Hamtramck's lively and homegrown arts scene will be on display during the annual Neighborhood Arts Festival on Saturday Oct. 20. The one-day event is a loosely-curated showcase of artists, writers and musicians who live in the city.
It will include over 20 locations and feature an art crawl, music on porches and a Hamtramck performance showcase.
Artists Toby Millman and Andrew Thompson have come together to produce a joint exhibit entitled "From Here on Out" at the 2739 Edwin Gallery. Vincent Troia will be showing work at Popps Packing and the Hatch Arts Collective will hold a member show at their gallery. Festivalgoers can also gawk at an amazing backyard sculpture creation known as "Hamtramck Disneyland," created by local artist Dmytro Szylak.
The purpose of the festival, according to its facebook page, "is to activate the city’s indigenous talent and create a walkable, neighborhood-scale, art experience on porches, in houses, on sidewalks and storefronts.
A map and schedule for the festival can be picked up on the day from participating locations like Public Pool, 3309 Caniff or 2739 Edwin.
A schedule and list of locations is also available online.
We've rounded up our top ten art documentaries: from an eerie portrait of Woodman's short life, to Vik Muniz' trash heap tour of Brazil. The best news? All these babies are streamable on Netflix. So log in to your account, or hack into your roommate's or something, and press play!
The Art Of The Steal
The scandalous story of The Barnes Collection's controversial move to Philadelphia, called "the greatest act of cultural vandalism since World War II." Watch it if you love juicy historical mysteries that don't star Nicolas Cage. Netflix user review: "You don't necessarily have to be an art conisseur to enjoy this one; I am not, and I found myself riveted to this story of how one man's good intentions for a school turn into a battle to make a high-profiting museum."
Eames: The Architect and The Painter
A painter who rarely painted falls in love to an architect who dropped out of architecture school, changing the world of design forever. This story captures the marriage of work and life, function and style, and of course Charles and Ray Eames. (And it's narrated by James Franco.) Watch it if you love Pixar movies and wish they were real. Netflix user review: "Very good movie but parents beware one of the interviewees drops the F-bomb. Heaven forbid we bleep that out and make interesting documentaries family friendly..."
Francesca Woodman lived a short, enigmatic and provocative life, entrancing the world with her nude self portraits and killing herself at only 22. Francesca's family, all artists, remember her work and life in a family portrait both eerie and heartwarming. Watch this if you love families more dysfunctional than yours. Netflix user review: "There are two kinds of narcissism, adaptive and maladaptive. This family, on the whole, is actually adaptive, meaning they believe in themselves enough to keep making art, to keep on going."
Black, White and Gray
Focusing on curator-collector Sam Wagstaff, the film explores his relationships with the art icons that characterized the 1980's including homoerotic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and punk poetess Patti Smith. Watch this movie if you whip out your leg warmers and side ponytail from time to time. Netflix user review: "This doc attempts to provide an insight into a certain period of the art scene and the gay scene in describing Wagstaff’s development and contributions. I found the content to be less about the relationship between Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe (and Smith), and more about Wagstaff’s contributions to the history of art."
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the few artists who excels at being both a strange and fascinating celebrity and a brilliant artist. The young talent and endlessly cool New York icon will charm the pants off you in this look at his short but groundbreaking career. Watch this movie if you love tabloids and feel guilty about it. Netflix user review: "At the end you will no doubt shed a tear for the life that could have been... This one will stay with you."
Harmony Korine, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Ed Templeton... the gang is all here. The most successful losers we know show how their outsider status to make their own art game, bringing hip-hop, skateboarding, graffiti and DIY into the art world vocabulary. Watch this if you ate your lunch in a bathroom stall during high school. Netflix user review: "t's a story about love, passion for what you do, freedom; a story of people who for one reason or another DON'T fit in. Give me the stuff of this film over the mundanity most people call "normalcy" any day."
Artist Vik Muniz traveks to Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill, where Brazilian garbage pickers live in trash heaps where they mine for treasure. Muniz collaborates with the Brazilians on a stunning garbage-made artwork, showing the transformative powers of art and the human spirit. It's a tearjerker. Watch this movie if you've been craving a good happy-cry. Netflix user review: "It follows the story of modern artist Vik Muniz as he undertakes his next project to show the world the true beauty and power of the human spirit as displayed through the lives of the people of the Gramacho landfill in Rio De Janeiro- people who eat, sleep and live in garbage. It explores their tragic stories while following their individual transformations brought on by the raw power of art."
Herb & Dorothy
One of the cutest stories of all time: a postal worker and a librarian with a love of minimalist and conceptual art become two of the most influential, and beloved, art collectors in New York. Watch this movie if you YouTube that spaghetti kiss from "Lady and the Tramp" from time to time. Netflix user review: "Her film is a celebration not just of this couple, but of the notion that art doesn't have to be a pursuit restricted to the intellectual and the moneyed, and that bypassing the visceral reaction for the cerebral when experiencing art of any kind is a mistake."
Picasso & Braque Go To The Movies
Martin Scorsese narrates an art historical journey and visual argument connecting the Cubist styles of Picasso and Braque with the early visuals of cinema. Depending on your knowledge of the subject, you may find it too cerebral or too silly, but the proposed alliance between technology and Cubism is an interesting one. Watch this movie if you often start sentences: "That reminds me of this one film in which..." Netflix user review: "Whether or not you agree with them, Scorsese is justified in stating that film and Cubism were A radical change in vision itself."
The Universe of Keith Haring
Keith Haring's Pop-street art can make almost anyone smile and this documentary gives face-time to an array of those grateful to the subway artist turned East Village hipster. Madonna, Yoko and the whole Haring family take turns giving the world a glimpse into Haring's heart. Watch this movie if you love talking about how New York isn't as cool as it used to be. Netflix user review: "One of the great pleasures of this documentary is that it has footage of Keith Haring at work; he is as crazed and exuberant as I imagined him to be, but he is also focused--working against the clock."