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Cass Corridor Culture: In and Around Wayne State, 1960s-1980s: Art


Dora Apel's essay,  "Detroit the Industrial City", discusses the evolution, styles, and methods of Cass Corridor artists.

Dennis Nawrocki's essay, "Where's Detroit in the 'New' Detroit Institute of Arts?", discusses the evolution of the DIA's contemporary collection from the 1960's and the Samuel Wagstaff era through 2007.

Cass Corridor Images from the Virtual Motor City

The Virtual Motor City consists of more than 800,000 specially selected glass and nitrate, acetate and polyester film-based negatives, from the late 19th century to 1980. AIt is an IMLS sponsored digitization project, carried out by the Wayne State University Library System and the Walter P. Reuther Library. The digitized images in the project represent a small subset of the Detroit News Collection, one of the premier photojournalistic resources freely available from a national-level newspaper and held at the Reuther Library. As a part of the Virtual Motor City project a number of 1920's Detroit News Newsreels have been digitized. Over 400 are available for browsing online through the VMC.

Cass Corridor Art Images


The collection includes images of about 60 works by Cass Corridor artists from the WSU Visual Resource Collections.

Click on this link to view Cass Corridor works.

Wayne State University Art Collection


Common Ground

Collections and Archives with Cass Corridor art holdings

Willis Gallery Archives - from the Archives of American Art


Art Oral Histories: Cass Corridor Documentation Project

“In fact the art was rougher here, slicker in New York. Something about the jerrybuilt quality of the art contributed to its intensity, and allows us at the same time to understand its tenderness.”

Susanne Hilberry, gallery director

This collection of oral histories presents a variety of perspectives on the art of the Cass Corridor, from artist to gallery owner to collector.

More artist interviews


Art Videos

Time and Place: Art From the Cass Corridor in Wayne State University's Art Collection

Menage a Detroit: Three Generations of Artists, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Detroit Artists Market: Willis Gallery, Part One

Willis Gallery, Part Two

Willis Gallery, Part Three

Willis Gallery, Part Four

Willis Gallery, Part Five

Willis Gallery, Part Six

Local Art Gallery and Museum News Links