On October 19, 2020 the Carr Center opened an exciting new addition to the Detroit art scene – a permanent gallery space in the heart of midtown’s cultural center. The gallery is located inside The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby Street. Our inaugural art exhibit was titled, BEYOND SPACE

Co-curated by Carr Center Resident Artist, Carrie Mae Weems, a McArthur Genius Fellow revered for her visually complex work in photography and video, BEYOND SPACE questioned the limits of the physical world to explain perception. It assembled work that offered communion between realms, people and time.

The exhibit includes work by Carrie Mae Weems and the Carr Center 2019 Independent Scholars, as well as pieces from Jennifer Harge, Carole Harris, Miatta Kawinzi and David Philpot — multi-disciplinary artists interested in forms of craft, ritual, and memory as sites for creative expression.

Here is a virtual tour of that seminal exhibit for your viewing pleasure.

Gallery curator Erin Falker-Obichigha wrote, BEYOND SPACE assembled work that acknowledged the potential of “black space” specifically to liberate and simultaneously confine its inhabitants.

To have our first exhibition curated by none other than Carrie Mae Weems, featuring a group of emerging artists from around the country was precedent-setting. Not only did it inaugurate the new Gallery with a bang, it also set a high bar, a standard of excellence that we now strive to meet with every exhibition and program moving forward. “