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Sunday June 1,  2014
MATTHEW BARNEY: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
VARIED TIMES
 
 
 Filmmaker Mathew Barney returns to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Sunday, June 1, for an exclusive screening of his newest work, River of Fundament, at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, and a pre-movie brunch and post-movie afterglow. The almost-six-hour movie runs from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with two intermissions). 

River of Fundament is a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry. 

ACT 2 is principally filmed in Detroit—in Delray, on the Belle Isle Bridge, in the Rouge and Detroit Rivers, and at the landing for McLouth Steel in Trenton. More than 200 members of the local music and art scene contributed to this magnum opus.

During his visit Barney will “Sign the Beam” at the Scarab Club (on John R street across from the DIA) during a patron brunch.  He will join legions of arts luminaries including Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Isamu Noguchi, Marshall Fredericks, and Tyree Guyton. Barney will be joined by Detroit-based cast and crew for the screening and celebrate with them at a ticketed afterglow in Rivera Court.                                                            

The day’s schedule is:

11 a.m.            Brunch with the artist, beam signing at Scarab Club

12:30 p.m.        River of Fundament, Detroit Film Theatre

6:30 p.m.          Afterglow with Matthew Barney, cast and crew in the DIA’s Rivera Court   

The film premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February and has since been exhibited in Munich, Adelaide, Vienna, and Reykjavik.

River of Fundament, produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation, is presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival. This event is sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art in partnership with College for Creative Studies and the Scarab Club. 


 
Friday March 25, 2014

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

BILL HARRIS: all that magic

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

 
It's more fun with friends!
 

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances.  

Poet, playwright and teacher, Bill Harris joins FMCA for an evening that will consider magical thinking and Detroit. Join us for this unique opportunity highlighting Bill and his insights about our city. 

 
 
Friday February 28, 2014

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

MATTHEW BIRO: The Fourfold: Anselm Kiefer and Global Identity

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

 

It's more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances.  

 
Matthew Biro will discuss Kiefer's monumental painting, Das Geviert, 1997, in light of the artist's broader project of exploring representation and identity.  Particular attention will be paid to Kiefer's move to a more global understanding of human identity in his art beginning in the 1990s. An expert in twentieth-century art and philosophy, Matthew Biro is Professor and Chair in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan.  He is also the author of Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1998), The Dada Cyborg (2009), and Anselm Kiefer (2013) and has published in Art History and Artforum.

Wednesday February 19, 2014
Arts and Minds Lecture 
SLAVS AND TATARS:  The Transliterative Tease
7:00 pm
 
Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The Transliterative Tease explores the potential for transliteration-the conversion of scripts -as a strategy of resistance and means for research about notions of identity politics, colonialism, and liturgical reform.  The lecture performance investigates in particular the urgency of syncretism as found in the eastern frontier of the Muslim world, in Central Asia, and in Turkic language politics in Istanbul and Xinjiang.  The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires - Arab with Islam, Latin with the rise of Roman Catholicism,and Cyrillic wit the Orthodox Church.
 
 
 Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

 
 Wednesday   January 29, 2014
 JAMES LEE BYARS
 6:00 pm
 

James Lee Byars (1932-1997), a master of play and pioneer of performance, was born and raised in the Paradise Valley neighborhood of Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University before launching an international practice that included sculpture and performance based on “scripts.” His ephemeral works include written correspondence: pieces of folded paper that as they are unfolded reveal text, often in need of deciphering. Such letters that are part of the DIA collection will become the basis of a lecture/ performance by Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett of Triple Candie. MOCAD commissioned Triple Candie to produce a survey exhibition devoted to Byar’s performance James Lee Byars: I Cancel All My Works at Death that opens on February 8.     

SCHOLAR/PERFORMER/AGENT: Triple Candie is a phantom-like institution that existed in Harlem as an alternative space from 2001 to 2010. Run by two art historians who now live in Philadelphia, Triple Candie produces exhibitions about art but devoid of it and realized without the involvement of artists. Recent projects include Epigraphe pour une preface: The Original is Unfaithful to the Copy (FRAC Le Plateau, Paris, 2013), Of the Siren and the Sky: The Life and Work of Michael Whipple, aka Sky Jones, aka Siren Bliss (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012), and Maurizio Cattelan is Dead: Life and Work, 1960-2009 (Deste Foundation, Athens, 2010). 

MOCAD’s guest curator Jens Hoffmann invited Triple Candie to conceive this show; Triple Candie, in turn, invited Hoffmann to serve as the exhibition’s dramaturge. The show is the first survey in a US museum devoted to Byars' performances. It consists of all new work--videos, costumes, scripts, props, etc., fabricated by the curators; it is a critical reflection on Byars' work. 
 
 Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and MOCAD 

Friday January 24, 2014

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

SATORI CIRCUS

7:00 pm DFT

7:30 pm Reception

It's more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances.  

  
Performance artist SATORI CIRCUS celebrates his 25th year with an evening of madcap antics, stoic tableau, and familiar narratives that have psychic and topical resonance with our daily lives. Detroit audiences and international spectators have enjoyed and welcomed him in legendary venues; his appearance at Detroit Film Theatre adds another chapter in the storied history of both the theater and SATORI CIRCUS'S colorful life.
 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the DIA Programming Department

 
Saturday   January 18, 2013
Arts and Minds Lecture 
Joan Kee - " The Long Breath: Postwar Korean Art, 1961-1979"
 
In Korean art, no clear-cut division exists between “modern” and “contemporary,” an absence that reads less as an omission than as an intentional acknowledgment of the competing senses of time and history with which Korean artists engaged from roughly 1953 — the provisional end of the Korean War — to 1988, the year of the Seoul Olympics, Korea’s proverbial “coming-out” party. 
 
A light reception (free) and book signing will follow the lecture. 
 
Sponsored by Asian & Islamic Art Forum and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art  

Tuesday  November 12, 2013
FMCA Annual Meeting and Lecture
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg 
6:00 pm
 
Featured in the DIA exhibition Watch Me MoveSwedish-born artist Nathalie Djurberg has honed a    distinctive style of stop-action animation, transforming it into a medium that reveals the vicissitudes of revenge, lust, submission, gluttony, and other primal emotions with an unblinking eye. She tells stories about the human condition mixed with dark humor and seriousness. Her creative partner, Hans Berg, composes musical scores that amplify the transgressive character of Djurberg's animations. 

 

The artists' collaborations have been featured widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Most notably, in 2009, they presented their installation The Experiment in Making Worlds at the 53rd Venice Biennale, for which Djurberg was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist and a retrospective exhibition The Parade organized by the Walker Art Center in 2011. They have had other solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London; Museum Boijmans Van Beunjngen, Rotterdam; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohion; Natural History Museum, Basel; OMA Prada Transformer, Seoul (2009); Hammer Museum, Los Angles; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Kunsthalle Winterthur; and Switzerland; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. 

