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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

For Farm Sake!

Yes, the farmer sitting on that there tractor is no other than Mr. Henry Ford.  See y'all at the show. 

6:00PM to 11:00 PM
October 13th, 2012

Work from:

Mira Burack
Patrick Costello
Kate Daughdrill
Joao Evangelista
Stacey Malasky
Lisa Marshall
Bridget Michael
Kinga Osz-Kemp
Jason Raven
Myett Risker
Darryl Smith
Corine Vermeulen
Paul Weertz and his 1960's Ford Tractor and New Holland Baler  

6000 Bees, api-curated by Green Toe Gardens
Earthworks Youth Farm Stand
Pink Pony Express
Rising Pheasant Farms
Singing Tree Garden
The RhinoGrow Team

Music and Spoken Word By:

S.I.R.I.U.S aka (Kadiri Seenefer) from D-town Farm featuring BRYCE
CHEAPLASTICRAP aka (Andrew Kemp)

Homegrown aka (Lucas DiGia) and  Alexi Ernstoff of Rap For Food 

Performances Throughout the Evening: 

6:00PM: HELIOTROPE choreographed by K. Natasha Foreman featuring 36 dancers and 2 violins.

8:00PM: James Cornish's Short Opera Project featuring Mezzo-Soprano Deanna Relyea. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

For Farm Sake: a farmer's exhibition on October 13th, 2012.
@ the detroit contemporary (CAID) 
5141 Rosa Parks blvd, Detroit MI
Entries due in by September 15th, 2012. 

This will not be a normal art show.  All forms of art and performance are welcome; all forms of gardening and farming are welcome. Embodying organizations, individuals and artists immersed in gardening, farming, and working with available resources.

If you are interested in participating or have any further questions:
by September 15th, 2012. 

Presented by the YesFarm Curatorial Committee.  
This is a free event open to all ages. Please forward this invitation to those that may be interested. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Call for Art, Performance and Farming!

Dear All,

The farmer's exhibition 'For Farm Sake' is approaching, if interested please read the information below:

To honor local organizations, individuals and artists interested in agriculture, farming, and working with available resources; the detroit contemporary will present For Farm Sake, a farmer's exhibition on October 13th, 2012. We will highlight many of the urban farming organizations, initiatives and individuals that have motivated the growth of this great movement amongst a display of artists inspired by agriculture. We formally invite you to take part in this illustrious event and hope to hear from you soon. 

If you are interested in participating or have any further questions, please email the detroit contemporary's Director of Agriculture: no later than September 15th, 2012

This will not be a normal art show: 'For Farm Sake' will be ground breaking! By gathering artists and farmers under the same roof, the show will be an inspiration for both. All forms of art and performance are welcome, all forms of gardening and farming are welcome. This is a free event open to all ages. Please forward this invitation to those that may be interested. 


KT Andresky
Agriculture and Exhibitions 
detroit contemporary

". . . man never regards what he possesses as so much his own, as what he does; and the labourer who tends a garden is perhaps in a true sense its owner, than the listless voluptuary who enjoys its fruits. . . . In view of this consideration, it seems as if all peasants and craftsmen might be elevated into artists; that is, men who love their labour for its own sake, improve it by their own plastic genius and inventive skill, and thereby cultivate their intellect, ennoble their character, and exalt and refine their pleasures."
-Alexander von Humboldt

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Garden Building Competition

Dear Artists and Urban Agriculturalists,

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit will be exploring a new critical territory in contemporary art: the intersection of farming and art as necessary and related components of culture.

As a part of this 2012 agriculture season the detroit contemporary is presenting a Garden Building Competition. The gardens will be designed and built as permanent installations in the outdoor area of the detroit contemporary where many performances take place. These gardens will also be part of our outdoor classroom for our new urban gardening educational programs.

The components of the competition are as follows:

-Does this garden serve multiple purposes? (for example: it can be used as an alternative performance space as well as a garden) Keep in mind people traffic and how you can make this work with outdoor concerts, plays, etc.

