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Mid America Print Council Conference: Detroit or Bust

Wayne State University in Detroit was this year’s host for the biannual Mid America Print Council Conference. For print enthusiasts within a 500-mile radius of Midwestern soil (or beyond, I suppose), the MAPC conference is a weekend-long binge of printmaking delights.

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A detail from one of Enrique Chagoya’s mesmerizing artist’s books at the Elaine L. Jacobs Gallery in Detroit.

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Another detail from Chagoya’s accordian-folded artist’s books. The pages are filled with irreverant, poignant, and sardonically clever eye candy.

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Chagoya’s books are infused with references to pop culture, current events, and the book-making traditions of Mesoamerican culture.

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Diego Rivera’s ‘Detroit Industry’ fresco at the Detroit Institute of Arts is breathtaking. This is merely a portion of the mural that spans twenty-seven panels from floor to ceiling in the museum’s courtyard. Completed in 1933 during the Great Depression, this work is considered one of Rivera’s finest and pays homage to the industrial culture of Detroit.

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The Eastern Market district in Detroit is a unique cluster of converted warehouses, turn-of-the-century brick buildings, galleries, a robust farmer’s market, and ample splashes of street art such as this doozy.

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Signal Return is a local letterpress print shop in the Eastern Market neighborhood that hosts community letterpress workshops. Plus, their shop is brimming with letterpress posters, greeting cars, and other designery ephemera for sale.

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Some locked up wood type ready to be inked and printed. Farewell Detroit, until next time!

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