 

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend this event.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the DIA programming department

 

 

Friday October 25, 2013

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

Kate Daughdrill 

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

It's more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances. 

 
Urban farmer and interdisciplinary artist Kate Daughdrill values art that connects people and food that connects people. Using Claes Oldenburg's sculpture Good Humor Bar as a spring board, she will discuss her creative practice at the intersection of art and community.    

 

Daughdrill's recent projects include Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and the Edible Hut, a community space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit's Osborn neighborhood. This past summer, she organized a creative CSA (community-supported agriculture) from her farm that provides shareholders with diverse creative produce such as vegetables, art objects, and prepared items each week during the growing season.Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fred Torres Collaborations and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. She is a 2013 Kresge Arts Fellow.

 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 
 

 
Sunday August 4, 2013
GRACEHOPER RESTORATION LAWN PARTY
4:00 pm
 
 
Gracehoper,  Tony Smith's monumental, painted steel structure, is udnergoing conservation treatment. The last major treatment was in 1986, and the sculpture has suffered from nearly 30 years of exposure to harsh weather and natural corrosion.  Over the past two months, the sculpture will be prepped, primed  and painted.  The high performance paint we are using has a projected lifespan of 15 to 20 years, which will ensure that Gracehoper may be enjoyed by our community for years to come.
 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation and the Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation. 
 

Friday April 26, 2013

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

It's more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances. 

 
Enjoy the DIA's special exhibition, Shirin Neshat, the artist's mid-career retrospective with organizing curator Rebecca Hart and interpreter Swarupa Anila.  They will introduce the show and be available in the galleries to speak with you or answer your questions.
 
 
 Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Wednesday April 24, 2013
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES I Individual Realities  
Artist Lecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock
7:00 pm  
 
Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives. 
 
 
Celebrated for his complex installations that include absurdist parables, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock makes paintings that address his roots as a black artist.  His newest efforts show domestic settings that are set on-end by a satirical take on life.
 
 
 Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and WSU Center for the Study of Citizenship  

Wednesday April 10, 2013
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES I Individual Realities  
Artist Lecture: Esther Shalev-Gerz
7:00 pm  
 
Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.
 
Artist Esther Shalev-Gerz investigates the relationships between cultural memory, citizenship and public space.  Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, educated in Israel, and now living in Paris, Shalev-Gerz creates photos, videos, and multimedia installations that examine the complex nature of change in physical and social environments and this impacts individual identities and influences history.
 
 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and WSU Center for the Study of Citizenship  

Sunday April 7, 2013
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES I Individual Realities  
Artist Lecture: Shirin Ebadi (followed by Conversation btw. Shirin Neshat and Shirin Ebadi)
5:30 pm  
 
Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.
 
 
Shirin Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) for her pioneering efforts to support democracy and human rights in Iran for nearly fifty years. She devised unconventional legal strategies for human rights and successfully advocated for justice in a repressive political regime. In 2006 she joined six other Nobel laureates to form the Nobel Women's Initiative. Ms. Ebadi will present a public address about her work.

 

Artist Shirin Neshat first received international acclaim for the pioneering conceptual photographic series, Women of Allah (1993-97), her effort to reconcile memories of Iran from her youth with the realities of political changes in her homeland. Her development as a socially engaged artist is the topic of her retrospective at the DIA. Neshat joins Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for a conversation about art and justice, moderated by noted sociologist of culture Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Dabashi is a noted scholar and commentator about the relationship between art and politics.

 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and WSU Center for the Study of Citizenship  
Wednesday April 3, 2013
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES I Individual Realities  
Artist Lecture:  Alfredo Jaar
7:00 pm  
 
Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.
 
 

Artist, architect, and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar investigates ways that art can be used a tool to awaken consciousness about social and global conditions that, in turn, advances justice. His critical approach to mass media solicits empathetic responses through multi-media installations. Born in Chile and living in the United States, Jaar’s commentaries expose latent prejudices embedded in images of cultural difference that uncover imbalances of power between the industrialized and developing nations: holocaust in Rwanda, gold mining in Brazil, toxic pollution in Nigeria, and issues related to the border between Mexico and the United States.   

 Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and WSU Center for the Study of Citizenship  

 Wednesday March 27, 2013
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES I Individual Realities 
Artist Lecture:  Shirin Neshat Lecture
7:00 pm 
 
 
Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.

 

Shirin Neshat is one of the most significant contemporary artists working today.  Internationally renowned for her conceptual photography, films, and video installations, the exiled Iranian-American artist challenges the divide between the artist and social critic.  Informed by her experiences, Neshat's work oscillates between the personal and universal, transcending preconceptions of culture, nationality, ethnicity and gender.  Shirin Neshat will join us to speak about her work as it relates the global imaginary, highlighting her upcoming major retrospective exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and WSU Center for the Study of Citizenship 

Friday February 22, 2013

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

It's more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's Friday Night Live performances. 

In honor of the shortest month we're exhibiting the smallest paintings in the contemporary collection, four portraits by Ann Mikolowski (1940-1999). Ken Mikolowski will talk about his wife's work and her studio practice and read some of the poetry that inspired her.

This program is presented by FMCA and sponsored by Gallagher Fire Equipment Company, Inc. 


Friday January 25, 2013

FOURTH FRIDAY'S FOR FRIENDS

7:00 pm Contemporary Galleries

7:30 pm Reception

8:30 pm Friday Night Live

 

It’s more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS—an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA’s fabulous Friday Night Live performances.

 

On a dark winters' night partake in FMCA's whiteout? John Corso, Oakland University Professor of Art History, will talk about one of his favorite sculptures - Robert Irwin's Untitled (plexiglass and pigment) - a sculpture that dissolves into shadow and white light. Meet in N240

 

 

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


Friday, November 23,2012
FOURTH FRIDDAYS FOR FRIENDS
Andy Warhol and the Celebrity Cult
Gallery Talk with Associate Curator Rebecca Hart 
7:00pm
7:30  Reception



Andy Warhol’s obsession with celebrity manifested itself in many ways and is most revealing in his self-portraits. This 1986 version presents the artist as spectral: his neon blue head, shock of hair, and paint splatter appear as a disembodied, free-floating mask or scull. Made at a time when many of Warhol’s friends were dying of AIDS this canvas was considered a harbinger of death. David Bourdon, a friend, critic, and one-time studio assistant commented that these works are “a memento mori, an unblinking, unsentimental view of a hurriedly approaching mortality.”
 
