More than 400 guests flowed through the Mattress Factory museum and its 1414 Monterey St. gallery Thursday, appreciatively surveying new work by eight Detroit artists and New Yorker Janine Antoni. Pittsburgh brass band Lungs Face Feet held forth in the garden, making an occasional romp through the museum where Michigander Russ Orlando added an entrancing performance aspect to his piece. The only shadow cast on the festive night was the 11th hour closing (due to a building code concern) of a new site to have debuted with an extensive installation by globally acclaimed Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, who had flown in from Berlin. She gracefully talked with admirers as slides of her off-limits work were projected onto a museum wall.
Detroiters Mitch Cope, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus, Adam Lee Miller, Gina Reichert and Frank Pahl mixed with Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Dr. Michael White and Rick LeBeau, Mary-Lou Arscott, Anne and Anuj Dhanda, Mary Navarro, Delanie Jenkins and Andy English, Miller Gallery director Astria Suparak, Carin Mincemoyer and Keny Marshall, and the Mattress Factory's Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk.