The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Reopens with New Exhibit

The Detroit gallery is also implementing COVID-19 safety precautions
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Gallery visitors can see the Detalles and Take Five exhibitions (pictured above) when the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art reopens this month.  // Photograph by Tateanna Hinds

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art reopens on Aug. 14 with a new exhibition, Detalles: An Exhibition of Small-Scale Work. In this solo exhibition, Royal Oak-based artist Mel Rosas will portray “personal moments of observational clarity by capturing a fleeting moment, a glance, or noticing a section of a larger context” through small abstract paintings. The opening reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

“I research various aspects of Latin American culture as an ongoing investigation to address questions of place, culture, and ethnic identity,” says Rosas in his artist statement. Rosas, who is a professor with Wayne State University’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Art, is inspired in part by photographs, notes, and conversations from his travels. “Though these small paintings are more abstract than previous works, nevertheless, they are figures, remnants, and fragments from Latin American sociopolitical conditions.”

The Detroit gallery, located at 52 E. Forest Ave., has also extended its current exhibition, Take Five. Opening last November, the group exhibition explores spiritual constructs of colonization and the individualized growth of African Americans, featuring the work of artists Anita Bates, Alicia Brown, Jocelyn Rainey, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, and Jamele Wright Sr.

The N’Namdi Center will reopen with new safety measures in place. Guests will have their temperatures taken upon entry, and are required to wear a face mask at all times. Use of the sanitizing station is required at arrival and throughout the visit, and visitors must maintain six feet of distance from others within the gallery. “The health and wellness of guests are paramount, and we want to ensure their safety during their visit with us,” says executive director Izegbe N’Namdi in a press release.

Guests can visit to register for an hour-long appointment for the Detalles opening reception, or by calling The N’Namdi Center at 313-831-8700. Detalles is on display from Aug. 14 – Oct. 2. The museum is accepting donations through mail and online.

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