Exhibitions & Events


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FLY | DROWN is a month-long installation taking place at the Detroit Artists Market which includes a series of performances, workshops and salon talks conceptualized by dance artist Jennifer Harge and curator Taylor Aldridge. The interdisciplinary exhibition will run from September 13th – October 19th, 2019. Fly | Drown platforms the ways in which Black domestic spaces have provided sites for Black womxn to exercise acts of pleasure and self-sovereignty. The exhibition will simulate Harge’s grandparents home in Highland Park, MI where they landed after traveling north during the Great Migration. Fly | Drown uses Black migration routes as a point of departure to invoke lineages belonging to Black domestic spaces in the Midwest and gestures toward practices that honor and queer ancestral legacies.

The project is generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Material Detroit, ARTXDetroit, Queer | Art, and Dance/USA. Fellowships to Artists which is made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

EVENT SCHEDULE (All events free and open to the public)

Performances (featuring Jennifer Harge)

Friday, September 13, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, September 20, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Meals and Salon Talks

Saturday, September 14, 2 -5 p.m., Professor Crystal Michelle Perkins—RSVP HERE

Saturday, September 21, 2 – 5 p.m., Taylor Aldridge and Jennifer Harge—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 5, 2 – 5 p.m., Marsha Music—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 12, 2 – 5 p.m., Bree Gant—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m., Alexis Pauline Gumbs—RSVP HERE


Tuesday, October 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.—“Choreographing Black Space,” led by The Gathering Detroit—RSVP HERE

Tuesday, October 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.—“Otherlogue” led by Bree Gant—RSVP HERE

Tuesday, October 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.—“Mundane Sonics” with Sterling Toles—RSVP HERE

Art for the Holidays – 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019 – Saturday, December 28, 2018

Mark your calendar for DAM’s festive annual market that launches the Holiday Season. Enjoy the brilliant display of one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list, created by the finest Michigan artists. Paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fibers, and more!

10% off purchases for DAM Individual Members and above.

Thank You, Mies

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 ArtistsScott 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 ArtistDarin Darby  

ExhibitionJune 14 – July 20, 2019

Opening ReceptionJune 14, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Detroit Art Week Reception: July 20, 2019, 4-6 p.m.


Cover Art by Cynthia Greig

I’m With the Band

Poster Designed by Mark Arminski. Limited signed editions of the exhibition poster will be available at the opening reception for I’m With the Band.

I’m with the Band: Detroit’s Musicians Show Their Visual Side

Curated by Jeff Cancelosi

Is there a difference between the interplay of color and shadow and the bending of a note over a percussive beat? For many in Detroit’s creative community, visual and musical art are the same. Creativity is expression, no matter what the medium. Please join the Detroit Artists Market as we explore the artwork of Detroit’s rockers, rappers and jazz musicians and how they each respond to the blank canvas.


Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 1 p.m.

The Three Worlds of Rob Tyner: Rock Musician, Mentor and Dad

Join award-winning journalist and former editor at Detroit’s Creem Magazine Susan Whitall as she moderates a discussion on the life of MC5 lead singer and exhibiting DAM artist Robin Tyner. Joining Ms. Whitall in the conversation will be Mary Cobra (of the Detroit Cobras), Becky Tyner and Robin Tyner Jr.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Mark Arminski: Blurring the Lines between Art and Design

In the late 1990s poster artist Mark Arminski was at the top of his game producing work for national acts like Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins. But the posters had limitations and were only a part of his creative output. Join us as Mark discusses his current creative practice, which goes way beyond the poster.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Tashif “Sheefy McFly” Turner Paints a Work of Art and Gets Personal

Up-and-coming musician and visual artist Tashif “Sheefy McFly” Turner is also a walking work of art — from his clothes to his hair. Join us as Sheefy talks about his style while fellow artist Michael Horner “finger waves” Sheefy’s hair, then stay and watch Sheefy paint a new work while Chicago-based DJ/producer DeeJay Earl creates a soundtrack for the performance. Stick around to bid on Sheefy’s painting!

Participating Artists

Adeboye Adegbenro (Odu Afrobeat Orchestra)

Johnny Bee Badanjek (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Edgar Winter, The Rockets, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Albert King, Nils Lofgren, The Romantics)

Thelonius Bone (Everybody’s In, Invader, Razzle Dazzle)

Davin Brainard (Solo Artist, Princess Dragonmom, Little Princess, Electric Bear, Metal Dungeon, The Crash, Fab.44)

Betty Brownlee (Nathaniel Mayer, The Shanks, Uncle Jessie White, Gino Washington)

Ava East (Shadow Show, Deadly Vipers)

Jimbo Easter (Solo Artist, Living Furniture, Piranhas, Druid Perfume, Odd Clouds, Moonhairy)

Lisa Goedert (The Luddites)

Maurice Greenia Jr. (Spaceband)

William D. Hafer (Human Eye)

Michael Horner (Marcus Belgrave Group, Teddy Harris Jr., Big Joe Williams, Messiah)

Mike Kelley (Destroy All Monsters)

Miz Korona (Miz Korona Band)

Katherine Leisen (Soft Location)

Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters)

Jamie Madrox (Twiztid)

Dave McMurray (Dave McMurray Band)

John Michaels (The Britemores)

Niagara (Destroy All Monsters, Solo Artist)

Kevin Patrick (Solo Artist)

Lisa Poszywak (Rogue Satellites)

Jim Puntigam (Spaceband)

Ben Teague (Behind the Times, Solo Artist)

Chris Turner (Dark Red)

Tashif “Sheefy McFly” Turner (Solo Artist)

Rob Tyner (MC5, The Rob Tyner Band)

Ewolf (The Dirtbombs)

Albert Young (Albert Young and Straight 8, The Waynewood Boys)