The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in Midtown is going to get a major facelift.
The Detroit Free Press reports that at its annual gala and benefit art auction on October 13, the museum will launch a $15-million campaign to fund a “top-to-bottom transformation.” The capital improvements are intended to create a “campus-like” setting for events and everyday visitors.
Some of the initial designs include revamping the outdoor space to add landscaping, a plaza, and a permanent stage for concerts that will all be connected to Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead,” one of the museum’s signature exhibitions. There are also plans for a restaurant in the current cafe space.
A floor-to-ceiling window facing Woodward Avenue will replace the brick facade to allow passersby to see inside. A heating and cooling system that uses natural ventilation will also be installed.
Principal design is being done by Ann Arbor–based Ply+ Architecture.
“This campaign, what this vision does, is really gets us to be more than an art museum,” MOCAD executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder told the Free Press. “We’re a cultural center.”
The campaign has already gotten an early boost from the Taubman and Reyes Family foundations, which will provide a $5 million matching grant. The building’s new facade will likely include the name of MOCAD’s co-founder: “MOCAD at the Julie Reyes Taubman Building.”
It’s currently slated for a 2021 completion date.
MOCAD opened in 22,000-square-foot, Albert Kahn–designed former Cadillac dealership in 2006. The building was originally owned by philanthropist Richard Manoogian, but was gifted to the museum in 2013.