The DIA is fortunate to have a magnificent painting from the rejected series on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, while our two iconic Self-portraits (1967) are at the Metropolitan Museum as the signature works in the exhibition Considering Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. The 1986 Warhol self-portrait will be on view through April 2013. Contemporary curator Rebecca Hart will discuss the 1986 “fright wig”self-portrait, Warhol’s cult of celebrity and his sense of mortality


Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and J.P Morgan   

FMCA 81ST ANNUAL MEETING AND LECTURE
Sunday November 4

5:30 pm Reception in Rivera Court

6:30 pm Business Meeting in Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall
7:00 pm Lecture by Curator Mark Rosenthal
 
 
"Is Warhol the Most influential Artist of the Last Fifty Years?"
 
Long after his first exhibitions in 1962, Andy Warhol remains a contentious figure for many in the art world. Some argue that he is the most important artist of the last fifty years while others claim he is a fraud, with no significance at all. In this lecture, Mark Rosenthal will examine Warhol's impact, and show what it looks like in the context of art of the past half century.
 
FMCA Annual Meeting and Lecture are free and open to the public by RSVP
Woodward Entrance - cash valet
Self-parking available in the Cultural Center John R. Lot
 
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 

Mad Elga Unmasked
Friday October 26
FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS
7:00 pm   Contemporary Galleries
7:30 pm   Reception


Jane Hammond, American, b.1950; Mad Elga II, 1997; oil and mixed media on canvas. Founders Society Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman Fund, with funds from Joan Ortiz (1999.112)

When creating costumes and guises Jane Hammond plundered the storeroom, jumbled everything together, and then painted them one-by-one on her game-board shaped canvas Mad Elga II.   Elga and friends sport many types of masks ansd we invite you to wear one too? Curator Rebecca Hart talks about the array of personae and characters depicted in Hammond's work.  Join in the spirit of Halloween fun by donning your own mask or costume and making a detour to the contemporary gallery “Times Not History.” Prizes awarded for best masks and costumes judging categories TBD!
 
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art   

Donald Lipksi
Saturday October 6, 2013
American Sculptor

American sculptor Lipski has gained international recognition for his ingenious re-imagining of existing objects.  Through playful juxtapositions and alterations, Mr. Lipski transforms disparate materials into poetically evocative and deeply engaging assemblages. Capturing the spirit of surrealism, Lipski challenges viewers to respond to the conceptual associations within his work.

Since coming to prominence with his installation "Gathering Dust' at the Museum of Modern Art  (1979),  a composition which consisted of thousands of tiny sculptures pinned to the gallery walls, Mr. Lipski's work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world.  He is the winner of many awards and honors, including The Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, The Academy Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The Rome Prize.  Over the course of his career he has created many compelling large-scale, sculptural installations and has earned a place in the permanent collections of dozens of museum including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney, The Menil Collection, and The Chicago Art Institute.

Co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Mid-America College Art Association, Wayne State University. 

Fritz Haeg
Thursday Oct 4, 2013

Contemporary Artist 

Contemporary artist Haeg can be defined as an architect, designer, educator, eco-activist, and urban gardener. His diverse interests attest to his multi-faceted approach and the versatility of work which has included edible gardens, educational environments, public dances, animal architecture, urban parades, temporary encampments, documentary videos, publications, and exhibitions.  Haeg encourages us to reconsider our relationship with our domestic environments and aspires to challenge the ways in which we invision 'suburbia'.  Major projects include 'Animal Estates' a housing initiative for displaced urban animals commissioned for the 2008  Whitney Biennial; 'Edible Estates', an ongoing agricultural project that aims to transform suburban lawns into highly productive micro-farms; Sundown Schoolhouse, an alternative educational program based out of his geodesic dome  in Los Angeles which tackles social and ecological issues and questions abouthe utility of design.

7:30 p.m. Reception follows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
               
Co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA), the Mid-America College Art Association, Wayne State University, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Reception sponsored by FMCA and MOCAD 


 

Friday, May 25th,

FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS

Contemporary Galleries
8:00 p.m.

It’s more fun with friends!

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's fabulous Friday Night Live performances.

Eric Moss      
Contemporary Art Galleries (N285)    
8:00 pm
 
In celebration of the Movement Electronic Music Festival impresario Eric Moss will curate musical selections that range from acoustic to contemporary electronic sound.  Moss will speak about his program and its relationship to the artworks on display.
 
Private Reception 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
 
FMCA invites you to join FMCA members for converstaion and light refreshments.  Discounted membership available during reception.
 
RSVP for FMCA Fourth Fridays For Friends here. This event is free.
 
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 
 
 April 27,
 Aviva and Jack A. Robinson Gallery
 7:00 p.m.

It’s more fun with friends!
Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS—an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA’s fabulous Friday Night Live performances.

Glass, Glass, Glass! 7:00 p.m. N260 Contemporary Art Galleries
Curator Rebecca Hart will give an informal talk about the DIA contemporary glass installation, which opens to the public on April 4, in the Aviva and Jack A. Robinson Decorative Arts Gallery. Come see the new installation by Beth Lipman, Still Life with Vines, purchased with funds donated by FMCA.

Private Reception 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
FMCA board chair Allan Nachman and his wife Joy invite you to join FMCA members for conversation and light refreshments.

 
  Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

April 11, 2012
In Conversation with Hernan Bas
7:00pm
 

Public reception for the artist available with RSVP and free pass

Kresge Court, 6:00 p.m.

Recently transplanted from Miami to Detroit's east side, internationally acclaimed Hernan Bas makes paintings that explore the world of the dandy. Baroque, abstract, narrative, concise, and epic, his work addresses issues of identity and personifies the adolescent males that inhabit them. Bas will discuss his newest body of work, made in Detroit.

 

The Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL) presented a decade of the artist's work that traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in February 2008. Other exhibitions include: the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale; Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami FL; Peter Kilchman, Zurich, Switzerland; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg PA; and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon(MUSAC).

John R Entrance - cash valet available

 

6:00 p.m. Public reception for the artist available with RSVP and free pass. Kresge Court.

7:00 p.m. Lecture. Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall.

 
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 

 

March 23, 2012
FMCA FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS
Mike Kelly Remembered
 

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for the launch of FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS-an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's fabulous Friday Night Live performances.

Mike Kelley Remembered 7:00 p.m.

 

Cary Loren, member of Destroy All Monsters, and Marsha Miro, founding director of MOCAD, join Becky Hart, associate curator of contemporary art, for an evening of remembrance for Mike Kelley. Gallery N284 (in contemporary galleries) meet at Mike's painting Carnival Time.

 

Private Reception 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 

FMCA board member Jim Luckey invites you to join FMCA members for conversation and light

refreshments.


This event is free and open to all with museum admission.  

 
 Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

December 2, 2011
Art Basel Miami: Meet Me In Miami
 

Spend a Day with Mark Rosenthal and Becky Hart

 

Join DIA staff during Art Basel Miami. Enjoy a day with Graham Beal, Mark Rosenthal and Becky Hart visiting artist studios and special collections. Bus transportation, VIP passes, premium hotel reservations, and lunch included.

 

Please call Tarya Stanford at 313.833.4020 for further details. 


