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2015
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Panels, Discussions, & Artist Talks

 

The Art X Detroit schedule includes several panels, discussions, and artist talks featuring Kresge Artist Fellows, national and community leaders, cultural critics, arts administrators, and more.


In cultural institutions or in homes, in prisons or on the streets, art has the power to heal, transform, and rehabilitate; to archive and document; to unite communities; to affect how we think about political, economic, social systems; and, simply put, to sustain and revitalize our city.

We hope that you will attend these events and engage in conversation with us. See below for a full list of all panels, discussions, and artist talks taking place during AXD.

Thursday, April 9



Lynne Tillman and the State of Arts and Cultural Criticism (Reading & Lecture)
5-6:30PM, MOCAD - CAFE (WITH LIVE STREAMING @ THE N'NAMDI CENTER)

With an introduction by former Kresge Literary Arts Fellow Lynn Crawford, novelist, short story writer, cultural critic, and former 2010 KAID panelist Lynne Tillman will read from her book What Would Lynne Tillman Do?  Speaking on the state of arts and cultural criticism, Tillman's reading and lecture will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and reception.

This event occurs as part of the AXD Opening Night festivities. Reservation suggested.


Friday, April 10



Rethinking Justice (Panel Discussion)
4:30-7PM, DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY - MAIN BRANCH, FRIENDS AUDITORIUM

A moderated discussion about the use of the arts in rehabilitation efforts in correctional facilities.

PANELISTS:
Gillian Eaton, Moderator (University of Michigan)
Anna Clark (Literary Detroit)
Rueben Kenyatta (Wild Wolf Fine Art Studio)
Wayne Kramer (Co-Founder, Jail Guitar Doors and former guitarist of MC5)
Ashley Lucas (Director, Prison Creative Arts Project)
Frannie Shepherd-Bates (Magenta Giraffe)

SPONSORED BY: JAIL GUITAR DOORS and UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S PRISON CREATIVE ARTS PROJECT

Jail Guitar Doors PCAP



Arthur R. LaBrew: AfriClassical Musicologist (Display & Discussion)
12-2PM, MOCAD - CAFE

Introduction by 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow Arthur R. LaBrew’s nephew Darryl Prestwood and a discussion with legal advisor and researcher Ellis Washington and Daniel Washington of the National Association of Negro Musicians about the life and legacy of Professor LaBrew.

This event takes place as part of Arthur R. LaBrew's Art X Detroit project.

SPONSORED BY: DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Detroit Public Library



Saturday, April 11



Design of the Times: Detroit (Panel Discussion)
12-2PM, MOCAD - CAFE

What is the value of design to Detroit in the 21st century? Design and the creative industries are a vibrant and complex ecology. Design in particular currently has multiple meanings, scales and opportunities for a diversity of practitioners and practices. Moderated by Cezanne Charles (Creative Many), this panel will examine how design and the creative industries impact Detroit.

PANELISTS:
Cezanne Charles, Moderator (Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many Michigan)
Halima Cassels (Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition; O.N.E. Mile Project)
Helen Kerr (Co-Founder, Kerr Smith Design)
Jenny Lee (Executive Director, Allied Media Projects)
Anya Sirota (Akoaki; MODCaR; O.N.E. Mile Project)


Sunday, April 12



Brave Red World (Artist Talk)
3-4PM, MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER - PLANETARIUM

What might life on Mars be like? Who would go? What would they build, and how? “BRAVE RED WORLD” delves into the personal, political, economic, social, and existential implications of these questions. This presentation will involve a behind-the-scenes filmmaking process exploring the research and development of a Martian cinematic odyssey. 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Daniel Land will chronicle the experience of living at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah on a simulated Mars mission, culminating in a special preview screening of the resulting short film project.

This event takes place as part of Daniel Land's Art X Detroit project.

SPONSORED BY CINETOPIA

Cinetopia



Why We Go (Artist Talk)
4-5PM, MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER - PLANETARIUM

Hosted by 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Daniel Land, “WHY WE GO: 54 Years of Humans in Space” will be an all-ages multimedia presentation on the 54th Anniversary of the day Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. Through a walking tour, film screenings, and more, the event studies and explores space in the past, present, and future.

