William Jones, The Battle of the Overpass, 1937, 2013
Painted by Lisa Poszywak
Opening this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is The Past is Present, curated by Kadist advisor Jens Hoffmann. The exhibition is inspired by Diego Rivera’s 27-panel mural, Detroit Industry. Commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Arts and financed by the Ford family, Detroit Industry portrays the successful fusion of man and machine. For this exhibition, 15 newly commissioned murals by artists such as Andrea Bowers, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Harrell Fletcher, Claire Fontaine, William E. Jones, Pedro Reyes, Hank Willis Thomas and many others will be unveiled
Over the past 80 years, the city of Detroit has faced many challenges, and, sadly, fewer triumphs. Looking back across the historic events that have shaped the Detroit of the present, the fifteen artists commissioned for The Past is Present offer unique perspectives on the city. From the riots of 1943, and the decline of the manufacturing industry, to the advent of Motown, and the present urban gardening movement, The Past is Present will feature 15 newly-commissioned murals. Made by artists from around the world whose works are rooted in explorations of history, political conflict, and social change, these works allow an opportunity to begin where Rivera left off, examining the history of the city from contemporary points of view.
The exhibition opens on September 6 and will be on view through January 5, 2014.