"Spring 2020 Exhibitions"

MAY 2020 — Wasserman Projects will extend its two spring exhibitions, Dorota & Steve Coy: The Five Realms and Adrian Wong: Tiles, Grates, Poles, Rocks, Plants, and Veggies, into summer 2020. Both exhibitions were slated to open to the public on March 13, but were closed just days prior in accordance with health and safety guidelines. The Five Realms features five distinct immersive installations that continue Detroit-based artists Dorota & Steve Coy’s examinations of the relationships between humanity, the natural world, and commodity, past, present, and into the future. Tiles, Grates, Poles, Rocks, Plants, and Veggies includes works from across 10 years of Chicago-based artist Adrian Wong’s practice, which together capture his engagement with the underlying conceptual ideas and historic contexts found within simple, everyday design elements. Content for the exhibitions currently lives digitally on Wasserman Projects’ website and formal opening dates will be announced as soon as is possible. To support its local community, Wasserman Projects, in collaboration with the featured artists, will donate 10% of any proceeds from artwork sales to Gleaners Food Bank, which has been providing food and other essentials to Southeast Michigan since 1977.

"Winter 2019 Exhibitions"

JANUARY 23, 2019 -Wasserman Projects is pleased to announce its winter exhibitions: Esther Shalev-Gerz: Selections from The Gold Room; the group show, Portray; and Felice Panzer Malkin: A Retrospective. On view concurrently, the three presentations are connected by the featured artists’ engagements with portraiture as means of exploring wider notions of identity and the self. The upcoming roster of exhibitions also encapsulates Wasserman Projects’ vision to present the work of both locally and internationally-based artists, and to show the shared and distinct approaches that a wide breadth of artists bring to a subject.

Marela Zacarias: "Coatlicue's Return" & Sarah Meyohas: "Speculations"

SEPT 20, 2018 — Wasserman Projects is pleased to present Coatlicue’s Return, an exhibition of new work by the Mexican-American artist Marela Zacarias. Trained as a muralist, Zacarias is now recognized for her site-specific practice of merging sculpture and painting into works that are informed by her research into the history of a place. For her exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Zacarias takes particular inspiration from Detroit’s urban landscape and its renowned murals by Diego Rivera to create a series of wall-mounted sculptural reliefs and freestanding sculptures. Coatlicue’s Return will be presented alongside Speculations, a focused exhibition of multimedia works by the French-American artist Sarah Meyohas.


JULY 13, 2018 – Wasserman Projects is pleased to present Color-aid, an exhibition of new and recent works by New York- and Paris-based painter Ken Aptekar, Cologne-based artist Peter Zimmermann, and Detroit-based sculptor and ceramicist Abigail Murray. Together, these artists’ vividly-colored and highly-textured paintings, photographs, and ceramics will engage viewers in a sensory experience that highlights our emotional and psychic responses to visual stimuli.

"Michele Oka Doner: Fluent in the Language of Dreams"

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 – Wasserman Projects is pleased to present, Fluent in the Language of Dreams, a solo exhibition of renowned artist Michele Oka Doner. This exhibition revisits for the first time the large-scale floor installation Pages I and II, which she created almost 40 years ago for her first solo museum show in 1978 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. For this exhibition the artist will recreate the original installation and add Pages III and IV. The installation will be complemented by a selection of Oka Doner’s large-scale sculptures, works on paper, books, and design objects, made with a wide-range of materials.

"Jack Craig: New Work"

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 –  Running concurrently with Michele Oka Doner, Wasserman Projects is pleased to present, an exhibition of new work by Detroit-based designer Jack Craig. Curated by Butter Projects, and presented in collaboration with Salon 94 Design, the exhibition will position Craig’s functional and sculptural objects within a landscape of living plants, creating an indoor environment akin to a Japanese garden. The exhibition highlights Craig’s creative process and material experimentations.

"Benefit Event and Closing Reception"

DECEMBER 16, 2017 – Wasserman Projects is proud to announce an upcoming Benefit for the African Bead Museum to be held at Wasserman Projects on December 16th from 4-8pm. The event will be co-sponsored by Gary Wasserman and Charles Kashner of Wasserman Projects, Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer of The Platform, and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] Principal Lorcan O’Herlihy. The host committee is comprised of supporters of the Bead Museum — Sinead Finnerty-Pyne [LOHA], Everard Findlay, Felicia Eisenberg Molnar, artists Corazon del Sol, Kathy Leisen and Marsha Music — as well as representatives from Detroit arts institutions — Elysia Borowy-Reeder [MOCA Detroit], Laura Mott [Cranbrook Art Museum], Alison Wong [Wasserman Projects].

"Homemade Ice Cream"

SEPTEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 16, 2017 – Wasserman Projects will open a major exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Jason Yates, featuring a series of fully outfitted domestic spaces constructed inside the gallery. Inspired by his childhood in Detroit, Homemade Ice Cream is Yates’s first exhibition in his home city in 25 years and his largest solo installation to-date. The exhibition will include a front yard and porch, as well as bed, living, and dining rooms, each complete with the familiar day-to-day objects and visual markers that make these interior environments feel like home. Homemade Ice Cream explores how home life, and in particular our memories of it, shape our identities and affect our experience and understanding of time, place, and personal history. To further illuminate these ideas, Yates and Wasserman Projects have invited a diverse roster of Detroit-based artists, writers, musicians, and chefs to perform in and activate the spaces throughout the duration of the exhibition, which will close on December 16, 2017.


