On Monday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) hosts “Art As Ritual: A Conference on Lamentation in Contemporary Performance and Practice,” which explores the intersection of contemporary art and ritual, in partnership with Christ Church Cranbrook and the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Tickets are $5 and include lunch and a light reception. The conference is generously sponsored by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.
The event brings together artists, activists, academics and the interfaith community to discuss the ways in which contemporary artists use ritual in performance and social practice. The conference features a keynote address from artist Nick Cave and continues with 14 breakout sessions throughout the day, concluding with remarks from Israeli artist Yael Bartana.
“Rituals provide us with ways to build bridges and close the social distance between the different communities living in the greater Detroit area,” said the Rev. Dr. William Danaher, rector of Christ Church Cranbrook and canon for interfaith and ecumenical relations for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.
“It is our belief that ritual lies at the heart of what defines Detroiters’ art as uniquely Detroit,” said Detroit-based artist Oren Goldenberg, who conceived of the event with Danaher.
Other speakers, many of whom are local, include Biba Bell, Meaghan Barry, Nandi Comer, John J. Corso, Vanessa Cronin, Olayami Dabls, Jennifer Harge, The Hinterlands, Scott Hocking, Colleen Ludwig, Billy Mark, Natasha T Miller, Laura Mott, Anne Pelligrini, Michael Stone Richards, Bridget Quinn, Sterling Toles, Alison Wong, Julia Yezbeck, Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos and more.
For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets, click here.