On October 14, 2013

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DEADPAN (the art of the expressionless)

November 1 – December 7, 2013

Reception: November 1, 2013, 7-10pm

Curated by Ryan Standfest

The term deadpan has its origins in 1920’s American culture, when the word “pan” was slang for “face.”  Deadpan therefore was a means to describe an emotionless face.  Its contemporary usage has come to define a particular form of comedy in which the method of delivery is straight without letting the viewer in on the joke.  This becomes a bit of an intellectual exercise, as the viewer must breach the façade and find the space where the humor lay.  In order to achieve a state of deadpan expression, one must actually be expressionless.  The opposite of exaggeration, this involves a great deal of restraint as emotions are downplayed to the point of being kept under lock and key.

Please join us for an opening reception for the artists on Friday, November 1, 2013.



Michael Bizon


Peter Feldstein

Hippolyte Hentgen

Cindy Hinant

Michael A. McMillan

Patrick Reed

Paul Shortt

Jim Snitzer

Morgan Barrie

Allan George

Nathan Haenlein

Ian Huebert

Michael Kupperman

Joe Levickas

Rebecca Morgan

Mark Newgarden

David Shrigley

The exhibition will run from November 1 – December 7, 2013.  This event is free and open to the public. Open gallery hours are Saturdays during exhibitions, noon-3pm, or by appointment.  For more information, e-mail Gualberto Orozco at email of  For a full schedule of exhibitions and events at Whitdel Arts, please visit

A division of CAID, Whitdel Arts is an 1800 sq. ft. professional exhibition space that showcases the work of local and international established and emerging artists. Whitdel Arts is located at 1250 Hubbard Street, Suite B1, Detroit MI 48209. Whitdel Arts is also located on the web at

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