Wayne State University

WSU associate professor to receive $12,000 from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge

Danielle Aubert’s latest project, “Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op,” was selected to receive a $12,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Aubert is an associate professor in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History in Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.

The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts. In 2017, the foundation is giving away a total of $7.8 million to ideas in Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Miami and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Aubert proposes to research and design a book on the publications printed at the Detroit Printing Co-op (1969-80).The piece includes the first English translation of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle; The Political Thought of James Forman, published by members of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers; the influential leftist journal Radical America; and numerous publications printed by Fredy Perlman. The book will be comprised of photographic reproductions, interviews with former co-op members and short essays, and will be relevant to people interested in graphic design, printing, Leftist politics and Detroit.

“Support from the Knight Art Foundation will make it possible for me to research, document, and call attention to the important political and experimental print work of Fredy Perlman and friends at the Detroit Printing Co-op in the 1970s,” said Aubert.

The Knight Foundation’s goal is to make art general in communities so that high-quality cultural experiences can be seen, heard and felt everywhere.

For more information about the Knight Arts Challenge, visit knightarts.org. To learn more about Danielle, visit danielleaubert.info.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, educating the next generation of visual artists, designers and art historians. Notable alumni include James Lee Byars, Ellen Phelan and Susan F. Rossen. In 2017, Rossen received a 2017 Arts Achievement Award from CFPCA for her work as an educator, curator and the first publisher at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

About the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

The college serves 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music and the Department of Communication. CFPCA's alumni include a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards. Take a tour, attend a show or visit a gallery! Visit creative.wayne.edu, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @WayneStateCFPCA

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By: Da'Stanza Murphy, CFPCA Information Officer

Email: az2370@wayne.edu