Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I couldn't have said it better myself. And I didn't.

Rather quickly I want to bring to your attention something wonderful written about Detroit.  It appeared in the New York Times last Thursday and seems to have escaped proper attention, despite the fact it's about the greatest thing anyone has said about Detroit in recent memory.

In a glowing review of the Detroit Institute of Arts' new exhibit "Through African Eyes: the European in African Art, 1500 to Present," Holland Cotter writes about the exciting new approach to looking at art this show represents, ending with:

"Enough to say that if you get a thrill from seeing things you’ve never seen and thinking thoughts you’ve never thought, Detroit is a good place to be these days."

This same day Facebook was abuzz with the fact that Campus Martius was named the top urban park, and everyone is all worked up about whether Dateline's Detroit story was good or bad, but I felt like this line about a relatively small show captured much more precisely one of the greatest things about Detroit today. At least for me.


Claire said...

Well said, SG.

Miss Cindy Elmwood said...

Agreed, SG! The DIA show looks great.

And Detroit as a decaying city was an interesting story 20-30 years ago, but it's a bit beaten to death by now.

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