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ARTIFACT Exhibit Open Now Through Nov 15
Posted: October 2, 2009

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House to Host
ARTIFACT: A Blending of Art and Artifact

Exhibit Celebrates Inspiration and a Partnership
 Between Ford House, DIA and CCS
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich., (Oct. 6, 2009) – Three of metro Detroit’s leading cultural institutions have come together to celebrate the inspiration of the past and artists of the future with the exhibition “ARTIFACT: A Blending of Art and Artifact,” which will be on display in the Ford House Activities Center from Oct. 17 to Nov. 15.

The ARTIFACT exhibit pays tribute to the long standing relationship between the Ford Family, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), while showcasing the inspiration that historic art and artifacts can have on emerging artists. The exhibit will be open to visitors during regular hours and admittance is free of charge.

Selecting pieces from the African and Native American collections at the DIA, students from Susan Aaron-Taylor’s interdisciplinary class at CCS created their own interpretations of these interesting and varied works of art. Their provocative, contemporary creations will be shown side-by-side with an image of the original piece of art or artifact from the DIA’s collection that they chose for inspiration.

 “The works in Artifact serve as excellent examples of how people can be inspired by the past and blend those ideas with their own imagination to create something that is truly unique.” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “Just as the Fords were inspired by the world around them as they created their family home, we want visitors to realize that they too can look at the world differently and use the estate as an opportunity to unleash their creativity.”

A special panel discussion with several of the student artists will be held at Ford House on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. The session will feature a walkthrough of the exhibit and a dialog with the artists as they reveal the thought process that went into creating their works. The discussion will be moderated by Aaron-Taylor. 

For more than 50 years Edsel and Eleanor Ford contributed generously to the growth of the DIA, funding acquisition of important works of art, gifting pieces from their personal collection and serving on the governing board.  CCS has also benefited from Ford family support, notably from Josephine Ford and her husband Walter Buhl Ford II who provided funds for important projects on the campus as it evolved from Center for Creative Studies into the present College for Creative Studies.  

“It’s well known that Eleanor and Edsel Ford were both very passionate about art and the city of Detroit,” Mullins said. “This exhibit is truly an extension of the Ford’s commitment to the Detroit art community and its next generation of artists."

After viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to reflect on what inspires them and they will have the opportunity to share thoughts on a display in the exhibit.

For more information on the Artifact exhibit, call (313) 884-4222.

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