Opening Event with Tiff Massey
November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Thursday, November 11
Reception 5:00–6:00 | Artist Talk 7:00 pm
Multimedia artist and metalsmith Tiff Massey makes art and jewelry inspired by 1980s hip-hop fashion and her experiences living in Detroit. Building from an examination of the African diaspora, Massey delves into contemporary issues of race, class, and popular culture in large-scale wearable jewelry and sculpture, music, performances, and installations. Drawing from her “Everyday Arsenal” series, the artist transforms the MMA’s Olthoff Gallery into a flashy display of massive hip-hop jewelry, gold, and mirrors in a dynamic exploration of self-identity and fashion. A Cranbrook graduate with a MFA in metalsmithing, Massey is a two time winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge and a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship recipient.