Community Gallery: Salvaging Sound

The Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community. Organizations are featured in order to share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history.

It was officially renamed as a tribute to retiring long-time Executive Director Bob Bury on June 28, 2018 and will be dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.



OPENING ON JANUARY 19, 2019 in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

Salvaging Sound: The Detroit Sound Conservancy and the Struggle to Preserve Detroit's Musical Legacies

From City Hall to international exhibitions, the nonprofit Detroit Sound Conservancy and its partners have consistently raised the alarm that our sound needs salvaging. Whether it's historical sites at risk of demolition, recordings disintegrating in basements, or musicians with incredible stories still yet to be sung, the time to act is now. This exhibition explores the vision and journey of Detroit Sound Conservancy through historical artifacts and storytelling, photographs and ephemera, as well as oral history recordings and music. Key artifacts to be exhibited will include a jukebox, a historic jazz stage, and pieces of a seminal dance club sound system. The exhibit will also include a pop-up media archive space highlighting the need for ongoing preservation of Detroit's musical legacies.