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Time and Place: Art of Detroit Cass Corridor, runs through June 26 at Elaine Jacob Gallery

May 13th, 2009

Wayne State University is pleased to present the exhibition Time and Place: Art of Detroit’s Cass Corridor from the Wayne State University Collection at its Elaine L. Jacob Gallery from April 24th through June 26th, 2009.

This exhibition features works recently gifted by generous donors to the Wayne State University Collection, and honors the substantial gifts by noted Detroit collector and philanthropist James Pearson Duffy. As part of the exhibit’s opening reception there will be a special presentation announcing the naming of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History.

With over sixty works, most of which were created between 1960 and 1980, this exhibition illustrates the energetic and bold work done by a group of young artists, many of whom studies art at Wayne State University, and who were living and working in the Cultural Center area of Detroit. It features over 25 pieces from the WSU libraries’ Alternative Press Collection.The Alternative Press Collection was purchased by the libraries in 2004 and features published and unpublished art and poetry, produced by the Alternative Press in Detroit in the early 1970s.

It was a time of struggle and radical change in societal thinking and behavior, and one of an increased decline in the prosperity and viability of Detroit. The outlook, and limited financial resources, of the artists of the Cass Corridor often led to their employment of used and discarded materials, automatic and irreverent techniques, rough and tumble forms and tense abstractions. Yet there is a sense of grit and survival that characterizes many of these works — the same “bad ass” attitude on which Detroit, its residents, and its artists, pride themselves to this very day.

Artists represented in Time and Place include: Keith Aoki, Victor Belisle, Jim Chatelain, Charles Cobb, James Crawford, Stanley Dolega, John Egner, George Ettl, Steve Foust, Brenda Goodman, Doug James, Bradley Jones, Aris Koutroulis, Michael Luchs, Ann Mikolowski, Nancy Mitchnick, Greg Murphy, Gordon
Newton, Ellen Phelan, John Piet, Nancy Pletos, Paul Schwarz, Robert Sestok and Carol Steen.

The exhibition’s opening reception is on Friday, April 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery is located at 480 W. Hancock, between Cass and Second, in Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State University. Metered street parking is available, and is free after 6:00 PM.