Founded in 2006, MOCAD is firmly a product of a changing Detroit, bringing local and international artists to an audience that’s younger and a bit more avant-garde than what you’ll find at the city’s older art institutions. The museum is housed in a cavernous old auto dealership that was redesigned for this purpose (to great acclaim—the design won a prestigious award from Architectural Review), giving them plenty of space and flexibility for performance art, major sculptures, and dramatic installations. Their most ambitious project to date, Detroit City, addresses the influence of art, both new and old, and in every medium, on the city’s real and perceived identity. The cafe in the middle of the space, run by Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija (the guys behind The Sugar House) serves great sushi and well-crafted cocktails, and entry is based on a suggested donation of $5.

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