I Wish You Were Here is a postcard project were a selected group of artists from Detroit produce observation drawings in pencil from black and white photographic images taken in Mutare. In response artists based in Mutare produce drawings of the same nature from images shot in Detroit. This project was made in collaboration with Elizabeth Muusha, Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare (NGZ Mutare). The image above was taken showing the stack of postcards at the entrance of NGZ Mutare (LEFT) and on the right at ZCCD.
I Wish You Were Here – a postcard project
“Hitsville U.S.A.” is the nickname given to Motown‘s first headquarters. A former photographers’ studio located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan approaching the New Center area, it was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959.
It was converted into both the record label’s administrative building and recording studio, which was open 22 hours a day (closing from 8 to 10 AM for maintenance). Following mainstream success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles and established the Hitsville West studio there, as a part of his main focus on not only music production, but also television and film production.
The leadership of the Kowalski Sausage Company passed from generation to generation with Steve Kowalski, son of the founder, leading the company beginning in the 1950’s and his son Ronald taking over in the 1970’s, establishing Kowalski as one of Michigan’s finest meat processing enterprises. Today, Michael Kowalski and Linda Kowalski Jacob together continue to manage and uphold the traditions of Kowalski Kowality.