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Smirnoff Vodka and Spotify brought the ‘Ultimate House Party’ to Detroit's Corktown Neighborhood

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Sarnack

Smirnoff Vodka and Spotify invaded a spacious Corktown loft on Thursday night to throw the Smirnoff “Ultimate House Party” for contest winner, Nicole Margrif. Smirnoff pulled out all the stops with food catered by Royal Oak’s Pronto Restaurant, an elaborate game room featuring a giant Jenga and Foosball, personalized photographs utilizing Instagram and a giant dance party headlined by “VH1 Master Of The Mix" champion, DJ JayCeeOh. The apartment was transformed from an ordinary apartment into a super trendy mega nightclub. My favorite scene of the night was the functioning bar in front of the resident’s actual bed. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails from Smirnoff, including the delicious Smirnoff English Garden, made with Smirnoff Strawberry and Green Apple Vodka, lemon juice, cucumber slices and Tonic. This was the last Smirnoff Ultimate House Party of the year with prior stops in New York City, Portland and Dallas, all part of Smirnoff’s Exclusively for Everybody campaign. All attendee’s seemed to enjoy the fancy drinks and the delicious eats while listening to one of the world’s most talented turntablists. 


THIS SATURDAY (Oct. 18): 7th Annual HFCC Record Show in Dearborn


Attention Music Lovers! Get ready to start digging through those bins because WHFR will host its Annual Record Show.

The show takes place on Saturday October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Student Center at Henry Ford Community College.
  For attendees of the Record Show: 
$5 for early birds (early admission starts at 9:00 AM) and a sliding scale from $1-5 from 10-4.
Henry Ford Community College is located at:
5101 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48128 

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TOMORROW: Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist @ Corner Brewery, Ypsi

Cats, Sheep and Goats: The Taxonomy of Atheists, Believers and Preachers
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Arbor Brewing Company - Corner Brewery

Brother Sam and his cousin Palmer have followed widely  disparate paths, Sam becoming an atheist evangelist, Palmer remaining faithful to their holy roller upbringing. Palmer is the one member of the Singleton clan who has stuck by Sam. And Sam is exasperated that anybody so smart and decent 
can be so misguided. Palmer feels exactly the same way.  Their conversations, as recounted in Cats, Sheep and Goats: the Taxonomy of Atheists, Believers and Preachers, are a fun-house-mirror view of relations between atheists and believers.

HALLOWEENIES: Night of the Living Nerds 23 Oct @ Tangent

Nerd Nite Detroit presents
Night of the Living Nerds
October 23 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30)
$10 (Cash/credit at the door, or buy in advance here)

Join us for a special Halloween treat! 

Local author John G. Rodwan, Jr. will be telling some spooky stories.

Maggie McGuire, our resident zombie movie expert, will introduce Night of the Living Dead with a short talk on how the film revolutionized low-budget film-making.

Then we’ll screen the film, accompanied by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. 

Throw in a costume contest, other Halloween-y activities and Monster Mash loaded mashed potatoes from Sidecar Detroit, and we’d say that’s a pretty fun night.

Cover is $10, all ages welcome!

Gary Grimshaw Exhibit Headlines New Exhibits Opening This Weekend at the Detroit Historical Museum


DETROIT- Starting Saturday, October 18, visitors to the Detroit Historical Museum have the opportunity to check out four new exhibitions and displays: Gary Grimshaw: Detroit's Counterculture Poster Artist, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center: Windows of Opportunity in the Community Gallery, Detroiters Paint Detroit: 1930s in our Detroit Artists Showcase, and a refreshed array of artifacts in the Collections Corner.

Gary Grimshaw: Detroit's Counterculture Poster Artist opens in the Allesee Gallery of Culture. The Grande Ballroom on Detroit's east side became the hot spot for counterculture music during the late 1960s and early 70s. Local radio disc jockey and Grande Ballroom promoter Russ Gibb wanted to emulate the rock and psychedelic scene of San Francisco through concert posters. Artist Gary Grimshaw designed posters that fit the bill perfectly.

Grimshaw (1946-2014) grew up in Detroit and spent his career working and living in both Detroit and San Francisco. He worked for newspapers and magazines, and designed posters for concerts and album covers. Grimshaw was an authentic Detroit original and his poster designs have become legendary.

To celebrate the opening of this exhibition, join the Detroit Historical Society on Thursday, October 30 at 6 p.m. for a free special event, featuring a screening of the film "Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story," a Gary Grimshaw poster sale and the opportunity to meet the woman keeping his legacy alive – his wife Laura Grimshaw.

