At the Henry Ford museum, an exhibition on House Industries conveys the invisible yet powerful reach of design.
Sarah Rose Sharp
Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, and multimedia artist. She has shown work in New York, Seattle, Columbus and Toledo, OH, and Detroit — including at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research in the state of contemporary art in postindustrial and redeveloping cities.
A Feminist Portrait of Adolescence Through Glittery Commodities
Shaina Kasztelan’s assemblages deftly combine a metric ton of cheap commodities for girls, like stickers and plastic jewelry, to tell startling, funny, and personal stories about adolescence.
Artists Embrace the Grayscale
Gray Matters, featuring 37 artists working almost exclusively in shades of gray, is a dazzling exhibition.
In Long Overdue but Welcome Step, Britain Will Eliminate Ads that Perpetuate Gender Stereotypes
The Advertising Standards Authority in Great Britain is calling for the creation of new standards when it comes to ads that feature harmful gender stereotypes.
Beverly Buchanan’s Shack Sculptures Feel at Home in Detroit
An exhibition at David Klein Gallery brings together Buchanan’s evocative shack constructions and pastel drawings.
A Glossy Photo Book Captures a Beautiful But Sanitized Detroit
Michel Arnaud’s book makes a fine addition to any Detroit-lover’s library, but it takes away the elements that make the city real, vital, and colorful.
Using Digital Technology to Explore Dream States and Internal Rhythms
The works in Chris Reilly’s solo show at Cave gallery feel vulnerable and handmade, like digital quilts.
Playing Out Art Fantasies on the Phone with Customer Service
Artist Frank Heath collaborates with performers to speak with call center representatives, under the guise of service requests that quickly devolve into open-ended registers of existential distress.
Goldfish Bashes Tiny Furniture with a Hammer
Artist Neil Mendoza has endowed a goldfish with the power to “smash people stuff,” reversing the typically anthropocentric dynamics of marine power relations.
A Dollar-Store Art Show Shortchanges Its Viewers
A massive group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit was basically drawn from junk, and so it remains.
A Critical Understanding of Edward Curtis’s Photos of Native American Culture
A massive installation at the Muskegon Museum of Art displays Edward Curtis’s entire ethnographic survey of surviving Native American culture at the turn of the 20th century.
Grappling with Authorship and Acceptance in the Pop Art of Roger Brown
A pair of exhibitions at Kavi Gupta gallery places the artist’s paintings and sculptures in dialogue with arrangements of objects from his personal collections.