Detroit Film Theatre


FREEP FILM FESTIVAL: “DETROIT ART CITY: THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS STORY”

Friday, March 21, 2014

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/2013 – Directed by Genevieve Savage)

The Detroit Institute of Arts is often ranked as one of the country's premiere encyclopedic collections of art. "Detroit Art City" examines the history of the museum and the recent challenges it has faced in the wake of funding cuts, other financial challenges and more. Archival footage and photos chronicle the museum's history, from its founding in 1885 to the opening of its current home on Woodward in Detroit's Cultural Center in 1927. Narrated by the recently deceased Detroit radio personality Angelo B. Henderson, the movie spends much of its time on the 2012 millage tax increase that now grants free admission to Detroit and suburban residents and its ongoing challenges in the face of the city's financial problems – ending just as the museum become embroiled in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy. Accessibility remains key to the museum's success, with DIA curators, administrators, patrons, teachers and even security guards talking about ways to make the museum friendlier to patrons of all ages and races. (60 minutes)

After the film: A panel discussion moderated by Free Press arts writer Mark Stryker will include the film’s director, Genevieve Savage, and others.