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!

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


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.