Detroit Institute of Arts

May 21, 2014

Spiral staircase in the Detroit Institure of Art.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

While in Detroit, we had the opportunity to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, which “…is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation.” (DIA)  Please do click the link to read and get a glimpse of the varied collections housed there.  The DIA is in a central role due to the many legal, social, economic, and political issues concerning Detroit’s bankruptcy, as reported here and here.   For those interested in Sociology, these articles provide discussions of culture as well as applications of Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism, and Conflict Theory.

Speaking of Symbolic Interactionism and Functionalism, this particular staircase can serve as a metaphor for the city:  Detroit has been in a downward spiral for quite some time now and, depending on the outcome, this individual staircase may serve as a few steps up and out of the abyss. The issue of selling art to mitigate the economic situation of Detroit and the implications of how the city resolves this particular problem are quite serious as it speaks directly to the role that culture, especially art, plays in modern society, as the New York Times article points out.  Therefore for some, the sale of these collections may very well represent a further descent into the abyss.

Setting aside the seriousness of that dilemma, is this anecdote.  We were surrounded by these beautiful, exemplary works and I saw this staircase. As I ran (well, hurried.  Maybe ran.) to photograph it, over my shoulder I heard my colleague exclaim “All this art and it is the staircase that excited you!”

Thank you Toni, for I am indebted to you as this is another place I would not have seen without you.

Go to the DIA to see the art and support the city.  The staircase is not bad either.

Take care.

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