Motor City Underground - Leni Sinclair Photographs 1963-1978

MOCAD and Foggy Notion Books


Motor City Underground: Leni Sinclair Photographs 1963-1978, edited by Cary Loren and Lorraine Wild / 408-page hardcover, 10 x 10.75 inches, first Edition published 2021 by MOCAD and Foggy Notion Books


This publication accompanies the exhibition Motor City Underground at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit on view from February through April 2021. The book originated in 2010 as a collaboration between Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, and Foggy Notion Books (Kristine McKenna, Lorraine Wild, and Donna Wingate).

About the exhibit:

Motor City Underground presents the photographs of Leni Sinclair, best known for her work chronicling radical movements of Detroit since the 1960s. A founding member of the White Panthers, Sinclair is both an activist and longtime witness to social justice organizing in Detroit. Her images are among the most iconic and thorough records of the city’s countercultural history.

Motor City Underground is Sinclair’s first American art museum solo exhibition, following her 2014 gallery debut at the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, MI. MOCAD is proud to present a set of lesser-known gems from Sinclair’s rich portfolio. Accompanying the exhibition, MOCAD in partnership with Foggy Notion Books is publishing a 408-page monograph of the artist’s work.

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