You might say it's been in creative hibernation, but Art X Detroit's long slumber is almost over.
Art X Detroit debuted in 2011 as a free five-day ode to Detroit's dynamic arts scene. The biennial event features literary, performing and visual artists honored as fellows and eminent artists by the Kresge Foundation, and attracted thousands of people to the city's Midtown district.
With the coming of spring, Art X Detroit is blossoming again -- welcome news for those interested in experiencing the works of several dozen respected Metro Detroit cultural innovators. (SEE SLIDESHOW BELOW)
The festival will take place this week between April 10-14 at 15 different Midtown Detroit venues, making Art X Detroit a major placemaking event for the Cass Corridor, as well as a smorgasbord of creative opportunity. A lively assortment of art installations, music and dance, theater performances, literary readings, panel discussions, and film screenings invite audience participation and inspiration.
The lineup includes 38 fellows and eminent artists from 2011-2012, including comedian Maria Costa, sculptural and photographic artist Scott Hocking and Detroit's own Poet Laureate, Naomi Long Madgett.
For a glimpse inside this enormous montage of creativity in our city, the Huffington Post assembled a slideshow highlighting some of our can't-miss Art X Detroit 2013 events. Take a look below to see what's going on -- and be sure to check the Art X Detroit website for a full schedule of activities.
Art X Detroit Opening
Art X Detroit kicks off April 10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) at 6:15 p.m. The event will include opening remarks by the Kresge Foundation and will include performances by Shara Worden and My Brightest Diamond, The Detroit Party Marching Band and Kris Johnson & Friends. It will also mark the beginning of an Art X Detroit exhibition running through April 28 at MOCAD that will feature Kresge Visual Arts Fellows Corrie Baldauf, Liz Cohen, Olayami Dabls, John Dunivant, Design 99, Bruce Giffin, Scott Hocking, Laith Karmo, Richard Lewis, Hubert Massey, Heather McGill, and Mark Newport, as well as Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, Heidi Kaloustian. Additional opening night events will also take place at the First Congregational Church, the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art and Wayne State University. Vist the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/opening-night-reception-block-party/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit website</a> for details.
Passalacqua and Ken Meisel: 'John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillun'
<a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/passalacqua/" target="_blank">Passalacqua</a> mixes old school hip-hop with east coast and underground rap and then blends that even further with inventive theatrical live performances. As Kresge Performing Arts Fellows, they'll be performing a number of sets during this year's festival, including an collaboration with Literary Arts Fellow <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/ken-meisel/" target="_blank">Ken Meisel</a>, a Detroit poet and psychotherapist whose work has appeared in publications like River Oak Review, Byrant Literary Review and Soundings East. They'll be performing Meisel's poem "John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillun" with the assistance of local producer Eddie Logix. The show will take place on April 10 from 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the The N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art in Detroit. See the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit website</a> for details and a listing of other performances by the artists.
Bill Harris And Rev. Robert Jones: 'Have Mercy'
Writer, poet and playwright <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/bill-harris/" target="_blank">Bill Harris</a> was named a Kresge Eminent Artist in 2011. The retired Wayne State professor has authored numerous literary works, including the play "Robert Johnson Trick the Devil" and the poetry book "Birth of a Notion." His first performance of the festival is called "Have Mercy" and will feature the talents of blues guitarist and historian Rev. Robert Jones and stage director Aku Kadogo. That event will take place at the <a href="http://thewright.org/" target="_blank">Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History</a> in Detroit on April 11 from 7-7:30 p.m. For details and other events featuring Harris, visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/bill-harris/" target="_blank">Art X website</a>.
Terry Peake: Debut Of Fireloom
<a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/terry-peake/" target="_blank">Terry Peake</a> is both a classically trained musician and a Detroit rock-and-roller. For Art X Detroit, he'll be sharing a variety of different musical projects, including the debut of an instrumental progressive rock band called Fireloom. That will take place at the Detroit Institute of Art's lecture court on April 12 from 8-9:30 p.m. Peake's previous band Junecast will also make an appearance. The event will also feature an oil light show created by projectionist Jon Hudson. For <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/junecast-special-guest-terry-peake/" target="_blank">details</a> and <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/terry-peake/" target="_blank">other events</a> featuring Peake, visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/" target="_blank">Art X website</a>.
