Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit Offers Many Surprises

on May 1, 2013


When cruising down Woodward, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI) can be hard to miss.  A simple, one-floor gray building covered in what looks like larger-than-life graffiti, the MOCAD hardly attempts to compete with the commanding façade of the nearby Detroit Institute of Arts.  Entering through the giant glass door on the side almost feels like wandering into someone’s garage, and you’ll soon find that the inside of the building is as barren and minimalist as it is on the outside.  But that just means your attention is left to focus on only one thing—the art, of course.

Rather than curating permanent art pieces, MOCAD keeps its exhibitions current, changing every month or so.  Currently in a period of transition, its next big exhibit, beginning May 11, will be Mobile Homestead by artist Mike Kelley.  The work mimics Kelley’s childhood home as he grew up in a trailer house among a community of workers for Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.  Mobile Homestead also includes a series of documentaries involving interviews with people Kelley encountered on the drive to and from his home in Westland and Downtown Detroit.  The exhibit offers a hyper-realistic look into life as a working class citizen in the Midwest.

MOCAD suggests a five dollar donation for entry, and offers free walking tours to the public.  The space itself is pretty small though, so it’s not hard to feel comfortable exploring the museum on your own.  Also hidden among the artwork inside the walls of MOCAD are a store and a café.  MOCAD also hosts a number of events such as concerts, films, lectures, readings, and workshops, as well as Family Day every third Sunday of the month.  There’s always something going on at MOCAD, but it’s up to you to uncover it.

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