What Do Galleries Owe Their Local Communities?
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What Do Galleries Owe Their Local Communities?

A storm swept through Detroit on July 20th, but it didn’t stop a boisterous crowd from descending on Reyes | Finn. The gallery, located in the Corktown neighborhood, was opening three new exhibitions, coinciding with the second annual Detroit Art Week. The gallery’s main space was taken up by massive, mixed-media paintings by local artist James Benjamin Franklin ; in the outdoor courtyard were a series of sculptures by Nick Jaskey , known for making abstract interventions in Detroit’s streetscapes, and large-scale, game-based sculptures by Dmitri Hertz . There was a different vibe in the air than one would find at a comparatively buttoned-up opening in New York; there was also an ample, free-for-all dinner buffet, courtesy of beloved Madison Heights taco joint Tienda Mexicana. Reyes | Finn is an interesting place to start thinking about a complicated question: What, exactly, does an art gallery owe the city in which it’s based? “Detroit is a city in transition—whatever feelings one may have about that, it is happening,” said Bridget Finn, who was formerly a director at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. “[My partner Terese Reyes and I] very much wanted to be there, providing career and financial opportunities […]

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