Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit opens next month with the exhibition Meditations In An Emergency, including a mural by Wooster Collective and Deitch Projects fave Barry McGee.

Filling a gap between collection-based institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and community-focused organizations such as The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, MOCAD's goal is to create a venue for international contemporary art in the city. (Actually, the Cranbrook Art Museum has been doing an excellent job at this, but there is always room for more art + the two will be collaborating on the much anticipated Shrinking Cities exhibit early next year.)

Thursday, October 26th will be a special patrons preview and afterparty, featuring Ghostly/Spectral Sound DJ's Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliott. The museum will open to the public on Saturday, October 28th.

Leading up to the MOCAD opening, look for these brightly colored "art arrows" all over the city: part of a multi-tiered awareness campaign conceived by o2 and designed by Christopher Bissonnette and myself. In a rather playful, Dadaist way, people are encouraged to use these arrows as they see fit, and send in digital photographs which will used in a special installation the night of the preview. Check back here, and at the MOCAD site in coming weeks for more.

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