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The Neighborhood Project

Friday, December 18, 2009 – Sunday, March 28, 2010

  • For Everyone

Artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, aka Design 99, will create “The Neighborhood Project” in the Walter Gibbs Gallery beginning Friday, Dec. 18. The artists illustrate how art can transform neighborhoods, both visually and socially, by looking at how public space and aesthetics can be integrated.

The Project stems from the work Cope and Reichert have undertaken in their Detroit community. Beginning with their Power House Project, they have put into practice ideas about the aesthetics of everyday life and the integration of art and design into the rethinking and rebuilding of neighborhoods. 

For The Neighborhood Project, Cope and Reichert invite the public to engage in conversations, encourage openness to the possibilities of art in their communities and draw them into an interest in participating. The gallery is divided into areas where people can talk, read about public and socially interactive art, make their own neighborhood maps and add thoughts that may contribute to the project’s evolution. 

The installation features photographs, maps, and a video, including:

  • Photographs of the wildflowers that grow in the PowerHouse neighborhood, accompanied by a small “seed bank” installation and plant identification
  • Conceptual maps of the neighborhood. An example is a theme map of the history of car ownership in the neighborhood, based on the extensive knowledge of a local resident. Blank maps will be available for the public to create their own neighborhood maps.
  • An artist-edited video from interviews about how art can transform a neighborhood. 

Cope and Reichert will be “in residence” for a day every week to talk with people and draw them into thinking about socially interactive art, and the importance of aesthetics in the public sphere. The days will rotate so that different kinds of audiences can visit the space. A detailed schedule is listed below. When the artists are not in residence, a DIA staff member will monitor the gallery and facilitate visitor interaction.

Other aspects of the work may be added as the piece evolves and according to the nature of ideas generated through conversations, and through interactions that occur in the process. Ideas or visual contributions made by members of the public will be vetted by the artists for inclusion.

Image: Power House Project

Click here to watch the project live.


Artists’ Schedule

Friday, December 18, 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, December 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, January 15, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, January 22, 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, February 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, February 5, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Thursday, February 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, February 12, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, February 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, February 19, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday, March 5, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, March 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, March 19, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, March 26, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.