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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Raymond Duchamp-Villon’s Le Cheval Majeur (The Grand Horse) to be installed in College for Creative Studies’ Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden


March 13, 2007 (Detroit)—A. Alfred Taubman, a long-time supporter of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and president of the City of Detroit Arts Commission, recently donated a landmark sculpture to the museum. Le Cheval Majeur (The Grand Horse) by Raymond Duchamp-Villon, will join nine other DIA works in the Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) located just east of the DIA on John R street and Kirby. The sculpture garden is a joint project of the DIA and CCS, and was dedicated in 2005.


“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this generous gift from Mr. Taubman,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Throughout the years, Alfred has been one of our most dedicated supporters. He, along with Richard Manoogian and the late Josephine F. Ford, contributed lead gifts for both our “New Day at Your DIA” capital campaign, and our current “Great Art, New Start” campaign. Alfred has once again demonstrated his deep commitment to the museum and the community by giving us this exceptional sculpture.”


Taubman, who has also been an integral part of the DIA’s current renovation project, says he is happy to contribute such an important work of art to the museum. “My longstanding support of the museum stems from my love of art, my love of the DIA and my continued interest in the metropolitan Detroit community,” said Taubman. “The Grand Horse is a truly magnificent work of art, and an important addition to the museum’s already outstanding collection.”


The Grand Horse (1914) is Duchamp-Villon’s most important achievement as an artist and is a landmark of cubist sculpture. He adapted the principles of cubist painting, such as multiple viewpoints and fragmented forms, to transform the natural characteristics of a horse into the elements of a machine to show the beauty, power and speed inherent in both.


Another sculpture, Two Lines Oblique Down, Variation III (1971), by George Rickey, will be installed in the CCS sculpture garden at the same time. The stainless steel sculpture was a gift to the DIA in memory of Josephine F. Ford by her children. Both sculptures are scheduled for installation March 15, beginning at 9 a.m., weather and ground conditions permitting.


“We are so proud of the Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden and the inspiration that it provides for our students and the public,” said Richard L. Rogers, president, College for Creative Studies. “The CCS community, as well as the entire region, are lucky to have such dedicated cultural community members as Mr. Taubman and the Josephine F. Ford family, individuals who are providing world class art for the entire community to enjoy.”


The Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden was inaugurated in September 2005 and was made possible by a $2 million gift from the late Josephine F. Ford. In addition to the DIA sculptures, the two-acre garden features an elliptical walk that connects to five of the college’s buildings, a series of benches along the walk, and a variety of maple and pear trees, rose and juniper shrubs and other permanent plantings.


Photo Opportunity: Installation of The Grand Horse will begin at approximately 2 p.m.; Installation of Two Lines Oblique Down, Variation III is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Please contact Brendy Barr at 248-651-4858 for more specific information.




The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.


The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in November. While we’re working to give great art a new start, the museum remains open through May 27 with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages.


Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.


Contact:          Pamela Marcil      313-833-7899

                        Brendy Barr         248-651-4858