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Sunday, 18 March, 2012 10:53 AM

'Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000-2010' on display at the DIA

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Calderin's photo of his neighborhood from his upstairs bedroom.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT — Over the weekend of March 16, 17 and 18, 2012, Scott Boberg (DIA's head of interpretive programs), moderated a program featuring high school students responding to Detroit Revealed. It is a conversation on Art, Culture and Community of the City of Detroit. I went to one of the several panel discussions called Teen Detroit during the three-day weekend. Yesterday, Nancy Barr (DIA's associate curator), moderated the perspectives on photography. Three artists/photographers: Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz and Scott Hocking have their photos displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Today, Boberg conducted a panel of three Detroit students interpreting the City of Detroit in three different ways: Photography, poetry and music. People and buildings were the high point of the history of this city. "There is more to the buildings, not just the image," says Boberg.

Photography: TaSeanby Calderin is an 11th grader at Pershing HIgh School and also a member of Focus : Hope. He started taking pictures at a very young age from a camera phone his brother gave him. He took the photography program in high school and worked on his high school paper and the school website.

He lives near 7 Mile and Conant and took pictures of the East Side and Highland Park area. One photo, in particular, depicts his neighborhood taken from an upstairs bedroom in his house. Some of his pictures are from the Model T Ford plant in Highland Park. "Every picture tells a story," he says. "Automotive, architectural design of buildings, landscape, and graffiti represent Detroit. Everything makes me feel at home here in Detroit."

Poetry: Joseph Verge is a Senior in high school and a member of InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He became a writer at age 10 and went to All Saints camp, which he really didn't want to go to but his parents encouraged him to go. "I live in Southwest Detroit and my neighborhood is like a mosaic. I see myself as a storyteller and a poet," Verge says. "Every time I write a poem, I try to get my message across."

Joseph wrote about the Roof Marsh picture on display at the DIA. It was taken on the roof of the Michigan Central Train Depot. It was an abandoned building with grass growing around it and on the roof. People interpret Detroit as skyline and houses next to houses. Detroit is more diverse than that. People need to look around and be more active with their community.

Music: Hunter Muldoon is a Senior at Renaissance High School and a member of the band The Muldoons, which is a punk rock band. He played a musical piece that represents the land, the buildings where industries start to emerge, graffiti, the people leaving the city and the end of his piece represents the re-birth of the City of Detroit.

Detroit has an amazing music scene. "In music, you have your own interpretation, even though you didn't compose it," Muldoon says. He had an opportunity to go to Europe playing his music. Then came back and noted that a lot of musical artists are moving here to Detroit. "There are lots of opportunities to keep the music and arts alive here," he says.

The panel discussion lasted an hour including a question and answer period following.

For more information about "Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000-2010," visit www.dia.org/calendar/exhibition.aspx?id=2701&iid=

Related Story: DIA opens new, permanent gallery of Ancient Middle Eastern Art

 

 

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"Detroit Revealed" Panel Discussion Poster

 

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The panel (from left to right) Scott Boberg, moderator; TaSeanby Calderin; Joseph Verge; and Hunter Muldoon

 

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Scott Boberg

 

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Hunter Muldoon

 

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TaSeanby Calderin

 

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Hunter Muldoon doing a musical piece

 

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