Exhibitions & Events

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)


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FLY | DROWN is a performance that uses mundanity as a tool for accessing pleasure for Black femme queer bodies. The performance utilizes somatic techniques that are particular to these bodies as they move between public and private spaces. FLY | DROWN was awarded a $25,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as a winner of its Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the Arts. The award will support DAM’s performance and installation of FLY | DROWN, by dancer and choreographer, Jennifer Harge, curated by Taylor Renee Aldridge. This grant requires a match, so please support the project by donating here.

Detroit Club Art Auction: DAM Gala 5

We are happy to announce the Detroit Club Art Auction: DAM Gala 5, the fifth annual fundraiser to support our mission. We greatly appreciate your support for this wonderful Detroit Artists Market tradition. We hope that you can join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7-10 p.m., at the Detroit Club.

DAM’s annual fundraising gala revolves around a special art exhibition that honors our history of supporting artists at different career stages. Ten artists will create original works of art for a one-night exhibition and art auction hosted by Elliott Broom, Vice President of Operations at the DIA. This year’s featured artists include Boisali Biswas, Kristen Canda, Meighen Jackson, Rick Vian, Priscilla Phifer, Tom Phardel, Caroline Del Giudice, Dorothy Jett-Carter, and Armageddon Beachparty. The evening also features live music, a strolling supper, and a silent auction featuring additional artwork and products from notable Detroit establishments.

We are honored to host this year’s art auction at the Detroit Club, the gorgeous Romanesque Revival-style building created in 1892 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Club recently underwent an amazing two-year renovation. New owners Emre and Lynn Uralli have put millions of dollars into updating the four-story building at 712 Cass Ave., refurnishing its venerable dining and reception rooms and adding new lounge areas and amenities, including a spa and whirlpool floor and 10 overnight guest suites. Please join us for an evening of art, celebration, and honoring Detroit’s rich history.

Tickets can be purchased at our EventBrite page, over the phone (313.832.8540), or in person at the gallery.


Thank you to our event sponsors!

  • Roger Garrett
  • Jean Hudson
  • Donna Curran