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Dual Vision Staff Pick

Through Aug. 8

Dual Vision is an expansive, forty-person group exhibition featuring artists living in or otherwise engaged with Detroit. Framed as a series of visual conversations that explore various methodologies for collaboration between practitioners, Dual Vision includes twenty individual projects produced by forty artists working in pairs—each work representing dual creativity as one. (313) 832-6622

This Is Not Grandma's Glass Staff Pick

Habatat Galleries 4400 Fernlee Ave., Royal Oak Greater Royal Oak Area

The title of the current art glass show at the renowned Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, tells the whole story in its title : Not Grandma's Glass – Yet!

Known as the largest and oldest gallery in the world dedicated to studio glass, Habatat represents the most established and recognized glass artists in the field. However, its young director, Aaron Schey, also has an eye to the future of the medium.

For 2021 he has called upon 12 glass artists from across the world who are known for the norm busting approach to creating glass art. These are the glass artists who are expected to be driving forces in the future of the medium. He has invited them to participate in an online glass art show featuring new works. One of the artists will be featured each month, including interviews with the artist and tours of each studio as well as videos of the artist at work.

All of the works will stay online for the entire year and each participating artist competes for the opportunity to be one of four artists who are asked back to also display their work in the 2022 edition of Not Grandma's Glass.

"The artists and collectors who have created the world of contemporary glass over the last decades are some of the most creative and future thinking artists and art appreciators in the world.” said Schey. "By inviting members of the new generation of glass artists to show their work, we are saluting not only up and coming artists and collectors, but established artists and collectors who will truly appreciate their vision. I have sometimes heard clients refer to the next generation as not understanding or caring about 'grandma's glass.' With this new show we are out to prove that the whole world of contemporary glass art appreciates the next generation of artists and collectors. This is artwork that is not in grandma’s art collection…yet".

Since its inception 48 years ago, Habatat has been instrumental in elevating the appreciation of art glass by major collectors and museums around the world. "When the galley was started by Ferdinand Hampson," says Schey. "He dedicated himself to knowing all of the artists around the world who were working in, what was then, the new medium of contemporary glass art. He encouraged the artists to push boundaries and grow the field.

"I feel like with this unique show, Not Grandma's Glass, we are taking the world of art glass to the next level with the next generation of artists. We are embracing their creativity and vision. The work in Not Grandma's Glass is provocative and challenging. It may not be for everyone but it is a look at the future and that is what is so exciting about it."

The twelve artists invited to participate in the exhibition are: Morgan Peterson of Washington State, Matt Eskuche of Pittsburgh, Michael Janis and Tony Porto of Washington D.C. and Chicago respectively, John Moran of Ghent, Belgium; Jon Boley aka Shaggy of Oregon, Chad Fonfara of Omaha, Nebraska; Petra Herbacjova of Prague, Czech Republic; Caterina Urrata - Weintraub of Boston, Joseph Ivacic of Chicago, Dean Allison of Pittsburg, Anthony Amoako Attah of Sunderland, England and Ghana; and Krista Israel of The Netherlands.

Each artist brings unique talent and forward thinking concepts to the work. Matt Eskuche has created a strong reputation and admiration for his iconic trash glass style. Caterina Urrata - Weintraub uses glass - a heavy fragile material - to create iconic toys or reimagined personal memories. Anthony Amoako Attah's work focuses on migration, integration and dislocation and the glass often looks like woven or printed fabric with traditional Kente designs and Adrinka symbols.

Artists Michael Janis and Tony Porto have collaborated from thousands of miles away from Chicago and Washington D.C., in the midst of the Covid crisis, to create large glass installations entitled My Hero! It explores pop iconography and incorporates action figures, including Star Wars, super heroes, WrestleMania, My Little Pony, and more.

(248) 554-0590

Virtual Tours at Cranbrook Art Musuem Staff Pick

Livestream Event The Interwebz, The Interwebz Online Only

See our most recent shows online by exploring our virtual exhibition tours. We've just added a tour of the exhibition For the Record: Artists on Vinyl, which pairs album cover designs with artworks drawn from our permanent collection, many by the same artist.

Arts and the Public Good: The Resilience of Creativity and Community in Detroit Online

Tue., Aug. 3, 4-5:30 p.m.

