As much as I love seeing bustling crowds admiring Old Masters, there’s something magical about having galleries at the Met all to yourself on a Monday morning…
I made it down to NYC one last time before heading out to Chicago to see the re-hangs of the Met’s European paintings galleries. It is a wonderful reinstallation and I’m only sorry that I didn’t have more time to spend exploring. (I did miss the colorful admissions button, though.)
Scheme for the Decoration of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, ca. 1508
With the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy and Christie’s being brought in to appraise the value of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection (at the behest of the city’s creditors, apparently), people are rightfully worried that Kevyn Orr will seriously consider a firesale of the city’s amazing works to raise money to pay off debts. That would be a horrifically short-sighted and devastating move on the part of the emergency manager and others have made eloquent arguments against selling the city’s art (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-07/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare.html), so I won’t attempt to do so (yet).
But to show support for the DIA, art bloggers are engouraging a Day for Detroit – a day dedicated to posting about the masterpieces in the DIA’s collection in order to raise their online profile and encourage people to support the DIA (through social media – #DayDetroit – and by becoming a member of the Museum – http://www.dia.org/support/membership.aspx).
My pick? A stunning study by Michelangelo for his program for the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Hope this show of solidarity across the online art world works.
Read more about the Day for Detroit here:
Tyler Green on ArtInfo – http://blogs.artinfo.com/modernartnotes/2013/08/a-day-for-detroit-i/
Hyperallergic – http://hyperallergic.tumblr.com/post/58238759067/today-hyperallergic-labs-will-be-participating-in
Christopher Knight in the LA Times – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-art-blogs-day-for-detroit-20130814,0,4437757.story
Links to the DIA’s online record of the drawing:
Recto – http://www.dia.org/object-info/7f4c9820-23db-437e-98ae-043e3d0adc99.aspx
Verso – http://www.dia.org/object-info/10c8aeca-2a11-4929-8aac-11f9bf689c2d.aspx?position=1
So two art-historian Cantabs move to Chicago…