2012 Literary Arts Fellows Panel And Screening
On April 12, festival-goers will have the opportunity to watch a <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/kaid-literary-artists-video-screening-conversation/" target="_blank">special video presentation</a> featuring all 12 of last year's Kresge Literary Arts Fellows put together by filmmaker Stephen McGee. They'll also be able to catch a conversation between Mcgee and Fellows <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/14/valentines-day-love-poem-detroit-writers_n_2681004.html" target="_blank">Kim Hunter</a> and Peter Markus moderated by Cézanne Charles of ArtServe Michigan. The event takes place at MOCAD's Woodward gallery from 3:45-5 p.m. For <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/kaid-literary-artists-video-screening-conversation/" target="_blank">details</a> and to find out about more events featuring Kresge Literary Fellows, visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/" target="_blank">Art X website</a>.
Maria Costa: '¡Viva America!' Screening
Not only has Maria Costa made a splash in Detroit with her one-woman comedy “Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them,” but she's also a 2012 Kresge Performing Artist Fellow. As part of this year's festival, Costa will be screening her new film ¡Viva America! on April 12 from 9-9:30 p.m. at the Detroit Film Theatre. That will be followed up on April 12-13 from 10:00 pm-12:30 a.m. with a reception, discussion and salsa dance party. For details, visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/maria-costa/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit website</a>.
Corrie Baldauf: 'Frames For The People'
<a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/corrie-baldauf/" target="_blank">Corrie Baldauf </a>has made a film that looks at Detroit through multi-colored glasses, which she calls "mobile optimism filters." Her movie "Frames for the People: A City of Halos" will be screened at the Detroit Film Theatre on April 12 from 5:30-6 p.m. She'll also have visual work on display throughout MOCAD's Art X <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/schedule/mocad-multi-day-art-x-detroit-exhibition/" target="_blank">Detroit multimedia exhibition</a>. For details on these and other events, visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/" target="_blank">festival's website</a>.
Xiao Dong Wei: 'World Without Borders'
Enrolled into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at the young age of 11, <a href="http://www.xiaodongwei.com/biography.html" target="_blank">Xiao Dong Wei</a> is now considered a master of the erhu, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument sometimes called the "chinese violin." In addition, she's a vocalist and songwriter with a background in classical piano and other instruments like the guzheng, a 21-string zither. Wei also spent several years working with the Chinese Motion Picture Orchestra, but later left China and now lives in Detroit. During the festival she'll be playing several sets including a "World Without Borders" show that will feature some of her favorite hand-picked musicians from across the planet. That will take place April 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Hall Music Box. During the festival, she'll also be playing in a ten-piece ensemble composed of DSO members and as part of an electric four-piece project called Wolf Smoke. For details visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/xiao-dong-wei/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit website</a>.
Stephen Mack Jones: 'Cadillac Kiss'
Stephen Mack Jones is a Detroit writer whose plays have won praise in Chicago and New York. "Cadillac Kiss" is the first of three-part series of comedies collectively called "Symphony in the D," which explores Detroit's music and its impact on a suburban African-American family. It will be staged during the festival at the <a href="http://www.thecarrcenter.org/" target="_blank">Carr Center</a> on April 13 from 3-4:45 p.m. and from 7:15-9 p.m. For more details visit <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/2013-art-x-detroit/artists/stephen-jones/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit's website</a>.
Kris Johnson: 'Jim Crow's Tears'
"Jim Crow's Tears" is a jazz musical put together by Kresge fellow Kris Johnson. He's a skilled trumpeter who has toured around the world and has contributed his skills to <a href="http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/satkrisjohnson.html" target="_blank">Grammy-nominated albums</a> by Tony Bennett and Karen Clark Sheard. "I composed 'Jim Crow’s Tears' to encourage people to reflect on the tragic times in our history in order to learn from them," Johnson said in an Art X Detroit artist statement. "I also want to pay tribute to those who endured dark periods in our nation and fought to implement change." The show will take place at the Wright museum in Detroit on April 14 between 7:30-10 p.m. For more details visit the <a href="http://www.artxdetroit.com/" target="_blank">Art X Detroit website</a>.
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