MOCAD: it's finally here!
As you can see it was a great night! With all the anticipation of its opening, I can't believe mocad is finally here. It is a wonderful show (even if they are older works by the artists)...I am impressed! I spoke with many people who volunteered and put in long hours to make it all happen. I think the general feeling of detroiters feeling a little skeptical disappeared once they saw the show and swarms of people. Most people now can feel proud to say they now have a contemporary in their city. I know this is a pretty glittery review so far but I think it is hard to criticize after knowing so many people who worked so hard to make this happen. The only thing I can say is that I wish they would have more shows scheduled and more frequently (although I spoke with someone on the head steering committee who said they were in discussion of the third show already). I think with the momentum of this show it would be nice to see another show sooner than April but they will most likely have more shows once they are fully operational. I am sure that after a while once the museum gains more recognition they will hire a full time director to run the museum and keep the caliber of shows on a high. For now I wanted to get the pictures up and I will probably discuss the works further in another post. Enjoy!
nari ward - white flight tea bar
nari ward - airplane tears
kara walker - 8 possible beginnings or: the creation of african-american, video animation.
paul pfeiffer - live from neverland, video installation
mark bradford - mixed media collage (above) on plastic mesh (below)
Tabaimo - hanabi-ra, video animation
jonathan pylypchuk - press a weight through life and I will watch this crush you, mixed media
christopher fachini - the red box sound system plays the mental machine
roxy paine - SCUMAK no. 2 (aluminum, computer, conveyor, electronics, extruder, stainless steel, polyetheylyne)