On Friday, I started my weekend with music and art at the dia.

Casey Fang, Eric Silver, Olivia Hill, and Alex Bruza checking in to the DIA

Casey Fang, Eric Silver, Olivia Hill, and Alex Bruza checking in to the DIA

The DIA in collaboration with WDET 101.9FM turned the “Detroit After Dark” photography exhibition into an experimental Listening and viewing experience.

Guests entered the museum and walked downstairs, past the Kresge Court, to a reception desk handing out familiar museum headsets. The standard audio tour, was replaced with an upbeat-techno mix curated by Culture Shift hosts Amanda LeClaire and Travis Wright.

While exploring the “Detroit After Dark” exhibition, museum-disco goers could switch their headsets between two stations; one a MELLOW TECHNO BEAT THAT MADE THE PICTURES OF DETROIT’S NIGHTLIFE LOOK COMFORTING, the other, a fast paced mix that made the photography look intense and intimidating.


 

 

The official DIA exhibition description:

"Detroit After Dark" is a survey of Detroit photographers documenting the night, both past and present, and also features photography from visiting artists to the city. The exhibition includes dramatic architectural studies, street scenes, graffiti and otherworldly vignettes as well as some of Detroit’s famous night haunts, like the premier jazz club Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the legendary Grande Ballroom and punk and garage rock dens such as Bookie’s Club and the Gold Dollar. A small supplement of work from Paris and New York, taken between 1920 and 1960, is also onew view, establishing Detroit’s part in a visual tradition and history shared with other great cities and the photographers who have shaped the genre of night photography.”


"Jefferson at Dearborn," Scott hocking, 2012, Pigment print. Detroit Institute of Arts  

"Jefferson at Dearborn," Scott hocking, 2012, Pigment print. Detroit Institute of Arts  

 

 

 

It was fascinating to recognize the music effecting, my perception of the picture. The mellow mix reminded me of the nights I’ve danced into the wee hours of the AM at Grenadier Club- Ubering home, the city looks calm and peaceful. Looking at the same picture, listening to a faster tempo, Made the picture look darker and set the scene in a moment of chaos.

 

 

 


The DIA did a fabulous job reworking thier exhibition into an exciting event-it was the hot spot to pregame.

The collaboration between the DIA and WDET 101.9FM brought in a very trendy crowd, there were a lot of hip twenty-thirty something year olds that probably wouldn’t have been in the museum on a Friday night otherwise. Per DIA policy, admission was free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The silent disco was a funky, culture fix and a great place to start on a friday night. I’m excited to see the dia do more late-night events.

-Samantha Robinson

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