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Tim White-Sobieski
Tim White-Sobieski, Deconstructed Reality, 2007, "Time and Place," June 10-Sept. 10, 2011, at the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum

NEW KUNSTHALLE DETROIT MUSEUM

May 26, 2011

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Detroit is the unusual choice for an even more unusual museum concept: the first light-based art museum in the U.S., which opens its doors next month at 5001 Grand River Avenue in the Motor City. Founded by Russian ballerina and art consultant Tate Osten, the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum premieres with the group show “Time and Place,” June 10-Sept. 10, 2011, including works by William Kentridge, Rodney Graham, Diana Thater, Bill Viola, Joan Jonas, Hans Op de Beeck and six other artists whose specialty is film, video or other light-centric media.

The exhibition presents a variety of urban images that are meant to explore issues of illusion and reality, all of which Osten says are central concerns for Detroit, a city that has “abandoned conventional coordinates of time and place” in favor of “fragmentation and decomposition.” Maybe the Kunsthalle will shed a little much-needed light on the depressed Motor City.

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