Rivera, Kahlo exhibit mirrors spirit of DIA, Detroit – DIA Art collection is among the top six!

Rivera, Kahlo exhibit mirrors spirit of DIA, Detroit

Michael Hodges and Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News3:24 p.m. EDT March 17, 2015

DIA Art collection is among the top six!

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“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” opening Sunday, is the most significant exhibition the Detroit Institute of Arts has mounted in decades.

It’s a show that plays to the unique strengths of the museum, with Rivera’s iconic “Detroit Industry” murals, and it comes at a propitious moment when the nation has its eyes on Detroit, curious to see what the city and museum make of themselves in the post-bankruptcy era. The exhibit also will remind the world, some argue, that Detroit is a tough, creative town where art — made in Detroit, and about Detroit — has been as much a part of local history as automobiles.

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Detroit Institute of the Arts – Detroit, Mich.

Tucked away in a city known for its automobiles is a somewhat hidden gem of an art museum. The museum is comprised of 100 galleries, a lecture hall, an auditorium, a conversation lab, and a reference library. It is also a nearly comprehensive collection of art from all over the world and from every era. Known as the “temple of art” this museum will leave you stunned with its breadth and quality of works.

Three to see:

Detroit Industry by Diego Rivera

You are in the city, so if you don’t city one of Mexico’s greatest artists pay tribute to the city’s labor and manufacturing roots with a sprawling, 27-panel fresco, well then shame on you. Rivera considers it the work he is most proud of and it is not hard to see why, the detail and action on every wall will leave you fascinated.

The Nail Figure

In case you haven’t noticed, we love creepy art. This sculpture is well crafted and features a belly of nails, blades, and cowrie shells amongst other things. It is a part of the museum’s African Art sublime collection and it still stands out in a group for its craftsmanship and unique style.

Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010

There is no doubt the city of Detroit has fallen on hard times with the economic downturn. But I guess if there is a positive to come out of that, it’s that this exhibit, which celebrates the diverse culture, people, and landscapes of the city is filled with raw emotion and tremendous photography. Hurry, because it will only be available for another month or so.

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Which Art collection is among the top six in the United States? Come see…

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The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, a scholar and art historian from Berlin, who was director from 1924 to 1945 . His extensive contacts in Europe, along with support from generous patrons, enabled him to acquire many important works that established the framework of today’s collections. Among the notable acquisitions during his tenure are Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum’s collection of African American art.

The museum’s director was Graham W. J. Beal, who arrived in 1999 from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. During his tenure Beal has established the General Motors Center for African American Art (2000), instituted a reorganization of the development and curatorial departments, and oversaw a six-year building renovation and gallery re-installation project.

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The future of Detroit is now! The New “Big Three” leads Detroit’s revitalization

The Return of Excellence in Detroit – The New “Big Three” leads Detroit’s revitalization

Mayor Mike Duggan leads the way to Detroit’s Return of Excellence but in a new way, a way other than the Automotive industry. Mayor Mike Duggan is doing it with Technology, Creativity, the help of some of Detroit’s Giant’s, and a very different way of thinking.

The Future of Detroit is NOW…

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Ilitch Family

Olympia Development of Michigan

Ilitches bet big on land near MotorCity Casino Hotel

Since the late 1980s, the Ilitches have invested more than $1 billion downtown

“The Ilitch activity certainly has sparked lots of interest,” “There’s a lot of potential for retail, housing and they have already demolished one building they purchased,”

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Dan Gilbert

Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC 

Dan Gilbert, Home Depot to rehab 65 Detroit homes

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Detroit initiatives

Quicken Loans moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its team members to downtown Detroit in August 2010, where Gilbert and the company are helping lead a revitalization of Detroit’s urban core. Today, Gilbert-owned businesses employ 11,500 people in the city.

In 2011, Gilbert’s Rock Ventures group purchased several buildings in downtown Detroit, including the historic Madison Theatre Building, Chase Tower and Two Detroit Center (parking garage),  Dime Building (renamed Chrysler House), First National Building and three smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue. In 2012, Rock Ventures (the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance and integration of Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate) purchased the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch BuildingWoodward Avenue, 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), and five smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue and Broadway Street, totaling 630,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Detroit. In 2013, Rock Ventures purchased the 1001 Woodward office tower, several smaller buildings in the downtown area and announced, along with The Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Economic Growth Group, a placemaking plan for revitalizing Detroit’s urban core.

Rock Ventures’ downtown Detroit real estate investments include more than 60 properties (buildings and/or store fronts) totaling 9 million square feet. Four million square feet is commercial space; another 3.6 million square feet is parking (10,096 parking spaces).

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