You are invited to the opening reception for Kathryn Brackett Luchs who is in the exhibition “The Detroit Show,” curated by Gary Mayer, featuring artists living in Detroit and from the Detroit diaspora. The show opens on  Saturday, August 4 from 5 to 7 PM and runs from August 4 until August 25, 2018, Tuesday-Saturday 3-9 PM. Best viewing hours are before 6 PM.

“The Detroit Show” exhibiting artists include Jim Chatelain, John Egner, Ed Fraga, Christine Hughes , Doug James, Kathryn Brackett Luchs, Michael Luchs , Gary Mayer, Kurt Novak, Sandy Osip, Carlo Vitale, and Shelley Vitale.


About Kathryn Brackett Luchs

Kathryn Brackett Luchs investigates traditional studio approaches for experimental outcomes – creating ‘hybrid’ works and installations that combine printmaking, painting, drawing and photography.  Born in Detroit Michigan, at an early age Brackett Luchs moved to the Cultural Center in Detroit and began living, painting and filming experimental artists also creating in studios along what is now called the Detroit Cass Corridor. These early Super 8 documents became important source materials for the work ‘Images’ from Detroit’s Cass Corridor, an experimental video documentary that looks at Detroit’s experimental visual arts movement during the 1970’s and 80’s.  The video premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2002 and in 2002 screened at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It is shown often in conjunction with Detroit’s Cass Corridor visual art exhibitions – most recently, 2018, at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) where it has screened continuously at her husband’s 2018 exhibition – Michael Luchs: Fictitious Character.

 Luchs began her formal education late, after developing a personal studio practice and being in group shows at The Detroit Institute of Arts and Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor 1963-1977 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Her expressive early works in painting were chosen to represent Michigan in 1986-87 in The Contemporary Arts Center Biennial that traveled to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Her continuing interest in studio experiments and development of large-scale hybrid works have received recognition and many awards that include The Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and The Ed Foundation Grant. Her knowledge, based in multiple studio approaches, has led to a rich teaching history at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design that began in 1992. 

For logistical reasons Brackett Luchs has selected a ‘source’ drawing to exhibit in

‘Detroit Diaspora’ “I began groups of charcoal pencil works on canvas in 2011 when my brother was dying. Coming home from my long teaching stint and commute and being with him –  I just wanted to draw on a surface I could feel. Later these source drawings became installations with graphic photo materials – blown up images from the drawing (see ESSAY”D, Dennis Nawrocki) What has kept me interested in these drawings, beyond how they feel as they are made, is the fact that the charcoal pencil cannot be erased or painted out – I keep drawing to resolve the drawing – or abandon it.”