DORA APEL’s most recent book is Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline (Rutgers University Press, 2015). She also has written War Culture and the Contest of Images; Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob; Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing; and Lynching Photographs, co-authored with Shawn Michelle Smith. She is Professor and W. Hawkins Ferry Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit.
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Bright orange houses, totemic garbage mounds, ice-encased houses, and sculptures of lost neighborhoodsthese are some of the sites of protest or resistance of Detroit artists today.