MOCAD brings Denmark in Detroit
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is unveiling four new exhibitions this season, each highlighting an artist originally or currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. John korner brings its large-scale multisensory exposure Intercontinental Super Fruits, which explores grocery stores as the ultimate cultural exchange. Artist Jeannette Ehlers provide site specific installation Take root at MOCAD, in collaboration with the artist from Detroit Halima cassells along the way. Take root explores, through visual art and film, how black women have built support networks “while also revealing how hair care is integrated into various cultures around the world, particularly within the global African diaspora “, explains a press release on the exhibition. Interdisciplinary artist born in South Korea and based in Denmark Jane jin kaisen will bring his lens-based work (think photography, experimental film) to the museum. The program is completed by the first solo exhibition at the museum of the artist’s work Hannah toticki, which explores how our work clothes can reflect, as MOCAD puts it, “how capitalism affects social relationships and personal identity”. The exhibitions open on October 21 and run until January 9. See mocadetroit.org for more information.
Two unmissable shows at the Majestic
The Majestic Theater is about to welcome a burgeoning artist duo that you’ll want to see before they start performing in bigger venues. The first is Jungle (October 15), the British production duo who create an incredibly stylish take on modern disco. Their Love in stereo The album, released earlier this year, was a perfect soundtrack for summer, and it ages like fine wine until fall. For fans of independent music, I highly recommend Bahamas (Oct. 24), the stage name of the Canadian musician Afie jurvanen, who worked with Feist and Jason Collett. As a solo actor, Jurvanen has used his lyrical wit and eye-catching independent hooks in an award-winning career and will surely have Canadian fans crossing the border (COVID-consenting) to see him in the United States. For tickets and entry requirements, visit majesticdetroit.com.
About love and data: a multimedia art exhibition for our time
The artist Stephanie Dinkins has been at the forefront of exploring artificial intelligence through transmedia (read: a global narrative told through multiple mediums), exploring race, gender, aging, and our future stories. His work includes everything from magnificent sculptures to artificially intelligent robots that you can interact with. Her work comes to the Stamps Gallery in Ann Arbor at a time when communities of color, including here in Detroit, are widely confronting and rejecting artificial intelligence that uses facial recognition to regulate and control them. For this investigation, Dinkins will launch new interactive installations and workshops that build on his concept of âAfro-now-ismâ, a play on the idea of ââAfrofuturism, a philosophy and a cultural aesthetic old from several decades exploring darkness and technology. This unique exhibition merges the future with the present, providing context to the themes that we will surely see in more galleries as time goes on. Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor; timbres.umich.edu. The exhibition – which runs until Saturday 23 October – is free and open to all ages.
Trauna arrives at the scene
With just a handful of singles to their credit, the young group of two upstart musicians Trauna (Liz Freel and Connor Robertson) from Grand Rapids stole my heart and, more importantly, my ears (which are connected, at least indirectly, to my heart). They’re like West Michigan’s answer to The Cardigans, the Swedish pop-rock group that fused disco with dreamy sensibility. It’s a refreshing new sound on the Michigan scene, which lacked the guitar-based pop that sounds straight from the ’90s. While this is only a duet, the overall sound is they get by teaming up with collaborators is awesome. The faux-retro feel of their promotional photos only adds to the vibe. âFeel a Littleâ and âTalk to Meâ (those horns!) Are must-haves. Stream music from Trauna anywhere you listen to music, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Ryan Patrick Hooper is the host of CultureShift on NPR 101.9 WDET Detroit station (weekdays noon to 2 p.m.).