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World-Renowned Art and Science Initiative Opening in Detroit

Russ White
Natasha T. Miller, Troy Livingston

Michigan State University is opening an award-winning global art and science initiative in Detroit on June 16 with a theme that pays homage to the city’s reputation and residents: HUSTLE.

Science Gallery Lab Detroit expands the dynamic network pioneered by Trinity College Dublin and is designed to ignite a passion for art and science in the city’s young adults. Part art gallery, part science lab, part theater, Science Gallery Lab Detroit is the first location of its kind in the Americas. With a $1 million gift from MSU Federal Credit Union, Science Gallery will bring cutting-edge, thought-provoking and interactive exhibits to the area.

Science Gallery Lab Detroit worked with Bedrock, Detroit’s most-active real estate firm, to place the exhibition at 1001 Woodward Ave. directly adjacent to downtown’s Campus Martius Park, a prominent building in Bedrock’s portfolio. HUSTLE will be on display June 16-Aug. 25, and the gallery will be open 1-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; it will be closed on Monday.

HUSTLE will continue Science Gallery's commitment to unlock the creative potential of 15- to 25-year-olds by taking emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology and presenting them in connective, participative and surprising ways.

All forms of hustle involve art, science or a combination of both. HUSTLE is a multimedia exhibition of interactive works and participatory experiences that examine the many definitions of survival and success, purpose and desire. Central to the gallery is “The Hustler’s Lounge,” a space where Detroiters and visitors can sound off, weigh in and share their own notions of hustle. Throughout the course of the exhibition, a public performance series will feature community programs, events and performances by artists, scientists, makers, artisans and hustlers from the community.

More than 15 pieces from around the world will be featured as part of HUSTLE. Exhibits range from living art experiments to virtual reality and address complex topics, such as the future of the human race or the future of work and play.

Throughout the exhibition, more than 20 Detroit-area mediators, a team of 18- to 25-year-olds passionate about combining art and science, will facilitate the visitor experience. Equal parts provocateur, communicator and tour guide, mediators will lead visitors through a deeper exploration of the HUSTLE experience by sparking conversations and sharing stories.

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