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Culture Lab Detroit shines a light on the work of outstanding immigrant artists
By Sarah Rose Sharp
November 30, 2016
As millions of people living in the United States hold our breath in the face of a president-elect who seems hell-bent on waging war on immigrants, a series of recent events orchestrated by Culture Lab Detroit proved themselves to be exceptionally timely.
"Culture Lab Detroit's 2016 theme is 'Walls,'" Culture Lab Detroit founder Jane Schulak says. "Participants in this year's programs are all connected by their interest in reconsidering the structures which define our lives."
This was certainly the case at "Art and the immigrant experience," a panel discussion featuring performers and artists Migguel Anggelo, Kia Arriaga, Rola Nashef, and Chido Johnson, and moderated by Gracie Xavier, director of corporate and economic development strategy at Global Detroit.
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CRAVE


Bring the Beat Back: Gary Simmons in Detroit
By Miss Rosen
October 31, 2016
Simmons has taken his talents to the city of Detroit, partnering with Culture Lab Detroit and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, with the support of Bedrock, to create a public work currently on view at 1301 Broadway, #101, Detroit, now through January 1, 2017.
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BIZBASH


See an Inspired Tabletop Design That Used 80 Dozen Eggs
By Carla Hay
October 7, 2016
DETROIT When designer/artist David Stark created the decor for a Culture Lab Detroit dinner on September 16, he took inspiration from Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen's Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, a multimedia examination of chicken breeding. Vanmechelen incorporates Cosmopolitan Chicken Project in his solo exhibition at the Detroit art gallery Wasserman Projects, where the dinner was held for about 55 guests.
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GOOD Magazine


Welcome (Back) to Detroit
By Alex Trajkovski
September 2016
Arts patron-turned-activist Jane Schulak founded Culture Lab Detroit (CLD) in 2013 as an annual gathering of creatives who head to Motor City from all over the world to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. Famed chef Alice Waters and artist Trevor Paglen are just a few of past CLD partici- pants. With its 2016 program set for September, this year’s event aims to further foster the city’s ever-evolving cultural landscape. Here, Schulak shares her perspective on shaping Detroit’s future.
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Cool Hunting


Culture Lab Detroit 2016: Walls
An actionable discourse on the tactile and metaphoric walls within the Motor City

By David Graver
September 21, 2016
A quick conversation with a Detroiter—one of those born and raised, or transplanted for school who stuck around after, and even the ones who sought out inexpensive real estate and a fresh start later in life—reveals (regardless of how bold or subtle) an authentic passion for the city's past, present and future. For those of us in the Motor City for this year's Culture Lab Detroit—the fourth annual iteration—conversation was key.
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Blouin Art Info


Report From Detroit: Culture Lab 2016
By Taylor Dafoe
September 21, 2016
“I think that there is an opportunity in next few years for Detroit to change the global dialogue about how our world and our communities can collectively transform themselves into a new generation contending with new industrial and environmental challenges,” artist Glenn Kaino told Artinfo at Culture Lab Detroit, a two-day symposium exploring how art and architecture can tackle systemic issues such as urban blight and economic disparity — national issues laid bare in Detroit.
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artnet news


How Detroit is Becoming a Lasting Destination for the Arts
By Christian Viveros-Fauné
September 15, 2016
This week, Culture Lab Detroit—with participation from the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)—has scheduled the fourth such conference to discuss creative possibilities for what was once America’s undisputed capital of industry. This year’s edition is set to take place over two nights: Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16 will be fully devoted to the timely theme of “walls.”
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Oakland Press


Culture Lab hosts public art installations on Thursday and Friday
By Eric Steingold
September 15, 2016
The 2016 edition of Culture Lab, a two-day series of discussions, dinners and public art installations centered on fostering collaboration between Detroit’s art community and the international art community at-large, is set to open Sept. 15-16.
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The Detroit Free Press


Gary Simmon's Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit
By Mark Stryker
September 14, 2016
Artist Gary Simmons was deep into music growing up in New York. He was especially fascinated with cities that were producing innovative musicians, new sounds and styles and independent scenes. Los Angeles was like that. Washington, D.C. too. And, of course, Detroit... "I've always wanted to do an installation in Detroit."
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Cool Hunting


Gary Simmon's Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit
By David Graver
September 14, 2016
There's no denying Detroit's rich musical history and its global impact on both singers and songwriters. This was one element touched upon when we last attended Culture Lab Detroit—a multi-day, multi-venue forum on actionable design and creativity in the Motor City. To commence this year's iteration, artist Gary Simmons has pasted his fly-poster art exhibition, for the first time ever, in a large public space and not only does it reference Detroit's musical history but also corresponds directly with this year's theme: walls.
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Cultured


Open Borders
By Antwaun Sargent
Fall 2016
This month, Culture Lab Detroit, the annual discussion series founded in 2013 by Jane Schulak that brings together artists, architects and theorists, will explore the idea of how expanding access to public spaces can foster opportunity. Among the speakers is Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. “Our institutional identity is inextricably tied to the surrounding community. We seek to be one and the same,” says Sirmans, who will speak on a panel entitled “Sliding Walls: Reimagining the Architecture of Social Space.”
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Blouin Art Info


Gary Simmons Installation to Inaugurate Culture Lab Detroit
By Taylor Dafoe
August 31, 2016
The theme of this year’s Culture Lab Detroit (CLD), a two-day series of discussions, dinners, and public projects set to open on September 15, is “Walls”—architectural structures, ontological boundaries, and so on. In the case of artist Gary Simmons, who will inaugurate this year’s program, walls serve as substrate.
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Blouin Art Info


