The night before the official opening of Chicana Fotos—a new art exhibit featuring the early work of photographer/filmmaker Nancy De Los Santos at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library—a group of University of Michigan undergrads who co-designed the exhibition were putting finishing touches on the installation, doing some last-minute problem-solving, and eating pizza.
Friday, February 24th marks the start of the Winter/Spring 2017 edition of the Arab American National Museum’s (AANM) Global Fridays concert series. Global Fridays is an opportunity for music lovers around the region to build community while learning about music, culture and what diversity in Metro Detroit is all about. Featuring funk/rock group Sinkane, whose music is infused with both East and West African influences, Iraqi composer Rahim AlHaj, Latin percussionist Sammy DeLeon and Sudanese American Producer and MC Oddisee, this season's Global Fridays lineup is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the rich ethnic identities that make up Metro Detroit and the varying cultural heritages found throughout the United States.
If you’ve spent any time whatsoever around the Detroit art scene in recent years, you’ve surely seen a ubiquitous figure with camera at nearly every opening. The man behind the lens, Jeff Cancelosi, is an artist himself, and since moving with his family to Metro Detroit roughly a decade ago, he’s made it his business to capture the people who make up this world.
When it comes to music, the city of Detroit has an undeniably rich heritage. Whether it’s the reverberating Motown sound, the steady pulse of house music, multi-layered Dilla beats or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s community-centric approach to classical, jazz and pops, Detroit’s musical influence spans genres. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Southeast Michigan is home to the Sphinx Organization, a nationally-recognized organization whose mission is to expose diverse populations to the world of classical music, further differentiating the art world.
If you’ve been missing Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess—or, more pointedly, Carson, Mrs. Hughes, and the rest of the “downstairs crowd”— ever since Downton Abbey aired its last episode earlier this year, keep a stiff upper lip: Meadow Brook Hall will be hosting a series of events throughout February, calling the program Downton Days.
As most any high school poet can tell you: flowers die, and that’s a metaphor. The unpacking of the beauty in preservation and decay is on display in Hiberna Flores, a colorful two-woman show at Oakland University Art Gallery featuring large-scale botanical photography by Laurie Tennent in conversation with a living (and dying!) installation piece by floral artist Lisa Waud, of pot & box.
Mozart is having a moment. Yes, the Classical composer who passed away in 1791 sold more CDs in 2016 than Adele, Beyoncé and Drake—1.25 million to be exact—and the quirky Mozart in the Jungle is a hit on Amazon Prime. If you’re looking for an opportunity to hear his music first-hand from one of the world’s foremost symphonies, than the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, running now through February 5th, is the place to be.
This week, the Detroit Institute of Arts previewed a new gallery tool called Lumin. With interactive elements created by the DIA’s interpretive team, Lumin uses an augmented reality platform built by a company called GuidiGO, which allows the user to interact with 3D animations, information and display directions as a way to supplement the experience of visiting the museum. Augmented reality has recently become commonplace with the advent of games like Pokemon Go!, but Lumin is attempting to use this virtual interface for expanding the educational and conceptual power within the museum—and it is the first major institution to roll out such a program.
The University Musical Society (UMS) announced their 2016-17 inaugural UMS Wallace Blogging Fellows—Adam DesJardinis and Marissa Kurtzhals—who will serve as curators making monthly recommendations about events throughout Southeast Michigan.
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