Detroit’s architecture, neighborhoods, people and auto industry are among the subjects included in “Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000′010,” on view October 16⁁pril 8 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition is organized by DIA and is free with museum admission.
The exhibition provides windows into the experience and meaning of Detroit in the first decade of a new millennium and explores recent photographic practice grounded in the character of the Motor City. The exhibition presents portraits, architecture and documentary photographs and videos by eight artists inspired by Detroit. The artists shed light on life in the city during a time characterized by unique challenges that continue to influence the local landscape and society in the post-automotive era.
More than 50 large-scale color and traditional black and white photographs by Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz, Scott Hocking, Andrew Moore, Alec Soth and Corine Vermeulen are included. Photography and video by Dawoud Bey and Ari Marcopoulos are also featured.
The artists were selected for their diverse and critical perspectives, ability to uncover what lies beneath the surface of life in Detroit and the importance of the city to their artistic practice. They see Detroit as a challenging place of dramatic transformation. Their work appears together for the first time in a deliberately eclectic and sometimes contradictory mix, with subjects ranging from the factory to the community farm, to the vibrant neighborhoods’ ethnic enclaves.
A catalog will accompany the exhibition, with essays by DIA associate curator Nancy W. Barr, Detroit Free Press journalist John Gallagher and New York-based writer and urban art specialist Carlo McCormick.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is at 5200 Woodward Avenue. For information, www.dia.org or 313-833-7900.