This event takes place as part of Daniel Land's Art X Detroit project.

Cinetopia



Thursday, April 16



Artists as Social Entrepreneurs (Panel Discussion)
12-1:30PM, MOCAD - CAFE

Since 2010, Laura Callanan has explored and profiled the surprisingly real overlap between artists and social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country — from their imagination and adaptability to their commitment to technique and passion. Join Laura, now Senior Deputy Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, for a rich discussion with Robert Karimi on how artists can and do advance creative solutions to real-world challenges at the macro- and local levels.

PANELISTS:
Cezanne Charles, Moderator (Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many Michigan)
Laura Callanan (Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts)
Robert Karimi (The People’s Cook)

UPDATE: This conversation will take place from 12-1:30PM, not 12-2PM as listed in the AXD program.


Friday, April 17



The Art of the Documentary (Panel Discussion)
12-2PM, MOCAD - CAFE

A facilitated discussion on the art of documentary productions across multiple mediums.

PANELISTS:
Juanita Anderson (Lecturer and Director of Film & Digital Media, WSU Department of Communications)
Al Santana (Director, AL SANTANA Productions)
Robert Albers (Director, Media Sandbox; Senior Video Specialist, MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences)


Saturday, April 18



Why the Arts Matter: A Conversation on Art, Engagement, and Community (Public Conversation)
1:30-2:30PM, CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM - GM THEATRE

Art X Detroit welcomes Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, for a public conversation with The Kresge Foundation President & CEO Rip Rapson. Moderated by Juanita Moore (President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History), Jane and Rip will discuss why the arts matter and the critical role arts, culture, and creativity play in restoring and animating communities across the country, including Detroit.

UPDATE: This conversation will take place from 1:30-2:30PM, not 12-2PM as listed in the AXD program.


Writing it Out: Using the Arts to Heal (Reading & Artist Talk)
3-4:30PM, THE N'NAMDI CENTER - MOVEMENT

2013 Kresge Artist Fellow Carolyn Walker is the mother of two children with special needs and through her writing hopes to enlighten people about the realities of living with disabilities, as well as to sensitize others regarding their responses and interactions to people with disabilities. Walker will read from one of her latest works, as well as join a select panel (including 2014 Film/Theatre Fellow Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe) in discussion revolving around her practice and purpose.

This event takes place as part of Carolyn Walker's Art X Detroit project.


Sunday, April 19



Artist Talk: Bill Rauhauser (Artist Talk)
2:30-4PM, MOCAD - CAFE

2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser will engage in a discussion about his life and work with his former students and associates Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz, and Michael Hodges.

This event takes place as part of Bill Rauhauser's Art X Detroit project.

PANELISTS:
Michelle Andonian (Photographer, Andonian Inc.)
Carlos Diaz (Professor, College for Creative Studies)
Michael Hodges (Fine Arts Writer, The Detroit News)


Saturday, April 25



The Art of Food Sovereignty (Panel Discussion)
12-2PM, MOCAD - CAFE

This panel will explore what food sovereignty is, why it matters, and the creative and artistic ways that urban farmers in Detroit are cultivating a more food sovereign city. The panel will offer attendees insight into the current state of urban farming, cast a vision for what a food sovereign Detroit looks like, and explore the simple yet incredibly creative ways that gardeners and artists are reshaping their communities through growing food. We hope attendees walk away with an understanding of the profound impact that working creatively towards food sovereignty can have on the health and well-being of our city.

Hoop house snacks and medicinal teas will be served following the conversation.

PANELISTS:
Jamii Tata, Moderator (Youth Growing Detroit Coordinator, Keep Growing Detroit)
Wayne Curtis (Co-Founder, Feedom Freedom Growers)
Kate Daughdrill (2013 Kresge Artist Fellow)
Jerry Hebron (Manager, Oakland Avenue Community Garden and Farmers Market and Executive Director, Northend Christian CDC)
Paul Weertz (Farnsworth and formerly Catherine Ferguson Academy)

ORGANIZED BY: BURNSIDE FARM and KEEP GROWING DETROIT

Keep Growing Detroit