Concert of Colors: Exposed

 Concert of Colors
Chene Park, 1996
Bruce Harkness, photographer
 Concert of Colors
Chene Park, 2004
Rebecca Cook, photographer

On view now through August 31

To mark its 16th year of celebrating the ethnic and cultural diversity of metro Detroit, the Concert of Colors returns to the Max M. Fisher Music Center in downtown Detroit with four days of free, family-friendly live performances, indoors and outdoors, Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20.

To get audiences revved up for the Sweet 16 party next month, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) presents CONCERT OF COLORS: EXPOSED, a multimedia exhibition of action-packed in-concert photographs from past years enhanced by music and hands-on activities. The exhibition, in the Museum’s Lower Level Gallery, opens Wednesday, June 4 and runs through Sunday, August 31. It’s free with Museum admission.

CONCERT OF COLORS: EXPOSED features 30 full-color images of performers, including Little Richard, Ani DiFranco, War, Angelique Kidjo, Son Seals and Hugh Masekela, and the late Bo Diddley, in never-before-seen photos, along with images of fascinating artists and groups from nations around the globe. A musical soundtrack and projected images help recreate the festival vibe generated by the artists and their adoring audiences.

Most of the photos in the exhibition were shot by respected photographers Rebecca Cook of Detroit and Bruce Harkness of Dearborn.

Concert of ColorsSince 1990, Rebecca Cook has photographed major news events and major league sporting events in Detroit under contract for Reuters global news service. Her freelance work has appeared in USA Today, New York Times and Time magazine, among other publications. Cook is a longtime resident of Detroit’s Cass Corridor, a neighborhood she has documented on film as a personal project. She has been the official Concert of Colors photographer since 2000.

Concert of ColorsBruce Harkness took his BFA in photography at the Center for Creative Studies in 1979 and his MFA in Photography at Wayne State University in 1982. He is a veteran photographer of Detroit’s neighborhoods, including the 1981 Poletown Project and the Urban Interiors documentary project of 1989, both collaborations with the History Department of Wayne State University. Harkness has been the staff photographer for the City of Dearborn since 1990.

The Concert of Colors is produced in partnership by the Arab American National Museum, New Detroit Inc., Detroit Symphony Orchestra and ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services). New Detroit’s Cultural Exchange Network, a consortium of 50 community-based organizations representing metro Detroit’s communities of color, also plays an active role. New Detroit and ACCESS established the event in 1993 at Chene Park on Detroit’s riverfront. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra hosted the 2005 opening night program and came on board fully in 2006 when its Max M. Fisher Music Center became the host venue. Visit to view the 2008 lineup and schedule.

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