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Culture Lab Detroit Returns with “The Crisis of Beauty”
By Blouin Art Info
August 16, 2018
"Featuring forensic architecture, dream hampton, Juliana Huxtable, Amy Sherald, Survival Research Labs, Peter Weller, and Anicka Yi, Culture Lab Detroit returns in 2018 to engage internationally reputed artists, inventors and filmmakers on the theme of 'The Crisis of Beauty.'"

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The Actor Who Played Robocop Is Now an Art Historian, and He’s Returning to Detroit to Face a New Threat: ‘The Crisis of Beauty’
By Taylor Dafoe
August 14, 2018
"It turns out that Peter Weller, the actor who played Robocop, has become an art historian. He went back to school in 2004, at age 57, and earned a Master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University, followed by a PhD in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA in 2013... This fall, Weller will return to Detroit, the setting of Robocop, in his new role. His mission? To introduce the first night of the Culture Lab Detroit conference with a presentation on beauty in Renaissance art."

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Culture Lab Detroit announces 2018 line-up, featuring Peter Weller
By Ann Zaniewski
August 14, 2018
"Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Ask Peter Weller. The actor-turned-art-historian – famously known for playing RoboCop – will be one of a host of internationally known artists, inventors and filmmakers tackling "The Crisis of Beauty" at this year's Culture Lab Detroit. The three-day event scheduled for October kicks off with a screening of the original 1987 RoboCop at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Avenue, Detroit... Organizers said the program will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism, gentrification, gender politics and the assimilation of technology."

Broadway World

Culture Lab Detroit Announces 2018 Program: The Crisis Of Beauty
By BWW News Desk
August 14, 2018
"Now in its sixth year, Culture Lab Detroit returns in 2018 to engage internationally reputed artists, inventors and filmmakers on the theme of The Crisis of Beauty. The new edition of the acclaimed cultural program will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism, the intricacies of gentrification, gender politics, and unbounded assimilation of technology to offer novel or previously suppressed perspectives."

2017 PRESS


40 Artists Share Their Favorite Shows of 2017
By Margo Wolowiec
December 18, 2017
"During two panel discussions, artists, writers, and architects discussed the antagonisms of our current political climate and possibilities for the future, especially in the arts," says Wolowiec, known for her hand woven, dyed textile works. "I love the challenge of critically dissecting a topic that is so new there aren’t yet cohesive dialogues to talk through it, requiring on the spot thinking and honest self-assessments."

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How Social Practice Artists Are Using Creative Problem-Solving to Help Revive Detroit
By Brian Boucher
December 18, 2017
Speaking to a group of visitors at local arts venue One Mile, on a tour of the city organized by the nonprofit Culture Lab Detroit, architect Anya Sirota mentioned that they all heard warning bells when a Craigslist real estate ad used the venue as a selling point, boasting of being “just steps from One Mile.” As a result, the artistic community is trying to think long-term, said Sirota, and buy up land to donate to community trusts, so that no one can cash out to the detriment of locals.


Art and Abandonment in Post-Truth Detroit
By Ariela Gittlen
November 9, 2017
In early October, Culture Lab Detroit, a nonprofit that organizes art-centric panels and projects, held a series of public dialogues on the timely theme of post-truth and its unwelcome relations, fake news and alternative facts. The panelists—author and critic Hilton Als, architects Christopher and Dominic Leong, and artists Edgar Arceneaux, Martine Syms, Mel Chin and Coco Fusco—discussed the question: how can art help us engage a world of contested reality? But these days the subtext of any conversation about art and politics is, of course, can art help us at all?


Post-Truth Detroit
By Wendy Vogel
November 7, 2017
I came to the Motor City under the auspices of Culture Lab Detroit, a non-profit organization that seeks to engage local art and design communities with international artists, architects and visionaries around pressing social concerns. Founded in 2012 by Jane Schulak, a Detroit-born designer whose professional expertise includes stints at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Culture Lab Detroit hosts free annual dialogues with internationally recognized participants.