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An Abandoned Pickle Factory Becomes An Immersive Art Gallery

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

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A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

Next Saturday, one of Detroit’s most interesting abandoned buildings will be transformed into an immersive, experimental gallery space.

Atlanta-based Dashboard Co-Op is hosting the captivating exhibition inside an old pickle factory on Detroit’s east Side. Dashboard is a nonprofit organization that ignites raw space with contemporary art. They’ve hosted 16 exhibitions in vacant properties around the country since their founding in 2010.

Artists are invited to participate in these exhibitions based on work that responds to or enhances their city. They may work in varied mediums and be at different stages of their careers, but have a passion for social entrepreneurship and impacting their communities.

A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

If you want to know who’s up and coming in the arts scene, who’s generating a lot of buzz, who everyone’s going to be talking about this year, come to this show. Among the artists participating are Tangent Gallery co-founder Mitch Cope, graffiti and ruins of Detroit photographer Scott Hocking, Zimbabwe-born sculptor Chido Johnson, and visual artist Ingrid LaFleur who grew up in Detroit but has exhibited all over the world, just to name a few. Expect to see paintings, sculpture, installations and even video.

Detroit Boom City will be held next Saturday, Mary 2 from 7-11 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 from 1-3 p.m. Both days are free and open to the public. A series of DJs will perform on Saturday, and food and drink will be available for purchase from Atwater Brewery, Norma G’s, Loves Custard Pies. There will definitely be an after party. On Sunday they’ll have free coffee and bagels (and possibly mimosas), as well as some inclusive, fun conversations with the artists.

The pop up gallery location is 2120 Bellevue St., at Kercheval, in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. According to Dashboard, the space was once a pickle factory. The building was also, at one time, home to the Maldaver Company Inc., an automotive surplus company founded in 1942.

For more information about Detroit Boom City (including after party deets), check out their event page on Facebook.

A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

A Dashboard Co-Op gallery exhibition. Photo: Facebook

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