JULY 14 – AUGUST 26, 2017 – Wasserman Projects is pleased to announce to Have+Hold, the first exhibition in an ongoing series of curatorial collaborations with Michigan-based Butter Projects. The partnership supports both entities’ efforts to bring to the light the tremendous creative diversity and ingenuity of artists living in and near Detroit and to foster the exchange of ideas and dialogues between locally and internationallybased artists. The endeavor is being driven by curator Alison Wong, who co-founded Butter Projects in 2009 and has also served as Wasserman Projects’ Director since 2015. By uniting in a series of exhibitions and supporting public programs, both organizations aim to enhance resources for the local artistic community and to expand audiences for and engagement with the arts.

"City of Queen Anne's Lace"

APRIL 21 – JUNE 24, 2017 -Wasserman Projects is pleased to present the exhibition “City of Queen Anne’s Lace”. Cuban artists Alejandro Campins and José Yaque capture the energy of Detroit’s bustling metropolitan past and the aura of the city’s hopeful future. Curated by Rafael DiazCasas, an art historian and independent curator based in New York City, the exhibition will feature new paintings by Campins and an installation and drawings by Yaque—all of which were created especially for the exhibition and speak to Detroit’s ongoing resurgence. City of Queen Anne’s Lace is being presented in partnership with Cuban Artists Fund, Galleria Continua and Sean Kelly Gallery.

Group Exhibition "After Industry"

FEBRUARY 3 – APRIL 08, 2017 – Wasserman Projects is pleased to present After Industry, an exhibition of new and recent work by Italian sculptor Willy Verginer, Norwegian painter Christer Karlstad, and Michigan-based photographer Jason DeMarte. The exhibition marks the first time that Verginer and Karlstad’s work will be explored in depth in the U.S, and the first time their work will be exhibited together and with that of DeMarte. While vastly different in style, media, and technique, these artists’ works offer a subtle but unmistakable commentary on humanity’s disregard for and attempts to control the natural world. Their installations, paintings, and photographs convey the psychological and physical state of a world engrossed in consumption, and as a result at the cusp or just beyond collapse. On view through April 7, After Industry will immerse audiences in an aesthetically rich experience, while also providing a platform to engage with important underlying themes, including consumerism, human impact on the environment, and the effects of mass production.

After Industry will also feature work by Verginer’s son, Christian Verginer, including several wall reliefs, made of wood and depicting scenes of forests. The exhibition marks a U.S. premiere for the artist.


SEPTEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 17, 2016 – Wasserman Projects will present an exhibition of works by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, whose wide-ranging oeuvre includes photography, sculpture, mixed-media installation, video, and living art initiatives. The exhibition marks the newest phase of Vanmechelen’s ongoing, 20-year-long Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP), which crossbreeds chickens from around the world as a means of exploring cultural, biological, and aesthetic diversity. Featuring the artist’s 2D- and 3D-works, alongside live chickens from CCP, the exhibition highlights the artist’s engagement with ideas of singularity and duality as manifested in the crossbreeding process and his metaphoric representations of the chicken and the egg. Titled Energy/Mass, the exhibition will remain on view through December 17, 2016


SEPTEMBER 7 – 11, 2016 – Colnaghi is pleased to present an exhibition of European paintings and sculpture at Wasserman Projects in Detroit from September 7 through 11, 2016. Old Masters / New World is the renowned London-based gallery’s first exhibition in the city, and will feature works of art from the 15th to the 18th centuries, including important paintings by such artists as Frans Francken, Gaetano Gandolfi, and Jusepe de Ribera and sculpture by Pedro Duque y Cornejo, among others. The company’s first collaboration with Wasserman Projects, a gallery and exhibition space housed in a converted firehouse in Detroit, the exhibition supports Colnaghi’s mission to engage and excite audiences by presenting Old Masters within contemporary contexts, highlighting these extraordinary works’ relevance and relationship to the 21st century experience.

ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ: Space Between Time

APRIL 29 – JULY 9, 2016 – Wasserman Projects is pleased to present Space Between Time, a solo exhibition of artist Esther Shalev-Gerz. Working in a variety of media, Shalev-Gerz unfolds histories and cultural identities by opening dialogues with individuals, drawing upon their testimonies to elaborate upon their individual and collective memories, desires, opinions and experiences amidst the construction of time.


FEB 26, 2016 – Panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition “desire bouncing” (Sean Anderson, Cynthia Davidson, Reed Kroloff, Mitch McEwen, and Alex Schweder). Doors at 7:30 pm, discussion will begin at 8:00 pm.


FEB 5 – APR 9, 2016 – Wasserman Projects presents DESIRE BOUNCING featuring Performance Architecture works by Alex Schweder, and architecture inspired paintings by Alejandro Campins and Nancy Mitchnick. Opening Reception on Friday, February 5, 6-10 pm.


Wasserman Projects, an independent, interdisciplinary arts space, will open its doors in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market district September 2015


Featuring large-scale interactive installations by Markus Linnenbrink, Nick Gelpi and JonBrumit. Opening reception on Friday, September 256-10 pm.