St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF) is celebrating 170 years of service to Southeastern Michigan this year. In reflecting upon its history as one of Michigan's oldest organizations, SVSF recognizes that it has stood the test of time because it has evolved as the needs of the community have evolved. Although the Center's services may have changed over the years, its core mission to serve the needs of at-risk children and families has never changed. It is for that reason SVSF has chosen a beautiful and unique part of its past to symbolize its future.

In 1929, Charles and Sarah Fisher added their name to the organization by rebuilding the residence which had been destroyed by fire. Part of the reconstruction was the creation of unique Mother Goose nursery rhymes depicted in stained glass windows for the kindergarten classroom, designed by Detroit Stained Glass and built by Fisher Body. Like the Center itself, these windows have stood the test of time and represent the Windows of Opportunity that SVSF is still providing to the residents of Southeastern Michigan. This exhibit is open now through December 28, 2014 in the Community Gallery.

Detroit has long been a fertile ground for artists and other creative individuals. Many of these artists' paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings document unique moments in our region's rich history and capture the essence of our diverse community. In connection with the Detroit Institute of Arts' upcoming presentation of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, Detroiters Paint Detroit: 1930s will showcase Detroit urban landscape paintings by local artists. The paintings reflect the city as it was in the 1930s, when Diego and Frida visited the DIA and spent a year creating art in Detroit. Additionally, these paintings offer a snapshot of what the Detroit art "scene" was like during that time.

This exhibition includes works by E.H. Barnes, John Gelsavage, Amy Lorrimer and France Murray.


The Collections Corner showcase on the Museum's second floor gives the Society a chance to showcase the rich stories of our region through our rare and often priceless artifacts that have not been seen in quite some time or have never been on display. Additionally, this exhibition highlights a sampling of our newly acquired objects.  New items on display include the Adams Theatre marquee circa 1930, the 19th century iron gate from Mariner's Church and many more items. 

The Adams Theatre was designed and built in 1917 by architect C. Howard Crane.  After its opening, it was quickly turned into a movie theater. The theatre was known as the Alley – Jumper because the lobby was located in the Fine Arts Building on Grand Circus Park.  The theatre was located "across the alley" on Elizabeth.  Patrons would purchase their tickets and concessions in the lobby of the Fine Arts and then patrons with seats in the balcony would walk upstairs and cross a sky walk over the alley. For seats below, patrons would walk down some stairs and walk through a tunnel under the alley.

The will of Julia Anderson provided for Mariner's Church -- she wanted a church dedicated to serving Great Lakes seamen.  Mariner's Church was founded in 1842 and remains open to this day.

These exhibitions are all supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum's lot is $6 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy," the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America's Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at

WIN FREE TICKETS! Waters, Smallpools and Magic Man at Saint Andrews Hall on October 22!

A triple billing of buzzworthy up-and-comers take over Detroit’s Saint Andrews Hall next Wednesday night October 22, 2014. Waters, Magic Man and Smallpools are bringing their indie sensibility to Detroit and MOTORCITYBLOG is sending you there!

San Francisco standouts, Waters just released their new 4 song EP, It Might Be OK, this past Tuesday. Ok was produced by Grouplove’s Ryan Rabin in Los Angeles.  Waters have already scored radio success earlier this year with the single “Got To My Head” and they are currently promoting the hooky follow-up “I Feel Everything” to alternative radio. Rolling Stone magazine just featured Waters in their “10 Artists You Need To Know Now” list. Waters recently opened for Weezer and are finishing up 2014 with stints opening up for Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids and Delta Spirit. A full length effort is on its way, but for now Waters remain a act to keep your eyes on. 

“Got To My Head”

Waters with Smallpools and Magic Man

Saint Andrews Hall, DetroitMI

WedOct 22, 2014 07:00 PM

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FREE VINYL FRIDAY: The Shivas - Jumbo's Detroit - 10/19/14

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The Shivas are playing Jumbo's Detroit on Sunday October 19th 2014

The Shivas play upbeat, fuzzy surf-rock that's been compared to Thee Oh Sees & Black Lips, and they've played with bands like Spiritualized, The Dandy Warhols, The Fresh & Onlys, and La Luz. They're releasing their new record, You Know What To Do, October 28th on Olympia-based label K

Check them out here

Tonight at PJ's Lager House


$10 and 21 and up are welcome
PJ's Lager House is located at
1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit 

