A DEEP DIVE INTO DETROIT'S HOUSE MUSIC SCENE

MAY 25, 2017

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

PANEL DISCUSSION

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.