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Nick Tobier Curates Work by Yvette Rock, Detroit Artists

February 1, 2021

Stamps alumna Yvette Rock (MFA ‘99) exhibits Money Head, on view through February 5, 2021 on Selden Street, near the corner of Woodward Avenue as part of a series of public art exhibitions featuring the work of Detroit artists and designers at Taubman College’s Michigan Research Studio/ArcPrep space

The exhibitions are curated by Stamps Professor Nick Tobier, who repurposed the giant windows of the space to share the creative output of Detroit’s artists and designers with the general public. Past exhibitions have included work by Ishinomaki Lab and the Brightmoor Maker Space and Stef-n-Ty, showcasing cloth masks made in collaboration with Artists and Allies.

The Michigan Research Studio/ArcPrep space typically introduces juniors in the Detroit Public Schools to architecture and urbanisms, but has been virtual since the onset of the pandemic.

According to Rock in an interview with Michigan News:

“Money Head is a staged photographic and performance series that explores the complex role of money in our lives — from its influence on those who lack it to those who abuse its power.”

The “Money Head” headpiece can be opened and closed. Inside the headpiece, Rock placed objects collected over the course of a few years. “These objects are placed around the staged photographic/performance scene. Some objects include: a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a stuffed animal in the form of cow, a small heart-shaped brick found from the original construction site of Detroit’s Q-Line, and a “Money Head” doll I made.”

“Money Head” exhibit latest public art exhibition at U-M space on Selden and Woodward | detroit.umich.edu

Nick Tobier Curates Work by Yvette Rock, Detroit Artists

Money Head by Yvette Rock.