Pop-up art gallery has distinct OU flavor

Pop-up art gallery has distinct OU flavor
Many of the artists in this pop-up gallery event have Oakland University connections.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, Oct. 16 until 8 p.m., The MicroMacro Art Biome pop-up art gallery in downtown Detroit will feature the work of 16 artists and artistic groups from seven different countries.


Many of the artists have OU connections. The multi-disciplinary gallery will showcase film, dance, portraiture and installation, all specially created for the Biome and all focusing on the themes "Micro/Macro" and "Indigo."


OU Theatre alumna G. Louise Cooper is spearheading the event, with theatre professor Jeremy Barnett acting as project manager.


Registration is free and the event is located at Grand On River, 5001 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48208.


OU-associated artists include:


  • Performance by Take Root - Dance company in residence, under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Ali Woerner and Associate Professor of Dance Thayer Jonutz.


  • Work from Amarant Design Collective will be displayed - Detroit-based installation collective co-founded by Theatre professor Jeremy Barnett and Theatre alumna Gina Smothers, also featuring a number of OU students and alumni as associate artists


  • Graduates of Oakland University's B.F.A. Dance program, Tess Keesling, Vivian Costello and Jordan Reynolds have teamed up with photographer/videographer Sam Paraventi of Minty Photography on a project which aims to utilize their combined talents and explore the mixed medium of “dance for the camera.”


  • Zakary Hallett, an OU Cinema Studies alum, will be showing his work


  • Lucy Price, current BFA Acting student, will be exhibiting her work


Tentative schedule of events:


Friday 10/14 (Vernissage/Grand Opening)

6 p.m. Doors open

7 p.m. Place and Borrow a performance devised by Maya & Rouvelle 8pm Q&A with the Artists

Refreshments and mingling until close at 11 p.m.


Saturday 10/15

1 p.m. Doors open

7 p.m. Take Root a dance performance 10 p.m. Close


Sunday 10/16

1 p.m. Doors open 8pm Close

*Live musical performances by Jordan Reynolds will happen sporadically each day*


More information and registration to attend on the MicroMacro website