Apr 6, 2018 | Press Releases

Cobo Art Announces April Digital Art Presentation, Detroit Weather: 365 Days, by Internationally Renowned Artist, Susan Goethel Campbell

Video part of “The Big Screen: Cobo Center Marquee Series

DETROIT, MI (4 April 2018) – The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) and Cobo Art announced a new video work, Detroit Weather: 365 Days, as part of the year-long series “The Big Screen: Cobo Center Marquee Series.” Detroit Weather: 365 Days was created by nationally renowned artist, Susan Goethel Campbell, and will appear on Cobo Center’s Marquee video board on Washington Boulevard throughout April. Still images from the video are available here.

Detroit Weather: 365 Days documents one year of weather in the city of Detroit with images captured using a web cam placed on the 22nd floor of the Fisher Building, located in Detroit's New Center Area. One image was archived from the web cam every minute, 24 hours a day for an entire year. The still images were then compressed into a movie, running at 30 frames per second. The entire video runs over three hours long and shows three different views of the city.

“This unique addition to the Cobo Center’s Marquee video board series captures a year of the city that we all know and love,” said Lisa Canada, Vice Chair, Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority and Chair, Cobo Art. “We strive to bring pieces, like this, that embrace the beauty of Detroit to our public art collection in Cobo Center.”

“The Big Screen: Cobo Center Marquee Series” is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Each month, a different artist will have the opportunity to have his or her work displayed.

“Like my other work, this piece considers the contemporary landscape of Detroit to be an emergent system where nature, culture and the engineered environment are indistinguishable from one another,” said Campbell. “I hope to engage the Detroit community to look at our local environment through the lens of time-lapse photography.”

Campbell, who earned an MFA in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art, is the sixth artist to be featured in the series that began in October. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia and nationally throughout the US, including, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Queens Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Drawing Center, and The International Print Center New York. In 2009 she was one of 18 artists selected for the inaugural Kresge Artist Fellowship. 

“The Big Screen: Cobo Center Marquee Series” is part of a new ambitious public art initiative launched by the DRCFA and the DRCFA Art Foundation. Alivia Zivich is the Curatorial Consultant for the series. Zivich has exhibited her work in Detroit, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Vienna, Tokyo, and London. Since 2012, Zivich has acted as Curatorial & Production Manager of DLECTRICITY™, Detroit’s art and light festival. In 2013, Zivich co-founded What Pipeline, an artist-run gallery in Southwest Detroit. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and group shows at Carl Louie, Ontario, and Mini Goethe Institute, NYC.

Cobo Art’s initiative, which will soon include a permanent 30’ x 30’ fresco painting by Hubert Massey, has Detroit’s Cobo Center joining major convention centers throughout the country featuring public art including cities such as Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. Cobo Center’s curator is Maureen Devine. Located downtown on the beautiful Detroit Riverfront, Cobo Center is one of the largest convention centers in the nation offering 723,000 square feet of exhibit space.

About the DRCFA

On 9/15/09, operational control of Cobo Center transferred to the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, under a collaborative agreement by the Michigan State Legislature, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Each of these entities has an appointed member on the DRCFA Board. Larry Alexander is the appointee of the Governor of the State of Michigan and serves as Chairman of the Board. For more information visit: http://www.drcfa.org/.

The DRCFA Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was created on July 31, 2015.

About Cobo Center:

With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space, Cobo Center boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 17th largest convention center in the country.  Visit online at www.cobocenter.com.

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Media Contacts:

Heather George, 313-832-2210, 248-417-5773 (mobile), [email protected]

Tess Francke, 313-832-2210, 248-514-7113 (mobile), [email protected]  

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