On the day before the international exhibition Shrinking Cities opens at both MOCAD and Cranbrook, a panel of creative practitioners discuss art in Detroit and the Shrinking Cities project, moderated by Detroit artist and MOCAD curator, Mitch Cope. Shrinking Cities was initiated in 2002, when Germany’s Federal Cultural Foundation, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, commissioned teams in Detroit (USA), Manchester/Liverpool (Britain), Ivanovo (Russia), and Halle/Leipzig (Germany) to investigate and document why and how these urban areas were shrinking in population and business. In the resulting exhibition, artists, architects, filmmakers, journalists, culture experts, and sociologists reveal and illuminate the changing realities of these cities, toward developing better approaches to contemporary urban issues.
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, U‑M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and The Ginsburg Center at U‑M.
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