The Visual Arts Guild + Art History Society Detroit Trip

Members of the Visual Arts Guild and the Art History Society soaked up some art in Detroit last weekend. The trip took place of the VAG’s annual Chicago trip, during which students would visit the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) and of course enjoy a meal at the Sultan’s Palace. This year, the student org leaders decided to try something new with an overnight trip in a new city!

We visited the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA). Highlights of the DIA were certainly the Modern and Contemporary wings. Many of us are currently taking Contemporary Art History this semester, it was incredible to be in the physical presence of pieces we’ve read about and viewed in class.

Vision in a Cornfield installation. Photo by Megan Major.

At Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) there was an exciting exhibition called Vision in a Cornfield. This large-scale collaboration that unites distinct creative communities in Detroit: the psyche/art rock band Destroy All Monsters, the urban arts group Ogun and the electromechanical art collective Apetechnology. The inspiration for the exhibition is two-fold. It is based on an unexpected encounter shared by Destroy All Monsters’ Mike Kelley and Cary Loren, which took place in a cornfield in Wixom, Michigan. It is also a reunion and reimagining of an unsanctioned art project in the streets of Detroit by Ogun, named after the Yoruba orisha of iron, hunting, politics and war.

The trip also included lunch at Detroit’s Eastern Market, and a tour of Meadowbrook Hall. Thanks to the Visual Arts Guild and Art History Society for funding admission to the DIA + Meadowbrook Hall.

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