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Monday, May 28, 2012

James Aquash, sweetgrass basket artist, in new exhibition at MOCAD

James Aquash, talented sweetgrass artists who participated in the Great Lakes American Indian Basket and Boxmakers events hosted by Michigan state University Museum and the Nokomis Learning Center has work featured in a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, running from May 11-July 29, 2012. 


Post-Industrial Complex is a survey, group exhibition, and source book that explores the ingenuity and adaptivity of human-scale production at the heart of Detroit. The exhibition disrupts the notion that there is a story of the city. A true metropolis is comprised of multiple stories and multiple voices. From a prolific inventor to a collective working to keep an aboriginal language alive, the artists included in this exhibition—all of whom responded to an open call for “makers, inventors, problem solvers, fabricators, modifiers, etc...”—are a small, yet representative, sample of the diverse range of brainpower that exists in a city often oversimplified by metanarratives.

Programming includes a trading post, how-to sessions, exhibition tours led by community members and barbeques in the back parking lot. This exhibition is organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Curator of Public Engagement Jon Brumit and Curator of Education Katie McGowan. 

Major support for Post-Industrial Complex is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Team Detroit. Related programming support is provided by the McGregor Fund and Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.