Detroit fine art gallery Library Street Collective announces the November 15th new outdoor public exhibition appropriately titled Public Matter. Public Matter will be based in a newly redeveloped alley, ‘the Belt,’ which also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists. Public Matter’s opening exhibition will feature an entirely original body of work from world-renowned muralist and fine art painter POSE (Jordan Nickel). The Public Matter grand opening coincides with POSE’s exhibit LEMONADE, which opens at Library Street Collective the same night.

Curated by Library Street Collective, Public Matter is a fully accessible exhibition platform located between the Z parking garage and within “the Belt,” a newly redeveloped alley connecting Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit. The Belt, named for its orientation in a former downtown garment district, also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists including Vhils, Cleon Peterson, Tristan Eaton, Dave Kinsey, Nick Jaskey and Hush. Public Matter will feature rotating exhibitions of paintings by the most recognized and celebrated names in contemporary art, with a particular focus on those artists who have developed their skills and visual art in public spaces. Public Matter consists of five steel frames strategically installed throughout the alley, with each frame holding an 8’ x 12’ or 8’ x 8’ piece of artwork. Library Street Collective has partnered with Bedrock Real Estate Services to present Public Matter’s first exhibition of work by the artist POSE.

Library Street Collective, Bedrock and POSE have named Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Detroit-based charter school that views artistic development as central to the education of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders, as its community partner in this endeavor. One of the large-scale paintings will be donated to the school at the conclusion of POSE’s exhibition in Public Matter. The artwork will be displayed in the school’s common areas for the students to interact with on a daily basis.

POSE on the Public Matter exhibition: “Exhibiting at Public Matter represents things coming full circle in the best possible way for me as an artist. Putting work on the street is a way for people to view it in the most honest way. There are no barriers to entry or prerequisites to viewing. It’s just there. Everyone owns it and can have their own dialogue with it. It’s completely accessible and democratic— An open forum. This is the world I come from, and how I came to being as an artist.”

Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences CEO Maurice Morton on his schools housing one piece from every Public Matter exhibit: “"We use art to motivate children to learn. Art is inspirational, and when the artwork our kids see everyday happens to be the work of world-famous artists, art also becomes aspirational. The Public Matter work gives our kids something to aspire to, and it’s a wonderful motivation."

Library Street Collective partner Anthony Curis on why they created Public Matter: “Public art is centrally important to the artists we work with, and it’s equally important to us. Public Matter is part of our continuous effort to ensure that artists have a space to create and engage with the public in Detroit.”

Event Details
Public Matter Opening Featuring POSE (Jordan Nickel)
When: November 15, 2014 from 5-7PM
Where: ‘The Belt’ Alley

POSE (Jordan Nickel)

Born and raised in Chicago, Nickel graduated from Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 with a painting major, after having practiced his craft since 1992. He has become one of the world’s foremost graffiti-style fine artists, respected by his peers and acknowledged by many experts in the field as a pioneer. His studio work is strongly informed by his graffiti experience and his immersion in classic sign painting, as well as more contemporary pop art mediums. With his own creative agency We Are Supervision and as a member of several distinguished art collectives such as The Seventh Letter and MSK, Nickel has painted murals around the globe-- most recently on New York City’s illustrious Houston/Bowery wall with REVOK. In 2013, Nickel exhibited at Art Miami Context after having completed a large-scale mural in Detroit the month before, both with Library Street Collective.


Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge modern and contemporary fine art with a primary focus on artists who have developed their skills and visual art in public spaces. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit MI, Library Street Collective continues to cultivate a culture of exploration and art appreciation. In addition to exhibiting the works of countless international artists in its Detroit gallery, Library Street Collective has curated numerous public mural projects in Detroit, including the Z and the recently painted HENSE mural on the Madison Building.