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Friday, August 14, 2015

RIP Detroit art maven Susanne Hilberry

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 2:19 PM

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We just received word that Susanne Hilberry — the collector, gallery owner, and "Grand Dame of the Detroit Art scene" as once described here in Metro Times — died last night. A cause of death has not yet been reported. She was 72.

When she was in her 20s, Hilberry got her start in the art world as an assistant to Sam Wagstaff, the influential Detroit Institute of Arts curator (and partner of the renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe). Under Wagstaff, Hilberry forged numerous connections in Detroit's art world, and was able to open her own Birmingham gallery in 1976 at the age of 31. In 2000, she closed the Birmingham location and relocated to Ferndale in 2002



A funeral service will be held Sunday morning at the Ira Kaufman Chapel, located at 8325 W. Nine Mile Rd., Southfield.

Click here to read an insightful profile, or watch a video introduction to Hilberry's gallery below. 


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