Suitcase Art Chicago + Detroit

kerstin November 6th, 2012

Contemporary art positions from Chicago and Detroit.

Opening: 16th of November, 7pm

Location: Kunsthaus Speckstrasse, Gängeviertel, Speckstrasse 85, Hamburg

Chicago artists: Noelle Allen (drawing), Carol Jackson (leather collage), Jason Lazarus (photography), Kirsten Leenaars (drawing), Harold Mendez (installation), Lucky Pierre (poster and print), Cheryl Pope (banner), Deb Sokolow (drawing), Deborah Stratman (video) and Jan Tichy (video)

<Images: Cheryl Pope, Ian Tichy, Harold Mendez and Lucky Pierre>

Detroit artists: Bryan Baker (book print), Christina Galasso (collage), Scott Hocking (photography and sculpture), Steve Hughes (zine magazines), Chido Johnson (video), Melanie Manos (video), George Rahme (collage), Gilda Snowden (painting), Corine Vermeulen (photography) and Graem Whyte (sculpture)

<Images: Bryan Baker, Chido Johnson, Corine Vermeulen, Melanie Manos>

Special guests: Cordula Ditz (Hamburg) and Karin Jobst (Hamburg)

The Chicago curator Tricia Van Eck and the Hamburg Curator Kerstin Niemann have been compiling twenty works from artists from Chicago and Detroit and transported them in suitcases over to Hamburg. With this group show they are presenting the diversity of contemporary art production in these two Midwest cities.  Chicago, the twin city of Hamburg is the largest art metropole in the Midwest Tricia Van Eck runs a project space for artists in Chicago called 6018 North ( Detroit’s art scene is growing continuously and only in the last year its artist gained international fame. Kerstin Niemann is organizing a research residency for artists in Detroit called FILTER Detroit (

Painting, graphic, collage, video, book print, photography, installation and sculpture is presented in this group show at Künstlerhaus Speckstrasse.

Extra events:

Book presentation and lecture talk by Hamburg photographer Karin Jobst

Date: Sunday, 25th of November, 4pm

Location: Kunsthaus Speckstrasse, Gängeviertel, Speckstrasse 85, Hamburg

Her publication titled „Detroit for John, Mary Lou and Mr. Duke“ has been recently published at Kehrer Verlag.

Lecture talk by Tricia Van Eck and Kerstin Niemann: “Art and Art Production in Chicago and Detroit”

Date: 21st of November, 7pm

Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg

Afterwards the curators will give an exhibition tour at Kunsthaus Speckstrasse.


Opening: 16th of November, 7pm

Duration of exhibition: 16th of November until 2nd of December

Opening Times: 16th November, 7pm; 17th. + 18th November, 2 – 5 pm*,

24th + 25th November, 2 – 5 pm*, 1st December, 2-5 pm*, 2nd December, Finissage, 2pm*

and after appointment, phone: + 49 (0)179 / 6341815

* Curators tour through exhibition, starts at 3pm

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