A Brief History
of the Wurlitzer
- Current Protocol
BILL RAUHAUSER, born in Detroit in 1918, is considered the Dean of Detroit photographers. Beginning in the 1940s, Bill captured the quotidian occurrences of life in the city and his oeuvre has come to define the public’s conception of Detroit during its golden age and the years that followed.
Bill sought truth in reality through his camera, and eschewed staging or manipulation in order to preserve the credibility of Street Photography.
SANDERS LUNCH COUNTER, 1955
As Bill himself observed, “over the years I’ve just walked around Detroit keeping an eye open waiting for something to happen, something significant,” he said, “and I love every minute of it.” Bill’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Detroit Institute of Art and in five monographs published between 2003 and 2014.
The Siren Hotel, in collaboration with Hill Gallery of Birmingham, Michigan, is pleased to host a collection of Bill’s most compelling images, one for each guest chamber in the hotel. A limited edition of each image is available for purchase in the hotel shop. Bill’s legacy as a keen and empathetic observer of 20th century Detroit lives on at the Siren.
Limited edition Bill Rauhauser catalogue available for purchase at The Siren Hotel.
STOREFRONT, NUN, AND WOMAN, 1960
QUENTIN JONES ON THE WALLS
OF DETROIT & HER
COLLABORATION WITH THE SIREN
MEET QUENTIN JONES, the eponymous talent from across the pond. Her considerable repertoire includes roles as a director, illustrator, painter and photographer. Quentin’s artistic pursuit has been a life-long affair, and Miss Jones has made a reputation for herself as an image maker that bends the contemporary to the surreal with aplomb. In person, her presence is both electric and ethereal.
Her mystery is that of The Siren. Over the past year, we have had the honor of working with Quentin on her first large-scale public installation in the United States, which will adorn the south façade of our dear Wurlitzer Building. Below is a snippet of what’s to come; linger a little longer and you just might find yourself entranced by the first of our many Sirens…
QUENTIN JONES IN HER STUDIO
MIXED MEDIA ARTWORK BY QUENTIN JONES FOR THE SIREN HOTEL