-Are the materials used to build the garden ecological and/or permanent?

The beds will be judged upon the level of creativity, ingenuity, functionality and the above components.

Proposals are due by April 1st and the winners can begin to build by April 10th. All garden beds must be complete and planted by May 26th.

There will be a garden gala and farmer’s exhibition to debut the winners of the competition on May 26th.

If you are interested, please send proposals that include a description of space needed, plants interested in planting (if any specific), placement in sun or shade, amount of soil needed and any drawings of your proposal. (Please see the aerial map of the CAID attached to this email.)

The detroit contemporary will be providing soil, seeds and plants if necessary. Proposals can include planting bushes, trees, vegetables, and/or flowers, building garden beds, chicken coops, composting containers and any other garden ideas.

Please direct your questions and proposals to and forward this email to those that may be interested.

KT Andresky

Director of Agriculture and Exhibitions

detroit contemporary

Friday, February 24, 2012


MINIONS during the End of the Apocalypse at the detroit contemporary

February 11th 2012 Closing Exhibition...

Still Life (Your Town Tomorrow) by Michael Williams

Artists Showing from Right to Left:
Andrew Kemp, Minnihaha Foreman, Killmonkeys, and Mary Lou Greene

Artists showing from Left to Right:
Frank Kalinski, Steven Gamburd, and Brian “Weirdartist” Lewandowski

Installation by Dylan Strzynski and Drawings by Daniel Bohman

Artwork from Left to Right:
Diane Irby, Daniel Bohman, Megan Hildebrandt, and Steven Gamburd

Poly Collapse by William R. O'Brian

Sculptures by Tim Péwé, Mary Lou Greene, Daniel Bohman, and MINION

Thursday, January 12, 2012

POACALYPSE : APOCALYPSE will descend and decrease with loudness into your evening @ detroit contemporary 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI 48208

The artists showing in the apocalypse show are not just local or national… they’re universal and here to let you know that the Gregorian Calendar’s translation of the Mayan Calendar is 11 months off. Come join the commemoration January 21st 2012, at 6PM – 11:30PM.

In 2012, the detroit contemporary will act as a place for artists to seek refuge and conduct their own form of arbitrary confinement. Starting with the apocalypse show (as if the apocalypse started here) spectators will arrive expecting to enter into the end of the World then leave feeling like the World just ended… and that is now the beginning.

This new direction of the detroit contemporary will advance the foundation that lies between farm as culture and art as culture. Stay tuned-in to future exhibitions and see how it all happens.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Clearly not all about Detroit, part II.

A series of outsider movies that actually just might….

dogtoothAs an artist in residence for Expodium, the Netherlands, Friso Wiersum has been in Detroit since the end of October. As you can read at the blog he looks in amazement at the attention this town devotes to itself. Not an object producing artist himself he proposes a series of films. Not touching on Detroit directly, the themes in the movies touch upon developments within the city we love. Friso will introduce the movies and themes, and invites you for an evening of food & film, thoughts & talks. Theme sequence: utopia, social welfare, revolt and nostalgia. Free and open to teh public!

Date: 11/29/11

8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Dog tooth [Greece, 2009]. A bizarre fairytale, an utopia turned dystopia. On a family living outside of what others always see as normal. How do you want to see your [forthcoming] kids judging you?

Date: 12/06/11

8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Simon [Netherlands, 2004]. A comedy that deals with themes as euthanasia, homosexuality, friendship, drug use. A semi-critical view on a society in which one is invited to believe one can decide on all aspects of life. What is your life, what is

Date: 12/13/11

8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
la Haine [France, 1995]. A day in the life of three kids in Paris. It's been a long hot summer already. A movie about inclusion and exclusion, city planning, 'banlieues' and city centres. What city you choose to live in?

Date: 12/20/11

8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Goodbye Lenin [Germany, 2003]. On nostalgia as a survival tool, on rewriting history, and for some laughs on capitalism.

All screenings at the detroit contemporary,

5141 Rosa Parks, Detroit

Expodium, Utrecht

free entrance