Tuesday, September 26, 2006

mocad's face

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Looky here! I was flipping through the new Hour Magazine and what at first I thought was a fashion spread actually turned out to be the MOCAD staff! There is just a small write up very early in the magazine and a list of names of those involved.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

19 Comments:

Anonymous m. said...

Half of what I'm about to say is me being the devils advocate:

I was once asked to speak about the poetry journal I edited and my approach to arts management. I got up and read the poems we published and told them that that was my approach to arts management. It seems like one thing is missing from MOCAD's big spread... the art? But they got their own faces plastered on the forefront. Which may or may not be reflective of what some have suggested MOCAD is all about--- the egos of the staff/b.o.d., not the art or community.

Just an observation. However, I'm sure the magazine told them what they wanted, right? :-) Benefits. And doubts.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, they seem awfully, um, caucasian, don't they? At least women seem well represented, but isn't it the job of us, the anonymous commentors, and not you, to be trashing MOCAD, Ann?

5:17 PM  
Anonymous sunny said...

well said m.

anon- please tell me as to whom assigned the jobs around here? last I looked, none of us were getting paid. especially not Ann.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous matt d. said...

anon, ann can trash whomever she wants to. this is her blog. your just along for the ride.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trash? Trash what when and where>

If I didn't know Hour Detroit better I might hazard that this was irony.

(But knowing that “Hour Detroit Magazine” is a blatant word play on “Our Detroit” (….they’re all dressed in white with the one dread-locked guy) I must immediately accept that this is not irony, and is in fact serious bullshit)

7:00 PM  
Anonymous I like mine 2% said...

I see more people of color and women than i see straight males.
Who is the real minority here?



Not that there is anything wrong with it...

8:59 PM  
Anonymous baker said...

I told you all 4 months ago this is to please the elite.
I keep thinking about what I will do opening night. Perhaps I'll just bring my guitar and sing hobo tunes. I'll have a sign around my neck - pennies for my museum in the alley.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous  said...

Everybody loves to have stuff to whine about. Nothing is ever good enough. At least we're getting a place in our somewhat art-starved community that will give us access to the rest of the comtemporary art world. So it's a bunch of white people. Does that make them any better or worse than the black community? It's a museum for godsake! Museums are elite "don't touch the art" kinds of places. This was never intended to be an underground gallery in an ambandoned wearhouse. If we don't accept MoCAD...what WILL we accept in Detroit. You all complain about the lack of a thriving art community, so when people step up to change that you crap all over it. this makes no sense. MoCAD is a good thing. I agree with a lot of the criticism but at the same time I acknowledge the positive aspects of a contemporary museum.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous buttcher said...

I wonder how many artists are going to be able to afford the $135 to go to the opening, when the exhibiting artists will be in attendance?

6:37 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

I am going to have to play a lot of songs for others to steal. My pennies are adding up.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

Sounds like 3 3 3 got a half priced ticket or something. To bad there is no artist union.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous candlestick maker said...

I was looking forward to going to the opening to see at least, if I couldnt meet those important artists.

by the time of the after party, all of those artists are probably going to be taken to some fancy restaurant or one of the patrons homes for a dinner. I cant see the artists hanging around from 6pm until the time of the after party

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The spread reminds me of a Bee Gee's inner album cover.. I love the Bee Gees though.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous christina said...

Why are they all dressed in white? Strange. Don't they know we're way past Labor Day!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really wish you would all take your heads out of your collective asses for just one small second and stop lamenting about how awesome and "authentic" you are, it's really quite sickening.

MOCAD and it's current promotional initiatives will be bringing some *much* needed attention to downtown Detroit - just because it isn't yet another crusty loft space "gallery" doesn't mean it is any less welcome here. So what if some suburbanites are putting up money for it to start? Thank effing god for some much needed start-up money being poured into downtown, who cares where it comes from? Finally something downtown will actually get some national/international attention, and personally I think that will be a very welcome change for ALL artists downtown.

Stop staring at your navels, it isn't very attractive.

Detroit seems to be so preoccupied with "paying your dues" it forgets the larger picture, and the arguement is so beyond old. My studio is downtown and I'm ashamed to read things like this.

Stop being so negative and make some damned art, the commentary here is as bad or worse than detroityes.com.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous m. said...

Criticism is as important as praise.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous htlssr said...

Speaking of art projects we can all do without: "...the commentary here is as bad or worse than detroityes.com."

11:19 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

For a good amount of time i have been aware of the fact that detroit could be a completely unique city, cutting edge in art AND function. We have had the opportunity to recreate a metropolis that could be an example for the world. Lots of energy and materials here to work with I believe. MOCAD should reflect that opportunity rather than serving elite function to fall under the examples of NYC.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right right...many differnt ways to view it. should we except another elite art mesuem or make it "more detroit" its unique here, the mesuem should be too right? i dunno

should all read Mau-Mauing the Flak Cathcers by Tom Wolfe to get an idea of the problem here, from both sides. its not very long and its not about art. thank god but youll get it.

3:03 PM  

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