Detroit Institute of Arts Amends Donor Policy

The Detroit Institute of Arts plans to amend its donor policy to protect future gifts to the museum from being sold to pay down the city’s debt, reports Julia Halperin of the Art Newspaper. The museum will insert stipulations into its deed of gift stating that any proceeds that come from selling a work of art belonging to the DIA can only be used to buy more art for the museum. University- or city-owned museums like the Detroit Institute of Arts are vulnerable to forced sales because they are controlled by a governing body whose mission can extend beyond that of the museum itself. Earlier this month, the emergency manager of Detroit hired Christie’s to appraise DIA’s holdings.