This article will soon be out of date. There are already four new art galleries in the city of Detroit and the year is barely half over. Two of those galleries are transplants from the suburbs, but before dismissing them from the list of new galleries in Detroit, one must hear what Matt Eaton, part owner of Library Street Collective, said about Inner State Gallery, formerly 323 East in Royal Oak: “New name, new form, new function.”
Some slightly older galleries include the Red Bull House of Art, the Kunsthalle Detroit, Library Street Collective and Start Gallery. Whether Passenger Detroit will move into a permanent space (they had a temporary space in 2012) remains an open question. The fate of Studio Couture, near the temporary Passenger Detroit space, is also in the dark.
Though it’s not a gallery, the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, opened in April, should also be mentioned.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Although the gallery kept the same name in the move from Ferndale to Detroit, and more importantly, a lot of the artists, their new space is very different and the context gives it a very different ambiance. Robert Platt, for example, was able to include in the new location’s inaugural show a big installation, titled Eidolon, and still have room for people to walk around it.
Inner State Gallery
Jesse Cory and Dan Armand moved 323 East from Royal Oak to Detroit, going from a narrow hallway (like Library Street Collective) to a more spacious area. Once they were settled in their new Gratiot Avenue location, Cory and Armand were putting on shows at a frenetic pace, almost one a week, as if to make up for lost time (the last show at 323 opened on December 21, 2012). Shows now will be approximately one a month. Artists who’ve exhibited at Inner State include Ron Zarkin, Glenn Barr, Nychos the Weird and a famous automotive designer.
Just a skip and a hop away from Inner State Gallery we have Trinosophes, a very spacious gallery that also has a coffee shop, restaurant and concert stage. Jesse Cory loves Trinosophes and goes there almost every morning for coffee. Exhibitions at Trinosophes so far have included a collaboration with What Pipeline to show the work of Mary Ann Aitken.
A Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2013 finalist, Trinosophes hope “to shine a spotlight on Detroit’s contributions to soul, R&B and jazz by transforming a Gratiot Avenue storefront into a small music museum with a community-run radio station.”
A little bit north of Whitdel Arts there is a gallery which Weekend Update‘s Stefon (Bill Hader) would call “What the Pipeline!!???” The focus of the gallery is on international artists, a focus that was declared with their premiere exhibit of an artist from Germany (Lucie Stahl) and a British artist (Tom Humphreys).
For their second exhibit, in collaboration with Trinosophes, What Pipeline showed the work of New York artist Mary Ann Aitken. Jesse Cory finds the gallery’s interest in international artists refreshing: “In Detroit a lot of people think you should only show Detroit artists … but it’s also [important] … to bring international artists here.”