Art @ The Max returns: DSO atrium will feature artworks by Detroit artists; Opening Reception September 26

- Project made possible by the Applebaum Family Foundation

Detroit, (September 25, 2018) – With the generous support of the Applebaum Family Foundation, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its Art @ The Max initiative during the 2018-2019 Season. Art @ The Max is a rotating, multi-year exhibition that brings visual art created by Detroit-area artists to three levels of the William Davidson Atrium at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Art @ The Max is a collaboration between the DSO, Essay’d, and gallerist Steve Panton.

An opening reception for the first Art @ The Max exhibition of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Reception visitors can view the pieces on display and talk with the artists who created them.

A DSO ensemble will also perform an original piece inspired by one of the works on display, Megan Heeres’ Blue is the light that got losta major installation designed specifically for The Max. The musicians include Principal Percussion Joe Becker (Ruth Roby and Alfred R. Glancy III Chair), Assistant Principal Percussion Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (William Cody Knicely Chair), and David LeDoux, cello.

Throughout the 2018-2019 Season, guests of all events at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center are welcome to view the works on display at Art @ The Max. This includes performances by the DSO, Detroit Public Theatre, and other acts at The Max, as well as meetings, rental events, and special events where the William Davidson Atrium is open. For the first time, the DSO will also schedule open gallery days on non-event dates, where the public will be able to view the exhibition free of charge. Dates and additional details about open gallery days will be announced at a later time.

Artists represented at this new Art @ The Max exhibition include Jetshri Bhadviya, Sophie Eisner, Ed Fraga, Susan Goethal, Megan Heeres, Kate Levy, George Rahme, Kathleen Rashid,and Clinton Snider. See below for a complete list of artworks.

“Activating quiet spaces within the Music Center with great works of art allows the musical energy to flow out of the hall through the building and into the streets, allowing new people to experience this fusion,” says Pamela Applebaum, President of Arbor Investments Group, LLC and member of the DSO Board of Directors. “This is an important and wonderful combination.” 

List of Artworks

The Emancipation
Framed archival pigment print, 2015-16
Jetshri Bhadviya (b. Udaipur, India, 1992)

Necessary Objects
Mixed media, 2018
Sophie Eisner (b. New York, NY 1985)

Red Cross, Humble Thyself, and Intestinal Landscape
Gesso, oil on blueprint, 2017/2018
Ed Fraga (b. Detroit, MI, 1956)

Three panels from the Heatscape series
Relief prints with hand-stenciling, 2012 to present
Susan Goethel Campbell (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1956)

Blue is the light that got lost
Artist-made and pigmented paper, Arduino driven motors, motion sensors, electronics, and other media, 2018
Megan Heeres (b. Battle Creek, MI, 1979) with Michael Olszewski and Jesse Dorsey

The closing arguments of Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman in the “Homrich 9” trial
Video with re-recorded voice-over, 5 min 38 seconds, 2015
Kate Levy (b. Royal Oak, MI, 1984)

Astral Traveling
Cut paper on silk/wool blend on canvas, 2016
George Rahme (b. Lansing, MI, 1981)

Lothrop Backyards
Oil on Canvas, 2014
Kathleen Rashid (b. Detroit, MI, 1956)

Tangled Knots and Riverbed
Oil on panel, 2012
Clinton Snider (b. Oklahoma City, OK, 1969)

About the DSO

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. The 2017-2018 Season marked Slatkin’s tenth and final year in the role, and in 2018-2019 he returns as Music Director Laureate. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.