Exhibitions & Events
Please join us at the Detroit Artists Market for this wonderful opportunity to meet the artists of Transformation. To open our event, Noura Ballout will explore the intersectionality of gender, race, and religion as projected on the body through performance.Please see below for Ballout’s artists statement. Afterwards, our artist speakers will discuss their inspiration, process, and intention with the audience. Active participation is encouraged for this portion of the event. Food and drinks will be provided by the gallery.
My practice revolves around exploring the many facets of “home.” Faced with the disorientation I felt as an immigrant in Detroit and Dearborn, I optimistically returned to Beirut, only to be overwhelmed with a deep sense of mourning at the realization that I had assimilated into an American identity; even thinking and dreaming in English instead of Arabic. Moreover, since my adolescence I have failed to feel at home within my own body. Before coming to terms with the scope of possessing a female anatomy, I felt estranged from socially and culturally enforced gender binaries. Feeling as though I belong neither here nor there, I had to forge my own definitions of what I truly am.
In the early explorations of my body, I used the medium of photography to try to understand my own gender, but had yet to develop the linguistic capabilities to discuss what I was actually experiencing. I became convinced that home was in the people I loved and began documenting our relationships. As my work progressed, I came to the realization that I can’t make homes out of people, until I have come home to myself first.
This “coming home to myself” wasn’t an easy journey. Coming to terms with my gender revealed an internalized transphobia on the part of my own queer community. A community that I spent my early adult years building with. This unforeseen and adverse reaction to my developing masculine body led me to create work about the complex subject of trans-masculinity, such as the Construction of the Savage series. These works present glimpses into my journey of navigating societies which systematically negate, challenge and control trans bodies.
My mission is to build bridges between the communities of the intersectional identities that I carry within me. My purpose is to break stigmas and biases that have historically kept communities apart and underrepresented. Through my practice I grow closer to becoming the adult I wish I had in my life growing up as a young Arab, queer, Muslim, and trans-masculine person. I wish to be this person for a younger generation coming up after me. Being misunderstood, first by myself, and later by society at large, I want to humanize being queer to cis and heterosexual Arabs and I want to humanize being Arab to queer people, as well as the greater American community.
Noura Ballout stands in front of their photos “BOI Portrait” (detail) and “Manhood” (detail) , Photo Credit: Jeff Cancelosi
We are happy to announce the Detroit Club Art Auction: DAM Gala 5, the fifth annual fundraiser to support our mission. We greatly appreciate your support for this wonderful Detroit Artists Market tradition. We hope that you can join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7-10 p.m., at the Detroit Club.
DAM’s annual fundraising gala revolves around a special art exhibition that honors our history of supporting artists at different career stages. Ten artists will create original works of art for a one-night exhibition and art auction hosted by Elliott Broom, Vice President of Operations at the DIA. This year’s featured artists include Boisali Biswas, Kristen Canda, Meighen Jackson, Rick Vian, Priscilla Phifer, Tom Phardel, Caroline Del Giudice, Dorothy Jett-Carter, and Elena and Aubrey Smith. The evening also features live music, a strolling supper, and a silent auction featuring additional artwork and products from notable Detroit establishments.
We are honored to host this year’s art auction at the Detroit Club, the gorgeous Romanesque Revival-style building created in 1892 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Club recently underwent an amazing two-year renovation. New owners Emre and Lynn Uralli have put millions of dollars into updating the four-story building at 712 Cass Ave., refurnishing its venerable dining and reception rooms and adding new lounge areas and amenities, including a spa and whirlpool floor and 10 overnight guest suites. Please join us for an evening of art, celebration, and honoring Detroit’s rich history.
Tickets can be purchased at our EventBrite page, over the phone (313.832.8540), or in person at the gallery.
Thank you to our event sponsors!
- Roger Garrett
Curated by Maureen Devine
Transformation is the process of change. It is a marked change, as in appearance or character, usually for the better. We consistently experience change in our everyday lives but transformation is something more conspicuous and special. It may be on a spiritual level or simple changes that lead to something momentous or in physical changes. We have all seen the transformative changes progressing in Detroit and we can see it in our own personal lives. In this exhibition seven very distinct artists were selected to share what is transformative in their lives and work.
Participating Artists: Christopher Corey Allen, Noura Ballout, Coco Bruner, Ray Katz, Carlo Vitale, S. Kay Young, Alivia Zivich.
Featured Artist: Deborah Kashdan
Exhibition: April 26 – May 25, 2019
Opening Reception: April 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
Artist Talk: May 18th, 1 p.m.
Thank You, Mies
Curated by Dennis A. Nawrocki
Detroit’s art scene is rife with overheated expressionism, gritty assemblages, and interrelational social practice. As a counter to this aesthetic, curator Dennis Nawrocki spotlights a style of abstract art that has long focused on clarity and order instead of overt emotions. On view are sculptures and paintings by 20 Detroit- area artists who picked up the baton of formalism and forged images perhaps best defined by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mantra, “Less is more.”
Participating Artists: Scott Berels, Brian Caponi, Vincent Castagnacci, James Collins, Larry Cressman, Simone DeSousa, Cynthia Greig, Janet Hamrick, Lester Johnson, Laith Karmo, Ian McDonald, Brian Kritzman, Paul Kotula, David Edward Parker, John Rizzo, David Rubello, Kate Silvio, Todd Stovall, Lois Teicher, Joe Zajac
Featured Artist: Darin Darby
Exhibition: June 14 – July 20, 2019
Opening Reception: June 14, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Cover Art by Cynthia Greig