The Wright Museum


Artist Installations

Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23, 2017 from 7 PM - 12 AM


DLECTRICITY is a nighttime outdoor festival of art and light that showcases the work of emerging and established artists, architects and industrial designers in the Cultural Corridor of Midtown Detroit. Thirty-six international, national and local artists have been commissioned to illuminate the Woodward corridor, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and other unexpected works of art.

DLECTRICITY is free and open to the public. Featured at The Wright will be the following:

Jason Isaacs | Brooklyn, NY/UK

The Black Love Project

(Video Projection)

Location: The Wright Museum, Warren Entrance

Isaacs has worked in arts education in the US and UK for over 20 years, working primarily with immigrant populations. He currently runs his own production studio and educational consultancy that serves non-profit organizations specializing in taking on issues of race, culture and representation in underserved communities.

“The Black Love Project” is coming to Dlectricity 2017, bringing untold stories of the magic of black love in America. Isaacs aims to showcase the existence, endurance and magic of black love despite the negative perceptions of black togetherness. Bringing a unique twist to the installation in Detroit, Isaacs will set up an on-site Black Love chamber to allow the community to record their own stories and contribute to the conversation. Isaacs also invites the community to bring their own Black Love photos in film or digital format to create a collection that will be made freely available online.

“The Black Love Project” is a large-scale, site-specific, non-linear 12-minute video loop to be shown at the Warren entryway of The Wright Museum.

Facing Change | Documenting DETROIT


A Documentary Photo Slideshow showcasing their 2017 Fellows

Location: The Wright Museum - Farnsworth Façade

Facing Change: Documenting Detroit is part of the organization Facing Change: Documenting America, a non-profit collective of photojournalists working nationally to independently document America today. Inspired by the Farm Security Administration’s storied photography program during the Great Depression that documented rural poverty, the Facing Change organization hopes to tell a wide range of real stories. Facing Change: Documenting Detroit is a summer fellowship program that pairs emerging Detroit-based photographers with established mentors to develop their skills and build portfolios while documenting Detroit. Documenting Detroit was founded by Karah Shaffer and Alan Chin. The 2017 fellows will present their photography work at Dlectricity, projected onto the facade of The Wright Museum of African American History.

2017 fellows include Alexa Borromeo, Anthony Lanzilote, Corey Turner, Damon Adams, Erik Howard, Jeff Pearson, Jeremy Brockman, Junfu Han, LaToya Colts, Mishira Davis, Marisol Dorantes-Silva, Sal Rodriguez, Samantha Otto and Viviana Pernot. 2017 program mentors include Samantha Appleton, Nancy Watson Barr, Carlos Diaz, Kholood Eid, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Kathy Kieliszewski, Alexis Lambrou, Patricia Lay-Dorsey, Joanna Lehan, Andrea Mellen Birnbaum, Brian Palmer and William Valicenti.

The fellows work to bridge a gap where traditional journalism is often missing in order to tell stories that are uniquely Detroit. You can check out some of the fellows’ projects on public view around Detroit: in the windows of 1220 Library Street, Grand on River (5001 Grand River Ave, Detroit), and at Field and Kercheval.