WIN SCARY FREE TICKETS: A Night of Symphony & Horror: Nosferatu, hosted by the Detroit No. 2 Lodge of Masons - Jack White Theatre Masonic Detroit - SAturday 10/25/14

It's been called one of the quintessential silent classics of all time, screening, for one night only, in one of Detroit's historic gems with live accompaniment on the historic Skinner organ, and all just in time for Halloween. A Night of Symphony & Horror: Nosferatu, hosted by the Detroit No. 2 Lodge of Masons, will take place at the Jack White Theatre inside The Detroit Masonic Temple on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Stephen James Warner will perform an original score on the historic Skinner Organ as the film plays.

A portion of the proceeds collected from the event will benefit the
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Awesome Foundation, as well as restoration of the historic Skinner Organ.

"Masonic Events is planning a great evening that should appeal to anyone who loves being in the city of Detroit," said Jim Merrill, Membership Director of Detroit No. 2 Lodge of Masons. "We're so excited to bring this film with the live organ soundtrack to such a haunting, historic venue."

In addition to the film, the evening will include drinks (cash bar on the lower level for general admission ticket holders, VIP on the mezzanine), a masquerade with voting and prizes for the best costume, live music and an after-party. All attendees are encouraged to come in costume, though it's not required.

Nosferatu," an unauthorized and controversial adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," was originally released in 1922. Following a lawsuit by Stoker's heirs over the unauthorized adaptation, the film was ordered to be destroyed. One copy remained and came to be regarded as "an influential masterpiece of cinema."

Tickets, available now through
, are $30 for general admission and $90 for VIP, which includes box seats, open bar, band performances, unique access to the temple and a private pre-party. Student and senior citizen discounts are available at the box office.

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FREE VINYL FRIDAY: The Soft White Sixties - St Andrews Hall Detroit opening for Electric Six - Friday 10/17/14

so lets start the weekend early with a couple of vinyl gives

MCB has a sweeter than sweet vinyl just for you from the boys with The Soft White Sixties 
who are opening up for you favorite Detroit players - Electric Six this coming Friday 10/17/14

They hit the stage at 8:45 sharp so be sure to get there early to check these guys out

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The Soft White Sixties were named as one of Paste Magazine’s “Top 25 Shows at SXSW 2013″, The Soft White Sixties are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performance. Since 2010 they have been perfecting their sound, appropriately dubbed Working Class Soul – a gritty edge to modern pop. They mix their vast influences into a hard-hitting and confident force reminiscent of classic R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll but with a contemporary sensibility. Octavio Genera (vocals), Aaron Eisenberg (guitar/keys), Ryan Noble (bass), and Joey Bustos (drums) combine soulful melodies, deep grooves, and fuzzed-out hooks to form a completely distinct sound.

An anticipated forthcoming album titled “Get Right.” was released in March of 2014. Produced by Jim Greer (known for his recent work on Foster the People’s platinum-selling album, Torches), the new record offers a sonic diary of theband’s last two years: an organic collection of soul-driven anthems, heart-felt choruses, sticky grooves, and clever arrangements. Like the object after which The Soft White Sixties are named, this band shines.

Check out MARK 80's upcoming solo gallery show in Rust Belt Market Ferndale 10/18/14

Wayward Geometry

Please join me at the Rust Belt Market in beautiful Ferndale, MI, for Wayward Geometry the debut of a new body of work under my new persona, Mark 80.
Why a new persona, you ask?
It is mainly an attempt to codify numerous childhood influences with the person I am now. I often find myself wandering down different paths while I work. This leads to entire bodies of work incongruent with my current persona of Mark Sarmel. To focus my self and better suit my potential patrons, I've created a new persona with a distinctive personality, but don't be confused by all the artistic mumbo jumbo. This is a circus of influences dumped on both digital and analog pages in hopes of finding some sort of theme.

Why the term Wayward Geometry?
Well, I'm a bit lost in my current artistic state. Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. This body of work is comprised of pieces dealing with those same questions. Working with a limited color pallet, consisting primarily of yellows and magentas, various geometric shapes fuse with organic forms to create new subjects. Asian and American motifs meet in the forms of patterns, iconic characters, and vivid colors to re-interpret the popular Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of 17-19th century Japan. This is me wandering in new mediums, techniques, and subject matter, fueled by my love of the 80's, anime, hip-hop, abstract art, and Asian leitmotif.

