CALL FOR ART Trumbullplex Art Exhibition Theme: Another Detroit‘s Been Happening! – radical Detroit history & expressions of now

We are hoping to find work that represents Detroit’s radical past, ideally with an aesthetic that would allow it to fall into the category of art, ha. The piece need not necessarily be your own, it may be an old poster, print or photo from your personal collection. Pertinent art might connect to one or more of the following:

  • proves another Detroit’s been happening
  • honors those who came before us
  • illustrates unique Detroit self sufficiency/survival solutions
  • shows the circular motion of revolution

Deadline for submissions June 11, 2010.

Email with size and photo(s) of your contribution

Partial opening June 13th, 2010 in collaboration w/ Trumbullplex Cafe II
Official opening June 21st $1.00 Soul(stice) Party
AMC/USSF Stencil Mural Creation with Just Seeds Date TBA

Another Detroit‘s Been Happening!

From the moment we are born, there is movement–especially in Detroit. Our story is unique and our revolving collective history is a map to finding connections to one another.

This city has a long history of inspired radical activism and at the Trumbullplex we feel activism should be expressive, it should be creative and poetic. It should be art.

The US Social Forum’s slogan has been Another World is Possible! Another US is Necessary!. Detroit’s version is Another Detroit’s been happening! As consistently as Detroit has been referred to as The city in a prolonged state of emergency, the emergence of exciting alternatives and resistance to the status quo have been equally present. In Detroit we’ve been making a lot out of what we’ve been given. This means that we have to take a lot of shit…we also take some shit when we need to.

For 17 years the Trumbullplex has existed under the banner of the black flag, making it an easy target for ridicule and misunderstanding. We admit we‟re not ideally run. What bonds us is our will to embrace big ideas like appreciation for those who came before us, people organizing themselves and taking chances.

In the Trumbullplex community space during the Allied Media Conference, United States Social Forum and New World From Below Collective Convergence, we‟ll attempt to draw out just some of the connections between current Detroit efforts and our past. Even if we curate a superbly flawed show, we hope it will leave a lot of space for the viewer, listener, observer etc. to insert their own experiences and questions.

With your help, the art will demonstrate why Detroit should indeed be of interest to the country. Detroit has been the recognizable canary in the coal mine, giving warning signals that the conditions are dangerous, actually “ground zero”.

With a past to back it up, our city should also be understood as a place of emerging solutions and creative ideas for how to overcome some struggles we all face.

Trumbullplex 4210 Trumbull Detroit, MI 48208 313.758.7144

Print by Bec Young


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