We made a quick trip to visit two museums. Talk about selling the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art prompted a visit to see the great Diego Rivera mural of the Ford factory, which has its own enormous room. The fresco is embedded in the walls–don’t know how it could possibly be sold separately from the central atrium room of the building.
On our day of travel, the newspaper reported that a wealthy Michigan hedgefund manager had donated thirty (with more to come) goats to landscape the abandoned parts of the city. He was right about the looks of the place–weeds everywhere. However, the goats violated a city ordinance, so they were quickly removed, and the weeds protected. Pity!
Across Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a sparkling, modern city. Santiago Calatrava’s addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum is a spectacular sight, with huge wings spread as if in flight. The architecture overwhelms the art collection, although a Kandinsky exhibit (from the Pompidou) managed to hold its own.