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Stories

August 3, 2016

Much has been written in recent years about artists moving to Detroit, priced out of other urban centers known for their cultural and creative output, and landing in Detroit as an affordable new home. 

Much less is reported about the artists who honed their practices, built their studios, and earned their livings for decades here in Michigan.

July 28, 2016

Detroit, are you ready to speak your truth?

This city is a place where several layers of truth coexist—sometimes peacefully, sometimes in harsh opposition. Many aspects of Detroit are painted as black-and-white issues, when it is, in reality, a place that contains various shades of gray and a lot of personal stories.

July 20, 2016

Ann Arbor has figured out a way to make the mundane beautiful while also supporting local artists.

How? By wrapping up drab traffic signal boxes in vinyl reproductions of locally produced artworks.

July 19, 2016

Straight from The Source, a regular interview series taking you behind-the-scenes to Southeast Michigan’s cultural destinations to hear from the curators, programmers, leaders, doers and makers.

July 14, 2016

From the sidewalk, there is little to suggest that the house at 12087 Klinger Street in Hamtramck is that out of the ordinary. Yes, the front porch of the duplex displays a couple of homemade woodcut figurines, roughly person-sized, with one seemingly dressed as the Statue of Liberty. The chain-link gates leading into the backyard are elaborately woven with brightly-colored plastic stripping, and one features an arcade-like arch with two rearing plastic blow-mold bouncy horses. Yet even taking that into consideration, it is not wildly outside the scope of decorative kitsch that might adorn any given house in the diverse and expressive municipality of Hamtramck, which over the last century has played host to wave after wave of Metro Detroit immigrant populations—once German, Polish, and Ukrainian, and of late, largely Bangladeshi and Yemeni.

July 8, 2016

Filmmaker and performance artist Jeremy Xido recalls growing up on the east side of Detroit, the only white kid in his predominantly African American neighborhood. Despite leaving Detroit for New York City and spending a decade abroad in Europe, his upbringing in Detroit unequivocally shaped Xido’s outlook on the world, and his craft. 

July 6, 2016

Straight from The Source, a regular interview series taking you behind-the-scenes to Southeast Michigan’s cultural destinations to hear from the curators, programmers, leaders, doers and makers.  

July 5, 2016

The words “hippie” and “modernism” may seem to be opposing upon first glance. The anti-establishment rhetoric espoused by the late 1960s hippies, known for their agrarian practices, flowy outfits, mantras of peace and love and a communal lifestyle, do not exactly scream “modern.” However, in their adaptive and innovative dealings with the era’s new technology and media, these hippies found creative approaches for societal betterment that can be seen in many commonly accepted practices today.

June 28, 2016

When summer weather hits, you know to mark your calendar for outdoor concerts and a trip to the zoo. But what is it about summer that makes the Bard's famous tragedies and comedies all the more plentiful? Whether outdoors—channeling the Globe's in-the-round presentation, popping up free in parks, or in community theaters, there is a Shakespearean tale to be told this season. 

June 23, 2016

Every two years, either in the blazing sun or snow-capped mountains, athlete's from around the world compete in the ultimate competition, the Olympic Games. The athletes compete to display their personal prowess, represent their country, and to have a chance to earn that elusive gold medal. They strive to earn glory for themselves, for their country, and, perhaps most importantly, the people they represent. At the same time, millions of spectators gather around television sets or pile into stadiums to watch this spectacle of sport and entertainment. It is this combination of competition and camaraderie that the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s exhibit In the Paint: Art and the Spirit of the Games, on view through September 6th, seeks to represent.