October metro Detroit art events

Kick off the season with these selections from our Fall Arts Guide

Oct. 7
Eastern Market letterpress print shop Signal-Return celebrates five years with a soirée and fundraiser. Money raised will go toward matching a Knight Challenge Grant match to produce a “Power of the Press Fest,” a weekend-long event planned for April 2017. Signal-Return, 1345 Division St., 102, Detroit; 313-567-8970; signalreturnpress.org

Oct. 7
Metro Highlights

This all-media competition, juried by Hamtramck-based artist Rachel Reynolds Z, showcases the diverse urban landscape of Detroit and its suburbs. Show runs from Oct. 5-28; opening reception is Oct. 7; mid-month reception is Oct. 21. Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-0394; lawrencestreetgallery.com

Oct. 7
Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op opening reception

In the 1970s, the Detroit Printing Co-op published a number of important political works, including the first English translation of the philosophical work The Society of the Spectacle and issues of the left-wing Radical America. This exhibition highlights the work of Fredy Perlman, a writer and bookmaker notable for his experiments in collage and typography. Runs through Oct. 29. 9338 Campau, 9338 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 9338campau.com

Oct. 7
ArtWorks Detroit

ArtWorks Detroit raises funds to provide information, counseling, testing, and other services for southeastMichigan’s HIV-positive population, as well as providing HIV and AIDS prevention education. The 21st annual event will feature a live and silent auction of nearly 150 works donated by metro Detroit artists. Appetizers and drinks will be available, with complimentary valet parking. Tickets are $75. A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at the College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore Ave. Detroit; matrixhumanservices.org/artworks 

Oct. 8
Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival

Part gallery crawl and part studio open house, this annual fest showcases what has become one of metro Detroit’s hottest artist communities. The exact lineup and locations change every year, so start at the Public Pool Gallery to find printed maps and schedules, and explore the festival from there. Public Pool Gallery, 3309 Caniff St., Hamtramck; 313-587-9572; apublicpool.com

Detroit Art Book Fair (Photograph by Sarah Rose Sharp)

Oct. 8-9
Detroit Art Book Fair

Hosted by independent bookstore and publishing house DittoDitto, the annual Detroit Art Book Fair returns for its fourth year. This year’s event features more than 40 indie publishers and distributors from across North America, with an emphasis on literary and visual arts. In addition to the fair, expect a variety of auxiliary events throughout the weekend; see dittoditto.org for more information. Trinosophes, 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-737-6606; trinosophes.com

Oct. 9
Free Radicals: A Symposium 

This one-day symposium invites guest scholars and lecturers to discuss the themes of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. The exhibition explores the art, architecture, and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. Exhibition runs through Oct. 9. Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323; cranbrookartmuseum.org

Oct. 13-15
Layla and Majnun

This beloved ancient Arabian story tells the tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers. When Layla is married to another man, Majnun becomes a hermit who devotes his life to writing poems about his love for her (poet Lord Byron has called it “The Romeo and Juliet of the East”). This full-scale production features an opulent set, music by the Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli, and dancing from the New York-based Mark Morris Dance Group. Oct. 13-15. Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org

Oct. 14
We See

We See presents the work of four photographers: Salwan Georges, Dave Jordano, Vanessa Miller, and Rashaun Rucker, who collectively have documented Detroit for the past 40 years. Through Nov. 12. Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore Ave., Detroit; 313-664-7400; collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Oct. 14
Ed Clark Retrospective

Abstractionist painter Ed Clark has made a name for himself with his dreamy, signature push-broom painting style and for finding inspiration color palettes encountered in his travels around the world. The celebrated African-American artist turned 90 this year, and this retrospective spans his entire career. Through Jan. 7. N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313-831-8700; nnamdicenter.org

Oct. 14
94th Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition

This long-running annual show returns to Ann Arbor. Through Nov. 12. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004; annarborartcenter.org

Oct. 14
The Turbulent Years

Oakland Community College professor Donald Mendelson has curated this group show, which brings together artists from Detroit’s infamous Cass Corridor art movement of the 1960s and ’70s. Through Dec. 9. Ellen Kayrod Gallery, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1300; kayrodgallery.org

Oct. 15
Tom Phardel 

This show features the Michigan-based sculptor. Through Nov. 13. Simone DeSousa Gallery; 444 W. Willis St., #112, Detroit; 313-833-9000; simonedesousagallery.com

“Nick Speed and Sseven the General” from Detroit After Dark (Photograph by Jenny Risher)

Oct. 21
Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection

This photo exhibition from the DIA’s collection gathers together streetscapes, skylines, and other late-night scenes from some of the Motor City’s haunts. Included are works from Russ Marshall, Sue Rynski, Doug Coombe, and longtime Hour Detroit contributor Jenny Risher, among others. Through April 23. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Oct. 21
Tommy Wilson and Clara DeGalan

Tommy Wilson is a metro Detroit-based oil painter whose primary subject matter are landscapes and urbanscapes. Clara DeGalan is a Detroit-based artist and teacher who resides in Hamtramck. Her paintings mix New Age literature and imagery. Through Nov. 18. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham; 248-644-0866; bbartcenter.org

Oct. 21
Kevin Lyons and Ellen Rutt

Kevin Lyons is a New York-based graphic artist — who has worked with clients such as Nike, Converse, Coca-Cola, and others — known for his signature cartoon style. Ellen Rutt is an artist and designer living and working in Detroit with a bold, colorful technique that favors geometric shapes. Inner State Gallery, 1410 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-744-6505; innerstategallery.com

Oct. 28
The Heart of Identity Closing Reception

A sophomore at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Jamaican-born Ackeem Salmon has already made a name for himself with his strong photography and mixed media works. Through Oct. 30. Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, 315 E. Warren St., Detroit; 313-494-5800; thewright.org