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Two Royal Oak Dads Team Up to Design Ofrenda 10/13/14

Alex Goecke and Steve Miller collaborated on a piece for Day of the Dead Exhibit at Detroit Institute of the Arts


Royal Oak residents, Alex Goecke and Steve Miller, teamed up to create an ofrenda (offering) for the Detroit Institute of Arts Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) exhibition. Their work, along with 28 others, will be on display from Friday, October 24 – Sunday November 2nd.

Miller and Goecke’s ofrenda will be a tribute to Robin Williams. They plan to showcase a paper mache Robin Williams departing our world in the egg from which he came (on the hit TV show, Mork and Mindy.)

The two artists met at Northwood Elementary School drop-off, where they each have two children attending. Goecke is an art educator by day, often hosting folk artists from Oaxaca, Mexico, thereby inspiring this particular Dia de los Muertos display.

Miller is a stay-at-home dad and painter who draws from his background in advertising/graphic design and his skills as a pseudo-rusty-improvisational drummer to create artwork. This creative-minded duo of dads also likes to collaborate on music projects at night. So, it’s also important to note that they both have loving, supportive wives who try not to hinder their inspiration — unless they need to pick the kids up from school.

Detroit Institute of Arts hours and admission: Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for ages 6-17 and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.