More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to protest the possible sell-off of the museum’s collection to help settle the city’s debt during bankruptcy proceedings.
The Motor City filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in July 2013, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and as part of the city’s asset audit, saw Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hire Christie’s auction house in August, at a reported fee to the taxpayer of $200,00, to asses the collection in preparation for a possible sell-off.
In a recent Detroit News editorial published on September 29, columnist Nolan Finly informed Metro Detroiters, “Face it, DIA artwork will be ‘monetized'” and that his sources who are ‘at the top’ of the decision-making in the bankruptcy process tell him, “…without question, that at least part of the collection will have to be — their word — “monetized” before the bankruptcy is resolved.”
Efe Bes, Detroit resident since 1958, plays the drums outside the Detroit Institute of Arts during the rally.
Some citizens are speaking out against the notion of their museum’s collection being sold-off to the highest bidder and are taking to the streets to let the Emergency Manager and his team know about it.
Taylor (no last name given), Detroit resident, marches outside the DIA. In August, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hired Christies auction house at a reported fee of $200,00, to asses the collection in preparation for a sell-off.
More than 200 protesters march in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts to protest the possible sell-off of the museum’s collection to help settle the city’s debt during bankruptcy proceedings.
Michael Hogan, Detroit resident watches from across Woodward Avenue as protesters march outside the Detroit Institute of Arts. Hogan tells me, ” It’s the people’s art and shouldn’t be used to pay for the mismanagement of the city’s finances.”
Jarod Bardon, Troy resident, looks out over the protest outside the Detroit Institute of Arts from atop the museum’s step-waterfall at the entrance on Woodward Avenue.