MOCAD Supports Struggling Artists With Platform to Sell Work During Coronavirus Pandemic

An online marketplace for Detroit-based artists.

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Lockdown measures aren’t stopping international museums to support artists with institutions such as The Broad and NGV Melbourne creating groundbreaking digital initiatives as part of a coronavirus relief effort.

Recently, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit launched an online marketplace to help struggling local artists sell their work. The digital initiative entitled “Emergency Rapid Response Fundraiser” was created by MOCAD museum staffers in the past few weeks as a solution to help artists with canceled shows, panel discussions and other creative outlets of income that were hampered due to the health crisis.

In this marketplace, artists can sell a single work and split the profits 50/50 with the museum. Interested buyers will be responsible for coordinating shipments of the work. Nadia Alexis, Sofia Henriquez, Lucas Foglia, Jim Chatelain, and more artists are currently purveying pieces on the digital platform.

“We have all these great connections with artists, and we were watching our friends and our community get hit really hard,” said MOCAD’s chief curator Elysia Borowy-Reeder to ARTnews.

The Emergency Rapid Response Fundraiser will run through April on MOCAD’s dedicated website.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is currently closed while hosting a private rental, refreshing our exhibitions, and making improvements to our facility. Our offices will be open for phone calls and deliveries Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. .. Yoga classes will resume on April 5. .. MOCAD’s Teen Council will continue to meet in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, as usual. .. Visit MOCAD virtually during this time. Our online exhibition series Daily Rush can be found at dailyrush.us and the MOCAD Store is available for your online shopping needs at mocad.myshopify.com. .. You are invited to join us on Thursday, April 3 at 6pm for the opening of the Annual Applebaum Teen Exhibition hosted by MOCAD’s Teen Council. .. Our Spring 2020 exhibitions by Peter Williams, New Red Order, and Conrad Egyir open to the public on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm with an artist talk by New Red Order at 7pm. .. We hope to see you soon at MOCAD!

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