10/12/19 Sadie Nielson “Demons” @ Popps Emporium

“DEMONS” is a collection of demons rendered by Sadie Nielson, our September/October artist in residence. Over the course of Sadie’s first month at Popps, Sadie made a series of small paintings, and hanging fabric sculptures inspired at least in part by her recent increased awareness of the destructive nature of human activity on the earth as well as the existential threat it poses to itself.

Durable / Flexible, DEMONS



12138 St. Aubin St. Hamtramck, MI 48212

September 21st – November 2nd
Saturdays 12-6PM

Durable/Flexible is a group exhibition that celebrates 10 years of cultivating, presenting and nurturing the arts and artists within our community and beyond. We have invited local and regional artists to submit original works that are loosely inspired by Aluminum and Tin, which are commonly associated with marking ten year milestones. More so than the the materials themselves we were interested in ideas around the properties of these metals that are often described as durable and flexible.

Demons, Sadie Nielson

2025 Carpenter, Detroit,   MI 48212

Through November 2nd
Saturdays 12-6PM

“DEMONS”is a collection of demons rendered by Sadie Nielsen during her 2 month residency at Popps. Inspired in part by the destructive nature of human activity on the earth as well as the existential threat it poses to itself.

Sadie Nielsen is an artist who currently lives and works on the unceded coast Salish territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, otherwise known as Victoria, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2019.




8/22/19 Regine Rode / Floral Hygiene


Popps Packing is excited to present, Floral Hygiene by Momm and Popp, Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellow, Regine Rode (DE)!

Rode began working primarily in sculpture and installation while living in LA where she received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Her works aim to disrupt the traditional forms of sculpture by intertwining autonomous elements from her current surroundings. Please join us for her most recent body of work, Floral Hygiene this Thursday from 6-9PM!

Floral Hygiene / Regine Rode
August 22, 6-9PM
@ Popps Emporium
2025 Carpenter, Detroit MI ,48212

5/30/19 Together We Sound Festival

Popps Packing is excited to be a part of the Together We Sound Festival in hosting a night of Detroit-based music with the Acropolis Reed Quintet, New Music Detroit,  and Detroit Bureau of Sound+Kristen Carey & Chris Sies!

Thursday, May 30th from 7 pm – 11 pm @ Popps Packing 12138 St. Aubin St., Hamtramck, MI 48212


$10 door suggested donation (currently no advanced ticketing)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2462225840456837/

5/23/19 Creators of Culture Grants Information Session


Join CultureSource at Popps Emporium for an info session on the 25 grants they offer to the creative arts community!

Many types of arts activities happen in Southeast Michigan regularly, and regardless of scope and scale, they can contribute to the vitality of our communities. Through this program, each year for the next three years, CultureSource will offer 25 $3,000 grants to creators of culture, in collaboration with the Detroit Arts Support program.

Thursday, May 23 from 5:30-7pm  @ Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter St., Detroit, MI 48212 

Sign up on through the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427290598036764/?active_tab=about

or learn more here: https://www.culturesource.org/resources/creators-of-culture-grants

5/18/19 (W)here: Opening Exhibition

Group exhibition with artists Ashely Beatty, Madelain Corbin, and Jeff Schofield

Opening Reception: Saturday May 18, 2019 from 6-9 PM

Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Popps Emporium presents a group art exhibition, “(W)HERE”, showcasing sustainable artwork by three locally based artists, Ashley Beatty, Madelaine Corbin and Jeff Schofield.

“(W)HERE” features artwork expressing humanity’s complicated relationships with natural landscapes and urban terrains. This exhibition explores critical narratives about our globalized civilization that convey ecological concerns of life in the Anthropocene. While celebrating natural phenomena as essential elements of human existence, “(W)HERE” also explores human transgressions of both natural and constructed environments.


4/27/19: Macro View+ BYOBirdhouse

Opening Reception Saturday, April 27, 6-9PM

Macro View is the first exhibition in the newly renovate Popps Emporium Resource Space and features the macro photography of Joseph Ferraro who documents native pollinators and other invertebrates. 
BYOB ( Bring Your Own Birdhouse) 
is a garden installation of sculptural takes on birdhouses featuring Chris Riddell, Andy Kem, Julia Callis, James Viste, Graem Whyte, Bridget Michael, Sean Hages and  more. Located in the gardens behind Popps Emporium.

