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3456 Evaline Street
Hamtramck, Mi 48212

HATCH is a grassroots collective of artists from Hamtramck and the greater Detroit area. It exists to support, grow and promote local art and artists.


Jessica Frelinghuysen: Let Me Tell You

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Jessica Frelinghuysen: Let Me Tell You

Jessica Frelinghuysen: Let Me Tell You

March 7 - 28, 2015
Opening Reception March 7th, 6:00-9:00PM
Third Thursday March 19th6:00-9:00 PM
Artist-Led Bar Crawl March 20th, (sign up)

Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212
Gallery Hours Saturdays, 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Hatch is pleased to present an exhibition documenting Jessica Frelinghuysen’s on-going project, “Let Me Tell You.”

First held in Hamtramck through Public Pool, and second at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, “Let Me Tell You” is both an event and participatory installation about the art of conversation. On March 7th, Jessica brings this to the Hatch gallery along with her paintings and sketches of observed conversations.

The Artist-Led Story Collecting Bar Crawl, with helper Steve Hughes — writer and publisher of Stupor and fellow story collector —is based on the idea that a lot of interesting things get scribbled on napkins, folded into pockets and forgotten. “Let Me Tell You,” is an organized effort to collect and save barroom conversations on napkins. The bar napkin is something that is natural and easy to understand by both artists and non-artists alike, as a historical and contemporary receptacle for thought. The napkin drawings produced at each crawl represent chunks of stories and talk and efforts to explain that go on at each location. Later installed on the gallery wall, the napkins create a map-like document of the evening’s conversations.

The third round of the participatory bar crawl, “Let Me Tell You,” will take place March 20. Led by story collection team: Frelinghuysen and Hughes. To secure yourself a place, please RSVP with Hatch. $5. Space is limited and reservations required. 21+. The night begins at 9pm. All napkin art will be collected and subsequently installed in the Hatch gallery.

Jessica Frelinghuysen is an artist who sculpts objects and creates performances to help reconcile complex social situations. Her work has been shown at the International Print Center, The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, and recently at The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. She lives in Hamtramck, Michigan, and holds a teaching position at the University of Michigan. See more of her work at  

Don’t miss Jessica in uniform, performing her pieces ‘Welcoming Committee’ during the opening and ‘Tour Guide’ during the Bar Crawls.