Musicians, actors, artists, and institutions have had their ability to practice, perform and exhibit severely impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges, many have developed creative ways to stay active with their craft and engage community. Join us for an interactive discussion via Zoom of the various ways artists and institutions in the Detroit area have persevered and even thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a two-part Town Hall focusing on both the Visual and Performing Arts. A Focus on the Visual Arts: Thursday June 24, 4:00pm A Focus on the Performing Arts: Thursday August 5, 4:00pm

"Bounce" Art Installation at Beacon Park

Through Sept. 13, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Beacon Park 1903 Grand River, Detroit Downtown Detroit

Beacon Park is kicking off its newest art installation titled “Bounce” by New York City-based, award-winning design studio Hou de Sousa. The “Bounce” project consists of parachute cord and piano wire, which combine to create unique triangle shapes varying in color and size. The shadows and lighting of the installation change depending on the time of the day, providing a sense of wonder for all in attendance. The event will run from June 4 through September 13 during park hours and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase at Lumen Detroit. COVID Safety Guidelines 586-747-2591

2021 Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition

Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 2

The 12th biennial exhibition features the work of some of Michigan’s best sculptors within a radius of 200 miles. The exhibition runs from July 10 to October 2, 2021. For more information and to view the virtual exhibition go to 989-964-7125

Digital Exhibitions: The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance and Borderlands Under Fire Online

Through Dec. 17, 12 p.m.

While the Stamelos Gallery Center remains closed to the public, we are pleased to announce two digital exhibitions by Chicago-based artist, Kristin Anahit Cass. Her art explores the intensely personal spaces where our lives intersect, considering underlying questions of social justice and human rights. The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance project explores the often unrecognized role that women play in the survival and evolution of cultures and communities. Borderlands Under Fire exposes the world of a frozen conflict and documents the effects of state-sponsored violence on daily life in the frontier villages of Armenia.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 6
The Henry Ford Museum 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn Greater Dearborn Area

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The Henry Ford is excited to announce The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited opening inside the Gallery by General Motors in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), the traveling exhibition opens June 5, 2021 through Sept. 6, 2021 and is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition, on permanent view in New York City. The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a dynamic new visitor experience exploring Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. This comprehensive exhibition reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more. It also includes material from Henson’s experimental film projects and his early work, presenting him as a restlessly creative performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator. The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, iconic costumes, and interactive experiences that allow visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on camera and designing a puppet character.


Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28
Playground Detroit 2845 Gratiot Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Exhibition: "Collection Ensemble" (April 2, 2019–ongoing)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

"Collection Ensemble" presents the first major reinstallation of UMMA's iconic entry space in over a decade. It exchanges Alumni Memorial Hall's previous focus on European and American painting for a broad mix of American, European, African, and Asian art from across media, sampling the Museum's remarkable, disparate holdings. Featuring works of art by numerous famous and not-so-famous artists, many of them artists of color and women—including Charles Alston, Christo, Theaster Gates, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Do-Ho Suh, Kara Walker, and others, "Collection Ensemble" reimagines the collection. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Pan-African Pulp: A Commission by Meleko Mokgosi"

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

In Pan-African Pulp, Botswana-born artist Meleko Mokgosi explores the history of Pan-Africanism, the global movement to unite ethnic groups of sub-Saharan African descent. His Vertical Gallery installation, which inaugurates a new biennial commission program at UMMA, features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and ’70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, posters from Pan-African movements from around the world, including those founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s, and stories from Setswana literature. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Live T-shirt Screen Printing

Ongoing, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Detroit Shipping Company 474 Peterboro St., Detroit Cass Corridor

Check out Armadillo Printwear at the Detroit Shipping Company, 474 Peterboro St. for a live t-shirt screen printing demonstration. Our staff is available to demonstrate and talk about the screen printing process. 313-460-8333

The Big Picture Guided Tour

Tuesdays-Sundays, 1 p.m., Fridays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 19
Cranbrook Art Museum 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills Greater Birmingham Area

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Cranbrook Art Museum presents "With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932," a large-scale exhibition and publication that explores how this radical art school located on the outskirts of Detroit has continued to impact the worlds of art, architecture, craft, and design in ways that far surpasses its size. More than 275 works occupy the entirety of the museum and present a cross-section of work by former students and faculty of the school from the 1930s to the 2000s. ArtMembers Opening: June 18-19, 2021. Open to the general public June 20-Sept. 19, 2021 248-645-3329

Multimedia Drawing Class

Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.
Jewish Community Center 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Greater Birmingham Area

Artists of all skill levels are invited to join a weekly drop-in multimedia drawing class at the Jewish Community Center. The two-hour sessions on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. include all the materials, a still life arrangement and professional instruction from Todd Larson, a Detroit area artist and ceramicist. 248-432-5467

Downriver Poets Unit

Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Penelope's Venue 12219 Dix Toledo, Southgate Downriver

Meets every Thursday from April to August, beginning April 12th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at Penelope’s Venue in Southgate on Dix. All ages are welcome to attend. The theme for the end of summer publication is “Recovery.” 313-410-3903

Open Mic Nights - Every Thursday!

