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.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) have made an unusual announcement. Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins will be purchasing 25% of the curator Nii Quarcoopome’s time from the DIA.
DETROIT — The rumors are true: Detroit’s contemporary art scene thrives. The rumors are also true: [insert standard boilerplate about Detroit’s struggles]. For my first article for Hyperallergic, I provide a brief guide to Detroit’s contemporary art scene.
… P.S.1’s Brooklyn is Burning event gets out of control last weekend … #class gets invited to Pulse … a HUGE statue of Amenhotep III is discovered in Luxor, Egypt … Milan Fashion Week includes protestors peeved at Anna Wintour’s quick ditch.