The gallery's front entrance.

The gallery's Library Street entrance.

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Library Street Collective

1260 Library
Detroit MI 48226

I'm not sure at what point Library Street Collective acquired a Los Angeles location. I won't really be tracking that one.

Originally known as Long-Sharp Curis, this gallery is still partly owned by Anthony and J. J. Curis. Rhonda Long-Sharp's stake was at one time held by Matt Eaton. And it's still practically across the street from the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library.

The new name, revealed in 2012, is clunky or clever, depending on your opinion, but it certainly made transitioning the gallery's social media presence easier, as it preserved the gallery's acronym, LSC. Along with the new name, the gallery adopted a 3-hexagon logo.

As before it mostly deals in blue chip artists, but skewing younger, and local artists who have gone through the Red Bull House of Art program have a chance at LSC. In addition to the original gallery space indoors, the gallery now also boasts an outdoor gallery in the alley with ready access to the Z parking structure.

As with Red Bull, arriving early to openings is a very good idea. Openings are typically on Saturdays, starting at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On October 15, 2021, the gallery announced that they're representing the artwork of the estate of Charles McGee. "Since his passing in early 2021, the gallery has worked alongside his daughter, Lyndsay McGee, to assemble a collection of his remaining works," according to the announcement from the gallery.

Current exhibition

Upcoming exhibitions

Not announced yet.

Past exhibitions

A Library Street Collective billboard.

A Library Street Collective billboard, shown here a couple of weeks prior to the exhibit that opened June 18, 2016.

The gallery's website also lists some exhibits in Basel and Dubai. We're probably not going to repeat those here.

For exhibitions under the old name, see Long-Sharp Curis.

On July 27, 2017, Library Street Collective presented a fundraiser, at $200 a ticket, for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) at the Hawkins Ferry House.

The Bedrock-sponsored Charles McGee retrospective that opened on June 1, 2017 at 1505 Woodward was up until July 1, 2017. Gallery hours at 1505 Woodward were the exact same as at 1260 Library.

There was talk of Library Street Collective using the 1505 Woodward space again for art exhibitions, but nothing came of it. Now it seems to be the official permanent art exhibition space of the Carr Center.

On May 22, 2018, Library Street Collective provided logistical support for the unveiling of a 17-foot sculpture by a Brooklyn artist who goes by "KAWS" at the Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit.

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills hosted Library Street Collective for a Shepard Fairey exhibit that opened June 16, 2018 and ran to October 7, 2018.

Doug Aitken's Mirage Detroit, a site-specific installation at 151 W. Fort (the old State Savings Bank site) opened October 10, 2018, and ran to February 10, 2019.

Rainbow City Roller Rink was simultaneously an art installation and indoor skating rink at 1001 Woodward. It opened November 30, 2018, and it was be available to skaters until January 27, 2019.

I don't know the exact dates for The Beach Detroit, an art installation at 1001 Woodward for much of 2019.

There was another collaboration with MOCAD in 2019.

There was also Iconoclasm, an off-site exhibit by Sam Durant, curated by Pedro Alonzo, at 1265 Parkview in Detroit. That one opened October 31 and ran to November 23.

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