When you talk about war on poverty it doesn’t mean very much; but if you can show to some degree this sort of thing then you can show a great deal more of how people are living and a very great percentage of our people today. Ben Shahn
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FREEDOM TO CREATE
We are excited to share and celebrate the artists on the ground that use the power of art to fight oppression, break down stereotypes and build trust in societies where the social fabric has been ripped apart by conflict, violence and misunderstanding.
“I would describe my work as expressionist. The expressionist point of view is stressing your own feelings about something.” Jacob Lawrence
“Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do… Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain… Do the thing and you will have the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Detroit Institute of Arts
This is my first art museum. Here, I fell in love with the expansive echos of marble staircases and columns—the work connecting me through history to all artists. Galleries are different. Though less majestic, galleries can be intimidating—even dismissive
The Art Institute of Chicago
In 1995, I drove from Cherry Hill, New Jersey through Detroit to Chicago to stand in line in the rain hoping to see the already sold-out show “Claude Monet: 1840-1926″. Now, I am here every week. Yey.
The Barnes Foundation
Amazing place to study The Masters and roses. Bring a lunch. You cannot see it all at once.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Once when I was young and stupid, I thought I could see both The MET and the MOMA on the same day. NOT. You must choose. It’s hard, but you must.
FIrst time in New York on my own—I was twenty-three years old. First time in the MOMA. Migraine. I clung to the cool marble of the benches in the hallways until I was better.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
No, I cannot run up, or down, the grand staircase. Forgetaboutit. Yet, I can walk through this museum in my sleep. One of my favorite places to just be.
My first library. My sisters and I spent a lot of time here with our mom. Never enough. We were little, so it was a long walk back and forth with our arms full.
The Detroit Public Library
After years of riding the bus to spend my days rummaging through this library and the Art Museum across the street, I was finally bad enough to stop traffic on Woodward Ave. We were shooting a television commercial.