Day for Detroit XVI…

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[Mary Cassatt, Alexander J. Cassatt, 1880]

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Day for Detroit XV…

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[John Singleton Copley, George Boone Roupell, 1779]

The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has been in the news A LOT lately. I wrote a blog awhile ago when the country was just getting wind of Detroit’s plight and the fact that Emergency Manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr was in the process of declaring bankruptcy. The biggest concern for the DIA surrounds the fact that the museum (and museums in general) is city-owned and the art housed inside the walls of the museum is in a public trust.

The New York-based Sharon Butler, who writes Two Coats of Paint, echoed those thoughts, saying the liquidation of the collection would be shortsighted: “Artists and arts organizations can help generate Detroit’s economic recovery,” she said. “Every artist who has ever renovated a loft in a depressed urban area only to be priced out of the neighborhood as gentrification takes place knows this, but city managers often do not. We are trying to spread the word.”

More than 15 art-based blogs are focusing on the DIA today in an effort to spotlight the museum as well as what is potentially at risk in this very serious situation. You can read a really great article about the “Day for Detroit” here.

Throughout the day, I will be posting images from the collection at the DIA to show solidarity with the museum as well as other art-blogs that are doing the same.  You can even do one better and join us in becoming a Member of the Detroit Institute of Art. Let’s save the DIA!!!!

Other art blogs joining the cause:

Day for Detroit XIV…

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[Stool, c. 19th-20th Century]

The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has been in the news A LOT lately. I wrote a blog awhile ago when the country was just getting wind of Detroit’s plight and the fact that Emergency Manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr was in the process of declaring bankruptcy. The biggest concern for the DIA surrounds the fact that the museum (and museums in general) is city-owned and the art housed inside the walls of the museum is in a public trust.

The New York-based Sharon Butler, who writes Two Coats of Paint, echoed those thoughts, saying the liquidation of the collection would be shortsighted: “Artists and arts organizations can help generate Detroit’s economic recovery,” she said. “Every artist who has ever renovated a loft in a depressed urban area only to be priced out of the neighborhood as gentrification takes place knows this, but city managers often do not. We are trying to spread the word.”

More than 15 art-based blogs are focusing on the DIA today in an effort to spotlight the museum as well as what is potentially at risk in this very serious situation. You can read a really great article about the “Day for Detroit” here.

Throughout the day, I will be posting images from the collection at the DIA to show solidarity with the museum as well as other art-blogs that are doing the same.  You can even do one better and join us in becoming a Member of the Detroit Institute of Art. Let’s save the DIA!!!!

Other art blogs joining the cause:

Day for Detroit XIII…

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[Pierre Auguste Renoir, The White Pierrot, 1091-1902]

The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has been in the news A LOT lately. I wrote a blog awhile ago when the country was just getting wind of Detroit’s plight and the fact that Emergency Manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr was in the process of declaring bankruptcy. The biggest concern for the DIA surrounds the fact that the museum (and museums in general) is city-owned and the art housed inside the walls of the museum is in a public trust.

The New York-based Sharon Butler, who writes Two Coats of Paint, echoed those thoughts, saying the liquidation of the collection would be shortsighted: “Artists and arts organizations can help generate Detroit’s economic recovery,” she said. “Every artist who has ever renovated a loft in a depressed urban area only to be priced out of the neighborhood as gentrification takes place knows this, but city managers often do not. We are trying to spread the word.”

More than 15 art-based blogs are focusing on the DIA today in an effort to spotlight the museum as well as what is potentially at risk in this very serious situation. You can read a really great article about the “Day for Detroit” here.

Throughout the day, I will be posting images from the collection at the DIA to show solidarity with the museum as well as other art-blogs that are doing the same.  You can even do one better and join us in becoming a Member of the Detroit Institute of Art. Let’s save the DIA!!!!

Other art blogs joining the cause:

Day for Detroit XII…

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[John Singer Sargent, Mosquito Nets, 1908]

The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has been in the news A LOT lately. I wrote a blog awhile ago when the country was just getting wind of Detroit’s plight and the fact that Emergency Manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr was in the process of declaring bankruptcy. The biggest concern for the DIA surrounds the fact that the museum (and museums in general) is city-owned and the art housed inside the walls of the museum is in a public trust.

The New York-based Sharon Butler, who writes Two Coats of Paint, echoed those thoughts, saying the liquidation of the collection would be shortsighted: “Artists and arts organizations can help generate Detroit’s economic recovery,” she said. “Every artist who has ever renovated a loft in a depressed urban area only to be priced out of the neighborhood as gentrification takes place knows this, but city managers often do not. We are trying to spread the word.”

More than 15 art-based blogs are focusing on the DIA today in an effort to spotlight the museum as well as what is potentially at risk in this very serious situation. You can read a really great article about the “Day for Detroit” here.

Throughout the day, I will be posting images from the collection at the DIA to show solidarity with the museum as well as other art-blogs that are doing the same.  You can even do one better and join us in becoming a Member of the Detroit Institute of Art. Let’s save the DIA!!!!

Other art blogs joining the cause: