3583 Dubois Street, in Detroit, Michigan, no longer exists. While the dilapidated 7,000 square-foot brick apartment building at this location still stands, the city has reassigned its address as 2170 Mack Avenue. It is a subtle change, but one that underscores a metaphoric loss of this place’s history. Like so many in Detroit and cities like it, this abandoned building holds memories waiting to be erased or revived. In his installation, Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, Anders Ruhwald repositions the building’s identity, intertwining its past, present, and future.
Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists studies some of the best contemporary art through the lens of craft: the woven carpet. Featuring 30 artists from across the globe, the exhibition shows this object to be a powerful locus of meaning today, one that cuts across issues of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics.
Anthony Discenza (1967, New Brunswick, NJ) is a conceptual artist who explores the production and distribution systems of mass media and the messages it generates. With a distinct interest in the relationship between textual, auditory, and visual systems of representation, Discenza often combines a variety of forms. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats (2012) is a single-channel sound installation that presents a series of unlikely juxtapositions that are both humorous and confounding.
Liz Magic Laser, Yael Bartana, Metahaven, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries
Acts of Speech presents four video artworks that explore ideas of agency and political participation in relation to the 2016 Presidential election on November 8. Presented in Gund Commons, MOCA’s free public event space, this series asks us to consider the ways that the free expression of language—written, spoken, signed, or otherwise—is a powerful act that is ours to take.