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Transform MOCAD's exterior facades and enliven the museum's streetscape with this major public art project on Woodward in Detroit.
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LIVING CANVAS

MOCAD invites you to support artists that will transform MOCAD’s Woodward facade with Living Canvas. As a major public art project in a location of visual prominence in Detroit, the energetic facade activation of Living Canvas will instill a memorable image in the minds of museum visitors and passersby. 

ANDREW KUO

For Living Canvas MOCAD has selected the artist Andrew Kuo. He has appeared in dozens of exhibitions in New York City and around the world. He is also a talented writer whose writing and artwork has appeared in the pages of The New York Times. MOCAD invited Kuo to create a large scale mural which would add color to Detroit's urban landscape. For the inauguration of Living Canvas, Kuo developed In Staying/Faces, a mural which draws on his experience as an urban dweller, as well as the charting works that have marked his career.

'In Staying/Faces,' the proposed mural by Andrew Kuo
'In Staying/Faces,' the proposed mural by Andrew Kuo
Mural text and key for 'In Staying/Faces'
Mural text and key for 'In Staying/Faces'

Andrew Kuo describes his project:

"In Staying/Faces is a short timeline that maps my experience with my hometown, traveling and people who are close to me. In this semi-autobiographical work, I explain the curiosity I have about cities that aren’t New York, and dissipating fear of leaving the place I grew up in. The possibilities of new things grow more enticing; exploring streets that I haven’t walked on for years already, starting new relationships with people who aren’t tired of me yet, and surrounding myself with buildings I’ve haven’t attached emotions with. The geometric shapes of the facade proposal are meant to mimic a city landscape, with shifting planes of color that form a series of faces; eyes looking up and down, mouths just about ready to say something right to me. The choice of bright colors stand out in an urban landscape."

Kuo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Kuo was born in Queens and grew up in Scarsdale, New York. His parents, both Taiwanese immigrants, employed strict household rules about media consumption and schoolwork. This pushed him towards interests that involved numbers, specifically the statistical metrics used in sports that was soon to be proliferated on the Internet. Kuo uses this analytic process in his art making: creating abstract paintings that function as charts.

FACADE HISTORY

MOCAD believes our facade enlivens the city streetscape with art and color. Since MOCAD opened in 2006 we have utilized our exterior as a space for public art. Our first mural was done by artist Barry McGee as part of MOCAD's first exhibition. 

Barry McGee's mural with the neon piece "Everything is Going to be Alright" by Martin Creed
Barry McGee's mural with the neon piece "Everything is Going to be Alright" by Martin Creed

McGee's mural pieces remained on MOCAD's exterior until 2013, when the current murals were done by the Seventh Letter Crew: DONT, VIZIE, POSE, OMENS, REVOK, and SKREW.

Photo by Colin M. Day
Photo by Colin M. Day

MOCAD's murals have always been lively, engaging, and easily identifiable. By contributing to the Living Canvas project you will ensure that MOCAD is able to sustain this tradition and support this example of public art in Detroit for many more years.

MOCAD

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) presents art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement. Located on Woodward and Garfield the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit's vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts.

REWARDS

MOCAD can ship rewards internationally as needed, fees will apply.

$5 - Andrew Kuo designed pin: 

 $25 - Andrew Kuo T-Shirt

 $150 - Signed copy of Andrew Kuo's book What Me Worry

 $500 - Unique monoprint (acrylic on paper) (11" X 14") by Andrew Kuo

$1,000 - Studio Visit and photo print of the finished mural

$1,500 - Invitation to the opening ribbon cutting ceremony at MOCAD plus a photo print of the finished mural.

$2,500 - Paint the mural with Andrew Kuo and an invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony at MOCAD for 2 people. 

$5,000 - One of three framed and hand drawn self portraits (18" X 24") by Andrew Kuo ($3,500 value) similar but not exactly as the one below, opportunity to paint the mural with Andrew Kuo, plus invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony at MOCAD for 5 people.

Risks and challenges

Although we’ve installed two murals on the building since the opening of the museum, painting a mural on Woodward in summer is challenging. We’re confident in our ability to manage the project and permits with the city to secure proper permitting and ensure worker and pedestrian safety.

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