ICI has partnered with Art Mile—a citywide arts festival that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community through public programs and online exhibitions— for its second edition, taking place June 14 – July 11, 2021.
The collaboration includes a special Curatorial Fellow exhibition, organized this year by inaugural Art Mile Curatorial Fellow Juana Williams and a series of panel discussions organized and led by members of ICI’s curatorial network, including Neil Barclay, Allison Glenn, Elena Ketelsen González, Sadie Woods and more.
Art Mile Programs
Juana Williams and Ellen Rutt, with an introduction by ICI’s Renaud Proch
Wednesday, June 16 at 6pm EDT
A panel discussion with Art Mile’s Inaugural Curatorial Fellow, Juana Williams, in conversation with Detroit-based multidisciplinary artist, Ellen Rutt. The two will discuss the symbiotic relationship of humans and their natural environments, healing properties of collaborative creation and immersing oneself in nature—key themes that are presented in William’s exhibition, Breathe.
Neil Barclay and Stephanie James
Monday, June 21 at 1pm EDT
A conversation between Neil A. Barclay, President and CEO of The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History—which holds the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American culture—and Stephanie James, Assistant Curator of the Mott-Warsh Collection, a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora and others who reflect on it.
Elena Ketelsen González and Halima Cassells
Thursday, July 1 at 1pm EDT
A conversation with curator, Elena Ketelsen González (Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1), and Detroit-based artist and community advocate, Halima Cassells, discussing the importance of care and sustaining community engagement in their respective communities in both New York and Detroit.
Sadie Woods and Monica Marin
Tuesday, July 6 at 6pm EDT
Sadie Woods and Monica Marin present a program on Underground Resistance techno music group from Detroit and focus on the political roots of techno music and the influence of members Mike Banks, Jeff Mills, and other related artists.
Allison Glenn, Toya Northington, and Chelsea Flowers
Thursday, July 8 at 1pm EDT
A conversation with Allison Glenn, Toya Northington, and Chelsea Flowers to discuss Glenn’s recent curated exhibition, Promise, Witness and Remembrance on view at the Speed Art Museum. The three will discuss the themes of the exhibition and the parallels reflected in the Detroit art community.
To read more about the festival and upcoming program dates visit Art Mile’s website here.
These events are free and open to the public and include live ASL interpretation and closed-captioning.
About Art Mile
Art Mile is a city-wide digital art exhibition that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community by promoting public programs and online acquisitions. Organized by Reyes | Finn and Cultural Counsel in partnership with Red Bull Arts, Art Mile launched its inaugural festival in the summer of 2020, providing over 60 Detroit galleries, institutional non-profits, museums, and artist-run spaces with free access to Art Mile’s exhibition platform, with sales made directly through exhibitors on an inquiry basis.