60+ Years of Tom of Finland

For 60+ years, Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) has inspired and empowered viewers, while pioneering expressions of gay desire through his art. While certainly erotic, much of his artwork wasn’t overtly sexual, rather playfully suggestive—making male-on-male lust somewhat everyday and casual (nothing if not brave in the ’50s, when he began showing his work). In a new show at Detroit’s MOCAD, “Tom House: The …

Gary Simmons’ Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit

Kicking off the design forum with a large-scale public art exhibition

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 Detroita 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 …

Shinola + WorkOf Benefit Auction for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Designers from NYC and LA create one-off holiday ornaments worth keeping

Detroit-based Shinola and online maker marketplace WorkOf have come together to spread some holiday cheer with a special showcase auction run by Paddle8. They’ve tapped designers from the East and West Coasts to create unique, one-off ornaments that put the ubiquitous bauble to shame. Many familiar names abound like Chen & Kai, Helen Levi (who made a hangable miniature of her sought-after ceramic mugs), Surname …