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Philanthropic Organizations Pledge $330 M. Toward Detroit Pensions and Protecting DIA Artwork

The Detroit Institute of Arts.

U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen announced today that several foundations have pledged a total of $330 million to help Detroit’s unpaid pensions and to further prevent the de-accessioning of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Detroit Free Press cautions that “the pledges do not by themselves mean that pensions and DIA art are now beyond the reach of creditors,” but will work toward “an overall balanced settlement of disputes in the bankruptcy.” The organizations themselves released a statement this afternoon, which you can read in full below.

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D.I.A. Director Responds to Media Maelstrom

Graham W. J. Beal. (Courtesy Youtube)

In a letter to The New York Times, Graham W.J. Beal, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, has a swift and rational response to the media’s quite sensational take on the possibility of the museum selling its collection to help pay off Detroit’s multibillion-dollar debt. It’s worth reading in full, but here’s the kicker:

“After two months of hectic coverage, I call upon journalists to resist the temptation to jump to disaster scenarios or to make the D.I.A.’s singular and highly complicated situation part of a broader story about the structural challenges faced by museums in general.”

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Hyperallergic Thinks Peter Schjeldahl Should Be Fired

Detroit Institute of Art. (Courtesy Michigan.org)

There’s been a lot of ink spilled in the last few weeks over Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, discussing the hypothetical sale of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay off the city’s estimated $18 billion debt. The discussion has become slightly more heated since Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy one Read More

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Michigan House, Governor Are in No Rush to Protect DIA Collection

John Singleton Copley's 'Watson and the Shark,' 1782. (Courtesy DIA)

Even if the Michigan State Senate passes a bill that aims to shield the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection from being sold off in the event of a bankruptcy hearing, the state’s House of Representatives is unlikely to take up the issue until the fall. The House’s spokesperson tells the Detroit Free Press that the body has no plans to vote on the issue until after its two-month recess, which begins later this month. Read More