Thursday, December 5, 2019

New art exhibit examines a Detroit 'Neighborhood on the Edge' of change before Ford Motor Co. moves in

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Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 10:15 AM

click to enlarge Longtime Hubbard Richard residents Evelyn Sparks, Vito Valdez, and Betty Kennedy are among those featured in a new photo exhibition about the community. - JUAN CARLOS DUEWEKE-PEREZ
  • Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez
  • Longtime Hubbard Richard residents Evelyn Sparks, Vito Valdez, and Betty Kennedy are among those featured in a new photo exhibition about the community.

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, photographer Carlos Dueweke-Perez, and sound designer Scott Koué, and features 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; facebook.com/MexicantownLatinoCCDetroit. Show runs through Sunday, Dec. 22.


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