On October 25th through 27th 2018 in Detroit comes the 11th annual assemblage of 125 extraordinary local and international artists to display 150 introspective creations at the:
DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.
There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
– Thu 10/25 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, an absinthe tasting, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
– Fri 10/26 “The Enlightenment” – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This gala night features an on-site chef preparing a sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy of B. Nektar Meadery and exotic fire, aerial and experimental performances.
– Sat 10/27 “The Masquerade” – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, 13-dish strolling dinner with live chefs, Ginger Devil whiskey sampling courtesy of Rusted Crow Distillery and Spirits, sensuous dance performance interludes, the aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performers all night. ( see Ball event page for details: Formal Masquerade Ball at the 11th Annual DAMNED Exhibition )
For 2018, the DAMNED talented lists of performers include Satori Circus, Detroit Circus, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe Feuer, Jennabelle Feuer, Stella Isis Rothe and Rocky Raquel accompanied with live aural ambiance by Dixon’s Violin and Marcus Concernicus.
DRESS CODE: For Thursday and Friday, there are no dress codes but dressy red and/or black is welcomed. For Saturday’s Masquerade Ball, proper attire and mask are MANDATORY. See website for details and visual samples.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets start at $15 and include the art exhibition and performances. VIP upgrades with absinthe tasting, onsite chefs, special performances and access to the sensually lush VIP Lounge are also available. For details and to order, please visit:
For further details on the event, including past photographs and menus, please visit:
11th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Art + Performance + Dining + Masquerade
October 25th through 27th 2018
VIP 7pm to 9pm – General 9pm to 2am – 18+
Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, Michigan
HELP US HELP DETROIT’S HOMELESS: At midnight during the masquerade ball, a single winner will be chosen to win a unique and exquisite prize: The Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring XVI© ($1,775SRV) created by avant-garde fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique. All proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit our favorite charity, Burners without Borders Detroit, to help feed and clothe those in need on our city streets through the hand packing and one-on-one giving of survival backpacks. For further details, or to enter online, please visit the AG Fundraiser page at: www.thatdamnedshow.com/fundraiser
Photographs by John Froelich, Chris Switzer & Ed Ballotts