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Opening Reception State of Exception: MOCAD

Friday, February 7, 2014
12:00 AM
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT, 4454 Woodward Ave Detroit MI, 48201

MOCAD members reception: 6pm-7pm
Galleries open to public: 7pm-9pm
Music:  9pm - 11pm
$5 admission from 7-11pm. Free for U of M students with ID.

Museum Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11AM - 5PM; Thursday & Friday: 11AM - 8PM; closed Monday & Tuesday.

Originally exhibited at the Institute for the Humanities gallery (click here for details), State of Exception presents traces of the human experience--backpacks, water bottles, border patrol restrains, and other objects left behind in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S. This in combination with video shot by Richard Barnes on location along the U.S./Mexico border comprises State of Exception, the first major curation of the work of U-M anthropologist Jason De León’s Undocumented Migration project. This collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, De León, and curator Amanda Krugliak considers the complexity and ambiguity of the found objects and what they may or may not reveal in terms of transition, human experience, culture, violence, and accountability.