This is my first show under my Mark 80 persona and will feature all new works on wood and paper, comprised of both originals and prints.



LOS STRAITJACKETS featuring DEKE DICKERSON - Magic Bag Ferndale - 10/21/14



Tuesday, October 21 – Doors 8pm - $15 adv.

Magic Bag Ferndale
Tuesday, October 21st 2014
Doors 8pm - $15

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It may be a chilly fall day, but this will be one of the hottest shows of the year! Los Straitjackets, the world’s leading guitar Instrumental band, are joined by axe wielder extraordinaire Deke Dickerson for a mind blowing evening of music jams so intense they will burn the paint right off the walls. Well maybe not that intense, but the show is going to be amazing. 

So break out your finest Mexican wrestling mask and head on down to the Bag. 
The B-Sides kick off the evening.   

The World's #1 Instrumental Combo team up with roots-music legend Deke Dickerson. They will be playing material from their brand new album "Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits" but expect plenty of surf-honky tonk - rockabilly-garage madness as these twang-masters join forces for the most entertaining show you'll see all year.

When it comes to delivering high-energy rock and roll instrumental music, no one equals the finesse, power and perseverance of Grammy-nominated Los Straitjackets. It’s been 20 years since the  Nashville-bred band first dressed in their easily recognizable attire of Lucha Libre masks. Since then the group has toured around the world, released 11 studio albums,  finding to time to record and tour with El Vez, Dave Alvin, The Reverend Horton Heat, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Big Sandy-- to name just a few. 

Deke Dickerson has kept the flame alive for real rock & roll, since he was the frontman for Missouri's legendary Untamed Youth. Since then every project (including his The Dave and Deke Combo, The Go Nuts, Blind Rage and Violence) Deke pursues has brought his unparalleled musicianship and flair for entertainment to the forefront. He has collaborated with many of his heroes including Duane Eddy, Larry Collins of The Collins Kids,  Randy Fuller (of the Bobby Fuller Four) and The Trashmen. His work as bandleader at the Ponderosa Stomp and ringmaster of the Guitar Geek festivals, and as an author have helped keep the spotlight shown on the first generations of rock & rollers.

Here’s wonderful car-tastic video of Lost Straitjackets and Deke Dickerson tearing through Kawanga

“Shadows and Passages” - Marianne Letasi, Barbara Melnik Carson, Nancy Pitel - River’s Edge Gallery 3024 Biddle Wyandotte - Friday 10-17-14

