Posts Tagged 'Museums'

Detroit May Be Bankrupt But Its Art Scene Isn’t

Detroit has had a rough go of it over the past 30 years. It went from being America’s third largest city and the heart of American manufacturing to being the poster child of urban decay and municipal bankruptcy. With the city’s recent bankruptcy filing, the spotlight was once again turned on them and the immense problems they face and there has been plenty of political finger pointing to go around. However bad it their situation seems though, they’re also showing signs that they will eventually come back stronger.

Believe it or not, one of the major drivers of economic growth and revenue in the city is the city’s art scene and that has strengthened greatly in recent years. Despite their issues, Detroit hosts about 20 million tourists each year and the main draw for them is their sports teams and their art scene. Detroit has long been home to the Detroit Institute of Arts which is one of the most impressive public art museums in the world with works from legendary artists like van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Caravaggio, Breugel, Rembrandt, and Picasso. In addition to that, the city’s greatly distressed residential and commercial real estate market has made renting or buying property dirt cheap which is another factor that will bring in artists in droves. Detroit should be excited about this development because artists and hipsters are the first seeds of urban renewal. Cities like Ashville, North Carolina, and Bilbao, Spain have experienced an economic renaissance primarily driven by art and culture and Detroit is now trying to follow in their footsteps.

Also there has been a lot of talk about potentially selling off the priceless paintings in Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the city’s bankruptcy and that would be a most unwise idea. Those paintings are the source of a good deal of the tourism that Detroit gets and selling them off would be sacrificing a reliable long-term source of revenue for local businesses for a very short-term fiscal crisis. Such a move doesn’t make economic sense and it would also be met with strong disapproval among the very people who are going to play a big part in rebuilding the city’s economy.

Diego Rivera’s famous Detroit Industry Murals at the DIA.

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Washington DC Museums for your holiday visitors: Where (and why) to take your family and friends

The Washington Post presents the perfect solution to avoid holiday house guest boredom in their artice, Museums for your holiday visitors: Where (and why) to take your family and friends. The holiday season is here and for many of us it is the time of year where we host out-of-town visitors. This can often be a daunting task as not only do you want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable in your home, but you have to serve as their entertainment ambassador. This year if you’re in the Washington DC area, you are certainly in luck. This list provides you with the best museums in town to ensure your visitors will want to come back and visit with you year after year and truly; what could be better than that? Why not take them to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, (Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW) where you can view contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sculpture and 3-D works on view in “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” on display through February 24th. The exhibition also includes roughly 8,000 photographs including 7,677 in rotating view on 12 video monitors.

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Photo courtesy of: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/Cathy Carver

New Yorkers’ New York’s New Yorkers’ New York is a guide to New York City written by a NYC resident who has been living in the city for approximately 40 years. She recommends visitors to “lose the  list of must-see attractions” and instead “get to know the city’s neighborhoods.” Some of the highlighted neighborhoods are Upper East Side famous for its museums, the fine dining in Hell’s Kitchen and  the culture/history of Greenwich Village.

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Google Art Project

Google Art Project allows online access to some of the art treasures and interiors of 17 museums in the United States and Europe. This new Google tool lets users examining paintings around some of the world’s great museums all by your lonesome. reports that there are high-resolution images of more than 1,000 artworks in the Art Project and virtual tours of several hundred galleries and other spaces inside the 17 participating institutions.

For now the following museums are included in the project:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Sprouts a Bamboo Forest has reported on the Met’s new bamboo structure exhibit called Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop, which opened on April 27.  The bamboo structure, measures 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high is costructed out out 5000 interlocking 30- and 40-foot-long fresh-cut bamboo poles. It’s a combination of art, sculpture and architecture, that the artists compare to “the arteries in your body or in the city subway system.” The exhibit will be on display at The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden until October 31, 2010.

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Honoring Veterans in New Orleans

The story of the American experience in the World War II changed with the June 2000 opening of the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Located at 945 Magazine Street in New Orleans, the World War II Museum is the “only museum in the United States that addresses all of the D-Day invasions of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part”.

On Nov. 6, 2009, a $60 million dollar addition to the museum was unveiled to the public. The new building, one of four to be added to the museum by 2015, contains three new attractions: the Solomon Victory Theater, the State Door Canteen and the American Sector Restaurant. The three day festivities entitled, “Experience the Victory,” was dubbed to reference and honor not only the veterans, but the revitalization of the culture and tourism in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

The Greater New Orleans Veterans Council and the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be holding a Veterans Day celebration in downtown New Orleans beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the National WWII Museum, followed by the annual Veterans Day parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Sugar Bowl Drive in front of the Superdome.

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