Ten years since suffering tremendous turmoil as a result of the 2008 financial crisis and the near-collapse of the US auto industry, Detroit is experiencing a moment of immense cultural and financial rebirth. Five years out of bankruptcy, Michigan’s largest city – which was the birthplace of Motown records and given the nickname “Motor City” inspired by its deep-rooted ties to the booming auto industry of the early 20th century – is once again proving itself a flourishing capital for technology, culture and innovation.
As such, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a non-collecting art museum located in the Detroit’s cultural center, is a must go destination for those visiting the Midwestern city. Founded my Julie Reyes Taubman in 2006, MOCAD has remained a leader in contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts throughout Detroit’s decade of turmoil. Opening May 10th, KAWS: ALONE AGAIN will be the museum’s first solo exhibition highlighting the work of Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS. This highly anticipated show, featuring five sculptures, a site-specific wall work and three paintings, will occupy the museum’s main exhibition space and should not be missed!