Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Detroit's cultural center. The mission of the MOCAD is: MOCAD is where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience.

MOCAD is housed in a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building, a converted former auto dealership designed by architect Andrew Zago. The architecture is intentionally raw and unfinished.[1]


The museum was founded by Julia Reyes Taubman.[2][3]

Exhibition history[edit]

MOCAD's exhibition history dates to the opening of its first exhibition Meditations in an Emergency on October 28, 2006. It was curated by Klaus Kertess, and included work by Tabaimo, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, among others. The second exhibition which ran from February–April 2007 was "Shrinking Cities" a largely conceptual exhibition dealing with population loss and shifting urban concentrations all over the world, with Detroit being a main focus of the exhibition. Their third exhibition, which ran until July 2007 was titled "Stuff: The International Collection of Burt Aaron." It was an exhibit of the personal collection of renowned Michigan collector Burt Aaron.

Other past Exhibitions Include:

  • Words Fail Me (September 16, 2007 – January 20, 2008). Curated by Matthew Higgs.
  • Holy Hip-Hop (February 8-April 20, 2008). New Paintings by Alex Melamid.
  • ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo (February 8-April 20, 2008).
  • considering DETROIT and considering ARCHITECTURE: SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS FROM DETROIT: (May 1-July 27, 2008).
  • Broadcast (September 12-December 28, 2008) Curated by Irene Hoffman.
  • Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection (September 12-December 28, 2008). Curated by Kenneth Montague.
  • Business As Usual (September 12-December 28, 2008). Curated by Jacob Proctor.
  • I Repeat Myself When Under Stress (February 13-May 3, 2009). Curated by Thomas Trummer and Trevor Smith. Co-organized by Siemens Arts Program.
  • Black Is, Black Ain't (February 13-May 3, 2009). Curated by Hamza Walker.
  • Jesper Just | With Mixed Emotions (May 29-July 26, 2009). Curated by Luis Croquer.
  • Linkage (May 29-July 26, 2009).
  • Art Spiegelman: Portrait of the Artist As a Young %@&*! (May 29-July 26, 2009). Curated by Luis Croquer.
  • Ann Lislegaard: 2062 (September 11- December 27, 2009). Curated by Elizabeth Brown, Chief Curator at the Henry Art Gallery.
  • Alexander Gutke (September 11- December 27, 2009). Curated by Chris Sharp.
  • Christian Marclay: The Sounds of Christmas (December 12-December 20, 2009).
  • Joshua White and Gary Panter’s Light Show (February 10-April 29, 2012).
  • Mike Kelley: Mobile Homestead (2013).[4][5]

Programming history[edit]

In the years since opening its doors in 2006, MOCAD has developed a rich history. MOCAD hosts musical, literary and artistic events throughout the year. Internationally acclaimed artists such as musicians Roy Ayers, Amp Fiddler, Dan Deacon’s Round Robin, Michael Yonkers, Marlon Magas, Pink Reason, and Roscoe Mitchell; writers like John Giorno and Bill Berkson; and performance artists such as Jody Oberfelder, Will Power and Pat Oleszko have all brought their work to Detroit with MOCAD as the vehicle.

With a wide range of special programs and events, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit maintains the interest of an eclectic community.


MOCAD has introduced a suggested admission price of $5 for entry into its exhibitions, during normal operating hours. This fee is offered on a sliding scale, which allows the public to “pay what they can” to support the Museum. Members, students and children under the age of 12 will continue to receive free admission. Admission into public programs and other special events may vary.

4454 Woodward Ave Detroit MI, 48201
phone: 313 832 6622
Museum Hours
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11 - 5 pm
Thursday & Friday: 11 - 8 pm
closed Monday & Tuesday
Parking for MOCAD is located in the lot on the East side of the building - entrance to the parking lot is on Garfield Street.


  1. ^ Ouroussoff, Nicolai (30 November 2006). "Seeing the Seediness, and Celebrating It". New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  2. ^ Edelson, Sharon (29 January 2018). "Julia Reyes Taubman, Author and Art Booster, Dead at 50".
  3. ^ "MOCAD co-founder Julia Reyes Taubman, 50, dies after cancer battle".
  4. ^ Miller, M. H. (2017-03-08). "Mike Kelley's Underground Afterlife". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  5. ^ Mondry, Aaron (2019-10-11). "MOCAD launches $15M renovation campaign". Curbed Detroit. Retrieved 2020-04-02.

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Coordinates: 42°21′10″N 83°03′39″W / 42.3527°N 83.0607°W / 42.3527; -83.0607