 
November 2, 2011
Supersonic D: Being An Artist in Detroit
Annual Meeting
 

Ask anyone who is in the know about the contemporary art scene - whether they are here, in New York or Europe - and you'll learn that today Detroit is considered an international mecca for artists, curators, critics and funders. Indeed many have trained their sights on Detroit and its creative community: as a city that abounds with open spaces, a responsive public, affordable real estate, opportunities to accomplish ambitious projects and resources to support them. This unprecedented platform is contributing significantly to the revitalization Detroit. But what is it like to be part this change, to make art here, now? Hear directly from those at the heart of this rebirth, both native Detroiters and newcomers, as they discuss the challenges and delights of being part of this renaissance.

 

Woodward Entrance - cash valet available

 

5:30 Business meeting, Danto Lecture Hall

6:00 Reception in Rivera Court (cash bar)

7:15 Artist Discussion, Danto Lecture Hall

 
 Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

 
October 5, 2011
Day Trip to Grand Rapids:  ArtPrize
8:00am
 

Bus Departs From Farmington Hills

Trip begins at 8:00am sharp, returning early evening

FMCA trip to ArtPrize includes:

Visit to Meijer Gardens

Tour of ArtPrize

Box lunch

Wine and hors d'oeurves on return trip

Cost: $150 per person (which includes a $50 donation to FMCA)


 

Founded by Rick DeVos in 2009, the goal of Artprize is for the general public and artists to collide, exchange ideas and come away changed. It is a completely open competition - open to artists from anywhere in the world.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 
September 30 - October 2,  2011
Memory Cloud: Detroit
8:00 - 9:30pm nightly  
DIA Woodward entrance
 
For three nights the sky above Woodward Avenue will be filled with bellows of smoke and light as the artist studio Minimaforms will transform the Detroit Institute of Art into a transient light environment enlivened by text conversations. This illumination will appear as "virtual ink" communicating messages collected from Detroit residents. The ephemeral clouds will act as smoke signals, each cloud carrying a unique message and story. Memory Cloud: Detroit is a platform that offers the people of Detroit an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the city.
 
 
This interactive space will animate the DIA Woodward Entrance with stories collected from the public. During the two weeks leading up to the event, messages consisting of memories, stories and personal aspirations for the city of Detroit will be collected and archived on-line at
www.voiceofdetroit.com.
 
Each individual expression will be part of a continuous story about the city, a narrative written by participants over the duration of the project transforming the steps of the DIA into a dynamic space for communication. Audience members will also be able to contribute messages via text-message during the performance each night. These collected text messages will be added to the Voice of Detroit archive, becoming part of an evolving diary and a voice that will speak of Detroit's past, Detroit's present and Detroit's future.
Minimaforms, an experimental architecture and design studio founded by Theodore and Stephen Spyropoulos, has staged performances around the world. Their work appears in collections at the FRAC Center (France), the Signum Foundation (Poland) and the Archigram Archive (The United Kingdom). Currently, their work is also on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their exhibition "Talk to Me," concerning design and communication.
 
This event is sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts, funded by the Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman Fund and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, in cooperation with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Kunsthalle Detroit.
 

 September 22, 2011
 Eureka: Adventures in Collecting
 7:00pm
 
To celebrate "Gift of a Lifetime: Works from the James Pearson Duffy Collection" and commemorate the adventuresome spirit that Jim Duffy brought to the activity of viewing and collecting contemporary art, a group of notable leaders from the Detroit community have been given an assignment: each person has been asked to seek out a work of art that he or she might acquire with a relatively moderate budget. For this program, each individual will show an image of the chosen work and discuss the reasoning behind the selection. Thus the audience will have a chance to see the mind and instinct of the collector in action, in what promises to be a fascinating evening
 
 Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

June 23, 2011
SYNC: Art Meet Technology
6:30pm
 
 
Hosted by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA), an auxiliary support group at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), SYNC- art meets technology will highlight artists and ideas that demonstrate connections between art and technology. Event proceeds will support the conservation treatment of the monumental sculpture Gracehoper, installed on the DIA's north lawn. SYNC- art meets technology will take place at NextEnergy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance alternative-energy technologies.
 
Event Partners:
NEXTENERGY     TECHTOWN    ARTSERVE  

 June 1, 2011
ARTALKS
SPRING 2011
7:00pm
 

Robie House, Usonians, Fallingwater -

 

America's beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright built 27 residences in Michigan, three in greater Detroit. All of the homes are Usonian houses, passive solar spaces built on concrete modular grids. The word Usonia is an abbreviation for United States of North America. Frank Lloyd Wright aspired to create a democratic, distinctly American style that was affordable.

 

One area Usonian home has been exceptionally restored. Enjoy and evening in this home with the couple who continually stewards this architectural monument that has become the pride of our region.  

 

@rt talks chairs: Evie Wheat and Kim Fischer

This Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Artalks series, a benefit of membership in FMCA, provides a unique opportunity for dynamic dialogue while viewing some of the area's most important collections. Join other avid art lovers, share in casual conversation and learn from collectors as they discuss their collecting philosophies and personal art experiences.

  • Individual FMCA membership: 1 attendee; Family and above 2 attendees
  • Participation is based on first-come, first served basis
  • OUR HOSTS WILL WELCOME US @ 7:15 PM
  • PROGRAM @ 7:30 PM

OUR @RT TALKS FILL QUICKLY SO THERE WILL BE A WAIT LIST. PLEASE CALL IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL.

For further information contact:

KIM FISCHER AT kfisch17@ford.com or 248-227-3677 


 March 31, 2011 

Artist’s Lecture: Andrea Zittel
7 p.m.

 

Blurring the lines between art and life, Andrea Zittel creates modular living spaces and clothing that reconsider our domestic environments. Her studio enterprise, A-Z Administrative Services, references the convenience culture of American society in provocative and sometimes humorous ways. Zittel explores the human need for order, noting that architectural space impacts social organization and contemporary perceptions of freedom and personal liberation.

This lecture is underwritten by The Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation 

 

February 16, 2011
Laurie Anderson
7 p.m.

From 2002 to 2004, Laurie Anderson participated in NASA’s artist-in-residence program, which allowed her access to space telescopes, the Johnson Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Seeing nebulae, Anderson was literally, “Watching stars being born in outer space.” Scale and time, as observed from NASA’s technological perspective, became paramount to her experience of the universe’s vastness. At the DIA Anderson reconsiders her NASA residency in lecture format. 

Sponsored by Charlene Handleman in memory of David Handleman on behalf of Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.


December 8, 2010

Affective Objects: Crafting Intimacy in Contemporary Design

7 p.m.


How do the objects that inhabit our world determine our relationship to them and our perceptions of space?  Glenn Adamson, head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is noted for introducing new critical thought about decorative arts and design in his books Thinking through Craft and The Craft Reader and as co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. At the DIA, Dr. Adamson will consider how makers attempt to structure an intimate connection between the viewer/ user and an object.

