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A BRIEF PECULIAR HISTORY OF DETROIT

Edited by Peter O’Keefe

C OPYRI G H T

Edited and curated by Peter O’Keefe.

Copyright 2012 by Peter O’Keefe.

Epub Edition (date)

ISBN: 978-0-9888481-0-8

Cover and Book design by Kevin Fye.

Cover image “Factory” from Jef Bourgeau’s “Art as Logo” series.

the artists.

ACKNOWELD G EMENTS

Jef Bourgeau Barbara Greene Mann Tom Hagerty Bruce Harkness

of Barbara Greene’s work from the 1970s and ‘80s. The artwork had been scattered to the four assistance in this artistic treasure hunt:

Anne Cummings Laura Freeman Tribes of the Cass Corridor

Barbara Greene Mann Bruce Harkness Christopher King Workman Arts

Sandra Schemske Wayne State University

Annette Seip Wayne State University

Managing Director Workman Arts

com).

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION Peter O’Keefe

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PART ONE: GHOST STORIES

“GHOST LAND detroit” Jef Bourgeau

ONE: GHOST STORIES “GHOST LAND detroit” Jef Bourgeau Photo of My Grandparents Working Their Lunchwagon at

Photo of My Grandparents Working Their Lunchwagon at the Gates of Dodge Main

DODGE MAIN Peter O’Keefe

POLETOWN Bruce Harkness

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CONTENTS

PART TWO: LOST WORLDS

CONTENTS PART TWO: LOST WORLDS DETROIT: THE MISSING YEARS Tom Hagerty 179 THE CASS CORRIDOR Bruce

DETROIT: THE MISSING YEARS Tom Hagerty

179

THE CASS CORRIDOR Bruce Harkness

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BARBARA GREENE’S DETROIT

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TIGER STADIUM Tom Hagerty

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

374

CREDITS

378

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Peter O’Keefe

A BIT OF HISTORY

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careers there.

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INTRODUCTION

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rocks.

INTRODUCTION

Jef Bourgeau

GHOST LAND detroit

INTRODUCTION Jef Bourgeau GHOST LAND detroit There are times as an artist or a writer when

There are times as an artist or a writer when an that.” Jef Bourgeau’s “Art as Logo” series had that affect of New Art (MONA).

Photo of My Grandparents Working Their Lunch Wagon At the Gates of Dodge Main

Working Their Lunch Wagon At the Gates of Dodge Main The tremor of recognition I experience

The tremor of recognition I experience when reading Jim’s Detroit

A BRIEF PECULIAR HISTORY OF DETROIT

in Detroit.”

Barbara Greene Mann

Barbara Greene’s Detroit

in Detroit.” Barbara Greene Mann Barbara Greene’s Detroit other artist of the era--capture the creative ferment

other artist of the era--capture the creative ferment and

INTRODUCTION

Tom Hagerty

Detroit: The Missing Years Tiger Stadium

Tom Hagerty Detroit: The Missing Years Tiger Stadium Bruce Harkness The Cass Corridor at Wayne State

Bruce Harkness

The Cass Corridor

at Wayne State University and we both worked Woodward Avenue. In between serving Heinekens P. Reuther Library on the campus of Wayne State University.

In between serving Heinekens P. Reuther Library on the campus of Wayne State University.

A BRIEF PECULIAR HISTORY OF DETROIT

The images contained in this book represent a fraction of the body of work Harkness created between

Peter O’Keefe

Dodge Main

of work Harkness created between Peter O’Keefe Dodge Main Detroit is the Motor City. For the

Detroit is the Motor City. For the past century the city’s fortunes

A B R I E F

P E C U L I A R OF DETROIT

H I S TO RY

A B R I E F P E C U L I A R OF DETROIT

PART ONE: GHOST STORIES

“ G HOST LAND detroit”

Jef Bourgeau

THE HAMTRAMCK DOD G E ASSEMBLY PLANT

DOD G E MAIN

1910 - 1980

Peter O’Keefe

POLETOWN

Bruce Harkness

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A BRIEF PECULIAR HISTORY OF DETROIT PART TWO: LOST WORLDS

PART TWO: LOST WORLDS

DETROIT: THE MISSIN G YEARS

Tom Hagerty

basement dance parties.

Tom’s Tavern.

Peter O’Keefe

179

THE CASS CORRIDOR

Bruce Harkness

243

BARBARA G REENE’S DETROIT

1980s.

297

T I G ER STADIUM

Tom Hagerty