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Cranbrook presents ‘Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora’
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – On September 11, Cranbrook Art Museum will launch a distinctive exhibition that embodies the diverse cultural influences acting on twelve artists from Africa now living in Western countries.
“Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora” examines the relationships among shifting physical contexts, emotional geographies, ambition and freedom of expression while focusing on the increasing globalization of the African Diaspora.
The exhibition showcases work by artists from Africa who currently live and work in Western countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. To celebrate the opening of “Looking Both Ways” and the growing multi-culturalism of Metro-Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum will offer a FREE Community Day on September 11, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with music, lectures and films.
The exhibit presents a wide array of styles and media, ranging from video, painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, collage and performance art to works on paper. It comes to Cranbrook Art Museum from the Museum for African Art in Long Island City, New York and was curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, who will deliver a public lecture on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in DeSalle Auditorium.
“Looking Both Ways” challenges, provokes, questions and often plays with issues of identity, construction, national and cultural affiliations, globalism, displacement and artistic freedom. The exhibition is serving as a catalyst, even a paradigm shift for presentations and discussions of works of contemporary artists of African descent.
For more information, please call 1-877-GO-CRANBROOK or visit the website at www.cranbrook.edu.
Fourplay at the Detroit Opera House
DETROIT – An evening of jazz awaits Detroit audiences when Fourplay performs at the Detroit Opera House at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
Together since 1991, the quartet has recorded eight albums, including their debut recording “Fourplay” (1991), “4” (1998), “Yes, Please” (2000), and “Journey” (2004). Their music, which has been defined as jazz with some strong improvisations and large doses of pop and R&B is the right combination that has proven to be behind the band’s longevity and strong fan base.
Tickets are $35-$78, and they are now on sale at the Detroit Opera House box office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Marshall Field’s. Tickets may be charged by phone to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover at 248-645-6666. To purchase tickets on-line, visit www.Ticketmaster.com. For information, call the Detroit Opera House at 313-237-7464, or visit www.motopera.org.
Off the Wall Gallery set to unveil in early September
ANN ARBOR – The inaugural exhibit for the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Off the Wall Gallery will be installed throughout downtown Ann Arbor in early September and will be on display beginning Sept. 6 through Nov. 26.
An ongoing project between the Ann Arbor Art Center and the Main Street Area Association, the inaugural exhibit of Off the Wall Gallery consists of hand-painted banners created by teens from the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ArtMakers program. The banners will be installed on lampposts throughout the Main Street neighborhood on Main, Liberty, Washington and Fourth streets.
Local teens enrolled in the Art Center’s ArtMakers program have been meeting twice a week throughout the entire summer in studio space donated by National City on Main Street. From June through August, participants have been working with professional art instructors to create the first set of banners. Exhibits for the Gallery will continue quarterly, providing 50 new works of art every three months.
For additional information on Off the Wall Gallery, call 734-994-8004 ext. 109 or visit www.annarborartcenter.org.
Be naughty or friendly at Pumpstock 2004
DETROIT – Have you been naughty or friendly this summer? Don’t worry, because it’s not Christmas. Rather, it’s Pumpstock 2004 Naughty/Friendly and it has a little something for all.
This year’s event transforms the Town Pump Tavern’s parking lot in to the hippest outdoor music festival Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28.
Developed six years ago by Sean Harrington, owner of the Town Pump Tavern, Pumpstock has become as hot as the Town Pump itself. The end-of-the-summer music festival is the place where everyone can be seen while the bands are heard.
Pumpstock 2004 Naughty/Friendly anticipates welcoming more than 2,000 fans to downtown Detroit.
With eight bands performing in two days, a five-and-a-half story projection wall is being constructed with the stage for the ultimate weekend of live Rock, Blues, R&B, Garage Rock, Funk and Punk. Detroit’s own Linda Lexy once again takes on hosting duties and will also spin funk and old school tunes in between sets. If music wasn’t enough, performance artist “Danger Kitty” will shimmy on stage and enchant audiences with a cabaret number that brings a little Vegas-show to Detroit.
Fans must be 21 or older to attend.
The Town Pump Tavern is located at 100 W. Montcalm (behind the Fox Theatre) in downtown Detroit.
Tickets are $10, and they may be purchased at the Town Pump Tavern on the night of each show. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the first band hitting the stage at 9 p.m. on both nights. For information, call the Town Pump Tavern at 313-961-1929.
Watercolor exhibit travels to GPAA
GROSSE POINTE PARK – The Grosse Pointe Artists Association presents the Michigan Watercolor Society’s juried traveling exhibition. The exhibit open Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 18. The opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The GPAA Art Center is located at 1005 Maryland in Grosse Pointe Park.
For more information, call 313-821-1848.