Art Mile

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.

June 14, 2021 - July 11, 2021


Neil Barclay

In January of 2019 Barclay was selected to lead the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as its president and CEO. A former attorney, Barclay was most recently executive director and CEO of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans. During his five-year tenure, the institution’s budget increased by more than 40 percent including lead gifts from the nation’s major art philanthropists. 

Barclay’s experience also includes seven years of service as associate director of the Performing Arts Center for the University of Texas at Austin and service as founding president and CEO of Pittsburgh, Pa.‘s August Wilson Center. Additionally, he was instrumental in capital development planning for Los Angeles’ Vision Theater, originally built by Howard Hughes for the city. Barclay has demonstrated his personal commitment to art and culture as a peer panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Gerbode Foundation, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  A leading national presenter of contemporary performing and visual arts, Barclay serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the regional arts organization South Arts. He is currently a member of the College of Communications and Fine Arts Advisory Board for Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, his undergraduate and law school alma mater.

Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn is Senior Curator and Director of Public Art at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where she provides senior leadership for CAMH’s curatorial team, encompassing exhibitions, public projects, and artist-driven initiatives in the public realm; both within and beyond the walls of the Museum. Glenn is deeply invested in working closely with artists to develop ideas, artworks, and exhibitions that respond to and transform our understanding of the world. Recently, she received substantial critical and community praise for her curatorial work in the groundbreaking exhibition at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky titled Promise, Witness, Remembrance.

During her 3 1/2 year tenure at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Glenn further shaped how public sculpture activates and engages the museum’s 120-acres of Ozark woods with outdoor exhibitions, solo artist projects, and loans, working with Rashid Johnson, Sarah Braman, Sam Falls, Odili Donald Odita, Jessica Stockholder, George Sanchez-Calderon, Bethany Collins, and more. She was a member of the curatorial team for State of the Art 2020, which opened simultaneously at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary. In addition, she spearheaded the adaptation of Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… (2020) at Crystal Bridges, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, organized by the Portland Art Museum.

Elena Ketelsen González

Elena Ketelsen González is an Assistant Curator at PS1. Elena previously served as a bilingual educator in the New York City Department of Education, while also working as a community organizer in East Harlem and Washington Heights. Since then, she has worked at many cultural institutions in NYC, including the Whitney Museum and the Museum of the City of New York where she created culturally responsive curricula and programming for an intergenerational and multilingual audience. Most recently she served as Curatorial Assistant and Program Manager for the Gracie Mansion exhibit Catalyst: Art and Social Justice; Works by New York Artists and Activists since 1960. While at PS1, she has worked to establish collaborative community partnerships and organize activations of Homeroom, a space that amplifies and celebrates the work of collectives, organizations, artists, and activists that are connected to PS1’s public programming and community allyship initiatives. She is the founder of La Salita, a curatorial project and long-term investigation highlighting the work of emerging and established artists working across Latin America, and Latinx and immigrant artists working within the US. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy of Aesthetics from Colorado College, and an M.S.Ed in Bilingual Education from CUNY Hunter College.

Sadie Woods

Sadie Woods is an award-winning post-disciplinary artist, curator, and deejay who has showcased her myriad of creative practices from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Petty Biennial, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Selenite Arts Advisory, and a 2020 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Esteemed Artist Award. Woods is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, and Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta. She has exhibited her work and performed nationally and internationally. Publications include Harald Szeemann Méthodologie Individuelle published by JRP Ringier with Le Magasin—Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, in collaboration with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

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