Co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Ceramics and Metalsmithing Departments at Cranbrook Academy of Art



November 20, 2010
ARTALKS: FALL 2010
CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART 
Program at 4–6 p.m.
 

Oakland County    
$40 per person / $70 per couple

Within the artist’s imagination, the concept of studio is a space designated to encompass both the physical practice of creation and the vast realm of influence exercised on any maker. To introduce this concept, Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald tasked incoming students with creating work that relates to the DIA collection. Cranbrook’s Ceramic Department will generously open their studios to ArTalks patrons, offering up a privileged view of the dynamics of making. We will see and discuss the material results of this assignment and further learn about ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Artalks Chair(s): Evie Wheat and Kim Fischer

This Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Artalks series, a benefit of membership in FMCA, provides a unique opportunity for dynamic dialogue while viewing some of the area’s most important collections.  Join other avid art lovers, share in casual conversation and learn from collectors as they discuss their collecting philosophies and personal art experiences.

* Individual FMCA membership: 1 attendee; Family and above 2 attendees
* Participation is based on first-come, first served basis
* HOSTS WILL WELCOME US @ 4:00pm 
* PROGRAM  @  4:15pm
* PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL,  THERE IS A WAITING LIST

For further information contact   KIM FISCHER AT 248-227-3677
Written confirmation, with location details will be provided 1-2 weeks before each event.
Artalks is an exclusive offering available to FMCA members only.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010
ARTALKS: FALL 2010
KRESGE FOUNDATION
Program at 7 p.m.
Oakland County    
$40 per person / $70 per couple

The Kresge Foundation asks, “Can art become a battery that jump-starts city renewal?” This special Art Talk features conversation and a tour of the Kresge Foundation headquarters in Troy, a platinum LEED award building, a building filled with art and stunning views of the grounds planted with Michigan native plants. Rip Rapson, CEO of the Kresge Foundation, will talk about his vision as a change agent active in Detroit and how the arts help our city to prosper. For the tour portion of the evening, FMCA patrons will choose either an art collection or green building tour. The evening is generously underwritten by Kresge Foundation.
Artalks Chair(s): Evie Wheat and Kim Fischer

This Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Artalks series, a benefit of membership in FMCA, provides a unique opportunity for dynamic dialogue while viewing some of the area’s most important collections.  Join other avid art lovers, share in casual conversation and learn from collectors as they discuss their collecting philosophies and personal art experiences.

* Individual FMCA membership: 1 attendee; Family and above 2 attendees
* Participation is based on first-come, first served basis
* KRESGE FOUNDATION WILL WELCOME US @  7:00 PM
* PROGRAM  @  7:15  PM
* PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL,  THERE IS A WAITING LIST

For further information contact   KIM FISCHER AT 248-227-3677
Written confirmation, with location details will be provided 1-2 weeks before each event.
Artalks is an exclusive offering available to FMCA members only.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


October 20, 2010
Detroit through Art, Time and Space: A Celebration of Art and Literature
7 p.m.

For its annual meeting Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art invited author, critic and academic Vince Carducci to curate an evening that celebrates Detroit and its literary heritage: the memories of the collective past and the challenges of post-urban landscape that are shaping our region. Detroit-based writers will consider these issues, and others, in the context of the world renowned artworks in the modern and contemporary wing of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Literary event is free and open to the public; FMCA annual meeting precedes readings and is available for non-members at a moderate cost.  
 
Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


September 15, 2010
Matthew Barney and the CREMASTER CYCLE

Made between 1994 and 2002, The Cremaster Cycle explores the processes of biological and artistic creation. Mythic in content and seductively beautiful, they explore contemporary American culture in a wildly imaginative way inflected with irony and humor. Filmed in Budapest, Isle of Man, the Great Salt Flats, New York City and Bronco Stadium, the series joins characters as diverse as Harry Houdini, Gary Gilmore, Richard Serra and Norman Mailer.

Barney, who is also a sculptor and performance artist, will introduce The Cremaster Cycle before the Sept. 15 showing of Cremaster Part 4 and Cremaster Part 1. A cocktail reception with the artist will be held at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets for the reception are $125, and proceeds benefit DIA auxiliaries Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre. A part of the reception ticket is tax deductible. To purchase patron tickets please contact Tarya Stanford at 313.833.4020 or tstanford@dia.org.

Cremaster Part 2 and Cremaster Part 5 will be shown Sept. 22, and Cremaster Part 3 will close the series on Sept. 29. Tickets for the individual films are $7.50, and $6.50 for DIA members and seniors (ages 62+).

Presentation of the Cremaster Cycle is generously underwritten by Rebecca and Alan Ross


May 16, 2010
Nick Cave Lecture: Soundsuits
2 p.m.

Nick Cave often works with used and recycled materials to create colorful, fantastic fabric sculptures which he calls “Soundsuits” because they make sounds when worn by dancers in his performance art projects. These richly varied sculptures reflect his interest in fashion and culture, ritual and ceremonial concepts, as well as politics.

Sponsored by the Friends of African and African American Art and the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
FMCA sponsors Rebecca and Alan Ross


April 21, 2010
RoseLee Goldberg

7 p.m.
 

Acclaimed art historian, author, critic and curator RoseLee Goldberg will provide an authoritative introduction to the history of Performance art. In addition to sharing her knowledge about performance art's history, Goldberg will talk about the ideas behind the hugely successful Performa biennial, which she launched in 2005. Her presentation will be largely based on works recently commissioned for Performa, an organization she founded in 2004 that presents the acclaimed New York City performance biennial, and will feature a vast array of works by visual artists from around the world. Goldberg will show excerpts from recent Performa commissions by Isaac Julien, Francis Alys, Laurie Simmons, and Nathalie Djurberg, among others. 
 
With the publication of her groundbreaking book Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present in 1979, Goldberg became recognized as the preeminent scholar of performance art, and she has continued to chronicle the genre for more than 30 years since. Her experience as director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London eventually prepared her to serve as curator at The Kitchen, one of New York's premiere venues for video, music, dance, performance, film, and literature. 
 
Performance art, recognized as an art form for more than 40 years, consists of the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and time, essentially, as Goldberg defines it, "live art" presented by visual artists. It often includes four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body, and a relationship between performer and audience. In the 1960s, artists began to make performances as a way to challenge commodity-based art.

