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Abandoned Hotel at Idlewild

Stan Douglas (Canadian, born 1960)
Chromogenic print
45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in. )
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Stan Douglas
Not on view
This photograph of an abandoned hotel in Idlewild is part of a series of thirty-one color photographs Douglas made as the first phase of a film project exploring Detroit's decaying industrial and residential landscape. The hotel depicted in the photograph, with its white clapboard front and brightly painted doors, was built as a summer retreat for African-American workers. In its current dilapidated state, it poignantly encapsulates the artist's interest in failed utopias and the marks of history on the urban landscape.
[David Zwirner, New York City]

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