Welcome to A Day for Detroit. All day long, Art F City and 21 other art blogs will be posting images from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ invaluable art collection. There are fantastic works to be found in their holdings, which, unfortunately, face the threat of being sold off to cover the city of Detroit’s debts. This would be an irreparable loss for those who’ve lived and worked in close proximity to DIA—so we thought we’d focus on them, too.
For Art F City’s contribution to A Day for Detroit, we asked a robust swath of art worlders who have lived or are currently living in Detroit about their favorite works in the DIA’s collection. Their images and commentary will appear on the blog throughout the day.
If you like these images and want to support DIA, share them with your friends. If you live in Michigan, make sure your elected officials know that, in the words of Tyler Green, “you don’t support a fire sale of the city’s future.” You can also become a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Robin Dluzen, artist and critic
Of the extraordinary holdings of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the General Motors Center for African American Art collection accounts for some of the best works on display at any given time. Hughie Lee-Smith’s The Piper (1953) is not only a contemplative, emotional contribution to American art history, but also a cornerstone of a collection with a black perspective—a perspective shared by many of those who voted to have their tax dollars keep this museum open.