* Doors open at 6 p.m.
* Come early to enjoy a drink and light fare in Crystal Gallery
* Cash Valet parking available at John R. Loggia entrance 
* Self parking available in the Cultural Center John R lot

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


March 18, 2010
Fluxus with Tools (or Bon Appetit)
Alison Knowles and Hannah Higgins

Lecture: 7 p.m.
Detroit Film Theater Auditorium: John R Entrance
Free and open to the public

Artist Alison Knowles joined Fluxus near its inception in the early 1960s and continues to embrace its spirit. She and her scholar-daughter Hannah Higgins present a free-wheeling lecture/performance. Initially conceived for a venue in Berlin, Fluxus with Tools has been performed twice since.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


January 13, 2010
Reva K. Stocker Memorial Lecture: Matthew Barney in Conversation
Lecture: 7 p.m.
Detroit Film Theater Auditorium: John R Entrance
Free and open to the public

Matthew Barney is producing a performance and its film record—Khu—a Detroit based chapter of his newest project loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel, Ancient Evenings. REM, the first chapter, was performed in Los Angeles in 2007. The artist / filmmaker updates Mailer’s plot from an ancient Egyptian narrative to a present day account of reincarnation and rebirth set in an American landscape. The seven chapters of this tale will take place in seven cities and correspond to the seven stages of the soul’s departure from the body according to Egyptian mythology. Barney’s retelling replaces the body of a man with the remains of a car featured in Cremaster 3. The Motor City proudly welcomes Mr. Barney as he builds an epic story that conflates our histories with Egyptian lore.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


November 19, 2009
3 x 3: artistspacetime

Co-curator Melanie Mano
6–8:30 p.m.

John R Entrance
Free and Open to the Public
 
Cash concession for food and beverages available

Building on the success of previous FMCA events staged in the permanent collection galleries, performance artist Melanie Manos joins Becky Hart to curate a series of three performances staged in the contemporary galleries. This evening features regional artists recognized internationally for their excellence in performance art. Guests can wonder the galleries throughout the evening to observe the various living works. 

An anthology of performances by artists with Detroit connections will be screened in Rivera Court. The video exhibition Action Reaction will be open in the Rivera Galleries.

Sponsored by Molly and Mark Valade


 

AFTER BEFORE THE REVOLUTION
Performance: Danielle Abrams

Danielle Abrams is New York-based African-American and white Jewish artist who performs Borscht Belt “schtick” wearing a tuxedo and a mask of borscht.  Eleanor Antin is a California-based artist who in 1979 performed as a Eleanora Antinova, a dancer in Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, who wore brown-skin makeup and a leotard.  For After Before, Abrams has struck up a conversation with Antin to guide her re-performance of Antin’s revolutionary work. Abrams will recall Antinova’s position in the Ballet Russe as a “Black face in a snow bank.”  Like Antin, Abrams raises the barre in awareness about racial taboos in the history of Western culture. Although Abrams and Antin are distanced by the stretch of America, and their performances span three decades, the artists both enact personae in historical genres as a means to resist social hierarchies in the contemporary Western world.

I AM RUNNING and SWOON AND DRENCH
Performance: Amanda Krugliak

The collection of monologues “Swoon and Drench,” represents a time of tremendous change and transition. Being thrown off balance, off the beam, forces us to see things in a new way, and perhaps be reconstituted in the process. In the signature performance piece "I Am Running,” Krugliak takes the audience on a well-worn path from childhood relays around the block to returning to a college town in the middle of her life, with no assurance as to what lies ahead.  The work leads us to the completely outrageous and unexpected in an uncanny reveal, and as Krugliak literally runs in place for the duration, versions of self past and future seem to be gaining momentum right over her shoulder.

FLICK FLICKER
Performance: Russ Orlando
Fluorescent lights, electrical wires, interrupters, cushion and self

I use Detroit often as the conceptual genesis for my performances. Most of my work deals with my reconciliation with the city. This piece recreates the experience I felt when I came upon a fluttering fluorescent light illuminated from a lifeless city structure. How could this light still exist? Why was there still power flowing to a building seemingly in ruins? Could there still be a pulse here? I found this moment a metaphor for the city.



October 22, 2009
FMCA Annual Meeting
5:30–8:30 p.m., Woodward Entrance
Free to FMCA members (Guests $45)

5:30 p.m.
FMCA Annual meeting

6 p.m.
Cocktail reception in honor of Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman
Viewing: Fluxus: It’s an attitude
 

Join Friends and invited guests in celebration of Fluxus: It’s an Attitude, the installation of the recent gift of Fluxus art from the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Fluxus Foundation. The event is in honor of the Silverman’s gift which puts the DIA among an elite group of institutions with significant Fluxus holdings. Jon Hendricks, the curator of this major of the Silverman’s private collection, will join us to explain the importance of this major gift. Annual reports of FMCA activities for the past year will be presented prior to the reception.
  
Sponsored by Jeffery Antaya and Robert Moroni in honor of Lila and Gilbert Silverman



June 11, 2009
Artalk
Bloomfield Hills
$25 per person

This Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Artalks series, a benefit of membership in FMCA, provides a unique opportunity for dynamic dialogue while viewing some of the area's most important collections.  Join other avid art lovers, share in casual conversation and learn from collectors as they discuss their collecting philosophies and personal art experiences.  
Collecting from both the past and present has created an interesting ongoing dialogue among contemporary and historic objects. Most works are by close associates or friends of the collectors, and each comes with interesting stories. Included are works by John McQueen, Heather McGill, Yun Dong Nam, Sandra Brownlee, Jane Lackey and Olof Nordal, installed in a mid-century modern lakeside home designed by Detroit architect, William Kessler.
 
Must be a member of DIA and FMCA to participate.
 
Individual FMCA membership: 1 attendee; Family and above: 2 attendees
Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis
OUR HOSTS WILL OPEN THEIR HOMES BEGINNING AT 7:15PM
PROGRAM  7:30  PM
ONLY ONE EVENT PER PERSON
PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL, THERE IS A WAITING LIST
 
For further information contact Kim Fischer at 248.227.3677
Written confirmation, with location details will be provided 1-2 weeks before each event.
 
Please make checks payable to Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.  No refunds made 4 days before tours. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art



May 29, 2009
FMCA Private Viewing of “Time and Place: Art of Detroit’s Cass Corridor from the Wayne State University Collection”

6-7:30 p.m.
$15 per person
Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
480 W. Hancock Street
Detroit, MI 48202
313.993.7813

Refreshments and presentations from three Cass Corridor artists.
 
Enjoy WSU's collection of art from Detroit's Cass Corridor and learn about the hip and heady arts culture that began in 1963 and continues today through first hand accounts by artists Robert Sestok, Kathryn Brackett Luchs and Shaun Bangert, reflections from art historians Dora Apel and Dennis Nawrocki and conversations with curators Lisa Baylis Gonzalez and Sandra Schemske.  This exhibition features the generous gifts of James Pearson Duffy to Wayne State University.
 
Free parking is available in Wayne State University Lot 54. Lot 54 is at the corner of Second and Warren, directly behind Old Main. The parking lot entrance is at 4840 Second.  Second is a one-way street heading north. Once parked take the brown double doors located to the right of the loading dock in the new (Old Main annex) building. After you enter the stairwell, take the double doors on the right, turn left and proceed through the next set of double doors. Go straight until you see the Elaine L. Jacob gallery on your right.
 
