Kunsthalle Detroit, International Center for Contemporary Art to Open in Rough Section of Detroit

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DETROIT, MI (AP).- A nonprofit group is trying to restore Detroit’s status in the art world by drawing artists to an unlikely place: a century-old former bank in a neighborhood so infested with crime that some of the building’s pipes were stolen and its windows riddled with bullets. If the museum takes root, organizers hope galleries and other businesses follow, potentially transforming the downtrodden area in the same way art houses famously changed the Chelsea and SoHo neighborhoods of New York City. Tate Osten, a Russian-born art consultant, and a group of volunteers have spent months rehabbing the old Detroit Savings Bank branch and are days away from opening their first exhibition. Their group, called Kunsthalle Detroit (pronounced KOONST-hah-leh, or