From scrap metal sculpture gardens to world-class museums, Detroit has a strong creative energy and an extensive artistic history. A mix of old-time pioneers who never gave up on the city, and fresh artistic blood streaming in to take advantage of the new opportunities and reasonable living costs, makes the art scene bustle like never before.
The healing power of art
Much of the art of Detroit is defined by the philosophy of making the most out of what you have. A lot of Detroit’s people didn’t have much during the decline of the city during the last decades. The struggles didn’t kill the artistic spirit, on the contrary, for some people it reinforced it. You will see signs of this a lot throughout the city, from huge outdoor installations built up by urban debris, that stands out like jewels in scarred neighborhoods and create safe spaces, to majestic street art that shows people’s strong pride for Detroit.
And then there’s the big world-renowned museum the Detroit Institute of Art, which holds one of the largest and most important art collections in the US, with more than 65,000 artworks displayed in 100 galleries. Another big one is MOCAD – Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit, which features contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts.
Read more about art in Detroit
Do you want to read more about the blossoming art scene of Detroit? To check out my in-depth article for the Norwegian art magazine KUNST, click the link below! Bear in mind that the article is originally written in Norwegian, and that you need a subscription to read the full article.