Billboard Exhibition: In the Air: Voices from Detroit and Beyond

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is committed to the health and safety of our campus and surrounding communities. In order to continue with programming in light of Covid-19, the department has transitioned to non-traditional gallery exhibition venues, including various off-site and online platforms.

The department is pleased to present IN THE AIR: VOICES FROM DETROIT AND BEYOND, September 2020 through April 2021. The series includes works created by local and national artists in response to the global pandemic and racial injustice, featured on a billboard, located at the corner of S. Woodward and E. Canfield, Detroit. A total of eight solo-presentations, each one month in duration, will be on view beginning September 15, 2020. 

Works by the following artists will be included in the exhibition series: Chloë Bass, Tyanna J. Buie, jessica Care moore, Jefferson Pinder, Rashaun Rucker, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Jina Valentine, and Peter Williams.

Tyanna J. Buie, jessica Care moore, Rashaun Rucker, and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell are Kresge Artist Fellows and will participate in an online lecture series that will be held during their exhibitions. This programming has been made possible with the support of Kresge Arts in Detroit, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History. 

A full schedule with the exhibition dates and lecture details can be found at www.waynestategalleries.org.


jessica Care moore 
September 15 through October 3
Kresge Artist Fellow Talk: Thursday, September 24, 12-1pm

IN THE AIR: VOICES FROM DETROIT AND BEYOND debuts with work by jessica Care moore, on view September 15 through October 3, 2020. To accompany the piece, an online artist talk will be held on Thursday, September 24, 12-1pm.  More details can be found at www.waynestategalleries.org.

Known internationally as a poet, activist, institution builder and supporter of independent artists, jessica is the author of five collections of poetry. Her current book, We Want Our Bodies Back was published by Harper Collins/Amistad this year. She has written and performed several multi-media theater shows and is the curator of the largest rock and roll concert weekend amplifying the voices of black women rock artists, “Black WOMEN Rock!”

A Knight Arts, Kresge and Joyce Award winner, moore penned the critically acclaimed Techno Choreopoem, Salt City. Her recently released music project, The Beneficiaries, is a collaboration with techno legends Jeff Mills and Eddie Fowlkes.  Jessica creates and lives in the tradition of Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement writers, with a specific interest in the balance of poetry & sound and art as a tool of liberation.  www.jessicacaremoore.com

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Design by jessica Care moore, on exhibit from September 15 through October 3, 2020; S. Woodward and E. Canfield, Detroit

Jim Crow ain’t never flown with this much wingspan
Eagles running for safety now.
For the reach is deep & southern & midwest
shadows the east
lands in the west
Texas — you will always be Mexico
in denial.
Poet, Ron Allen, asked for his body back in 1996
and we are still waiting.

We want our bodies back We want our bodies back We want our bodies back

We want them returned to mothers
without blood without brains exposed
without humiliation without bruises
without glass without fire
we want our bodies back

- jessica Care moore


2020 – 2021 Program Schedule

jessica Care moore 
September 15 through October 3, 2020
jessicacaremoore.com 
Kresge Artist Fellow Talk: Thursday, September 24, 12-1pm

Jina Valentine
October 6 through October 31, 2020
jinavalentine.com

Rashaun Rucker
November 3 through November 28, 2020
www.mcontemporaryart.com/rashaun-rucker
Kresge Artist Fellow Talk: Thursday, November 12, 12-1pm

Peter Williams
December 1 through December 26, 2020
peterwilliams.studio

Jefferson Pinder
December 29, 2020 through January 23, 2021
www.jeffersonpinder.com

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
January 26 through February 20, 2021
darryldterrell.com
Kresge Artist Fellow Talk: Thursday, February 11, 12-1pm

Chloë Bass
February 23 through March 20, 2021
www.chloebass.com

Tyanna J. Buie
March 23 through April 17, 2021
tyannajbuie.com/home.html
Kresge Artist Fellow Talk: Thursday, April 8, 12-1pm