Singular Visions in Detroit

By now, everyone has heard of the Heidelberg Project, Tyree Guyton’s 30 year-long outdoor Motown installation of found objects and eccentrically painted houses, but few know about the many other idiosyncratic ongoing art installations that dot the Detroit landscape. A few endure as more-or-less permanent art projects that reflect their creators’ unique ideas of what art is for outside of the more conventional capitalist gallery system. I have profiled three of them in the current edition of New Art Examiner. You can read the story here

Hamtramck Disneyland, the imaginative outdoor installation by Dmytro Szylak, Ukrainian immigrant and GM factory worker
N’Kisi House, part of the MBAD Bead Museum installation and gallery at Grand River and West Grand Blvd. in Detroit, the creation of Olayami Dabls
The disorienting former kitchen in AndersRuhwald’s hipster fun house, Unit1 3583 Dubois.

One thought on “Singular Visions in Detroit”

  1. Hey KA,

    This was a really important view of outsider art within Detroit and the context you provided gave me an enriched understanding of the breadth and depth of form throughout the city. Would you be interested in exploring the subject a bit more deeply and proposing/curating a show on the subject for Detroit Artist Market?

    Meighen

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