January 2014

the Detroit Institute of Arts

Philip Levine

ONE BRIGHT AFTERNOON in the autumn of 1948, my aesthetics professor, Raymond Hoekstra, marched his seven students three blocks to the Detroit Institute of Arts so that we might come to understand how rich our cultural inheritance was. After a minute of silence, as we stood before the Degas painting Dancers in the Green Room, ca. 1879, Dr. Hoekstra, a very proper little …

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