Exhibition Detail

Courtney Geist: GP x DET


Courtney Geist

Once a cinderblock wall, once a mound of snow in the middle of the street, now a roundabout that prohibits residents from leaving and deters outsiders from entering. The meeting point of Detroit and neighboring suburb, Grosse Pointe, are permanently divided at the intersection of Kercheval Avenue and Alter Road. The divide reinforces socioeconomic, racial, and ideological differences; and is only blocks from my childhood home.

As an active runner, the unspoken rules were to run in daylight, stay on busy streets, and never go past this border. Never leave the bubble. To confront discomfort with my hometown, I have created four highly functional laser cut and sustainably rust dyed running outfits. Each depicting either Grosse Pointe, Detroit, the Grosse Pointe x Detroit border site, or an ideation of how the two opposing populations could seamlessly coexist in the future. The garments are a recognition of the divide, and a call to action.

To view the location, Google Kercheval and Alter Road Detroit.

To dissect the project further, visit www.courtneygeistart.com/thesis.

Website: Courtney Geist

On view at Stamps Gallery

This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.