- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts has acquired two artworks by contemporary African-American artists as part of an effort to continue to diversify its collection.

The museum says it recently bought 2012 photographs titled “Zero Hour” by Hank Willis Thomas and received Stefanie Jackson’s 2008 oil painting “Little Girl Blue” as a donation from Brenda Thompson. Neither artist previously had works at the museum.

Museum Director Salvador Salort-Pons says in a statement Thursday the museum has “long been on the forefront of collecting African-American art” and he says he was inspired by the recent “30 Americans” exhibit to “renew our focus on collecting more contemporary African-American art.”

The museum says it plans to acquire and display more art by women, African-American artists and other minorities.

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