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Fritz Haeg (Artist Lecture)
Detroit Film Theatre
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Fritz Haeg at work
Contemporary artist Fritz Haeg can be defined as an architect, designer, educator, eco-activist and urban gardener. His diverse interests attest to his multi-faceted approach and the versatility of work which has included edible gardens, educational environments, public dances, animal architecture, urban parades, temporary encampments, documentary videos, publications, and exhibitions. Haeg encourages us to reconsider our relationship with our domestic environments and aspires to challenge the ways in which we envision ‘suburbia’. Major projects include ‘Animal Estates’ a housing initiative for displaced urban animals commissioned for the 2008 Whitney Biennial; ‘Edible Estates’, an ongoing agricultural project that aims to transform suburban lawns into highly productive micro-farms; Sundown Schoolhouse, an alternative educational program based out of his geodesic dome in Los Angeles which tackles social and ecological issues and questions about the utility of design.
7:30 p.m. Reception following at MOCAD, co-sponsored by MOCAD and FMCA
Co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Mid America College Art Association, Wayne State University, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.