Must be a member of DIA and FMCA to participate. 



May 19, 2009
Artalk
7:30 p.m.
Bloomfield Hills
$25 per person

This Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Artalks series, a benefit of membership in FMCA, provides a unique opportunity for dynamic dialogue while viewing some of the area's most important collections. Join other avid art lovers, share in casual conversation and learn from collectors as they discuss their collecting philosophies and personal art experiences. African art has served as an inspiration to European and American artists for more than a century. This collection includes museum quality examples of African art interspersed with iconic works of contemporary art. The collection's affinities between old and new, ethnographic traditions and contemporary ideas are highlighted, includes significant works by Elizabeth Murray, Magdalene Odundo, George Segal, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark di Suvero. The discussion will explore the collectors' choices when forming their large and notable collection. 

Must be a member of DIA and FMCA to participate.
 
Individual FMCA membership: 1 attendee; Family and above: 2 attendees
Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis
OUR HOSTS WILL OPEN THEIR HOMES BEGINNING AT 7:15PM
PROGRAM AT 7:30  PM
ONLY ONE EVENT PER PERSON
PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL, THERE IS A WAITING LIST
 
For further information contact Kim Fischer at 248.227.3677
Written confirmation, with location details will be provided 1-2 weeks before each event.
 
Please make checks payable to Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art. No refunds made 4 days before tours.



March 17, 2009
William Kentridge Lecture
6 p.m.: Reception for the artist
7 p.m.: Artist lecture
8 p.m.: Dinner

Hosts: Janis and Bill Wetsman, Andrew and Gayle Camden, Dede and Oscar Feldman, Stanley and Marilyn Finkel Brown

Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge combines political history, music, and philosophy in his work that includes animated films, drawings and prints. With South African history and the legacy of colonialism as a point of departure, Kentridge strives to make an art that mixes divergent traditions into an art of cultural authority. In this melding he offers moral measure of our time and invites the viewer to draw their own conclusions.
Lecture free/ Reception and dinner by subscription.

This event was sponsored by Janis and William Wetsman.



January 14, 2009
Contemporary Art Market: Buy, Hold, Sell
6 p.m.: Cocktail Reception and Strolling Supper
7 p.m.: Panel Discussion
Hosts: Heather Jones, Amy Kantgias, and Evie Wheat

Join Ruth Rattner, Detroit based art advisor and appraiser, Rhona Hoffman, Chicago based gallerist, and Josh Baer, private dealer and publisher of The Baer Faxt in a discussion about contemporary art collecting. Adjunct curator Mark Rosenthal will moderate this panel.
Lecture free/ Reception and dinner by subscription.

This event was sponsored by Mark and Molly Valade.



December 4–7, 2008
Art Basel, Miami Beach FL

Meet DIA curators Mark Rosenthal and Becky Hart at ArtBaselMiamiBeach2008, the most important contemporary art show in the United States. The trip also includes an exclusive tour of the renowned collection of Norman and Irma Braman, and a preview of “The Possibility of an Island” at MOCA’s Goldman Warehouse. On the evening of December 4, please join Sandy Seligman and Suzy Farbman for cocktails.

By subscription only



November 19, 2008
Stars at Dusk: Contemporary Artists Discuss their Work
Artist talks and a strolling supper 
6 p.m.
Hosts: Lila Silverman, Barbara Kratchman, Wendy Silverman, and Janice Steinhardt

Artists Howard Ben Tré, Jim Pallas, Judy Pfaff, Philip Moulthrop, and Matt Moulthrop will discuss their work in the museum’s collection. This is a unique opportunity for museum patrons to learn about the contemporary collection in the artists’ own voice. The evening includes cocktails, strolling supper and artist talks.

By subscription only

This evening was sponsored by Lila and Gilbert Silverrman and James Pearson Duffy.



October 15, 2008
Jane Hammond: Paper Work
6 p.m.: Cocktail reception
7 p.m.: Artist Lecture
8 p.m.: Dinner
Hosts: Kim and Rob Fischer and Judy Weiner

Jane Hammond’s unique works on paper draw inspiration from her lexicon of 276 pre-selected elements that she began collecting in the late 1980s. Over the past fifteen years, she has arranged and rearranged these images. These new associations open dialogues between the elements and offer new inscriptions of meaning.

Lecture free / Reception and dinner by subscription

This evening was co-sponsored by Forum for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art



September 24, 2008
FMCA Annual Meeting and Curatorial Discussions
5:30 p.m.

DIA curators Mark Rosenthal and Becky Hart will discuss Alexander Calder’s Young Woman and Her Suitors. The 77th Annual Meeting of FMCA will follow. The evening will end with our curators discussing the recent acquisition What Will Come by William Kentridge in the contemporary galleries. The Friends acquisition fund supported this important purchase.
Open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


May 21, 2008
BLACK WHITE & GRAY: A Celebration of Sam Wagstaff
Reception, film screening (“Black, White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe”) and panel discussion
5:30 p.m.
Co-chairs: Michelle Perron and Susanne Hilberry

Yale-educated and born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Sam Wagstaff’s transformation from innovative museum curator to Robert Mapplethorpe’s lover and patron is intensively probed in Black White + Gray. During the heady years of the 1970s and 1980s, the New York City art scene was abuzz with a new spirit, and Mapplethorpe would be at the center of it. Wagstaff pulled him from his suburban Queens existence, gave him a camera and brought him into this art world that seemed to be waiting for him, creating the man whose infamous images instilled emotions ranging from awe to anger. In turn, Mapplethorpe brought the formerly starched-shirt preppie to the world of drugs and gay S-and-M sex, well-documented in his still-startling photographs. Twenty five years separated the lovers, but their relationship was symbiotic to its core, and the two remained together forever. The film also explores the relationship both men had with musician/poet Patti Smith, whose 1975 debut album “Horses” catapulted her to fame.
Curators like Wagstaff and the Metropolitan Museum’s Henry Geldzahler, Andy Warhol’s aesthetic adviser, acted more like artists during this time. At Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum and later the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wagstaff’s exhibitions, such as “Continuity and Change” and “Black, White and Gray” garnered national attention. Wagstaff was among the first to recognize the oncoming collision of art and fashion, music and clublife and he was a champion of Minimalism, Andy Warhol, and a coterie of forward thinking artists like Tony Smith, Richard Tuttle, James Lee Byars, Agnes Martin, Michael Heizer, Ad Reinhardt, Frank Stella and Ray Johnson.

Panel discussion follows screening.  Panelists:  artist Richard Tuttle, curator and author Gordon Baldwin, gallerist Susanne Hilberry; moderator: Mark Rosenthal

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary, AIDS Partnership Michigan, and Affirmations.



