OK, so finally there is potential for a museum of contemporary art in Detroit!! Last night the talks began at the proposed new space at 4454 Woodward. The advisory board includes: Lillian Bauder, Marsha Miro, Keith Pomeroy, Linda Powers, Sharon Rothwell, Julie Reyes Taubman.
Immediately after entering the space Mitch Cope and other artists painted the concrete walls white while classical music played and a path of flowers lead you into the "proposal room". In that room a brief discussion took place on some details of the project to come. They are looking for supporters to help run and fund the huge undertaking. The project is estimated to cost anywhere from around $500,000 to over 1 million to get started. The panel seemed interested in pleasing everyone so nothing specific was said. I get that the idea is that they want to find funding first before they specify how it will be run. They talked about having local artists involved along with finding other out of state more established artists exhibiting. The site could hold anything from installations, music events...dance, and even bringing in local high schools to be involved. The also strayed away from developing a permanent collection. I understand they don't want to step on anyone's toes but I think that we need to have a "serious" museum that gets the respect and crowds it deserves if this whole project comes full circle. Architects drew up scale models with blueprints and scale models for people to view. The event was encouraging and hopefully the word will spread and the DIA will not discourage talks.
Mitch Cope and artists painting walls
Two future rooms to hold art
No this isn't art...well, it could be...just imagine......
Great open space!
The top right picture shows the possible street view
The "talks" began!!
The path to detroit becoming an alive art community!! Come on...everyone....follow along!