Monday, March 29, 2010

Leni Sinclair visits WMU Lee Honors College

On Monday, March 29, at 7:00 pm in the LHC Lounge, the Lee Honors College will sponsor a multimedia presentation by activist and photographer Leni Sinclair.

Born and raised in the former East Germany, Leni arrived in the U.S. in 1959 and settled in Detroit. In the early 60s she and her then husband John Sinclair helped organize the Detroit Artists Workshop while immersing themselves in the radical politics of the era. Together they soon discovered the thriving Detroit jazz clubs and by mid-decade, found themselves amidst the explosive Michigan rock scene, working with then emerging artists such as the MC5, the Stooges, and Bob Seger while exploring the role of the music within the ongoing climate of cultural revolution. In the early 60s, Leni began documenting the cultural and political history of the times with her camera; from John Coltrane and Sun Ra to the Hill St. Commune, White Panther Party, and perhaps most famously, the MC5, Leni Sinclair’s images present an essential portrait of the era.

On Monday, Leni will reflect upon the politics, culture, and music of Detroit and Ann Arbor in the 60s and beyond as well as display her photography: Don’t be late!

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