Thursdays, 7:30-10:03 p.m.
Edo Ramen 4313 W 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak Greater Royal Oak Area

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Open to all musicians and singers... Simply bring an acoustic guitar, bongos, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, tambourine, or sing with us! 248-5565775

The Dark Days Of Summer Show

Fri., Aug. 6, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
New Dodge Lounge 8850 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck Hamtramck

The Brimstone Lab in association with Dark Hip Hop presents The Dark Days Of Summer Show featuring Black Magik The Infidel! Featuring performances from Six Nick Six & Ryxx, N3kr0t!k, DJ HYPEMANE, RareGem Arie, Killa King, Haze The Northside Mexican, and Hosted by Swing Dee Diablo! *This is an Official Hamtramck Music Fest Show! (313) 874-5963

In-Between the World and Dreams: Ghanian Artist Ibrahim Mahama Online

Fri., Aug. 6, 8 p.m.

Ibrahim Mahama - Friday August 6th, 2021 - 8 PM ET Watch at - - - The project presents pub­lic fac­ing instal­la­tions at a time when our indoor spaces and oppor­tu­nity for engage­ment with the arts are lim­ited. Mahama’s work acknowl­edges the trou­bling his­to­ries of colo­nial­ism and slav­ery in the West­ern world, and the labor of Black and brown peo­ple behind global exchange. At the same time, the work and over­all project speaks to build­ing new worlds out of failed sys­tems, futures out of dis­ap­point­ments, ask­ing the ques­tion, What can we do?

Drawing in the Galleries

Fridays, 6 p.m., Saturdays, 12 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


Belle Isle Art Fair

Sat., Aug. 7, 10 a.m. and Sun., Aug. 8, 11 a.m.
Belle Isle Belle Isle Park, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

(313) 393-4075

Berkley Street Art Fest

Sat., Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The celebration of art and music includes the return of the beloved professional and aspiring chalk artists, who will create colorful street art with chances to win prizes, a DJ and an exploration of Downtown Berkley’s many murals. New this year is the Shop for Good Village, a curated collection of handmade product makers and sellers, with a primary focus of "Doing Good" on a local or global scale. Artisans interested in applying for a space within the Shop for Good Village should visit The deadline to apply is July 16.

Brewing For Comedy

Every other Tuesday, 9-11 p.m.
Craft Heads Brewing Company 89 University Avenue West, Windsor Greater Detroit Area

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Brewing for comedy is a weekly comedy show at craft heads brewery hosted by Rob Kemeny (of Haddon's Comedy Club) and Paul Montanier (Windsor Comedy Festival, Thunderbay Comedy Festival, Laughfest) The Show features comedians with different levels of experience from professional acts from across the country and first timers trying it for the First time. We book a lot of our favorite comedians from all over for 1 crazy show. We have comics coming from from Michigan, Ohio, Toronto, Windsor (and 1 guy from Belle River) to come showcase there best material. 2269612980

East Warren Arts District Art Fair

Sat., Aug. 14, 12-5 p.m.
ZAB Cultural Collective 16927 East Warren Avenue, Detroit East English Village

This is an art exhibition featuring the works of amazing local artists and artisans. This will be an indoor/outdoor event to help ensure the safety of our patrons. We will be following all current safety protocols. 800 679 2208

Brain Candy

Third Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Green Brain Comics 13936 Michigan Ave., Dearborn Greater Dearborn Area

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Arts Event--one poet, one prose writer, one musician and one visual artist sharing their talents. 313-582-9444


First Sunday of every month, 4-7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 12
Clark Park 1130 Clark St., Detroit Greater Detroit Area


Colin & Brad: Scared Scriptless

Fri., Oct. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood return to the Michael A. Guido Theater on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. for Scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin & Brad make up original scenes, songs and more. For tickets, call (313) 943-2354 or visit 3139432354

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