MAY 25, 2017
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
SHOOT TO THRILL: PICTURING IDENTITY IN DETROIT + NEW YORK’S UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC CULTURE | 1977-NOW
Beginning in the late 1970’s, dance music culture began to take hold in nightclubs across the country. These were safe spaces for people of color, LGBT, and creative cultures seeking sanctuary on the dancefloor. Through the photographer’s lens, we witness the ways in which these communities publicly embraced alternative identity and boundary-crossing music. Images, ephemera and oral histories; as interpreted by select artists and DJs will be the catalyst for conversations around race, class and gender in club scenes from the 70’s to present. Moderators Adrian Loving (educator/DJ/writer) and Vikki Tobak (journalist/culture writer The FADER, Complex, Mass Appeal, RedBull Music Academy etc…) frame the conversation.