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.
David Edward Parker, artist
In 1971 Sam Wagstaff invited Michael Heizer to create an earthwork on the North lawn of the DIA. Heizer dragged a 35 ton piece of granite across the lawn via bulldozer. What was left was described as a twisted mass of earth, stone, and steel. From there the story is well know – lawn destroyed, conservative trustees shit pants, work removed, grass repaired, Wagstaff delivers one of the best quotes of all time: “It was a triumph for manicured grass over fine art!”