Event Announcement: “This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s”

On May 22nd, 2015, the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the musical sounds and stories of Detroit, will hold its second annual conference at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. The Michigan Sound Conference will explore the ways that the Mitten State, and the Motor City in particular, have led the world in shaping the contemporary sonic landscape. As a part of the conference, the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs will host the one-day exhibit "This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s." This exhibit presents a selection of posters advertising musical, dramatic, and visual arts events in Detroit from the 1970s to the 200s, drawn from the papers of David Clements.

David Clements was born in Indiana in 1948, grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. He began his professional life as an educator in Detroit, where he was a founder of the Detroit Children’s School. He is now the owner and creative director of David Clements Productions, a multimedia production company located in Royal Oak.

The David Clements Papers consist mostly of posters and advertisements of events, especially concerts, happening at small venues within the city of Detroit, Michigan spanning the 1970s through the 2000s. Gospel, jazz, R & B, and electronic music shows are represented in the posters.

The Detroit Sound Conservancy encourages prospective attendees of the Michigan Sound Conference to view the conference schedule and register. The conference, and the Reuther Library exhibit, are free and open to the public.

The Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Michigan Sound Conference takes place at the Detroit Public Library on Friday, May 22nd. The exhibit "This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s" will be on display in the Reuther Library atrium from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. on Friday, May 22.