Six Local Artists Grapple with the Specter of Detroit’s Manufacturing Heritage


In the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, this latest exhibit draws attention to the post-capitalistic vacuum left in Michigan after the decline of the auto industry there over a decade ago, and includes many pieces and installations which convey a sense existence in limbo, and more contextually, in this space left behind by what was previously a monolithic presence. The pieced-together and found object nature of several of the pieces was highly reminiscent to me of Cecilia Vicuña’s exhibit we visited in the ICA, wherein both exhibits explored various smaller aspects of a larger society influenced by some dominating socio-economic-political presence, and the existence of personal identity in such a society.

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