"Artists Take on Detroit: Projects
for the Tricentennial," the Detroit
Institute of Arts continues its celebration
of the citys three-hundredth anniversary.
For this project, the museum invited a number
of artists to create installations that
"take on" a challenging subject:
the large and diverse city of Detroit. The
artists selected use a wide variety of media
including sculpture, painting, dance, and
video, to explore aspects of the citys
geography and history, its natural grandeur,
and its industrial achievement.
the nature of these projects, rather than
the traditional publication, we have opted
to produce a Web-based catalogue, the
flexibility of which matches the open-ended
nature of the works on view and allows
us to convey more than the visual aspects
of selected works.
thanks go to the curators of the exhibition
and authors of the catalogue, MaryAnn
Wilkinson and Rebecca Hart.
particularly, I would like to express
my appreciation to the artists, who have
contributed their "takes" on
Detroit and, in doing so, heightened our
perception of the city we live in.
W. J. Beal
Director, The Detroit Institute of Arts