DSO announces Art @ The Max VII Virtual Experience featuring artwork by seven Detroit artists; debuts Tuesday, August 18 at 7 PM ET

-Watch Party will be broadcast on Facebook Live and dso.org/watchparties

-Project made possible by the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation

Detroit, (August 17, 2020) – With the generous support of the Applebaum Family Foundation, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its Art @ The Max initiative with Art @ The Max VII Virtual Experience. Viewers can tune in to the Watch Party on August 18 at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook Live(via the DSO’s Facebook page) or dso.org/watchparties. This program will run for approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A.

Art @ The Max is a rotating, multi-year exhibition that highlights visual art created by Detroit-area artists. Typically on display in the William Davidson Atrium at the DSO’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the exhibit has been reimagined during the COVID-19 pandemic as a virtual experience featuring video interviews with local artists. This collaboration between the DSO, Essay’d, and gallerist Steve Panton will be available to view from anywhere in the world.

Detroit artists featured in Art @ The Max VII Virtual Experience are Carole Harris, Judy Bowman, Sydney James, Ryan Standfest, Jeanne Bieri, Oren Goldenberg, and Halima Afi Cassells, who will share insight on the unique experiences and perspectives that shape their works. The evening also includes a special performance inspired by Carole Harris's textile piece Blues in the Night featuring DSO musicians Joseph Becker (Principal Percussion), Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (Assistant Principal Percussion), and David LeDoux (Cello).

Learn more about Art @ The Max and the works at dso.org/art.


List of Featured Artworks


Centennial Party Shoe Squad

Mixed media on canvas, 2020

Sydney James (b, Detroit, 1979)


Black Marquee

Mixed media on corrugated cardboard, 2020

Ryan Standfest (b. Detroit, 1974)


Straight No Chaser

Pieced and machine-quilted commercial and hand-dyed cotton, 2006

Carole Harris (b. Detroit, 1943)


Blues in the Night

Printed cotton, cotton batting, machine pieced and quilted, 2010

Carole Harris (b. Detroit, 1943)


The Dream

Army blankets, wool, army suture cotton, felt, cotton, 2018

Jeanne Bieri (b. Ann Arbor, MI, 1949)



Army blanket, wool, silk, cotton, 2014

Jeanne Bieri (b. Ann Arbor, MI, 1949)


Mended Shirt Quilt

Army blanket, wool, silk, cotton, 2015

Jeanne Bieri (b. Ann Arbor, MI, 1949)


In Retrospect: A Requiem For Douglass

Video (34 min 37 sec), 2015

Oren Goldenberg (b. Detroit, 1983)


Lafayette and MacDougall

Collage and acrylic on canvas (2020)

Judy Bowman (b. Detroit, 1952) and Minnie Mae Matthews (b. Sanford, NC, 1929)


Hanging out on Lafayette

Collage and acrylic on canvas (2020)

Judy Bowman (b. Detroit, 1952)


Indigo Children

Mixed Media Installation (2020)

Halima Afi Cassells (b. Detroit, 1981)


About Applebaum Family Philanthropy

Applebaum Family Philanthropy is defined by and follows the extraordinary legacy of the leadership, mentorship, and philanthropy of Eugene Applebaum. The mission of Applebaum Family Philanthropy is to provide unique and invaluable opportunities that will inspire and promote leadership, entrepreneurship, independence, and well-being. Priority areas of philanthropic focus are to advance education, promote health and medical research, enhance arts and culture, and strengthen Jewish community – all toward a stronger collective. Learn more at applebaumlegacy.organd their social media channels – Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.