Cassie McQuater @ Cobo Center

Cobo Center displaying different video artists' work each month for a year
Knight Foundation, convention facility authority gave total of $80,000
This month's is a feminist video game piece by Cassie McQuater
Catwoman is dancing across Cobo Center's video board in downtown Detroit this month as part of the convention center's yearlong marquee art series.
Detroit native and video game artist Cassie McQuater created March's video art piece, "Boss #5."
Cobo is displaying a different artist's work each month on its massive video board, starting last October and running through this October. A $40,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge funds the program, alongside a matching $40,000 from the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority. The DRCFA oversees Cobo.
A majority of the money goes to the artists, Maureen Devine, Cobo's art curator, told Crain's. Part also goes toward associated events and technical needs, and to curatorial consultant Alivia Zivich. Zivich has also worked on Detroit's Dlectricity art and light festival.
McQuater's "Boss #5" is a feminist statement aimed at deconstructing the male-filled world of video games. It depicts female video game characters dancing around a crumbling, pixelated city.
"BOSS #5 was conceived as a feminist dungeon crawler style game," McQuater said in a news release. "It features a majority female cast of popular video game characters from the 1970s to current day. Each level, or scene, puts the player in the room with, or in the role of, a powerful, resisting and complicated woman."
The Big Screen: The Cobo Center Marquee Series is part of an effort by the convention authority and its DRCFA Art Foundation to display more public art.
"At Cobo Center, our goal is to include art that engages all different types of people," Cobo's Devine said. "We have everything from traditional, historical-based art to things that are much more contemporary by emerging artists, including the digital art. You know, a little more technical, more experimental."



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