DETROIT — Despite the conference featuring some of the Detroit’s leading thinkers and most innovative practitioners discussing a compelling topic — the intersection of art and ritual — I felt deeply ambivalent about attending.
DETROIT — The history of the former municipality of Fairview is written in its streets.
TOLEDO, OH — It’s impossible to consider the content of Beautiful Pig, a collection of works by artist Ben Schonberger, as wholly separate from the scourge of police and state-sanctioned violence against people of color.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Midwesterners are many things, but they aren’t, as a rule, complainers.
DETROIT — It is difficult for a young artist to think about her legacy.
DETROIT — It’s an art world convention for conceptual art to be disruptive, or at least leave the viewer feeling unsettled, somewhat uncomfortable.
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Outsider artists walk a fine line between being perceived as inspired or insane.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s most intuitive to equate activism with a kind of direct action: collecting signatures, participating in a public protest, sending sharply worded letters, community organizing.
DETROIT — It is sometimes difficult to realize that a lot of what might be construed as who you are is actually a reflection of where you are.
SAN FRANCISCO — Just around the corner from the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) — a veritable temple to wealth amassed in the form of contemporary artworks — the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has mounted a very different kind of installation, one which monumentalizes activism.
DETROIT — “In Detroit, you can do things — and you must do things — that are different than anywhere else,” said Gary Wasserman, the founder of Wasserman Projects, one of Detroit’s newest galleries.
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — We are a technology-obsessed culture.