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Dire Straits for Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

Detroit’s bankruptcy has led to a very interesting conversation about the civic role of arts institutions.  Christie’s auction house is facing criticism after sending two representatives to the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum in June, presumably to appraise art that may or may not eventually be auctioned to help alleviate the city’s $18 billion debt. […]

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Thinking of Boston

In the wake of the tragedy in Boston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston announced on Facebook that admission is free today. “We hope the Museum will be a place of respite for our community.” What a beautiful sentiment: that art offers inspiration during troubled times and that cultural institutions nurture their communities. I wish […]

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Museums and Classrooms

Museums and Classrooms—these have always been my favorite places, and being lucky enough to work in both, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersections between the two.  Both, ideally, are sites where learning occurs, and both have been working to compete with an ever-expanding entertainment sector, as well as new arenas of knowledge (eg: […]

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