It’s January, which means winter is at its peak here in the midwest. Detroit galleries are brimming with all the colors of the seasons. Don’t let the feisty weather hold you back from engaging in creative activities. All you have to do is drive to Detroit to see free art displayed among the hundreds of murals gracing the streets.
Detroit galleries reinvent the definition of art. The Detroit art scene unifies the community through modernizing culture. Nothing beats local artists teaming together to highlight and exhibit the importance of the cultural arts. Activate your mind with visuals other than a screen. Support these creators and their personal stories at the following galleries.
Beat the winter blues storming through. Most of these well-established Detroit galleries are in and around Midtown. Scope out these exhibitions and eclectic collections. They will be happy to give you more than just blue.
LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE
Are you really a cultured Detroiter if you haven’t visited the Library Street Collective? They specialize in the presentation of contemporary art. In particular, artists who don’t confine themselves to traditional mediums and exhibition space. Head to the heart of downtown Detroit to see how they’re impacting the community. Check out “Z E N A X” until January 6th. It’s a joint exhibition of work by artists, Beverly Fishman and Gary Lang. Located at 1274 Library Street (Alley) Detroit, MI 48226.
DAVID KLEIN GALLERY
David Klein Gallery opened in 1990 with a focus on contemporary art and an interest in Post War American art. Since the opening of the second location in downtown Detroit in 2015, David’s dream has panned out perfectly into this architecturally significant historic space, marking the expansion of the gallery’s contemporary program. This gallery is home to many large-scale exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Didn’t catch their latest exhibition “Terrain” in November or December? Don’t worry! They host several a year. Located at 1520 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226.
Wasserman Projects doesn’t care what kind of artist you are whether it be art, music, design, they create programs that bring everyone together. Consider them a number one fan as they promote outstanding local and global work. Join the conversation and support the creativity steaming from Detroit galleries like the Wasserman Projects. Their latest viewing was for “Ocean Body” in December. Bring your curiosity and see where they take you next. Located at 3434 Russell Stree, #502 Detroit, MI 48207.
Olayami Dabls’ story extends 16 years back. Since then, the vision has birthed an elaborate space for a flourishing community. African heritage is visible on an immensely powerful platform thanks to Dabls’ gallery. Expansion is always a good thing, especially when it involves Detroit galleries. Check out Dabls’ African Material Culture Collection to be included in the expansion of Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum. Help keep it alive! You can support the museum by donating to Dabls directly (not tax-deductible) or through Allied Media Projects for tax-deductible donations HERE. Located at 6856 Vinewood St, Detroit, MI 48208.
SIMONE DESOUSA GALLERY
Simone DeSousa Gallery in Midtown Detroit is a contemporary art gallery and project located in Cass Corridor, Midtown Detroit, since 2008. Detroit galleries give viewers what they came from extensive spaces to a flow of exhibitions. Desousa includes an EDITION space, which has presented more than 100 exhibitions in the past years. Stop by to support contemporary art and design from local and international artists at all stages in their careers. Click HERE to check out the shop. Located at 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit, MI 48201.
LISA SPINDLER GALLERY
Detroit native, Lisa Spindler has spent the last 30 years showing her work in solo and group exhibitions. Her work appears in private and corporate collections around the globe. Her studio is certainly worth viewing in person. Check out Spindler’s Rebuilding Detroit Series. Explore the Industrial Series with a splash of color. Discussions around fashion and beauty are also displayed within the gallery. Click HERE for a spell-binding collection of photography and art.
Detroit galleries put the “fine” in fine arts and Galerie Camille is no exception. Since 1987, Galerie Camille has continued to promote wildly talented established and emerging artists both on the local and international levels. Their latest exhibition exemplifies the standards of their gallery. Running through January 8th, the exhibition features works by Gilda Snowden, Donald Sulton, Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith, Helen Frankenthaler, Eric Fischl, and Hughie Lee-Smith to name a few. This special collection of work is open to the public and has been curated by Adnan Charara, artist, collector, architect, and owner of Galerie Camille. Located at 4130 Cass Avenue #Suite C, Detroit, MI 48201.
The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is a diverse nonprofit dedicated to enlightenment through the arts. Created by George N’Namdi, this state-of-the-art facility includes four exhibition spaces, including indoor and outdoor performance areas. They’re hosting an inspiring viewing of 30 years of Nanette Carter with Nanette Carter until Jan.15th. The exhibition is “A Survey and her Contemporaries Al Loving, Sam Gilliam, Gregory Coates”. This event recognizes that no single dominant style in contemporary art today.
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