Mike Kelley (1954–2012), The Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station, 2010. Photograph by Corine Vermuelen.

Congratulations to MOCA Detroit for receiving an Artistic Innovation and Collaboration (AIC) grant to support programming around Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead! Mobile Homestead, a full-sized replica of Kelley’s childhood suburban home in Detroit, is a cross between an installation and a community center. The grant will allow MOCAD to expand programming for the installation, which Kelley envisioned as a place that could hold a diverse group of community events and programs, as well as more “covert” activities in its basement that was originally intended to be private for his use.

We’ve just announced the full list of 2013 AIC grantees and can’t wait to share updates about their projects in the coming months and years.

Richard Serra making Splash Piece in the atrium of the Kunsthalle Bern, 1969, for the exhibition Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form: Works, Concepts, Processes, Situations, Information.

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, curated by Jens Hoffmann as a contemporary version of the historical exhibition, opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit on February 1. And we hear that the catalogue, which features an essay by Julian alongside Jens, Christian Rattemeyer and Connie Lewallen, will finally appear in Detroit after some delays in production. We’re so looking forward to seeing it!

Join MoCAD for a night of art, sound, and the highly anticipated return of Detroit’s own electro duo Adult.

Friday, February 10
Opening: 6PM-8PM, Free
Performances: 8PM, $8 | Free for members
Adult. with special guests White Car and Monster Island

Electronic “Dance Punk” group Adult. will perform live in Detroit for the first time in two-and-a-half years and MOCAD is proud to be the space in which they land. Adult. was conceived of in 1998 with Nicola Kuperus upon the demise of partner Adam Lee Miller’s pioneering dance duo Le Car. Together the two created a stunning clash of electro, punk, and techno music that would become the de facto sound of the coming generation. They launched the progressive indie label Ersatz Audio to release their own work alongside the work of other forward-looking acts of the time, such as Magas, Tamion 12 Inch, Goldchains, Electronicat, and more. Over the past few years the Detroit-based duo has taken a long hiatus from live performance to concentrate on making art and on creating their own cinematic universe with their film Decampment. On the cusp of a new year Adult. is once again ready to emerge having produced bold new material to perform in celebration of MOCAD’s newest exhibition.

Joining them on this very special night will be LA-based electro-dance band White Car. White Car are a duo born and bred Chicago, specializing in industrial / no-wave pop. Sinister, whispered vocals and disorienting beats, underpinned by strong structures, are blended in order to create minimal and disjointed pop music simultaneously referencing Nitzer Ebb, Depeche Mode, Detroit Techno, Italo-Disco, dark alleys and uncomfortable encounters.

Beginning the night at 7PM, performing in Joshua White and Gary Panter’s Light Show, will be Detroit’s own Monster Island. An every- evolving psyche-folk collective headed by former Destroy All Monsters founder Cary Loren, Monster Island began in 1995 performing their first concert at Detroit’s Krishna Temple. The group is not a band in the conventional sense. Instead the collective is a variant on the idea of the living theater – a changing social/political landscape of folk, religious & street rituals derived from themes and topics that enhance psychedelic experience, resistance and subversive behavior. The group is deeply influenced by Voudou, Island myths, Antonin Artaud, psychics, puppetry, paleocybernetics, comic books, tribal chanting and a mixture folk and popular art forms.

For more information on Adult. visit their website

For more information on White Car visit their website

For more information on Monster Island visit their Myspace page

For a good while, there was a big neon sign at MOCAD in Detroit that read, “Nothing will be all right." 

I thought I was going to have explain why it didn’t strike me as a negative sentiment (and why it actually always kind of rung home in a subtle way to me), but this article said it better than I would: 

In life, it’s expected to experience joys, pains, ups and downs, so experiences will never be exactly all right or all good. MOCAD’s sentiments add the interpretation that people don’t need that much to survive. Actually, we can survive on very little. Therefore, even if we have what appears to be “nothing” we will still be “alright.”

I miss Detroit.  I miss being in a city so bad.  I could never go wandering here and encounter an entire block covered in shoes with notes documenting their various histories tacked all over the fences.  I can’t walk a block and visit a huge art museum; I can’t see tons of awesome architecture just gazing out my window.  i miss all of these things


Hey Detroit! My alienologist son and I collaborated on a body of work for People’s Biennial which is opening this Friday at MOCAD. We’ve documented a variety of aliens to help educate you on the subject and to introduce their plight to the greater world. As Hank Meloy would say, “Most aliens are very misunderstood.” So come on down if you’re in the neighborhood. We’d love to see you and talk your ear off about outer space.


Like New York City in the 1970s, modern day Detroit is a paradise for street art. The miles of unused facades and ample loads of refuse in this “bombed-out, dilapidated urban landscape” are grist for graffiti artists and writers from the United States and beyond.

In this short film, Los Angeles artist REVOK discusses the creative community that has coalesced in Detroit, highlighting the fantastic assemblages he creates from abandoned houses and buildings, and collaborates with POSE to mount a tribute mural to local icon Sean Griffin, better known as NEKST, on the western facade and southern wall of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Without local authorities policing or buffing their work, the city itself becomes an enormous canvas. 

Building Detroit - Revok, Nekst, Pose - Art in the Streets - MOCAtv


Gary Panter speaks at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) on March 2, 2012 as part of ‘Joshua White and Gary Panter’s Light Show’ on view February 10-April 29, 2012.