Detroit, USA: Material, Site, Narrative

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Skyline with Renaissance Center, 2007 © Courtesy of the artist and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries
Detroit, USA: Material, Site, Narrative

September 14th, 2012 - January 5th, 2013

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm


Detroit, USA explores the dynamic and ever-shifting creative, cultural, and physical topography of Detroit. Engaging the city as material, site, and narrative, the artists in this exhibition form a dialogue with the city’s social, cultural, built, and natural environment. Curated by SAIC faculty Kirsten Leenaars and Kevin Kaempf with guest curator Kerstin Niemann, the exhibition includes work by Detroit-based artists and designers; ephemera from the city’s historical collections; the Living Archive from the research residence FILTER DETROIT; and works by SAIC students developed during their summer study trip to Detroit. Through the work on view, Detroit, USA examines how the narratives created by residents, visitors, and the media come to represent the Motor City, considering how they are chosen and which ones are left out.

Detroit USA features historical ephemera, as well as:

Detroit artists and designers: Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq, Jon Brumit, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, jessica Care moore, Catie Newell, Gilda Snowden, Corine Vermeulen.

The Living Archive from the research residence FILTER DETROIT: Fieke van Berkom (The Netherlands), New Hard Entertainment (United States), and Nina Könnemann (Germany).

Work by SAIC students developed during their recent study trips to Detroit: Kendall Martin Babl, Lise Ross Baggesen, Anna Rose Castellanos, Inah Choe, Jacob Dimuzio, Eunsil Drew, Jason Matthew Friedes, Tucker Brooks Hugge, Brittany Hayward, Kennedy Howard Jones, Tara Lynn Morton, and Erin T. Toale.

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