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Center Galleries

Center Galleries, CCS’s main exhibition venue located inside the Manoogian Visual Resource Center, is a dynamic forum for the contemporary visual, literary and performance arts, and an integral component of the College. Our flagship gallery presents innovative, high-quality exhibitions of local, national and international contemporary art and design, and a range of public programs.

Upcoming Exhibitions

naked person kneeling over plants

WiAn: White Garden with White Noise
An Installation by JuYeon Kim

Runs through November 2, 2019

October 5 – November 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6-8pm

Presented in collaboration with the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Through an immersive installation, artist JuYeon Kim recognizes, illuminates, and honors the unimaginable suffering and enduring spirit of the Korean "comfort women" (wianbu in Korean) who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. JuYeon Kim is the 2019 Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.

Future Exhibitions

100 Photographs: Detroit 1970 – 1990
| Michelle Andonian | David Griffith | Don Hudson | Dave Jordano | Glenn Triest |

Sponsored by The Coville Photographic Art Foundation

November 16 – December 15, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 6-8pm

100 Photographs presents images of Detroit and her people spanning two decades during a time of stagnation and decay, but always hope. Working independently, social documentary photographers Andonian, Griffith, Hudson, Jordano and Triest each captured a unique personal perspective of the city’s life and motion.

Andy Warhol: Kiss

February 1 – March 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 31, 6-8pm

As a Valentine to Detroit, Center Galleries is proud to present Kiss, Andy Warhol’s hour-long homage to the art of the kiss featuring fourteen couples, from passionate participants to lethargic lovers, engaging in the intimate act. With Naomi Levine, Pierre Restaney, Gerard Malanga, Jane Holzer, Philip van Rensselaer, Charlotte Gilbertson, John Palmer, Andrew Meyer, Mark Lancaster, Ed Sanders, Rufus Collins, Marisol, Harold Stevenson, Steven Holden, and unidentified others.

Andy Warhol, Kiss, 1963. 16 mm film (black and white, silent); 54 minutes, © 2013 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Stop Making Sense: Expanded Practices in Contemporary Craft

March 28 – May 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 6-8pm

Stop Making Sense features artists, craftspeople, and makers that are pushing the boundaries of materials, function, form, and design in Detroit. Detroit is home to nationally and internationally known artists working in studio craft, and this exhibition pulls together these artists, alongside emerging artists, to show the wide range of innovative craft practices in Detroit. Featured artists are using unconventional materials and techniques to subvert traditional methods of making to create radical gestures in ceramics, glass, fibers, furniture, and metals. The exhibition is organized by Kim Harty, CCS Assistant Professor of Crafts-Glass.

Art Lives in Detroit


Center Galleries
Manoogian Visual Resource Center
College for Creative Studies
301 Frederick Douglass
Detroit, MI  48202

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Free parking available in the CCS parking structure located on Brush Street between Frederick Douglass and Ferry.

Michelle Perron

Jonathan Rajewski
Exhibitions Manager