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What’s so underground about Detroit? is an illustrated talk about underground Detroit art and culture, high and low—a journey into some of the past movements, artists, writers and musicians that have made D-town an international mecca for praise, hype, imitation, bottom-feeding, cultural tourism and scorn. Marginal histories including; blues, jazz, rock, noise, the quest for authenticity and influential counter-culture heroes will be discussed. There will be a focus on the Detroit Artists’ Workshop—a collective that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year on November 1st.
Cary Loren is an artist, writer and musician—a founding member of the Destroy All Monsters art collective and co-owner with his wife Colleen Kammer of the Book Beat bookstore in Oak Park. He is currently working on a history of the Detroit Artists Workshop and a text for Panic in Detroit, a monograph on photographer Leni Sinclair due out in the fall.
This event is free and open to the public.