Archive for February, 2019

A Look at the Visual Arts Scene in Detroit

February 28, 2019
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At the MOCAD, October 2018.

Part Two of Two

I don’t get to as many art openings as I used to.  I’m very busy and I’m still working a full time job.  I ride the bus to work so that adds on another 12 to 16 hours a week travel time.  Detroit one of the very worst mass transit systems in the country.  If I do find a ride and hope to attend an art opening, it usually doesn’t work.  This is because much of “central Detroit” is often parked out.  One can’t always be ready to walk 5 to 10 blocks to your destination, especially in a harsh Winter.

I’ve lost touch with most of the downtown area galleries.  The main ones that I’ve made it to are the Trinosophes, Swords into Plowshares Collected Detroit, Signal Return and Salt and Cedar.  There are a few others that I went to, but I believe that they’ve closed.  There are also others that I’ve wanted to get to but haven’t attended as yet.  I’ll try to write a follow-up to these two posts once i get out to a few more places.

The cultural center neighborhood is where I live.  I’ve been to most or all of the art spaces there.

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Sculpture at Wayne State’s Elaine K.  Jacob Gallery, October 2017.

Gone but not forgotten: the Willis Gallery, the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, the Cement Space, C-Pop, The Marygrove Art Department Gallery,  the Russell Industrial Center, Greg’s Gallery down the stairs on Cass and many more.

Closed, but they very well may return:  the Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Alley Culture, the 4731 Gallery (on Grand River), the Spiral Collective and Detroit Contemporary.

One of the ceiling wood-beam paintings at the Scarab Club.

Downtown Detroit area

Signal Return:

Library Street Collective:

Swords into Plowshares:

Detroit Cultural Center area:

The Scarab Club:

Detroit Artist’s Market:

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Ar:

Galerie Camille

Good art spaces, but without a website:

My essay, from 2014: