Cass Corridor Art and Beyond

Presented by Robert Sestock


The individual stories and explanations of the Cass Corridor artistic movement (1970’s-present) will be composed into a dynamic presentation using original documentation from the artists (photos, slides, and videos) to be screened in galleries and community spaces during fall of 2019, including at MOCAD.



About the Artist

Robert Sestok (b. 1946, Detroit, MI) is a sculptor, painter and printmaker who has worked and created in Detroit’s Cass Corridor since 1967. His work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Museum of Art, and Wayne State University. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Cranbrook Museum of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI), College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit, MI), and Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY.) He is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship.

In 2015 he opened City Sculpture Park, a permanent public art space in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, exhibiting three decades of sculptural work. He is one of the original Cass Corridor artists’ who sought new forms and methods to reflect their times of civil rights struggles, the anti-war movement, and the pervasive automotive industry that earned Detroit its Motown nickname. Non-standard materials such as pipes, trash, junkyard metal, auto parts, and wood scraps were used to create an entirely new form of expression. Sestok’s 15 foot sculpture of discarded automobile parts will be exhibited for the next two years as part of the 2018 Murals in the Market, located at Eastern Market, Shed 5. During 2018 he exhibited a new series of prints at the Simone DeSousa Gallery and sculpture at Detroit Collective. He is currently working on a series for his Big Paintings show of large format portraits of one individual reflecting the subject’s many moods and the artist’s interpretation of them.