In the Air II: Voices from Detroit and Beyond

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is excited to In the Air II: Voices from Detroit and Beyond, September 2021 through April 2022. The series, curated by Tyanna J. Buie, includes works created by local and national artists featured on a billboard, located at the corner of Woodward and E. Forest, Detroit. A total of seven solo-presentations, each one month in duration, will be on view from September, 2021 through April, 2022.

The exhibition series features: Gilda Emerging Artist Award recipient Nour Ballout (2019); Kresge Artist Fellows Nandi Comer (2019) and Lillien Waller (2015); Lancer Casem, Philip Crawford, Jamál Currie, and Kim Miller. Each of the Kresge award recipients will present a public, online lecture during the run of their exhibition. A full schedule with the exhibition details and lecture information can be found at

In the Air II: Voices from Detroit and Beyond features the third billboard installation with work by Jamál Currie, on view October 23 through November 14, 2021.

Aidentity, 2021, design by Jamál Currie, on exhibit October 22 through November 14, 2021; Woodward and E. Forest, Detroit.

jamál currieJamál Currie Bio
Jamál Currie has been making film, video, sculpture and installation art for more than 20 years. His work calls to mind matters of temporality, memory, travel, money and expanded notions of diaspora. His most recent work combines short-range LiDaR scans with scans of 3D printed busts. Collages composed of this imagery are then presented as a whole and as components for sale as NFTs. Currie has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships in Wisconsin and is currently a professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He received his MFA from the University of South Florida-Tampa in 1998.

Aidentity Series Statement:
In this series of digital collages and components I'm imagining images of myself and friends and family as little artificial intelligences scouring the physical world, attempting to gain a more complete dataset by which to think about ourselves.


Lancer Casem
September 3 through September 17, 2021
Art Department Lecture: Wednesday, September 15, 7PM

Lillien Waller
September 28 through October 15, 2021
Kresge Artist Fellow Lecture: Wednesday, October 6, 6PM

Jamál Currie
October 23 through November 14, 2021

Philip Crawford
January 4 through January 28, 2022

Nour Ballout
February 1 through February 25, 2022
Kresge Artist Lecture: Wednesday, February 9, 6PM
Zoom Registration Link:

Kim Miller
March 1 through March 25, 2022

Nandi Comer
March 29 through April 24, 2022
Kresge Artist Fellow Lecture: Wednesday, April 6, 6PM
Zoom Registration Link:

Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. The goals of Kresge Arts in Detroit are to enrich the quality of life for metro Detroiters by helping artists provide a broad spectrum of cultural experiences; celebrate and reflect the richness and diversity of our community in all its aspects; heighten the profile of arts and artists in our community; and strengthen the artistic careers of local artists. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $6.7 million through 13 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 238 Kresge Artist fellowships ($25,000 each), and 32 Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).

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