Detroit Film Theatre

Returning America’s Art to America

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

6:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

On October 20th at 6:30 p.m., the Associates of the American Wing and the Friends of the Detroit Film Theater will jointly host the world premiere of the new documentary film Returning America’s Art to America. Produced by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) , the 24-minute documentary traces efforts by the GSA and other Federal Agencies to recover lost and stolen works of art produced by artists working for the New Deal art projects of the 1930s and 1940s. Once recovered, the GSA arranges for these works to be lent to museums across the nation, so that they can be enjoyed by all.

The GSA decided to hold this event at the DIA because one of the most important works of art featured in the film, John Sloan’s painting Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue (1934), was recently recovered by the GSA which subsequently lent it to the DIA. Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue was prominently displayed at the entrance to the DIA’s recent exhibition of WPA prints, and is now on view in Prentis Court.
The new film will be introduced by GSA Inspector General Brian Miller. A cocktail reception in Prentis Court will follow the conclusion of the film, when all may enjoy both good conversation and Sloan’s Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue.
The film screening is free of charge and open to the public.

The reception is also open to the public but reserved tickets ($15) are required. Contact Timothy Burns at (313) 833-4025 or