Exhibitions & Events

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 Elena and Aubrey Smith. 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
  • Gene Hudson

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


Click here to support this artist and her innovative project.

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.