 Who: Marianne Letasi, Barbara Melnik Carson, Nancy Pitel
What: "Shadows and Passages"
When: Friday October 17th, 6-10pm-opening reception
Where: River's Edge Gallery 3024 Biddle Wyandotte, MI 48192
Contact Info:
Through Light and Dark, Three Artists Depict the Human Odyssey
By: Stephanie Knight
"Three women, three mediums, three viewpoints"-this is what a new show opening at River's Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte is all about according to Jeremy Hansen, the gallery director, referring to the new show opening on Friday, October 17th. The show, "Shadows and Passages" displays the new works of long time and well displayed Metro Detroit artists Marianne Letasi, Barbara Melnik Carson, and Nancy Pitel.  The opening is set for Friday, October 17th at 6 pm.  The show runs through November 17th and can be viewed at any time during gallery hours or by appointment. 
Like the September show, "Breathe Fire. Drink Water. Repeat," "Shadows and Passages" is an all women show. The theme is the balance of light and dark, happiness and sadness, the human odyssey we all are a part of as we journey through this life. According to Barbara Melnik Carson, she collaborated with Letasi and Pitel to develop the show title. "For me it connects with the idea that in order to have sunshine you ultimately have a shadow somewhere," says Carson. "Such is the journey of a life, light and dark, good and bad, yet always moving forward." The pieces in "Shadows and Passages" reflect this sentiment. Each artist brings work that will move the viewer with warmth and melancholy simultaneously.
Marianne Letasi is a well-respected expert in her medium of photography. She developed her love of this medium when, as a child, she was thrilled to borrow a camera to take family photos. She discovered early using borrowed cameras that she could turn "ordinary surroundings into totally unknown objects." Like the pieces in the show, Letasi has seen the extraordinary beauty a photograph can capture as well as overwhelming sadness
In the 1960s, Letasi had a job working at Ford. She was also a student at Wayne State University. At the time, photography was considered a man's world. Letasi became so fed up she left university before finishing her degree, quit her job at Ford, and moved to Europe where she found her way to Germany.
It was in Germany that she would hone her craft and be present for one of the most important events of the 20th century. She befriended many German photographers who showed her how to manipulate her pictures in the dark room. She visited Berlin. "I arrived in Berlin the day the Wall went up," Letasi recalls. "I remember seeing guards shooting people.
Years later, she lived in a tent in Yosemite National Park where she befriended photographer Ansel Adams, known for his breathtakingly crisp pictures. Adams became a teacher for Letasi in the realm of photographic manipulation. "I took a class with him and because of that got to know him as a friend," says Letasi. "He shot his pictures with an 8mm camera and then would have a group of assistants make changes to the picture." Techniques like dodging and burning, which affects the exposure of a photograph, were used to make the images more vibrant. "It looked like one of those paint-by-numbers," recalls Letasi. "He always manipulated his pictures to make them look better." The effects of dodging and burning can be seen in "Shadows and Passages."
In the latter half of the 1970s, Letasi found herself in the heart of the Cass Corridor movement in Detroit, rubbing elbows with the likes of Gilda Snowden and Steven Goodfellow, who started a modern, Detroit Pointillism movement. In regards to the current state of photography, Letasi had strong feelings. "It's too easy to take acceptable pictures," she says. "It's hard to make a living as a photographer nowadays. Everybody can't paint but everyone can pick up a camera. But that doesn't make you a good photographer. Letasi is an avid proponent of black and white photography and still praises her little camera in which she first set on the path of photography. "Bury me with it," she says emphatically.
Several of her pieces for "Shadows and Passages" are in black and white, which reflects the spirit of the show. The harsh conditions of winter are made beautiful by the lens of her camera. An elderly couple's devotion is mirrored against the realities that come with growing older.
Nancy Pitel, a painter, is also exhibiting in "Shadows and Passages," and like Letasi, had much to say about the current state of art. Also like Letasi, she was enraptured with art at a young age. "Other children played with dolls. I collected crayons, every available crayon I could. I was fascinated with colors." Pitel learned her craft from a very unique teacher.
At ten years old, Pitel began taking private lessons with Johanna Spargo, an Estonian artist. Spargo taught Pitel how to paint and also how to wood burn, a skill she learned in an extraordinary story. Spargo was taken to a displaced persons camp in Russia during World War II. The man who taught Spargo how to wood burn had built his tool from scraps lying around the camp. Spargo learned everything she could and in turn taught the camp children in order to keep them occupied. Spargo survived the war and moved to the US.
It was from this amazing woman that Pitel took private art lessons and developed a mutual love of painting. "It's actually quite funny," says Pitel of those lessons. "Here I was a twelve year old in a room with adults and we're all enjoying a glass of wine while practicing life drawing with nude models. But that's how Spargo told us it was done in Europe. You have a glass of wine to relax yourself before you undertake a serious drawing."
Pitel is a noted art instructor as well as the Executive Director of the Scarab Club in Detroit. While in this position, she worked with Detroit artists like SLAW, Alice Alhoff, Tyree Guyton, the founder of the Heidelberg Project, and Bill Murcko. Pitel remembers visiting the Heidelberg Project for the first time and being struck by an installation made entirely of shoes.
Her work for "Shadows and Passages" reflects that. She captures how color and light can transmit emotion and how it affects the painting. For "Shadows and Passages," Pitel says that it was experimentation. "I wanted to experiment with collage, textures, and different acrylic gels." Pitel's work for "Shadows and Passages" exemplifies her signature use of color and the theme of light and dark. A skull, representational of death, is pitted against vibrant red, the color of life in many cultures. A woman connects with a majestic wild animal shrouded by the gray hues of dusk
Echoing Letasi's sentiment of photography, Pitel believes there is too much "raw art" and not enough technique. "You didn't see raw art twenty years ago. By 'raw art' I mean that the artist doesn't spend time perfecting their technique. It's just paint slapped on a canvas. They don't learn what 'real art' is in school anymore.
The third artist, a sculptor, is Barbara Melnik Carson. Her work has been in both group and invitational exhibits in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Her work can be found in collections all over the United States and also in Ukraine. She credits growing up in Detroit as the source of her imagination because it provided an "environment requiring imagination and improvisation.
Carson credits her mother as the source for her improvisational skills. "Growing up, I frequently didn't have what I needed to make something," says Carson. "My mom would always give me what was on hand, and say 'we don't have that, try this.' She was an improvisational genius. I then, stopped asking and began looking at everything as a potential something else. Love that I can give an object new life."
She has created work for as long as she can remember, often collecting found objects in Detroit to incorporate as part of her work. "My sculpture is a process of discovery and recovery. Beginning with unearthing a face or figure lost in wet clay…The work for 'Shadows and Passages' explores issues and themes connected to my journey from creative child to occupational therapist then back to creative child. I frequently incorporate religious and ethnic themes that are both personal and universal.
Her sculpture for "Shadows and Passages" reflects the dichotomy of the show. The stoic face of a human wearing a rosary is pitted against a jubilant figure, clad in a red dress, with arms spread and the Detroit skyline in the background. The love of a human and dog is contrasted with the harsh realities of being homeless
"Shadows and Passages" will be on display October 17th-November 21st with an opening reception on Friday October 17th6-10pm. For more information, contact River's Edge Gallery at 734-246-9880 or

