Detroit Collective - A Work∙Detroit Exhibition
Come experience Work•Detroit at the University of Michigan Detroit Center and see why it’s one of the city’s most distinctive art venues. Opening Friday, November 8, the 2013 fall exhibition season continues with “Detroit Collective.”
Curated by Robert Mirek and featuring work from more than 30 artists, Detroit Collective highlights dedicated studio artists, writers and designers who have made significant contributions to Detroit’s cultural climate since the 1970s.
An opening reception for Detroit Collective kicks off Friday, November 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. and is open to the general public. The event begins with an instrumental performance by Frank Pahl in the Work-Detroit Galley. From 7 – 9 p.m., a film screening by Joseph Bernard, Alison Donahue, Scott Northrup and Terri Sarris will take place in the Ann Arbor Room with a live musical performance by Alison Donahue prior to seating.
Artists of this exhibition include: Anita Andersons / Mark Arminski / Joseph Bernard / Robert Bielat / Mary Bush / Doug Cannell / David Clements / Dan Danilowicz / Maxwell Davis / Alison Donahue / Robert Edwards / Gary Eleinko / Mary Fortuna / Sara Frank / Bill Harris / Tim Holmes / Robert Quentin Hyde / Lester Johnson / Alan Kaniarz / Karen Klein / Kip Kowalski / Richard Mylenek / Christopher Merlo / Dennis Nawrocki / Scott Northrup / Frank Pahl / Catherine Peet / Paul Price / Josephine Primeau / Paul Primeau / Paul Runde / Terri Sarris / S. William Schudlich / Bradley Smith / Julie Russell Smith / Nelson Michael Will Smith.
About the Films
Night Mix 1982 / Color and B&W / Super 8 / Silent / 10 min 45 secs An early title that carries a broad filmmaking vocabulary, this film is a response to a "still vs. motion" picture debate between a photographer and Joseph Bernard. This non-narrative film is highly manipulated: tape-over-frames, bleached, ink-tinted, drawn into and heavily spliced. As a montage it is abstract, yet rhythmically intense.
Poem by Patrick O'Leary - The Ways of Encroachment 1982 / Color / 2 min Film and video producer, director and highly-regarded Cellist Alison Donahue takes a self-deprecating look at local poet, Patrick O'Leary, in this charming vignette.
Everything to Live For 2009 / Color/ Sound / 2 min An unseen narrator considers the concept of letting go in this mysterious melodrama made from found 8mm vacation films, appropriated sound and a stitched together narration by Scott Northrup.
All I Ever Wanted 2013 / Color / Sound / 7 min A whirlwind European tour assembled from found footage, this content is edited to imply a story re-told. A Scott Northrup production.
Buzzards Steal Your Picnic Directed and edited by Terri Sarris / 45 min A portrait of Frank Pahl, the Detroit-area composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, and creator of self-playing musical automatons whom Nate Cavalieri of the Metro Times described as “a one man quirk force... with the passion of a melodically obsessed Willy Wonka.”
For more information about this event, please contact the Detroit Center: DetroitCenter@umich.edu / (313) 593-3584 or visit: Work Detroit
Detroit Collective runs from November 8 – December 27. The exhibition may be accessed between 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. Work Detroit is located at the University of Michigan Detroit Center at Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150 in Midtown Detroit. Parking is available for exhibition guests in the structure behind Orchestra Place.