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PLAYGROUND DETROIT


  
n u l l ACCOUNT: James Oscar Lee Solo Exhibition
Join us for the Opening Reception of James Oscar Lee's off-site solo exhibition, "n u l l ACCOUNT." Lee's latest body of work of various large-scale abstract paintings on exhibit was completed from 2019-2020; 'null account' refers to the lack of memory while producing the series. James Oscar Lee is a Detroit-based painter and visual artist.










Opening Reception, Saturday, February 15th,  6-9PM  [Corktown, Detroit]
1201 Bagley St.


                      
The Carr Center Gallery


  
GRAILS: The Sole and Black Culture
Grails are that to-die-for pair of kicks that simply must be possessed-a coveted duo that completes a collection. Like the medieval legend for which they are named, Grails are much sought after, earnestly pursued, and ever-elusive. Grails: the Sole and Black Culture focuses on the idea that as objects sneakers carry histories, stimulate nostalgia and are powerful conduits for African American cultural memory and experience. Relying on the stories of sneakerheads, tastemakers, designers and fanatics, Grails: The Sole and Black Culture elevates our footwear to the status of power object and paints a picture of significance of sneakers from the sole up.


Opening Reception, Saturday, February 15th, 7-9PM  [Midtown, Detroit] 
15 E Kirby St.


On view through April 12th.
David Klein Gallery


  
Alternative Testimony
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Alternative Testimony, an exhibition of photographs by Cyrus Karimipour, Brittany Nelson, Aspen Mays, and Meghann Riepenhoff. These four artists are unique in their practices, but share a habit of experimenting with traditional photographic processes in alternative ways. Early 19th century techniques, such as photogram, cyanotype, mordancage, and bromoil, are employed by all of these artists and, in some cases, used in conjunction with contemporary tools to achieve the desired results. An artist talk with Cyrus Karimipour and Brittany Nelson will be help on Sunday, February 16th at 2 PM.



Opening Reception, Saturday, February 15th, 6-8PM   [Downtown, Detroit]
1520 Washington Blvd


On view through March 28th.
                   

Buckham Gallery


  
Eros & Thanatos
Buckham Gallery is pleased to announce Eros & Thanatos, a national juried exhibition established to explore the Greek words for Love and Death. Eros, Greek god of love and sex, and Thanatos, the personification of death, have been used throughout western culture to symbolize the driving forces of life, love, sexuality and creativity as well as acknowledging our own mortality. All works selected by juror, Ed Fraga. This exhibition will open on Valentine's Day with the announcement of the three prize winners: $1000, $500, $250.








Opening Reception, Friday, February 14th, 5:45-9PM  [Flint] 
121 W 2nd St.

On view through March 7th.
                      
Wayne State University Art Collection

  
Farah Al Qasimi Lecture and Exhibition
Farah Al Qasimi, an internationally acclaimed artist, will debut her exhibition, Brotherville, at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library on Thursday, Feb. 13. Born in the United Arab Emirates, educated at Yale University, Al Qasimi uses her photographic work to turn an investigative lens towards the immigrant experience. Employing an abundance of jeweled-tones to create luxurious prints with an editorial air, Al Qasimi's skillful obstruction of figures within the scene,injects inquisitive depths into her domestic compositions. Along with 2019 Gilda Award recipient and Wayne State University graduate Noura Ballout, the artist will give a lecture Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum.


Opening Reception, Thursday, February 13th, 6:30PM  [East Side, Detroit] 
5155 Gullen Mall.

On view through March 13th.
Dubois Basement


  
Show Us Some Love
BULK Space Artist Residency presents Show Us Some Love a special one-night group exhibition highlighting artists working in and around Detroit. BULK Space Artists Residency is a three month paid program done in partnership with Shylo Arts to highlight artists from marginalized communities. As current recipients of the Knights Art Challenge Detroit, we have asked some of our close friends to donate unique works of art, which we will auction off to help BASR reach our $10,000 match.









Opening Reception, Friday, February 14th, 7-9PM [Eastern Market, Detroit]
3583 Dubois St.
                   

Color | Ink Studio & Gallery


  
Myles Gallagher
Color | Studio & Gallery invites you to a reception with photographer Myles Gallagher. An engaging selection of his fine art photographs is being shown in this superb solo exhibition.Myles is an award-winning photographer who has been featured in Black & White Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly and has exhibited in prestigious galleries such as The Scarab Club (Detroit), Jules Maeght (San Francisco), and Attleboro Arts Museum (MA).












Opening Reception, Saturday, February 15th,  1-4PM  [North End, Detroit] 
20919 John R Rd.

                      
MW Gallery


  
Examining Identity Construction: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection
Visit "Examining Identity Construction: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection" at MW Gallery to see compelling artworks by artists of the African diaspora and others who reflect on it. Portraiture, scenes from everyday life, and artworks that confront racial myths and stereotypes are featured in this exhibit that explores the dynamics of identity and the visual representation of African Americans. Artists include Robert Arneson, Camille Billops, Sanford Biggers, Mark Steven Greenfield, Ayana Jackson, Whitfield Lovell, Kehinde Wiley, Pat Ward Williams, and more. MW Black Box Gallery: Our video feature is "Smile" (2001), a unique, early video work by the renowned contemporary artist, Kehinde Wiley.



Opening Reception, Friday, February 14th, 6-9PM  [Flint] 
815 S. Saginaw St.

UFO Factory


  
Factory Image, solo exhibition by Ava East
In her first multimedia solo exhibition, Ava East conceptualizes mass production in the form of her own imagery, and pursues abstract narrations inspired by nights at UFO Factory. Ava East is a Detroit-based multidisciplinary artist and musician focusing on fine arts, illustration, and performance. Immersed in both visual and sonic pursuits, she invokes the path between, projecting a self-mystified agenda. Rouged with esoteric, whimsical, and inquisitive tendencies, her work often focuses on themes of identity, femininity, and recital. She received her BFA at Wayne State University in 2019.








Opening Reception, Saturday, February 15th 7PM-1AM.  [Corktown, Detroit]
2110 Trumbull St.

                   
 
Lectures and Other Events


Penny Stamps Speaker Series:
Penny Stamps Speaker Series presents Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez.
Thursday, February 13th, 5:10-6:30PM [Ann Arbor] 603 E Liberty St.

Cranbrook Art Museum:
Katja Prins will discuss her practice as a jewelry artist and will focus in particular on her fascination with the relationship between technology and the human body.
Thursday, February 13th, 6-7PM [Bloomfield Hills] 39221 Woodward Ave.

Norwest Gallery of Art:
Join us this Saturday Feb. 15, for an indepth discussion about the black hair experiences featuring HAIRarchy artists Asia Hamilton, Bre'ann White, Deja Milany, Nicole Grant, Sabrina Nelson, and Stacie Monday.
Saturday, February 15th, 2-4PM [Gradnmont-Rosedale, Detroit] 19556 Grand River Ave.

Darkroom Detroit:
Paper Party is a free collage workshop hosted by Rachel Elise Thomas, a Darkroom Detroit Applebaum Photography Fellow.
Saturday, February 15th, 3-6PM [Southwest, Detroit] 8869 Avis St..

 
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