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Stateside: MSU undercounts COVID-19 cases; curator on return to MOCAD; MI’s Negro League stadium

Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, and MOCAD.
After leadership shake-up at MOCAD, artist and curator Jova Lynne has returned. She spoke with Stateside about the overwhelming whiteness in art spaces.

Today on Stateside, a curator who left the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit returned to the institution and spoke with us about working at the overwhelmingly white spaces in the art world. Also, a conversation about the discrepancies in Michigan State University’s number of COVID-19 cases.

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MSU says it has 548 COVID-19 cases. The health department says it's actually 1,250.

Stateside’s conversation with Kate Wells

  • Kate Wells is a reporter for Michigan Radio.

An art curator returns to MOCAD after leaving over equity issues

Stateside’s conversation with Jova Lynne


  • Jova Lynne is an artist and curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

    Stateside reached out to former MOCAD executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder for comment on Jova Lynne's accusations. Borowy-Reeder sent a statement that read, in part:

    I think all allegations need to be substantiated. I do not wish to discount anyone's experience and often wonder if a man in leadership is held to the same standards... I gave everything to work at MOCAD... I hope to settle with MOCAD as soon as possible as I am looking ahead as I repair the damages of this defamatory campaign.

Stateside has invited Borowy-Reeder to come on the show and discuss some specific allegations, and to tell her side of the story in greater detail. We will have her on the program when and if she would like to come on.

  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Restoration of Hamtramck Negro League stadium shines up a historic baseball diamond

Stateside’s conversation with Gary Gillette

  • Gary Gillette is the founder and president of the nonprofit Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium.
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