Friday, October 27, 2006

first look at mocad opening...

I will post many pictures later today but for now I wanted to leave a small preview of what the openings was like. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting stuff Ann. I couldn't make it last night. Appreciate the effort.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good time was had by all....

3:10 PM  
Blogger elizabeth isakson said...

i totally spotted phil's head in that first one!

it was fun- i got a pilsner glass, some guitar picks, and free drinks for lots of people...

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was happy to help out and had a great time myself.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a magical evening - with 22,000 square feet packed with visitors and party revelers from early evening until the wee hours of the morning. Many folks enjoyed an art experience with the 1st installation - delicious food and drinks - catching up with friends and colleagues - meeting new people and finally - dancing the night away. The folks at MOCAD worked very hard at making sure that everyone knew they were invited and welcome to come and enjoy the evening - with mailed invitations and e-mailed blitzes that we hoped would be forwarded beyond our reach. Visiting MOCAD is free and we hope that folks will return often and enjoy the space. Here is the web-site for additional information including upcoming lectures: Thank you, Ann – for your spirit and dedication and documentation.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

video blogging, very cool!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think John F Kennedy said it best..."Jeeeze, white people cant dance."

The $125 price was worth it. I had a blast.
I think I got to meet alot of interesting people.
Everything that has been said (good and bad) and done about this is nothing now, Long live MOCAD.

Oh, best part of the night was seeing Mitch Cope climb a ladder to turn up the sound on the video. He looked like Goober from Goober and the Peas doing a Home Improvement cameo.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow I hope they put some of that $125 entrance money toward making the place look better than the scetchy dump that it is....oh yeah and put in some detroit artists

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i appreciate the fact that the building has character and the money MOCAD has is being spent on art, artists, and installations (not to mention tools, heat, electrical, plumbing, sprinkler systems, etc...).
and maybe instead of insulting Mitch, why not talk about the actual show. what did you think of the art?

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn’t an attack on anyone person…unfortunately a lot of people made a choice to exclude Detroit artists. To open a contemporary museum in Detroit and basically tell that community that no one in that city is doing anything valid enough to show is insulting, arrogant and flat out wrong. And as for all the things you listed in where “all” the money is going…you forgot insurance, promotion, security and paint “oh” wait no paint needed its “character “right!! the aesthetic of Detroit’s urban decay “right!!?” We have to keep up that image at all cost??. what is the saying ….IT IS WHAT IT IS…. Sorry I guess I just expect too much …And as for the art…yes it is very GOOD…but maybe the point is that a Museum Of Contemporary Art DETROIT should draw connections from “uhmmmm” I don’t know maybe Contemporary DETROIT art!!! but what do I know I’m no committee.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it can get better...and thats what i appreciate:)

1:30 AM  
Blogger Jef Bourgeau said...

It can only get better. The doors are opened - to so many possibilities now. Let's keep the momentum going. And a quote from Connie Butler, the curator at LA's MOCA, gives great hope to that potential:

The Museum of Contemporary Art belongs to the city’s art community first and always.

The artists are our primary audience. And I am always aware of this audience.

The HELTER SKELTER” exhibition of LA artists the museum organized over ten years ago (1993) has had a tremendous impact on a generation of LA artists.

There is no question that great LA artists like Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Nancy Rubins, Raymond Pettibon, and others first came into national and international attention because of this exhibition and that this has brought attention to the museum and to LA’s entire scene.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christopher Fachini is a DETROIT ARTIST, Christopher Fachini is a DETROIT ARTIST, Christopher Fachini is a DETROIT ARTIST,
MOCAD has not excluded detroit artists!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christopher Fachini is a DETROIT MUSICIAN. And a self-proclaimed DJ for the opening. Quit trying to cop-out on not including a Detroit artist. You can stretch Christopher only so far. But he'll always be a great musician.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fachini made a sound installation. Sound installations are regular things shown at art museums. He was not "DJ for the opening". His work is based in a sort of disc jockey style. His work is regarded just the same as all the other artists in the show and I think it's one of the stronger pieces shown. The DJs for the opening were Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliott. Fachini's installation is an ongoing exhibit that he will play periodically throughout the show.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch Cope is a NYC wannabe ass-licking self-promoting poser jack-ass, and oh yeah, in case anybody hasn't noticed, he's a shockingly shitbag artist too.

He got what he wanted -attention.

The show - a bunch of mediocre old NYC art pawned off as some sort of event, go figure, it's Detroit, land of wannabes who'll take anything with a NYC stamp on it, even if it is half a dozen years old, fucking laughably embarrassing.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, K-Fed:

"It's literally just me playing music I've recorded. I'm just DJing," Fachini says. "It's not a performance."

from the Detroit News,

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

christopher fachini was speaking tongue-in-cheek. if you've actually looked at his piece, or listened to the music he recorded, you would know this.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon (talking about paint): it is interesting, the contradiction of everyone running around screaming "MOCAD IS GOING TO SAVE DETROIT and make it better, blah blah blah" and yet they chose to extort the dilapidated-ness of the structure (for "character") and thus did not accomplish the task of improving even 1 building in a dliapidated city... as far as I can see, they convinced a lot of college students to volunteer their time and effort, and so also did not create any new jobs... neither did they show any detroit artists, so I guess I'm still perplexed as to how their business plan is having a positive impact on the city... other than the fact that they're saying it is...? Or that a lot of people want to beleive that it is, sans facts? Like Federline who attests that this has helped gain national exposure for Detroit artists... where/when/how?

Whatever happened to the stickers, anyway?

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graem Whyte said it best when quote "It is LUDICROUS to involve Detroit Artists in the first show".
"Last night I went to sleep in Detroit City, and dreamed about those cotten fields and home.."

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ArtArrows - Stickers - if you go into MOCAD and locate a "south" facing wall with a panel board holding all of the submitted JPEGs with will find yours - if you participated. The fun part of this project is that you have to erase the "lottery type" substance to view the submissions. You can also see all those images submitted if you log onto Either have to enter MOCAD or log onto the MOCAD site...who knows - you might find it interesting.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you put those specific heads together and thats what they come up with. Sounds like fun, I have'nt played pin the tail on the donkey since I was a kid, but I can make all those years up just by going to MOCAD and scratching the boards. Bought plenty of lottery tickets in my late teens and twenties with the idea that if I won big money I would go to Art school in Chicago or New York or San Fran.. But I went to an Art school in Detroit. Oh well.

1:44 AM  

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