detroit contemporary returns!
detroit contemporary returns!
Hi Art Lover,

After over 7 years away, the detroit contemporary returns to Detroit as a division of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit.  Located where it all began at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, the new detroit contemporary is now home to the Performance Laboratory, Tonight@theCAID, The Detroit Broadcasting Company, and the future site of a community garden and compost facility.  The detroit contemporary will continue to host exhibitions as well as music and performance events throughout the year including a series of outdoor summer concerts, festivals and other events.  There are also plans for a community based radio station that will broadcast Michigan based musical artists as well as live streaming of concerts at the dc.  To get involved please e-mail us at

detroit contemporary's exhibition director is kt Andresky.  In 2007, Kt Andresky moved to Detroit from California where she studied Painting and Conceptual Information Arts. In 2008 she co-founded The Yes Farm, a movement consisting of urban farmers, artists and activists working with and adapting to old farming values with contemporary practices and technologies. Since 2001 she has been working with artists to create a collaborative network of inspirational exchange.

She is currently The Yes Farm's Residency Coordinator, a board member of Filter Detroit, a Director of the Hamtramck Farmer's Market, and Detroit Project Coordinator of Expodium (an artist platform for new strategies based in Ultrect, Netherlands). She teaches art and urban farming in Detroit and Hamtramck. Recently, she served as an invited guest speaker for the course 'Arts of Social Engagement' and as an invited art critic for the course 'Concepts and Images' both at the College of Creative Studies.

2009 Co-Founded Toque De Queda (Old San Juan, Puerto Rico), 2004-2007 Member of Million Fishes Artist Collective (San Francisco, Ca) and life-long member of Empire Squared (Eureka, Ca) since 2003. Attended Humboldt State University, Academia De Belle Arti in Florence, Italy and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Dual Emphasis BA.  You may contact kt via e-mail at

Check out kt's work online at

Check out the happenings of the original detroit contemporary before we update the site.
Find out more about the Performance Laboratory at the new detroit contemporary.
Check out Tonight@theCAID.  We have 7 episodes online already!

Upcoming Events at the new detroit contemporary

Detroit Avant Jazz Invitational
    • Saturday, December 3, 2011
    • 8:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Some of the best free improvisational players from the Rustbelt converge for a night of cutting edge music.

    Kenn Thomas, keyboards
    Michael Carey, reeds
    Hassan Abdur-Razaq, reeds
    James Cornish, brass
    Dan Godston, brass
    Albert Wildeman, doublebass
    Anthony Poretti, percussion
    Kurt Prisbe, percussion

    Opening set by the Creative Music Orchestra

    Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm.
    $5 donation requested.
Clearly not all about Detroit, part II.
A series of outsider movies that actually just might….

dogtoothAs an artist in residence for Expodium, the Netherlands, Friso Wiersum has been in Detroit since the end of October. As you can read at the blog he looks in amazement at the attention this town devotes to itself. Not an object producing artist himself he proposes a series of films.  Not touching on Detroit directly, the themes in the movies touch upon developments within the city we love. Friso will introduce the movies and themes, and invites you for an evening of food & film, thoughts & talks. Theme sequence: utopia, social welfare, revolt and nostalgia.  Free and open to teh public!

Date: 11/29/11
8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Dog tooth [Greece, 2009]. A bizarre fairytale, an utopia turned dystopia. On a family
living outside of what others always see as normal. How do you want to see your
[forthcoming] kids judging you?

Date: 12/06/11
8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Simon [Netherlands, 2004]. A comedy that deals with themes as euthanasia,
homosexuality, friendship, drug use. A semi-critical view on a society in which one
is invited to believe one can decide on all aspects of life. What is your life, what is

Date: 12/13/11
8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
la Haine [France, 1995]. A day in the life of three kids in Paris. It's been a long hot
summer already. A movie about inclusion and exclusion, city planning, 'banlieues'
and city centres. What city you choose to live in?

Date: 12/20/11
8 pm [doors open 7.30 pm]
Goodbye Lenin [Germany, 2003]. On nostalgia as a survival tool, on rewriting
history, and for some laughs on capitalism.

All screenings at the detroit contemporary,
5141 Rosa Parks, Detroit

Expodium, Utrecht

free entrance

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