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March 6, 2014 - News, exhibitions, openings and events.

Whitdel Arts

The Temporary Show
We usually take steps to ensure artwork stands the test of time, but sometimes truly remarkable things only exist for a short while. Forget what you know about the archival and perfectly preserved with this ever-changing exhibition of work in all media.
[WA] emergence gallery presents 
Alice Gadzinski 
Presenting the human experience from a delightfully sarcastic stance. Paraphernalia oozes nostalgia and is recontextualized to present an honest kind of adolescence.  

Openings Friday, March 7, 7-10pm.


Shows runs through April 19.


Fourteen-Eighty Gratiot

Desaturated: Abstract Black and White 
A multimedia exhibition of photographs, paintings, installation and sculpture. No color. One night only. Works by: Davin Brainard, Jonathan Rajewski, Megan Major, and Gregory Tom. 
Opening Friday, March 7, 7pm. Music by Kathy Leisen at 9pm. 


Detroit Institute of Arts



Samurai: Beyond the Sword  

A rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual, and art worlds of their time.  


Opening Sunday, March 9. 

Member Preview Days March 7 & 8, view 
the exhibition before it opens to the public.


Sows runs through June 1.


What is Stroker? 
From the 1970s through the 1990s, artist and writer Iriving Stettner (1922-2004) produced the literary and visual arts review known as Stroker out of his home in New York's East Village, and later in Nagano, Japan. The retrospective exhibition includes a complete set of 77 original copies of Stroker featuring fiction, essays and poetry, as well as personal letters between the authors, photos, home video footage, and Stettner's own lively watercolor paintings. 

Opening Friday, March 7, 6-9pm.


Show runs through April 19.


Library Street Collective

Exhibit Z 
An exhibition featuring the work of two dozen world renowned artists. Each of these artists traveled from all over the globe to participate in one of the largest mural projects in the country, right here in Detroit. 
Opening Friday, March 7, 6-9pm. 


Spread Art @detroit contemporary




An annual exhibition curated by Myett Risker that honors and celebrates women.

Expressed through the vision of female artists, the exhibition commemorates women through various mediums and themes displaying their gifts, strengths and talents.


Opening Saturday, March 8, 6-11pm. Discussion panel Q&A on "Women in Art" 6-7pm.


Shows runs through March 31.

Arab American National Museum

Ordinary Lives: Photographs by Rania Matar
Lebanese American photographer Rania Matar captures the mundane activities of everyday life amid the political and social turmoil of post-war Lebanon. The energy and determination of her subjects are dramatically conveyed in this series of 26 images, which serves as a universal, powerful reminder of the tender bond between a mother and child, the cheerful camaraderie of friends and the resilience of the human spirit.

Opening Friday, March 7.


Show runs through August 31.


Lawrence Street Gallery

O O Oscar!
An artist that is passionate about still lifes, landscapes, figure paintings, dance and theater, portraits, and interiors.  Light, composition, form, flesh, color, human relationships and emotional atmosphere are important in his art. 


Opening Friday, March 7, 6-9pm. Mid-month reception March 21, 6-9pm.
Show runs through March 28.


Re:View Contemporary Gallery



One Night Stand  

An annual collaboration between Re:View Contemporary Gallery and College for Creative Studies intended to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a professional experience outside school. The selection process included jurying the submissions, as well as studio visits conducted by Re:View's gallery director, Simone DeSousa.  


Opening Saturday, March 8, 6-9pm. 

Wayne County Community College

Wayne County Community College District's School of Continuing Education Presents the work of Shirley Woodson, Gilda Snowden, Kathleen Ann Arkles and Betty Brownlee at the Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery on their Downriver Campus.

Opening Thursday, March 13, 5:30-7:30pm at 21000 Northline, Taylor.


Show runs through May 1.


Northville Art House

Sustained Patterns: Three Generations of Women Artists

This show interprets human biology as a common theme. Artist Ellen Wilt, who is in her 90s, has examined working parts coming together and focuses on depicting human anatomy. Ellen Moucoulis is inspired by the recent birth of her grandson. Natalie Estep has depicted her own birth story. This show is a declaration of professionalism, integrity, guts, creativity and shared know-how.


Opening Friday, March 7, 6-9pm. 
Show runs through March 29.


Knight Arts Challenge



Knight Arts Challenge Detroit will open for applications March 10 - April 7, 2014

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is a $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. Whether you're an independent artist, business, established arts institution, organization or individual - they want to hear from you.


Community Q&A Sessions take place March 24 - 28.

Arab American National Museum
2014 Arab Film Festival: Let the AANM transport you this weekend and next with compelling sights and sounds that will move you, both literally and figuratively. 
Thursday, March 6 at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Friday & Saturday, March 7-8 at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. 

Cranbrook Academy of Art 
No Chaos Damn It: Fractals, Nature and Chaos: Using the current exhibition The Islands of Beno�t Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking as a starting point, lecturer, Francis Halsall will consider Pollock's claim and offer speculations as to what theories of systems, chaos, and complexity might mean for understanding nature, art, and aesthetics.
Sunday, March 9, 4pm. 
Bertjan Pot: Knoll Lecture in Design: Bertjan Pot is a designer, probably best known for his Random Light (1999). The light started as a material experiment, which is basically the start of each product created by Studio Bertjan Pot. The outcome is usually an interior product showing a fascination for techniques, structures, patterns and colors. 
Tuesday, March 11, 6pm.

5th Annual Comic Jam with special guest Ben Snakepit: In collaboration with Green Brain Comics of Dearborn. Participants of the Comic Jam are invited to partake in the creation of spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and free-form drawings with other artists and illustrators. This jam session is followed by a talk by guest artist Ben Snakepit. Ben has been creating autobiographical comics of each day of his life for over 13 years. Managing to fit a whole day into three panels, and hasn't missed a single day since 1999.
Saturday, March 8, 5-8pm.