and presents copying as an act of imaginative interpretation. The exhibition includes burial goods that conjure a world for the deceased; Buddhist sculptures produced in multiples to amplify religious experience and meaning; paintings in which a master’s brushstrokes are faithfully duplicated as a way of shaping the self; and contemporary works that address multiplicity and duplication in the modern world. (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)

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: "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

Bye Bye Birdie

Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$18


A Musical Comedy Book By Michael Stewart Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Lee Adams Originally Produced by Edward Padula Put on your saddle shoes and leather jackets and join us for the J Players production of this Tony Award winning classic. Your toes will tap to the story of rock n' roll icon Conrad Birdie, who travels to give one lucky girl "One Last Kiss". Bye Bye Birdie is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK www.tamswitmark.com 2486611900

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