April 16, 2008
COLLECTOR’S FORUM: Lisa Roumell
7:30 p.m., DIA Lecture Hall
Cocktails/Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Chair: Andrea Roumell Dickson

Lisa Roumell, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, will discuss her personal experiences as a collector.  Roumell is regarded as an adventuresome collector who is willing to take risks when she and her husband purchase work by cutting edge artists. Their collection, a testament to foresight and daring, is esteemed worldwide. Ms. Roumell will present a lecture on her collection.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


March 26, 2008
GERHARD RICHTER/ NEO RAUCH: Painting Media
German Art Lecture by Charles W. Haxthausen
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Rebecca and Alan Ross

In 1961, the Iron Curtain became a reality with the erection of the Berlin Wall. That year Gerhard Richter, one of the most influential painters to emerge from post-WWII Germany, left for West Germany; and the painter Neo Rauch, born in 1960, remained in the Communist East. Tracing the origins of their training to Socialist Realism, Haxthausen makes a provocative case study of historical change in the East-West political and artistic landscape of post-WWII Germany by looking closely at each painter’s dogged commitment not only to sustain but to reinvigorate the painting medium in their respective eras: Richter in the 1960s and Rauch in the 1990s.

This event is sponsored by Rebecca and Alan Ross.



March 12, 2008
PAMELA KORT LECTURE: German Expressionism into Contemporary Art
DIA Lecture Hall 7:30 p.m.
Cocktails/Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Ruth Rattner, Margaret Demant

Co-sponsored with European Paintings Council and Forum for Prints, Drawing and Photographs

Pamela Kort is an independent curator and art historian specializing in 20th and 21st Century Art in German-speaking Europe. For her Detroit lecture Dr. Kort will discuss the history of expressionism, with its many twists and turns, and draw parallels between Kirchner's paintings and those of Immendorff and Baselitz for example. She has written extensively on modern and contemporary European artists, including Paul Klee, Jorg Immendorff, Joseph Beuys and Markus Lupertz. Holding MA and PhD degrees in Art History from UCLA, Kort has served as Associate Curator, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Associate Curator, Neue Galerie New York. She lives in Berlin.

February 6, 2008

VIRGINIA HECKERT: “Schools” of German Photography
7:30 p.m.
Cocktails / Dinner at 5:30
Chair: Marc Schwartz

Photography is one of the hottest markets in Contemporary Art and German photographers from the Düsseldorf School of Photography—artists who studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1976 to 1996—lead the field. Heckert will provide an overview of Becher’s most successful students including Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth; revisit the work of German photographers from the 1920s and 1930s that set the stage for the Bechers and their students; and show works by “next generation” photographers working in Germany today.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art


January 23, 2008
GALLERY TOURS: The New Contemporary Galleries
6-8:30 p.m.
DIA Woodward Entrance

Come learn about our new acquisitions and the new contemporary art galleries at the DIA; join Graham Beal, Mark Rosenthal, Jennifer Czajkowski, and Rebecca Hart from the DIA staff and Michael Stone-Richards (College for Creative Studies) and Vince Carducci (CCS, Cranbrook and critic at large) in discussions on the new, the familiar, and the choices made in our grand re-installation.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


October 30, 2007
JULIE MEHRETU LECTURE
Detroit Film Theatre: 7:30 p.m.

With Cocktails/Light Supper at 5:30 p.m.
Co-Hosted with Friends of African and African American Art and Founder Junior Council
Co-Chairs: Molly Valade, Carole Harris, Doris Rhea (FAAAA), Nicole Wagner (FJC)

As a prelude to the exhibition Julia Mehretu: City Sitings, the artist will discuss her working process with focus on the recent paintings that will be featured at the DIA. Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, the inaugural exhibition for the opening of the DIA, brings together twelve of the artist’s monumental paintings. Mehretu’s compelling canvases re-envision urban experience and rewrite narratives of exclusion, reconciling divergent histories through her expansive, dynamic compositions. Inspired by community, history and the built environment, Mehretu created new paintings for this exhibition that engage viewers in her vision of metropolitan landscape. 
 
Julie Mehretu’s work evokes highly personalized, yet distinctly universal themes that draw on her experiences as a citizen of the world and of the city. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Michigan and now a resident of New York City, she employs a dynamic visual vocabulary that combines maps, urban grids, and architectural renderings to articulate complex social and geopolitical structures. The immense proportions, organic layering, and careful detail convey the complexities of the urban environment. Mehretu queries what impact an individual can have, and what one person contributes to the construction of a larger narrative. The interplay between the individual and larger community finds form in the compositional structure of Mehretu’s canvases: one must experience them both up close and from a distance to activate the dynamics of local empowerment within a more sweeping story.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


October 17, 2007
MARK ROSENTHAL DINNER LECTURE
Baselitz, Beuys, Kiefer, Polke & Richter: The German Moment
Rattlesnake Club
6 p.m. cocktails & dinner; lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Jeff Antaya, Janis Wetsman, Ruth Rattner

With Joseph Beuys’s artistic breakthrough of the early 1960s, German art took a great leap onto the international stage. He was quickly joined by Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer, all of who forged a powerful and alternative point of view to America, in the content, mission, and making of art. Join Mark Rosenthal, new adjunct curator of contemporary art, as he discusses the importance of these renowned artists in 20th century art.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


September 29, 2007
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: Public Art in Detroit
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Ruth Rattner, Carol Roberts

While downtown Detroit’s Spirit of Detroit and Memorial to Joe Louis are well known sculptures to Detroiters, Gomidas and Step of the Dance nearby are not exactly household acquaintances. Come explore, on foot and by private coach, some of the FAMILIAR and LESS FAMILIAR denizens of Detroit’s public spaces. Led by art historian Dennis Nawrocki who is working on a revised/updated edition of his essential 1999 Art in Detroit Public Places, this excursion, with a quintessential Detroit lunch in a downtown favorite will also feature Belle Isle, Wayne State University, and the newly minted Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden at College for Creative Studies. With its abundant examples of modern and traditional sculpture, Detroit’s heritage of fine art will be on full and constant view during this revelatory tour.

Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art 


September 20, 2007
FMCA ANNUAL MEETING
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Whitney Restaurant
Event Chair: Marc Schwartz

Formal Introduction of Mark Rosenthal, Adjunct Curator, The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art to FMCA Membership; Election of FMCA Board Members; Review of 2006-2007 FMCA Programs and Department of Contemporary Art Acquisitions. Mark Rosenthal served as adjunct curator for the Menil Collection and head of contemporary art at the National Gallery. He curated such influential exhibitions as The Surreal Calder, Joseph Beuys: Actions, Vitrines, Environments, Continental Drift: Installations by Joan Jonas, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Juan Munoz, Yinka Shonibare, Picasso: The Early Years, 1892–1906, and Anselm Kiefer. Rosenthal has written a plethora of books and articles on contemporary art history and theory.   

 Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art