With all the out-of-town haters out there, it may be difficult to believe that Detroit is quickly becoming an arts mecca. Large, affordable spaces are drawing artists from all over the globe faster than the promise of free boxed wine and cheese cubes.
In much the same way that Detroit has always been a musical incubator – from Motown to Techno to Kid Rock – we are fast becoming the place for young talent (now that it costs upwards of $100k a month to live in a likely rat-infested closet in SOHO).
Art X Detroit is a celebration of the wide spectrum of art and artists that now make their home in the D Some are lifelong residents. Others were drawn here from all over the globe. Art X, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, showcases the recipients of their recent fellowships in disciplines that cover everything from the written word to visual and performance art (and every combination thereof). It’s a multi-venue, days-long tribute to the work created here at the hard, leathery core of The Great Recession.
The image above is from a video of Chido Johnson’s “Wire Car Cruise” performed in front off the Detroit Institute of Arts. It combines the traditions of the artist’s native Zimbabwe and the local tradition of cruising up and down Woodward in your best rolling hunk of Detroit Steel.
Art X Detroit began on the 6th and runs through the weekend in venues all over Detroit.