Cranbrook Art Museum Brings “In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)” to Metro Detroit and Flint Next Week

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The Truth Booth

Photo: Courtesy Cause Collective

First Stop at Cranbrook Art Museum on July 31
Complete Tour Schedule Below

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 18, 2016— On July 31, Cranbrook Art Museum will kick-off the local tour of the public artwork In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). The Truth Booth is a portable, inflatable video recording studio in the shape of a giant speech bubble. A Cause Collective project by artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester and Hank Willis Thomas, its interior is equipped to compile video responses by hundreds of people from different cultural backgrounds as they complete the sentence: “The Truth Is…”

The tour will debut on the grounds of Cranbrook Art Museum on July 31 as part of a Family Day Celebration from 11am – 5pm, and then immediately travel to 11 locations throughout Metro Detroit, Dearborn and Flint over the course of two weeks. At each location, participants will have up to two minutes to record a statement starting with “The Truth Is…” The recorded results of this project will then be used to create an ambitious 60-foot-wide video installation that will open as part of an exhibition about the project at Cranbrook Art Museum in November of 2016.

Tour Schedule:

Sunday, July 31
Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Tuesday, August 2
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Wednesday, August 3
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Thursday, August 4
Banglatown Neighborhood
13133 Klinger St.
Detroit, MI 48212
In partnership with Power House Productions
Friday, August 5
“For the Love of Osborn” Neighborhood Parade
13560 McNichols E
Detroit, MI 48205
In partnership with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
Saturday, August 6
Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts
22001 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48219
Sunday, August 7
The Heidelberg Project
3600 Heidelberg St.
Detroit, MI 48207
Tuesday, August 9
Rivard Plaza
300 Atwater St.
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Wednesday, August 10
Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint
2101 Lewis St.
Flint, MI 48506
Thursday, August 11
Hasselbring Park Senior Center
1002 W. Home Ave.
Flint, MI 48505
Friday, August 12
MW Gallery
815 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, MI 48502
In partnership with the Mott-Warsh Collection
Saturday, August 13
Clark Park
1130 Clark Ave.
Detroit, MI 48209
In partnership with the Clark Park Coalition

About the Project

Cause Collective is currently touring the booth around the country, with the hope of visiting all 50 states by Election Day. Their stop in Michigan is their longest and most in-depth stop on the tour. It will create conversations among residents who inhabit the same geographic region, and expand our collective understanding of how the city defines what is real, authentic, valuable or true.

“Cranbrook Art Museum is continuing to build connections with Detroit partners and audiences that started with last year’s Nick Cave performances,” says Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, and Curator of this project. “What is brilliant about the pop-up The Truth Booth is that it allows the recording studio to go deep into our neighborhoods. By expanding the tour beyond metro Detroit to include the Flint area, we are giving individuals a rare opportunity to sincerely speak and be heard amongst the chaos of today’s political shouting matches. The truths presented in the exhibition will resonate not only during this historic election year, but will continue to be compelling 100 years from now.”

The project is funded in part through a $60,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through their Knight Arts Challenge Detroit initiative, which looks to fund ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.

“The truth is that few things bring people together like the arts, with the potential to foster a mutual understanding that connects us to our neighbors and neighborhoods,” said Victoria Rogers, Vice President for the Arts at the Knight Foundation. “With The Truth Booth as their platform, we’re excited to hear what’s on Detroiters’ minds.”

Hank Willis Thomas and Will Sylvester both look forward to the opportunity this tour brings to the region. “The Truth Booth tour of Detroit and Flint this summer is going to create a unique opportunity to take the pulse of the country during a historic year. The current level of political and social turmoil hasn’t been seen in this country in a long time,” says Thomas. “The tour will allow us to address deep issues in American society while also inspiring engagement through the cathartic process of recording testimonials. We hope to reach voices and faces that are often suppressed or ignored.”

Sylvester adds, “While planning this project, I had the privilege to spend time in the neighborhoods and with the residents of Detroit and Flint. I learned so much more from these enriching experiences than the often negative portrayal in the media. It’s an honor and a pleasure to facilitate a project that can be a platform for these communities to tell their stories in their own voices, and speak their truth to the world.”

The Presenting Sponsor of In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is the Knight Foundation. Leadership sponsors include The Applebaum Family Compass Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Maryanne Mott, who is providing support for The Truth Booth in Flint. Additional support provided by Emily Camiener and Marc Schwartz, Lynn and Bharat Gandhi and Lila Silverman. Community partners include the Arab-American National Museum, the Clark Park Coalition, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the Heidelberg Project, the Mott-Warsh Collection, the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, Power House Productions, and the Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts.

The Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum

The thoughts, confessions and definitions of truth from Metro/Detroit Flint tour will result in a video mosaic to be installed at the Museum in November of 2016. The testimonials will be woven together to form a visually dynamic and compelling video installation that offers a composite “portrait” of people’s hopes, desires, and concerns—both intimate and personal, collective and grand. More details about this exhibition will be available later in the summer.

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