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Detroit Modernism Week promises a look mid-century modernism with bike rides, tours of old bars and more

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Detroit Modernism week has arrived, and while it has already begun, have no fear there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Motown’s history of form and function. The Detroit Art Deco Society has put together a week’s worth of events to shine a light on the unique style of mid-century modernism, architecture and design.

Michigan modern: Design that shaped America


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On Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30-7:00 pm is a free event … Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped the World.  At the AIREA Studio in Detroit, Michigan’s architecture in the mid-20th century will be discussed, and beyond that how the state has influenced design across the globe.  It is presented by Preservation Detroit and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society with Brian D. Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer and Amy Arnold both from the State Historic Preservation Office and  You can R.S.V.P. at

Detroit Modernism Week goes out on the town

The art of drinking in the age of modernist design will be looked at on Thursday, April 23, when, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, some of the favorite and fashionable places to grab a drink are viewed.  If you’re interested meet at the Detroit Historical Museum at 5401 Woodward Ave. to hear about the historical places for Detroiters to sling liquor. They include the Flame Show Bar, Elwood Casino, Hotel Gotham, Pontchartrain Wine Cellars, Cliff Bell’s, Detroit’s famed London Chop House and more. The tour and lecture by Senior Curator Joel Stone is free and you can RSVP at

Michigan modernism preview party

11146591_972443576113217_2562065459685374322_n-400x400For those who want to make sure this kind of celebration doesn’t fall away, there is the Michigan Modernism Preview Party, on Friday April 24.  From 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, you’ll be able to preview the 20th century decorative arts and collectables at the Michigan Modernism show at the Southfield Pavilion.

The theme is Tiki Party. It includes a specially-curated exhibit of menus, photos, and ceramics from the three most popular Detroit tiki-themed restaurants: Chin Tiki, Trader Vic’s, and Mauna Loa.

Being an all-volunteer non-profit, all the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund and preservation programs of the Detroit Area Art Deco Society.

The $75.00 tickets can be purchased in advance at

The Michigan Modernism Exposition runs:

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 26, Noon – 5:00 pm

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Location: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076

BIKE DETROIT: A Midtown ride with Preservation Detroit

If you want to see Detroit’s Art Deco on the move, meet at the McKenzie House 4735 Cass Ave. at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 26.  From 9:00 am -11:00 am there will be a leisurely bike ride okay for riders of all levels. Riders are asked to wear helmets and not have amplified music or whistles.  This is a joint effort with Detroit Bikes.

Due to its mid-20th century boom, Detroit has a unique relationship with art deco, and no shortage of examples.  It is only natural that we would want to show it off as part of our heritage. The history of machinery and function in design isn’t exactly a turn off to Detroit’s typical mindset either.

A full schedule of the events is available at

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