Exhibition Detail

Photo courtesy of The Cause Collective.

The Truth Is I Hear You

A Project by The Cause Collective
November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017
Upper Galleries

This exhibition is the culmination of a two-week project involving The Truth Booth, a portable, inflatable video recording studio in the shape of a giant speech bubble developed by The Cause Collective. The booth toured eleven locations in Metro Detroit and Flint, Michigan, in the summer of 2016.

At each location, participants had up to two minutes to record a statement starting with the words, “The Truth Is…”. The recorded results of this project, numbering nearly one thousand, have been used to create an ambitious 60-foot-wide video installation. Accompanying the video will be documentation of the regional Truth Booth tour by photographer Corine Vermeulen (a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art) and video by Detroit-based filmmakers The Right Brothers.

The exhibition will also include a participatory room by The Cause Collective allowing museum visitors to write their own responses to the question “The Truth Is…” on helium-filled speech-bubble balloons.

The Truth Booth
is an opportunity to 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 will host public screenings of selections from the exhibition in a variety of locations in Detroit and Flint. The schedule is as follows:

December 20, 2016, 11am-1pm
Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, Matrix Center

3560 McNichols E, Detroit, MI 48205

January 13, 2016 – April 1, 2017
MW Gallery
815 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502
Gallery hours: Thurs-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat 11am-5pm

February 16 – March 1, 2017
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
Museum hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sunday 12-5pm

February 22, 2017, 6:30pm
Play House
12657 Moran Street, Detroit, MI 48212

2016 Truth Booth Tour of Metro Detroit and Flint:

July 31
Cranbrook Art Museum
Bloomfield Hills, MI
August 2
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI
August 3
Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, MI
August 4
Banglatown Neighborhood
Detroit, MI
In partnership with Power House Productions
August 5
“For the Love of Osborn” Neighborhood Parade
Detroit, MI
In partnership with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
August 6
Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts
Detroit, MI
August 7
The Heidelberg Project
Detroit, MI
August 9
Rivard Plaza
Detroit, MI
In partnership with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
August 10
Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint
Flint, MI
August 11
Hasselbring Park Senior Center
Flint, MI
August 12
MW Gallery
Flint, MI
In partnership with the Mott-Warsh Collection

Cranbrook Art Museum will host public screenings of selections from the exhibition in a variety of locations in Detroit and Flint. Dates, times and locations will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed.

The Truth Booth is a project by The Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester and Hank Willis Thomas. The tour and exhibition is curated by Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design and organized by Cranbrook Art Museum. The Presenting Sponsor is the Knight Foundation. Leadership sponsors include The Applebaum Family Compass Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Masco Foundation, 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.