This Friday: Tyree Guyton's “SPIRIT” A Revived Body of Work from the Heidelberg Project Founder Opens at Inner State Gallery on Oct 17th 2014



 Inner State Gallery Presents Tyree Guyton's "SPIRIT"
A Revived Body of Work from the Creative Force & Founder of the Heidelberg Project

Opening to the public Friday, October 17th from 7-10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to welcome Tyree Guyton for his first Detroit solo exhibition in five years.  "Spirit", is an exhibition showcasing Guyton's Faces In The Hood collection from the iconic Faces of God series.  Each work in this collection was originally salvaged from the 1999 demolition, then stored in the War Room House which was set ablaze after the 5th arson attack on his public installation, the Heidelberg Project. From the disrupted canvas resulting from the fire, Guyton painstakingly reimagined, reworked and renewed each piece, infusing new life and new energy.  In addition to Faces In The Hood, Guyton will debut his latest collection of Faces of God, new original works on paper that were created during his year-long residency in Basel, Switzerland.

"As an artist, I felt my job was to take that which was meant to be an act of harm and destruction and create magic—new possibilities! A work that demonstrates that you CANNOT kill spirit," Guyton said in his studio space in Midtown Detroit. "I have risen to another level of consciousness where I can see the mighty hands of Yahweh (God) in everything."

The recent fires are not the first time that Guyton's has dealt with adversity. Throughout the 90's, the Detroit city government battled Guyton on his larger-than-life public art installation that spans two city blocks on Detroit's east side. Despite two demolitions, and eleven separate arson attacks over the past year and a half, Guyton proves again and again that he will not be stopped. Coined, "Detroit's own Ghetto Guggenheim", the Heidelberg Project draws over 275,000 people annually from over 140 countries and is recognized as a pioneer of Creative Placemaking.

"I believe that you must become the alchemist.  You come to see that all things can become new again because of the spirit in you. Spirit lives in all of us to animate, to move, think, do and be," said Guyton. "This show is my way of creating, once again, something out of nothing, but nothing is something, too!  I hear it, and what I hear is what I want you, the viewer, to see in this show: Spirit!" 

Though Guyton has been a leader in the Detroit art community for 30 plus years, his reach has stretched around the globe, as evidenced by the number of documentaries, books, museum exhibitions and speaking engagements regarding his work. When asked why he chose the crew at Inner State Gallery, Guyton replied, "Because they chose me, from the right place at the right time."

"Long before 'Street Art' was a buzz word in the current parlance of our times, Tyree Guyton was Detroit's true Street Artist, working primarily in the public domain," explains Inner State Gallery co-founder, Jesse Cory. "There is an immeasurable amount of influence that Tyree's work has cast on our community and today's art world. As Detroiter's, we could not be more excited to be participate in this journey with Tyree."

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The welcoming artist reception will begin Friday October 17th at 7pm and will end at 10pm. The exhibition will be on view in its entirety from October 17th - November 15th 2014.

For an advanced collector preview, interview opportunities, media inquiries and high resolution photos, contact gallery director Jesse Cory at

About Tyree Guyton:
Primarily a painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton has also been described as an urban environmental artist. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit's East Side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery. Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit's forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action.

About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit's premier art gallery for established and emerging artists, from Detroit and across the globe.  Relocating to Eastern Market in 2013, Inner State Gallery has exhibited the work of local artists Glenn Barr, Camilo Pardo and Ron Zakrin as well as international street artists Nychos, Askew, Ben Frost and Meggs. The 10,000 square foot building is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist residency program, a print studio and the gallery's publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at


Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI. 48207