Detroit's N'Namdi Center gallery reopens Friday with Mel Rosas exhibition


  • Jeff Cancelosi
  • Mel Rosas.

Detroit's N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is celebrating all the small things.

The gallery reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic with a new exhibition on Friday. Detalles, an Exhibition of Small-Scale Work showcases new work by Royal Oak-based painter Mel Rosas.

The exhibition takes place from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14. Attendance is limited with no walk-ups; guests should RSVP here. (RSVP closes an hour before event starts.)

The gallery says masks are required, and guests will have their temperature check before entering. Social distancing will be enforced.

Of the show, the gallery says:

Rosas's solo exhibition, titled Detalles, an Exhibition of Small-Scale Work, focuses on quiet, personal moments of observational clarity by capturing a fleeting moment, a glance, or noticing a section of a larger context - i.e. a reflection in water, a figure's feet walking across cobblestone, or a section of a building's facade. Though these small paintings are more abstract than previous works, nevertheless, they are figures, remnants, and fragments from Latin American sociopolitical conditions.

The means to an end may be best described in a recently discovered word from the Internet - ambedo: (n.) A kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid, sensory details. (1)


The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language-to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don't yet have a word for. The author's mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious.

The N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is located at 52 E. Forest Ave. Detroit; 313-831-8700;

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