Prof. Apel comments on DIA and Detroit's financial strife...

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"Students, professors denounce threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts"

Students and professors at Wayne State University spoke out Tuesday against the threatened selloff of paintings, sculptures and other works from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Auctioning off the publicly owned artwork is one of the options being considered by the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, as part of his plan to restructure Detroit on behalf of Wall Street creditors. Asked about the threatened sale of the DIA’s artwork, Professor Dora Apel, the W. Hawkins Ferry Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Wayne State University, said, "This is a total atrocity. It’s the looting of the DIA, not unlike what happened to the national museum in Baghdad when the US invaded Iraq."