Thursday, December 20, 2007

Visitor Comments

Selected comments from our guest book and emails we've received about the show:

“An unanswerable question—keep asking! Thank you.”

“Beautiful, not too often do you witness the blend of artist and artist’s work. (Made me cry.) It’s so honest and real. Thank you. ”

“Since experiencing the WHY exhibit, the words that keep coming to mind are connection and transcendence. Connection of artist to artist, artist to medium, artist to community, artist to suffering, suffering to hope, community to community. Many of the artists openly, and bravely, shared how their creativity is their connection to their suffering, yet also the vehicle to sanity and survival. I could not help but think of how this reflects on the human spirit to continually allow itself to embrace agony and oppression, and then struggle for transformation.

This is a very important exhibit as it demonstrates the pain and disillusionment in our local, national and international communities. Yet it also speaks to the unending desire for transcendence and perseverance."

I applaud you, the sponsors, and the artists for presenting an incredible, courageous, and moving experience.”

Holiday Hours

Visit us at our regular hours Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 29 from 10am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

WHY Dialogue Weds, December 5, 6:30-8

Work : Detroit 

An ongoing series of dialogues among makers of creative work

Join us Wednesday, December 5, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm for a conversation with participants from the current exhibition “WHY” including:
David Barr, Topher Crowder, Charles McGee, Kathleen Rashid, Stephen Schudlich, and some others TBA.

The series “Intersections” brings together makers of creative works from Detroit, Ann Arbor, and beyond in a dialogue with each other and the audience about their process, practice, and purpose. On this fertile crossroads between regions and disciplines, multiple viewpoints converge, ideas collide, and new perspectives bloom.

This evening’s event includes: David Barr, who’s known for his international sculptural projects including the “Four Corners Projects” and the Labor Monument in Detroit’s Hart Plaza; emerging artist Topher Crowder has been showing prolifically of late, Charles McGee’s work is on display at the DIA, the People Mover, several area hospitals, among other places; Detroiter Kathleen Rashid has been exhibiting and doing public projects consistently throughout the Detroit area and beyond; fourth generation Detroiter Stephen Schudlich takes a tongue and cheek clinical approach to mapping urban information.

Join us at Work @ Detroit for this unique opportunity to participate in a dialogue with makers of creative work and contribute to the new discoveries that emerge along the way.
(NOTE: A second conversation between participants in “WHY” will take place Wednesday, January 16, 2008.)

a cultural nerve center where people, places, and creative work intersect

About the exhibition: Why – Why we make creative work, from the people who make it. What compels artists and designers to create, often in the face of staggering obstacles? Where does that drive come from? Why do we do what we do?

Artist and designers from Detroit and faculty from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design offer their individual diverse responses to questions about the source of their creative work. The resulting variety of perspectives in work and in words offers an educational and insightful exploration of the origins of creativity. A selection of work from each artist/designer is supplemented by the transcribed text of his/her responses to the question “why”, as well as a video of all the responses. The show also features an interactive component that allows visitors to record their responses to this central question about the nature of creativity.

WHY runs 17 November – 26 January 2007
Hours Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm
Work : Detroit Gallery, 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Reception Desk: 313 593-0527
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