It takes about 48 hours to start the New Year, and there is also time to burn (if you are lucky, you can take a break from work). What should you do? Check out local museums and galleries.
Within a few days, at least two exhibitions will be completed at some of Metro Detroit’s largest cultural institutions — Henry Ford and Charles H. Wright African-American History Museum. The photo exhibition “Black is Beautiful” at the Detroit Institute of Arts will also close.
If you have their current exhibits on your to-do list, it’s time to check them out this month before they close. And if you know gearheads or are gearheads, one really embraces the car culture we are proud of.
If the car is not yours, there are other options. However, be sure to call or at least check the website of each institution before you go. Some items require advance reservation.
Here are four exhibitions to check out before closing in January:
“Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories” At Henry Ford: What’s really interesting about Henry Ford’s “Collecting Mobility” exhibition in Dearborn is the wide range of objects that somehow reflect mobility. This includes everything from the 19th-century Columbus Sally, one of the most popular carriages in front of the car, to the 1989 Top Fuel Dragster, which can reach up to 300 mph. With over 30 rare artifacts on display, the exhibit includes about 10 vehicles. Another interesting element of the exhibit is to delve into the Henry Ford collection itself (which already has 26 million objects) and how and why it collects what it does. At the end of the exhibit, there’s also a QR code to see if it’s worth the museum, as well as visitors who are wondering about their objects. Now you can find it. “Collecting Mobility” will run until January 2nd. Visit https: //www.thehenryford.org/current-events/.
“Man of change” At the Charles H. Wright African-American History Museum: This powerful exhibit has already visited venues across the country, challenging stories about black men. More than 20 works of art are on display in honor of the transformative leaders of the black community in politics, sports, entertainment, business, religion and other disciplines. This exhibition explores themes such as “story tellers,” “fathering,” “myth breakers,” “catalysts,” and “communities,” featuring artists such as Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, Robert Pluit, and Mario Moore. It is a pair. Detroit Native) Various pioneers of the Black Community — Muhammad Ali, Kendrick Lamar, WEB Dubois, Tanehishi Coats and more. The exhibition will be held until January 2nd. Visit https: //www.thewright.org/exhibitions/men-change-power-triumph-truth.
“Hudson Holiday” At the Detroit Historical Museum: When a new skyscraper is formed on the site of the former Hudson in downtown Detroit, there is an exhibition “Hudson Holiday” north of the construction site. At the Detroit Historical Museum, explore what sets your beloved retailer apart. Founded in 1881 as a clothing store for men and boys, Hudson’s had recorded 100,000 daily sales by the 1950s. The 25-story building was also the tallest department store in the world until 1961. Exhibits include toys, holiday decorations, store history and architectural details. It will run until January 30th. Visit https: //detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/hudsons-holidays.
“Black is Beautiful: Kwame Brathwaite Photograph” At the Detroit Institute of Arts: Photographer Kwame Brathwaite helped redefine beauty with his Grandassa model in the 1960s. Images of famous photographers are featured at a large exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on January 16th. It features 42 black-and-white and color photographs of brass weights, as well as very cool clothes and jewelery (made by the Grandassa model). Residents of McCorm, Auckland and Wayne have free admission to DIA, but reservations are required. Go to https://ticketapp.dia.org/#/.