4 Local Art & History Exhibits to Visit This Month

By: Michael Fossbakk | October 17, 2016

Detroit is home to some of the biggest and most humble museums with art exhibits that do what all good art does: examine life and the human condition. From the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and plenty of others in and around the city, finding what interests you and taking a deep dive into an artist’s (or artists’) mind is as simple as painting a masterpiece mural…

Well, maybe not that easy.

Check out these four current and upcoming art and history exhibits in Detroit!

“Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection”

Detroit Institute of Arts
Dates: October 21, 2016 – April 23, 2017

At this exhibit you’ll find a collection of photographs taken of Detroit. Some of the photographs’ subjects include the Grande Ballroom, Bookie’s Club, the Gold Dollar and more. These photos will be on display in an area adjacent to the main gallery and are meant to exhibit the influence Detroit has had on other cities around the world.

“Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology” 

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Dates: Ongoing

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology is an ongoing exhibit that highlights African Americans who have made significant contributions to the fields of physical science, earth science, life science and technology & engineering. These four disciplines of scientific advancement are explored through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities.

Jim Crawford Exhibition

Trinosophes
Dates: October 21-22, 2016

Jim Crawford, a graduate of Wayne State University’s master of fine arts program, comes to Trinosophes October 21 from 6-10 p.m. (with an artist talk on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.) to showcase sculpture, assemblage and mixed media collage from his past work. Also included in the exhibit are drawings, photography, postcards and self-portraiture, some of which comes from his time in Cass Corridor, from 1967-78.

“Detroit City/Detroit Affinities: Matthew Angelo Harrison”

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Dates: September 9, 2016 – January 1, 2017

In an exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, artist Matthew Angelo Harrison uses sculptures produced by 3D printers to craft objects that, to him, represent a clash between the organic and the non organic, the authentic and the inauthentic, original and clone, nature and culture. Using 3D printers, Harrison is able to create replicas of traditional African masks, polishes boxes, benches, large bones of African animals and more.