April 27 -May 30, 2019

4/27/19: The Day Everything Became Nothing

New Works by Karin Karinson

Saturday April 27, 2019 .   6PM -9PM

Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Popps Packing is excited to present the new works by spring artist in residence, Karin Karinson (Götaland, Sweden) for a one-night exhibition of a new body of work created during her two month residency at Popps Packing. 

Karin is a sculpture artist, working primarily in clay and incorporating all stages, shapes and forms of the material into her work. Resting in the rivers of glossy glaze, she blends ready-made, found, porcelain objects with self-created sculptures;  shards of people’s desires and fantasies, things forgotten, and left behind protrude through a dreamy manifestation of the fragmented natural world.
Learn more here and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210324182463367/?active_tab=about

Traveling to Turiya: The Future Mapping Project by Ingrid LaFleur

Opening Reception:

Saturday  May 5,  2015 


Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Guided Meditations on Sunday May 6, 13 and 20 at 2PM 

Traveling to Turiya: The Future Mapping Project outlines how to attain turiya, pure consciousness, in Hindu philosophy and investigates the theory that de-colonial futures can be created only when all trauma is cleansed from the body.

For this installation, Lafluer created a series of sculptures that utilize over twenty varieties of crystals such as pyrite, black tourmaline, amethyst, and bismuth, which she believes can heal traumas and help us transcend into the cosmos. The sculptural installation is accompanied by a sound essay that brings together the wisdom of Audre Lorde, Eartha Kitt, Octavia Butler, Sun Ra, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison.

Transcending the human experience is the only safe place where futures can be imagined freely without limitation. LaFleur believes the map for the future can be found within the transcendent music meditations created by jazz musician and Hindu practitioner, Alice Coltrane. Inspired by the composition Galaxy in Turiya, LaFleur finds a kinship with Detroit born Coltrane and regards her as a Patron Saint of their hometown. 

Traveling to Turiya: The Future Mapping Project

May 5- May 26, 2018

Popps Emporium

2025 Carpenter, Detroit 

Ingrid LaFleur is a cultural producer, arts advocate, pleasure activist, founder of AFROTOPIA, and former candidate for mayor of Detroit. LaFleur has developed and organized art exhibitions both nationally and internationally with a curatorial focus on
Afrofuturism. In 2013, LaFleur founded AFROTOPIA, an evolving creative research project that investigates the possibilities of using the arts movement Afrofuturism as psychosocial healing. 

Within her artistic practice, using sculpture, sound, site-specific installation and performance, LaFleur further unpacks ideas around trauma, which have arisen as a result of audience engagement through AFROTOPIA. She has exhibited in BOOM City Detroit curated by Dashboard Co-op (2015); the Something Else Off Biennial, Cairo, Egypt curated by Simon Njami (2015); Future Africa-Visions in Time at the Iwalewahaus at University of Bayreuth, Germany (2015-ongoing); Traveling to Turiya: The Future Mapping Project at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College; Take Root Among the Stars at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

LaFleur has presented at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA),
TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany), Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference (Dortmund, Germany), and Black in Design at Harvard University, among others.

LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.

The Lounge of Saturn- A winter salon exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9, 7-10PM

Popps Packing is pleased to present our winter salon show, The Lounge of Saturn.  Saturn  is known as the mythological  god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal and liberation as well as the god of time. During the month of December the Romans celebrated Saturn during the Saturnalia Festival, a time of feasting, role reversals, free speech, gift-giving and revelry. The Lounge of Saturn is our way to pay homage to the season, to the god of renewal, to honor the cycles of life and death and all that lies in between.  The Lounge  of Saturn will be an actual lounge space that folks can hang out in and relax while also viewing, sitting on and interacting with the art on display. The exhibition will feature both functional works and non functional works, video, installation, fine art, outsider art, printed matter, found objects, ceramics, sculpture and more.

Some of the featured artists include: Jessica Frelinghuysen, Ryan Standfest, Millee Tibbs, Marie Hermann, Scott Hocking, Clint Snider, Chris Schanck, Ryan Haas, James Viste, John Rizzo, James Collins, Peter Dunn, Adrian Hatfield, Anders Ruhwald, Alex Buzzalini, Victoria Shaheen, Teresa Petersen, Virgina Torrence, Henry Crissman, Chris Riddell, Michael McGillis, Noah Mantei, Graem Whyte, Faina Lerman, John Charnota, Alison Wong, Andrea Eckert, Nathan Tonning, Vince Troia, James Collins, Tim Van Laar, Rosie Sharp, Jonathon Rajewski, Kevin McCoy, Andrew Mehall and a few special guest performances.