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Kate Abbey-Lambertz

How A Famous Muralist Turned Sketches Into A Masterpiece | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts

A walk through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ first major exhibition since the city emerged from bankruptcy in December doesn't just offer a closer ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

How Frida Kahlo's Miscarriage Put Her On The Path To Becoming An Iconic Artist | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Arts

Before Frida Kahlo reached her 25th birthday, the Mexican artist had contracted polio, survived a horrific bus accident and endured a traumatic miscar...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

These Photos Show Why Hope Is Alive In Detroit | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts

Farmers and dancers; avid cyclists and socially conscious 7-year-olds: these probably aren't who -- or what -- comes to mind when outsiders think of D...

Of Shoes, Awards, Patrons, and Fracture Fairies

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 12.08.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As I go through my recuperation, I find myself collecting the stories of friends who have been beset by the evil fracture fairy. Apparently this is a not uncommon rite of passage for those of us of a certain age.

Did They Get Your Bike?

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.19.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The first question I received when telling a non-Detroiter about my fall was, "Did they get your bike?" They? Uh oh. Urban code word strikes again. What dire scenario did this person have in mind?

Caravaggio Could Be the Key to a New Detroit

Michael G. Bennett | Posted 08.31.2014 | Arts
Michael G. Bennett

As Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings continue to unfold, once again some creditors and commentators are arguing that the city should sell off the DIA's art collection to pay off the city's creditors, among whom are thousands of retired city workers.

If You Thought Detroit's Art Was Finally Safe, You Were Very Wrong

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts

Detroit doesn't have much these days, but it does have its masterpieces. Now, one of the city's biggest creditors says the city needs to sell its a...

This 1970s Museum Ad Is Cheesy Perfection

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.27.2013 | Arts

Bad lip-syncing, cheesy poses and costumes, clumsily choreographed dancing and a silly jingle: this 1976 video for the Detroit Institute of Arts has a...

The Last of the Midwest (for Now)

Daniel Asia | Posted 02.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

After my stay in the Chicago, I traveled through a large swath of the Midwest, starting with Lafayette, home of Purdue University, a place as flat as ...

'Rescuing' the Detroit Institute of Arts (with Commentary by Michael Hall)

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.15.2014 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

The latest maneuver in the ongoing City of Detroit bankruptcy is the plan put forth by Court-appointed mediator Judge Gerald Rosen under which donors would put up $500 million to "rescue" the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit Student Voices: The InsideOut Wow Factor

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.11.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Looking back over eighteen years of the growth and development of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO), I realize that this hope has been with us all along.

Here's How Much Detroit's Art Is Actually Worth

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts

The works in the Detroit Institute of Arts collection owned by the city have a value between $450 and $870 million, according to a preliminary valuati...

Fate Of Art Uncertain In Bankrupt Detroit

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts

Detroit's unprecedented bankruptcy is bound to have long-lasting implications for residents, creditors and other cities. But after Detroit was found e...

Detroit Children Tell Us "Where Poetry Lives" -- on PBS NewsHour

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

In the eyes of some, such as CBS's 60 Minutes, we are led to believe Detroit is akin to "Mogadishu.'' But I am proud that our work, and that of so many other committed Detroiters, paints a truer picture.

Detroit Is in Debt, But Is it Eligible for Bankruptcy?

Paul Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Paul Alexander

Can a municipality claim bankruptcy when its assets potentially surpass its debts? That's the question facing a federal judge, who will determine in the coming weeks if Detroit is eligible to file bankruptcy, despite having billions of dollars worth of assets.

LOOK: This Museum Turned Visitors Into The Artists

Posted 09.26.2013 | Arts

The exhibits of major museums have always been open to the public, but it's rare those works are actually created by ordinary residents. In March 2...

This Summer, We Vacationed in Detroit

Cheryl Moch | Posted 11.24.2013 | Detroit
Cheryl Moch

Now please, dear Detroit, let me say at the outset that I totally fell in love with you. I wish only good things for you. My love is pure, but like a mother's love, it comes with some critical feedback.

iO and the DIA: The Debt and the Gift of Art

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.17.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Through working closely with writers and seeing their work in publications, it is my hope that our young people come away with a sense of their readers, a sense that there is someone there for them, like we are for Keats, on the other side of the page.

On Defending the DIA: A Reply to Roberta Smith

John Patrick Leary | Posted 11.12.2013 | Detroit
John Patrick Leary

Will the Detroit Institute of Arts' art collection really be privatized to pay the city's debts, or is the whole thing just a political gambit?

How Best To Spend The Detroit Institute of Arts' 15 Minutes of Fame

Michael G. Bennett | Posted 10.23.2013 | Detroit
Michael G. Bennett

What could be more fitting than to use the DIA's collection to save the collection, to help save Detroit and to put politicians on notice that art matters?

Christie's Appraisal Will Determine Fate Of Detroit Art

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Detroit is sorting through the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection to see what it co...

Detroit's Art Is Being Appraised... Is Auction Next?

Posted 08.05.2013 | Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts collection will be appraised by New York auction house Christie's, according to a report from the Detroit News. The p...

10 Reasons You Should Care About The Endangered Detroit Art Museum

Posted 07.25.2013 | Arts

Art admirers from New York to Los Angeles are likely feeling the reverberations of last week's Detroit bankruptcy news. In the wake of the announcemen...

Mallika Rao

How To Save Detroit's Finest Museum | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.26.2013 | Arts

When the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy last week, the iconic Detroit Institute of Arts was among the civic institutions whose fate came into jeo...

Out with the Old, In with the News

Edward Goldman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The rumors about Jeffrey Deitch's inevitable exodus from his position as director of MOCA have been circulating for months. But in the last couple of ...