Motor City Hosts The “DIRTY SHOW”

Dirty Show


by Frank Forte

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Detroit will be host to the 16th annual “Dirty Show”, an exhibit of erotic art and performance from artists all over the world working in an array of mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital art, and photography.

Judging from the art samples on the website, this exhibit is sure to excite you more than the little blue pill. So when you leave that 50 Shades of Grey showing feeling a little limp, strut on down to the Dirty Show to light that fire down below.

The performance by John waters is not to be missed, but as of this writing it’s completely Sold Out as is the Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day extravaganza – so buy your tickets soon as the show dates are limited!

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FEBRUARY 12, 13, 14, 15, & 20, 21, 2015

The Dirty Show has proven to be a world-class contemporary art event and as it prepares for it’s 16th year with the inclusion of the taboo-breaking and perversely brilliant Writer/Filmmaker and Artist, John Waters as this years Special Guest Artist whose provocative takes on film, Broadway and social commentary perfectly mirrors the Dirty Show aesthetic.

John Waters will appear in a special engagement, live on stage featuring his one-man show “This Filthy World- Filthier and Dirtier” on Preview Thursday, February 12th. John will also have art in the show.

Last years Dirty Show was the first public event in the 36,000 square foot Russell Industrial Exhibition Center. The space is two stories high with catwalks spanning the length of the room, it is the 6th venue to house the exhibition.

This year’s curator for Dirty Show 16 “Feature Exhibit” is Genevive Zacconi, who has put together a show of world renowned artists, including Ron English, Colin Christian, John John Jesse, Glenn Barr, H.R. Giger, Michael Hussar, Clive Barker, and many more from around the globe.

The Dirty Show has become more than a yearly Erotic Art event, it’s now a major Detroit cultural event as well as a rite of passage for more than a generation.

21 & Over with Valid Photo ID. (Except where noted)
No Cameras or Video Cameras Allowed.
Carefully select the date you want to attend, tickets are only valid for the day they are purchased for.

ARTISTS: Shawn Barber, Clive Barker, Glenn Barr, Matthew Bone Scott G. Brooks, Matt Buck, Saturno Butto, Colin Christian, Robert Craig, Steve Diet Goedde, Dan Dos Santos, Ron English, H.R. Giger, Michael Hussar, John John Jesse, Aunia Kahn, Jason Levesque, Alexandra Manukyan, Aaron Nagel, Billy Norrby, Gail Potocki, Steve Prue, David Stoupakis, Terri Thomas, Brian Viveros, Tony Ward & Pamela Wilson.

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Frank Forte Bio

Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.


In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).

Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.

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