Culture Lab Detroit Announces 2016 Program
By Taylor Dafoe
June 27, 2016
Culture Lab Detroit has announced its 2016 program. Founded in 2013 by Jane Schulak, the organization brings Detroit into conversation with the international art, architecture, and design communities to address hot-button contemporary issues.
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The Detroit Free Press


Culture Lab Detroit to explore the 'walls' between us
By Mark Stryker
June 26, 2016
When most people think of "walls," the first think that comes to mind are the structures that define buildings and interior spaces. But walls are also literal and metaphorical barriers that mark territories and separate us from each other based on race, culture, class, gender and politics.
Entering its fourth year, Culture Lab Detroit, a catalyst for collaboration and conversation about the role of design in reshaping the city, is devoting its 2016 programming to the concept of walls.
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Press for Culture Lab Detroit 2015
The Wall Street Journal


A Flower Arrangement Inspired by Frank Stella
By Lindsey Taylor
March 3, 2016
For my vessel, I chose a new design by event designer David Stark and ceramicist Victoria Asheley Shaheen—a pierced ceramic lid set atop a simple glass vase. It allowed the sweep of the fresh green stems to show nearly uninterrupted, all the better to evoke my inspiration.
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God Signs


Jane Schulak brings international style to Detroit
By Suzy Farbman
January 2016
5 years ago, Jane decided she wanted to help Detroit move forward. She launched her research and “fell in love with the energy all over the city.” She longed to be part of it. Her hometown, she realized, was "a city of makers." 3 years ago, she teamed up with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) to form Culture Lab Detroit-an initiative she calls "a platform for connectivity."
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Traditional Home


Designer Tips: Table Settings
January 2016
"As the world rushes to be more and more digital, I become increasingly attracted to objets for the table that are handmade, where the heartbeat of the hand is beautifully inherent. I am really excited about the ceramic pierced flower rests and vases we created with local ceramicist Victoria Shaheen for Culture Lab Detroit. I'll creat a multi-leveled still-life with these, running down the length of my table" - David Stark, David Stark Design
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Metropolis


Game Changers 2016: Ponyride
By Avinash Rajagopal
January 2016
“In terms of a collective effort, there are a couple of studios in Detroit now that are starting to bring people together under one roof,” says Jane Schulak, founder of the local nonprofit Culture Lab Detroit, “but there’s nothing quite like Ponyride.” Indeed, it’s an injustice to simply call it a “collaborative working space.” Both coworking and maker spaces have mushroomed in cities all over the United States, as the economy bounces back from the Great Recession and young entrepreneurs grab the chance to make good on their skills and ideas.
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DDEAF


DESIGN: It's on the Rocks
By DuCharme + McLenon
December 14, 2015
UNPLUGGED - Composed of discarded material found in Detroit, this collaborative project by Culture Lab and Sebastian Errazuriz is powered by phosphorescent material rather than electricity. A functional marriage of design, nature, and humor, this lamp is sure to out shine the rest.
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DDEAF


El diseño en la ciudad
By Andrés Ramírez
December 2015
La coleccionista de arte Jane Schulak lidera el Culture Lab Detroit, una de las iniciativas urbanas más ambiciosas de Estados Unidos. Su meta es recuperar esta golpeada ciudad a través del arte y la cultura.
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Cultured


The Moment
By Ann Binlot
December 2015
In partnership with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and the College for Creative Studies, Schulak founded Culture Lab Detroit in 2013 and began to lead the charge to bring creative vision and talent to the Motor City. "The history of Detroit has benn design strong," she says. "It's part of our culture and part of our spirit."
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Curbed Detroit


Culture Lab Design Brings Bold-Face Names to Detroit
By Annie Block
December 1, 2015
Paola Navone and David Stark. Kelly Behun and the Campana brothers. Those international design dynamos just made a big splash in the Motor City. Each collaborated with a different local artisan to produce limited-edition products, such as Sebastian Errazuriz’s Rock Lamp, which were then showcased at Culture Lab Design, a Stark–designed pop-up inside permanent housewares shop Nora, where the items will be available through the holiday season.
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Curbed Detroit


Detroit's Creative Enterprises Engage With Miles of Vacant Land
By Patrick Sisson
November 20, 2015
Detroit's so-called empty spaces can also be the site of bigger, broader experiments designed to knit together the landscape or provide shared spaces for the community. For the last few years, designer and creative director Jane Schulak has organized Culture Lab Detroit, a creative summit at which artists, architects, and others brainstorm ideas for developing Detroit.
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Racked


Made in Detroit
What it means to shop in America’s underdog city

By Rebecca Golden
November 19, 2015
This fall, Nora Detroit, a home goods store focusing on modern Scandinavian and Japanese design, packed its entire stock into storage and turned its space over to Culture Lab Detroit, who are maintaining a series of pop-ups there. The objects for sale include handmade white ceramic planters and a variety of items produced using illegally dumped tires, a staple in vacant lots all over the city.
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Gardenista


Cool Collaboration: Culture Lab Detroit
By Shani Silver
November 13, 2015
Makers, artists, and inspiring, driven creatives of all kinds never cease to amaze us, and fill our minds with possibility. We especially love diving into local communities to discover exciting events and creative connections that yield absolutely stunning results (and products!). Such is true of Culture Lab Detroit, an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between the city of Detroit and the international design community.
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Gardenista


Shopper's Diary: A Garden Pop-Up by Designer David Stark
By Meredith Swinehart
November 9, 2015
Through November 15, a David Stark-designed garden pop-up shop in Detroit is showcasing collaborations between international designers and local artists. The event is sponsored by Culture Lab Detroit, which fosters collaboration between the Detroit design community and the rest of the world. Six product lines were designed for the event, each by an internationally known designer in partnership with a local Detroit artist, organization, or manufacturer.
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