Beverly Fishman's Pill Spill, a glass installation at the Detroit Art Institute, makes the comparison between art and medicine explicit. But what does it mean to stage a "pharmacy" in a museum? It's a more difficult question than meets the eye.
Museums collect and show triumphs of individual expression. The DIA (more than most museums) also makes art accessible. Through its interactive displays, gallery structures, and exhibits, the DIA puts works of art in context.
On August 7, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have the rare privilege of voting on the importance of preserving a cultural treasure -- the Detroit Institute of Arts. I will be voting yes and urge you to do the same.
I can remember going to the Detroit Institute of Arts for the first time on a school trip. Art plays an important role in free society. Art is seeing what isn't there, and art education provides creative thinking skills.
At a time when nearly every cultural organization in Detroit is grappling with the sustainability question, the wealthy and white headline is like tossing a gas can into a bonfire. Like every stereotype, it contains a seed of truth.