Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Art World's Day for Detroit

 Chinese Sculptor
late 13th/early 14th Century
wood with lacquer,gilding,and traces of color
11 3/4" x 88 1/8" x 6 1/2"
Detroit Institute of Arts

I heartily agree with Tyler that the more we can put a spotlight on the Detroit Institute of Arts rich collection, the more concerned art lovers, historians, and the general public will be about the peril that the collection faces. 

Vilhelm Hammershoi
Interior With A Lady
21 5/8" x 20 7/8" oil on canvas 1901
Detroit Institute of Arts
Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times writes, "The premise is simple and elegant: Use the Internet to:
 a) spread the word to a diverse, international art audience about what could be lost if any sale goes forward;
 b) suggest that readers expand the process by posting their own links and images to social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram; 
and c) generate support for the Detroit Institute of Arts by asking readers to click through and buy a museum membership (an individual membership starts at $65)."
Diego Velázquez
A Man
20 1/4" x 15 3/4" oil on canvas 1623/1630
Detroit Institute of Arts
How can we help support the DIA? As Tyler Green suggests: "Share artwork on MAN and at other sites with your friends. If you live in Michigan, tell your elected officials that the future of Detroit is important to you and that you don’t support a fire sale of the city’s future."
The Detroit Institute of Arts  is a vital part of the city of Detroit and a conduit for the greater community, including the more prosperous suburbs, to interact. I love the DIA's   (@DIADetroit ) twitter profile description: 
Detroit Institute of Arts. Home to 1st VanGogh in US Museum, Rivera's Detroit Industry murals, & city's best mac-n-cheese. Let yourself go!

Remember, all day long, roughly every hour, many sites plan to post a new image from the museum's staggering art collection, which is among the half-dozen best in the United States. Please get involved - tweet, post, write and create today for Detroit.
To read more about A Day for Detroit, check out these stories in the Detroit Free Press , the Detroit News , and the Los Angeles Times
Here's a list of sites that have signed on to the project:
Hashtags: #DayDetroit #Detroit

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