DETROIT BOOM CITY
Branden collinS, Mitch cope, SCOTT HOCKING, CHIDO JOHNSON, osman Khan, INGRID LAFLEUR, Melanie Manos, MICHI MEKO, MADELINE MOORE, Sabrina Nelson, Jason Peters, Antonio Cosme & GRAEM WHYTe
Pickle Factory, 2120 Bellevue St, Detroit, MI, 48207
For Detroit Boom City, Dashboard was invited to produce an exhibition that engages multicultural communities at the intersection of art and social entrepreneurship. Participating artists were selected for the quality of their execution and conceptual practice, as well as their engagement in diverse communities. Each Detroit-based artist is acutely aware of their city’s uniqueness -- they have created works that respond to or enhance it. For added perspective, 4 national artists were invited to produce a piece depicting initial impressions of this complex landscape. The resulting exhibition is sharp, delicate, sensual, dirty, meditative, and warm (quite literally, Graem made a sauna).
Detroit Boom City is presented in a vacant, former pickle factory dynamically situated in the city. The building boasts a rich history and is owned by Detroit natives who are social entrepreneurs committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of their neighborhood.
Participating artists were selected for the quality of their execution and conceptual practice, as well as their engagement in social entrepreneurship & community. Each Detroit-based artist produces work that responds to or enhances their city; they hone an individual practice while maintaining a community minded-mission that connects people to place and each other. Detroit Boom City connects community at the intersection of art and social entrepreneurship.
See: Michigan Central Train Station, Belle Isle, Pony Ride, Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit, Allied Media Projects, DIA, MOCAD, Charles Wright Museum, Arab American Museum, Popps Packing, N'namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Eastern Market Saturday Market, Powerhouse Productions, Ford Field
Buy Stuff: Lo & Behold (records), Honey Bee Market (guac & breakfast burritos), Motor City Wine, Thrift Store Row on Gratiot Ave. in Roseville (starts with Salvies Army; good for warm hats and satin blouses)
Eat/Coffee: Supino Pizza, Rock City Cafe (get the brussels & mac/chz), Northern Lights, The Bronx (your laptop won't get stolen here even when you leave it!), Gold Cash Gold (avoid on St. Paddy's day, go any other day), Slows, Avalon, Eastern Market Anything, Astro, Trinosophes
Partytime: UFO, Painted Lady, Trumbellplex, Sabrina's House (you can't find this, but if you do, you've struck gold.)
Snooze: Hostel Detroit, St. Regents, MGM Hotel, Powerhouse Productions Powerhouse, Motor City Casino (if you're feelin' lucky)...
Get Around: DET's huge, like the size of Rhode Island (don't look this up, just trust me), takes 10-15 mins to drive everywhere from everywhere, take Lyft, rent bikes @ Wheelhouse on the river, DET has no subway but buses are ok
Glossary: Party Store = Liquor Store, Coney = Diner or Hot Dog (maybe)