Robert Sestok, Untitled (Cage), c. 1975–76. Particle board, wire, and resin, 15 x 15 x 15 in. From “Subverting Modernism.”

“Subverting Modernism: Cass Corridor Revisited 1966–1980”


Eastern Michigan University

Artists of the Cass Corridor movement, active in Detroit during the 1960s and ’70s, are known to have been a hard-living, hard-drinking lot. Their provocative works, often created from industrial materials and detritus, have been popularly seen as reflecting Detroit’s (and, by extension, America’s) decline as an industrial superpower. But a recent, revisionist exhibition has effectively challenged entrenched ideas about the Cass Corridor movement, casting its aims and achievements in a new light. “Subverting Modernism: Cass Corridor Revisited 1966–1980”—the culmination of years of research by Julia Myers, who also wrote a comprehensive catalogue essay—interpreted representative works as combining Minimalism’s self-contained formalism with references to the outside world—that is, as transitioning between modern and postmodern art.…see the entire review in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.