The Detroit News has reported that it was Emergency Manager Kevin Orr who brought in Christie’s to appraise the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) collection. Orr, who in turn claimed that he is acting on behalf of creditors, has come under fire in recent weeks for his seemingly cavalier treatment of the DIA collection as the city forges into the grueling bankruptcy process.
When Michigan governor Rick Snyder recently affirmed that Detroit’s $650 million hockey stadium, to be financed with a mix of $450 million in state bonds and private moneys, won’t be derailed by the city’s economic woes, the stark contrast with the fate of the city’s beleaguered art museum could not have been more apparent.
The Colbert Report tackles the bankruptcy of Detroit, and the irony that Detroit could possibly sell off Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” mural, which depicts a socialist worker’s utopia.
Would New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl suggest that Greece sell the Parthenon to pay its crippling national debt?
News has emerged that representatives of Christie’s auction house called the Detroit Institute of Arts last month, asking for an inventory of artworks and “if appraisers could visit to assess the collection,” the New York Times reports.
The battle over the future of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection is still only a theoretical one, but that hasn’t stopped high-profile people throughout the state from taking sides. The latest entrant into the fray is Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who says the art cannot be sold to help cover the costs of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
Earlier this week there was a brief spark of hope that the Michigan Legislature would swiftly pass a bill to try and prevent the sale of the Detroit Institue of Arts’ (DIA) collection. That spark has been put out, at least for now, by both the State House of Representatives and Governor Rick Snyder.
On May 24 the news broke that Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, was considering whether the city could or should sell off the art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to help pay back its debts. The reactions pretty much range from “this is a bad idea” to “this is a terrible idea.”
With Detroit on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, all avenues to rescue the city from insolvency are being put on the table. One of these is the multi-billion dollar art collection held by the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum (DIA), a possibility which could be pushed for in a bankruptcy situation to cover some of the city’s billions in debt.
A week ago, voters in Michigan’s Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties passed a millage to help save the Detroit Institute of Arts from a dire financial situation. And then, I guess to celebrate, they all went to the museum.
The proposed millage to help keep the Detroit Institute of Arts afloat passed all three counties yesterday — woohoo!
This coming Tuesday, August 7, voters in the Metro Detroit area will be deciding not just the outcome of the usual political races, but also the future of the area’s beloved art museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA, which has been struggling financially for years, has proposed a 10-year millage (tax) on homeowners in three counties, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. A recent poll shows that 7 out of 10 voters in the election support the millage, but the fight over it represents an ongoing larger battle in this country about how we fund the arts.