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Art Detroit Now presents fourth annual Detroit Gallery Week 90 galleries, museums, non-profits showcase Detroit artists

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

(Detroit)—Detroit Gallery Week, Art Detroit Now’s fourth annual event, will run from Friday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 8 in 17 metro Detroit cities. Thousands are expected to attend openings, exhibitions and demonstrations at local galleries, museums and arts organizations that will showcase metro Detroit’s best contemporary artists.

On Friday, Sept. 30, 14 venues in Midtown, including Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), N’Namdi Art Center, Center Galleries at College for Creative Studies (CCS), Scarab Club and Re:View Contemporary will hold an art crawl. The crawl kicks off at 5 p.m. with an Art Parade led by Satori Circus and art students from CCS and Wayne State University that will wind its way through the participating venues. There will be a free shuttle service between the locations from 5 to 10 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., the DIA hosts Memory Cloud: Detroit presented by the artist studio Minimaforms. The sky will be filled with smoke and light enlivened by text messages. This illumination will appear as "virtual ink" communicating messages collected during the two weeks leading up to the event, as well as from the audience. The messages of memories, stories and personal aspirations for the city of Detroit will be collected and archived at www.voiceofdetroit.com. Memory Cloud will continue Saturday and Sunday nights from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the DIA, 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.

Other highlights of Detroit Gallery Week include:
Sept. 30:   Opening of “Retrospectiv E,” 60 years of painting by Ed Clark at N’Namdi Art Center
Oct. 1:      11th Annual Open Art Studios at Detroit’s Pioneer Building
Oct. 4:       Lecture on “Performative Aesthetics” at Cranbrook
Oct. 5:       Russ Orlando performance in response to Ed Fraga’s exhibition, Lemberg Gallery,           
                 Ferndale Conversation with Corine Vermeulen show at Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale
Oct. 6:       Gallery crawls in Mt. Clemens and Grosse Pointe
                 Reception for “Cubism in America” at David Klein Gallery, Birmingham
Oct. 7:       Reception for “Anthony Williams: A Life in Art” at Paint Creek Center for the Arts,        
                 Rochester
Oct. 8:       “Pinewood Derby” at Popps Packing, Hamtramck
                  Reception for “Accept Denial” at 323 East, Royal Oak
                 “Irresistible Impulse” at Butter Projects, Royal Oak

For a complete list of participating artists, venues, and a schedule of activities, visit www.artdetroitnow.com  or www.detroitgalleryweek.com or call 248-258-8808.

Event chairperson Marc Schwartz sees events like Detroit Gallery Week as a positive sign for Detroit’s future. “The creative community continues to lead Detroit out of the recession,” said Schwartz. “We now have over 90 venues for showcasing contemporary art in metro Detroit. Our young artists are staying in Detroit, and more importantly, artists are moving here.”

New galleries added to this year’s event include 323 East, 71 Pop, North End Studios and Long-Sharp Curis, a gallery featuring works from “Picasso to Pop,” which opens in mid-September.

Detroit Gallery week is organized by the Founders of Art Detroit Now, which includes College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook, Detroit Artists Market, DIA, G.R. N’Namdi Art Center ,MOCAD, Oakland University, and Wayne State University.  For more information, please contact info@ArtDetroitNow.com.

Detroit Gallery week is organized by prominent metro Detroit arts organizations and galleries, including CCS, Cranbrook, Detroit Artists Market, DIA, MOCAD, Oakland University Art Gallery, Russell Industrial Center, Wayne State University Art Galleries and G.R. N’Namdi Gallery.

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Contact: Marc Schwartz (248) 258-8808 info@artdetroitnow.com
                Pam Marcil (313) 833-7899 pmarcil@dia.org www.dia.org