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Tahrir Square: The Art, The People, The Revolution. Tahrir Square may not have been a popular (and infamous) place to visit while in Cairo, but today, it is the place to see and to experience firsthand.
Since January 25th 2011, the square has been the focal point of the Egyptian Revolution that shook the country from top to bottom. Thanks to the revolution (a protest against the former president Hosni Mubarak) and the media, the name Tahrir Square (which means Liberation Square) became known worldwide as well as it became the symbol of democracy and freedom for the country.
You can learn more about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution on this Wikipedia page. This post is not about the revolution itself, but about the people, life at the square, and the art – especially the art. This is what I saw at the Square in a span of three days of back to back visits. 9 Artists on Why They Live in Detroit. After 19 years in Brooklyn, Galapagos Art Space is moving to Detroit, where you can still buy a romantically cast-off industrial building for cheap, just like you used to be able to do in the gritty old New York, before it turned into a polished bauble of global capitalism and everyone in the world decided they wanted to live here.
Whether or not you’ll miss Galapagos, cared much for its programming, or ever saw anything there in the first place, its executive director declared to the New York Times that its leaving town was symptomatic of how “a white-hot real estate market is burning through the affordable cultural habitat.” In Detroit — which is just a two-hour flight away — Galapagos could afford to buy up an entire ruin-porn campus of nine buildings in Corktown, and is thinking of expanding it mission to start a Detroit Biennial in 2016. And why not? But hey, things looked pretty bad here in New York in the '70s, too, when it was an “affordable cultural habitat.” Viewcontent. The rapid increase and persistent issues of Detroit's art gallery scene. When George N'Namdi relocated his art gallery from Detroit to Birmingham in 1988, the northern suburb was, he says, "the place for the arts.
" In recent years, however, momentum has undeniably shifted back to the city. N'Namdi stayed in Birmingham for over a decade, but moved back to Detroit in 2001 to start building something bigger: the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. He settled just east of Woodward on Forest Avenue, back in the days before anyone used the term "Midtown. " A Place of Our Own: The Importance of Art. Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development.
Art lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. For instance, when kids work with play dough, they fine-tune their muscle control in their fingers. In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out. Battle brewing over Detroit museum collection. Detroit's Art Is Spared as It Exits Bankruptcy. Detroit took a big step in rebuilding today, as a judge approved the city's plan to exit bankruptcy.
The move ends the largest public filing in the nation's history. "The court confirms the plan," Judge Steven Rhodes said just moments after he entered the courtroom. The bankruptcy suit stretched on for about 16 months and Rhodes was left to either fully reject or approve the plan. "This city is insolvent and desperately needs to fix its future," Rhodes told reporters. Before There Was A Detroit Institute Of Arts, There Was The Detroit Museum Of Art. The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the buildings that seems to have always been part of Detroit.
Its cultural importance and clout make it an important fixture of Detroit history, but the DIA as we know it only came along in 1927. Up until that time, Detroiters visited the Detroit Museum of Art, located at 704 E. Jefferson Avenue. Can Artists Actually Do Anything to Help Detroit? Those organizing this iteration of Ideas City thought bigger too.
They worked with the city, which allowed the fellows to sleep in Herman Kiefer. And they created its foundational document, a product of months of groundwork that occurred between New Museum staff and some 20 or 30 Detroiters. Available online for all to read, it offers a blueprint for how outside groups can foster a dialogue that doesn’t merely reinforce played-out tropes. How the arts inspire change in Detroit. In January, three days after an opening reception for an exhibition of his art at Detroit’s Scarab Club, Gary Grimshaw died after a long illness.
The legendary graphic artist was famed for his rock music posters, which spotlighted everyone from Jimi Hendrix to MC5 to the White Stripes. With high-voltage color and flowing psychedelic power, his art enticed fans to Detroit’s Grande Ballroom for years, and today are highly prized collectables. Sometimes, he pushed the line. Why the Arts Matter - Bowdoin Magazine. By Lisa Wesel The creation and appreciation of art is universal across continents, cultures and classes, and at the same time is intensely personal.
But does that make it worth studying, worth funding, worth doing?