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Failed Plans, Fresh Crises, a New Relationship

In: Valuing Detroit’s Art Museum


  • Jeffrey Abt

    (Wayne State University)


The 1980s were the museum’s most prosperous era since the 1920s despite its occasional disputes with Young. Buoyed by ever higher allocations from the state, the museum spent freely on exhibitions, including several it originated such as Puppets: Art and Entertainment based largely on its extensive and highly regarded holdings; the acquisition of many significant works, the Chandler-Pohrt collection of over 750 Native American objects among the most notable and transformative (Fig. 4.1); and the completion of renovations improving galleries, public facilities, and visitor access (Fig. 4.2).

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  • Jeffrey Abt, 2017. "Failed Plans, Fresh Crises, a New Relationship," Palgrave Studies in American Economic History, in: Valuing Detroit’s Art Museum, chapter 0, pages 121-149, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:psichp:978-3-319-45219-7_4
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45219-7_4

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