All day long, Art F City and 21 other art blogs have been posting images from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ invaluable art collection, as part of an online event called “A Day for Detroit”. 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.
We’ll continue to share images and tweets into the evening, but as we look to wrap up our coverage on the blog, we turn to artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Wayne State University, Cristobal Mendoza. Mendoza offered not an art work, but a few final and important thoughts on the museum:
The fact that last year the people of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties voted to tax themselves to fund the DIA’s operations is proof of how valuable the museum is to the citizenry. And thanks to that tax we now have free access to the museum, which radically changes the experience. I had the luxury of seeing Sherin Neshat’s wonderful retrospective while taking my time in three different visits.
Once again, if you want to support DIA, share these thoughts and images 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.