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Graffiti Women

Anthea and Sakara

Strohm Hall

The Detroit Public Library, 2/2/17

#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti

These sisters are native Detroiters and both are in the arts. Sakara is in dance and Anthea is in the visual arts. “This is where I grew up,” Sakara tells me. “This is what made my imagination go wild.” They tell me stories about their glory days in the teen HYPE center. Helping Young People Excel is the teen-focused program at the DPL that provides services and a space for teens to learn, explore or simply hang out. Anthea remembers, “They had a talent show, a dance party, and they brought in mentors as guest teachers on various topics.”  

Graffiti Women celebrates the rise of female graffiti and street artists. Published in 2006, it was written by Nicholas Ganz.

Jordan was born just outside the city and now lives downtown. She’s getting inspiration today from Carl Lundgren. He’s a Detroit based artist, a fantasy illustrator, whose rock posters from the 60s and 70s have become as important as the groundbreaking music it promoted. The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren was published in 2015 by Hermes Press.

The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren
Strohm Hall
The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17
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Marco Lorenzetti

Here, a keepsake. From the fathomless stacks of the DPL, it was tucked into a first edition book of poetry by Robert Browning. Asolandro, published the day the poet died in 1889, became his best selling book. Browning believed in “the good minute,” that moment of revelation which comes so rarely – demonstrated in this stanza from Fancies and Fact- 

He. Sweet, are you suggestive

 Of an old suspicion

Which has always found me restive

 To its admonition

When it ventured whisper

 “Fool, the strifes and struggles

Of your trembler-blusher-lisper

 Were so many juggles,

Tricks tried-oh, to soften!-

 Which once more do duty,

Find again a heart to soften,

 Soul to snare with beauty.”

Keepsake in Asolandro, 2/2217

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The Detroit Library, Stacks

Marco Lorenzetti

From the ongoing documentary, “Speaking Volumes, The Detroit Public Library Project,”……………..

City Financials, October 5, 1847-March 13, 1849

The Detroit Public Library, Archives, 4/28/16

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Marco Lorenzetti

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught her and was about to kill her, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:  "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.“  The Lion laughed and let her go.  It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground.  The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with her teeth and set him free, exclaiming, “You see, even a mouse can help a Lion.” (No kindness is too small) 

 The Lion and the Mouse

Ceiling fresco The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17

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Marco Lorenzetti