A group of cheerful and colorful residents welcomes visitors to the border of Hamtramck and Detroit in Jessica Frelinghuysen’s performative work “Welcoming Committee for Hamtramck”. Find her in uniform sprucing up the exisiting wooden “Welcome to Hamtramck” signs, as well as welcoming people to specific events during the festival with maps, handshakes, and colorful banners.
Saturday, May 16 throughout the border region
Jessica Frelinghuysen (b. 1980) engages a variety of media to produce projects that highlight the social dynamics of everyday life. Often exploring barriers—such as humorous helmets, uniforms, and rolling room dividers—Frelinghuysen’s work illuminates interpersonal tensions and prompts communal action. Frelinghuysen received a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown at a number of venues, including the Broad Museum at MSU; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburg; Public Pool in Hamtramck; ‘CAVE Gallery in Detroit; and the Bĕhal Fejér Institute in Prague. She is a resident of Hamtramck, MI.