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Author and Sociologist Sarah Thornton at Detroit Institute of Arts Nov. 23

Event part of museum’s new “contemporary art world 101” series

Leading author and sociologist Sarah Thornton will be at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. for a book signing and to give a fascinating talk—“Are Artists 21st-Century Entrepreneurs?about her newest book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts. In the book, Thornton focuses on the role of the artist, asking if being an artist is a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling.

Sarah Thornton

The talk is part of a new series of conversations and panel discussions inspired by Thornton’s best-selling 2008 book, Seven Days in the Art World. The series, Which Side Up: What Moves Contemporary Art?, presented by the DIA auxiliary group Friends of Modern & Contemporary Art, offers an in-depth look into the contemporary art world and features top players in today’s art scene.

Formerly, the chief correspondent on contemporary art for The Economist, Thornton has written for many other publications including Artforum, The Guardian, and The New Yorker and has contributed to broadcasts on BBC and NPR. A frequent guest speaker, she has given talks and participated in panels at museums, universities, and literary festivals around the world.

33 Artists in 3 Acts will be available at the book signing [W.W. Norton & Company; $26.95 hardcover]. The event, along with other Which Side Up events, is free, but a reservation is required.  To reserve a free ticket, go to www.tickets.dia.org.

For more information about Which Side Up, visit dia.org/whichsideup.
For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

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