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Ted Lindsay Celebrity Golf Outing
The 175 golfers who participated in the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club were joined by another 115 for cocktails, a silent auction ($14,000) and dinner following play. The program that followed Fr. Donald Worthy’s tribute to the memory of Joanne Lindsay and Dr. Jack Finley was emceed with good humor by Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels. It had highlights. Austin, TX researcher Laura Hewitson, PhD. reported promise of early blood biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
oakland confidential CRACK IN THE DIKE : Appears staunch Republican Congressman David Trott (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy), in his second term representing Michigan’s 11th District, isn’t still feeling the love for President Donald Trump . Politico reported that Trott shocked the room at a private meeting in late July when he voiced what many other Republicans were thinking, that the president had ...more»
Part photographer and part performance artist, Liz Cohen uses both mind and body to focus on issues of transformation and belonging while also heading up the photography program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills.
"Generally, I tend to focus on issues around belonging and acceptance because those are big human issues that we all face," she said. "In all of my work, there is an examination of belonging and what it means to be in or out of a group, or what it is to be left out when you have something to offer. My work has also dealt with radical transformation and modification."
Amongst Cohen's work is a decade-long project titled, "Bodywork," in which Cohen transformed an East German automobile into a Chevrolet El Camino. To complete the project, Cohen apprenticed in an auto shop and learned how to reconstruct the vehicle into a custom lowrider. At the same time, Cohen transformed herself into a bikini model and was photographed with the vehicle. Cohen's work has been exhibited locally at the David Klein Gallery, in Birmingham; and throughout the country and world, including Salon 94, in New York City; The University of Arizona, the El Paso Museum of Art; Galerie Laurent Godin, in Paris; and other galleries in Stockholm, Sweden, New York City, San Francisco, Stuttgart, Germany, and several other locations.
It was her Bodywork project, she said, that led her to Cranbrook and her current home in Bloomfield Hills, where she lives with her husband, a native of the Birmingham area.
"It was kind of a perfect storm," she said. "I had been working at the time on the car in Arizona. If it was becoming a Chevrolet, I thought it should be finished in the land of General Motors. This opportunity came up at Cranbrook, so I did it and it became an amazing experience."
Previous work included, "Canal," which documented a group of transgender sex workers in Panama. Her latest work, "Him," is on exhibit through March 4 at the Cranbrook Art Museum. The exhibit includes new work that draws on a continued interest in exhibitionism, subcultures and acts of belonging. The exhibit is a collaborative research project with a self-described eunuch, who has undergone surgical transformations. Cohen alters interviews, photos, videos and other media to tell his story.
"The first group of people I was working with in Panama were transgender, so they were going though changes in their bodies through hormones. And with the transformation of the car, I was going through a radical process of becoming a car customizer and a bikini model," she said. "Now, (Him) is a man who in his practice radically modifies language to make poetry, while at the same time radically modified his body, and I'm radically modifying his story into another form."...continued on page 2
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