Letter from the Director, February 2021

Last Friday, during my weekly walk through the museum galleries, I was thinking how fortunate we have been to safely keep the DIA open since last July while many museums across the world have been closed. Our on-site and gallery redeployed teams are doing a terrific job, alongside those working from home, as we continue to manage uncertainty and face significant operational challenges. Continue Reading >
Detroit Style: From the Road to the Gallery | Art Access Online

This week, see how a team of expert car movers and art handlers worked together to move cars from the street to the Detroit Institute of Arts' galleries for the exhibition, Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020. Watch >
Wind Down Wednesdays

Join us each Wednesday in February at 6:30 p.m. for a celebration of Black Chefs and Mixologists. Each week local chefs prepare their favorite meal, and area mixologists blend their favorite complimentary cocktails – one aperitif and one long drink. This week's event will feature a beef recipe with Chef Kyle L. William and Mixologist Jennifer Peeples. Learn more >
Unapologetic | DFT @ Home

Enjoy a free special presentation of Unapologetic in honor of Black History Month. Fed up with misdeeds committed by Chicago law enforcement and a political system unwilling to hold anyone accountable, two millennial Black women take action. Spoken-word artist Bella Bahhs (aka Ambrell Gambrell) and PhD candidate Janaé Bonsu work tirelessly rallying the community and challenging a power structure that historically turns a deaf ear to young, Black, female voices. Free invitations to view the film at home are available to the first 500 people who register. Learn more >
I My Blackness and Yours: Celebrating Black Photographers

Wee the People, a Boston-based social justice project for kids, invites you to celebrate Blackness through photography. Explore the stories of two Black photographers whose work affirms and celebrates Blackness by putting it in the center of the frame and learn how you can tell your own stories. On Saturday February 6 at 11 a.m. tune in for a Zoom presentation of Our Stories Matter, with a reading of Andrea J. Loney’s picture book “Take a Picture of Me, James VanderZee!” Learn more >
Art-Making: In the Frame | School Field Trip from Home

This week’s art-making is inspired by Lorraine O’Grady’s “Art is…”, an art installation that featured informal photo portraits of Black Americans holding gold frames. We invite you to celebrate Blackness by creating a gold frame to use in photos that feature people important to you. Using your social platforms, post your portrait with the hashtag #InTheFrameDIA. Select portraits will be shared on our platforms throughout the month of February! Get the resource >
The Black Body's Connection to its Environments | Lecture

On Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. Detroit artist Senghor Reid will speak about his art that explores the interactions between the human body and the environment, creating visual representations of dreams, memories, and traces of human contact with nature. Learn more >
Lake Orion PIPA Project | Community Partnership

The DIA’s Partners-in-Public-Art (PIPA) project in Lake Orion is complete. Watch DIA staff-artists Ani Garabedian and Stephanie Sucaet-Felczak complete the overpainting of the mural. Designed by artist Nicole MacDonald, this artwork reflects the community’s love for its official mascot and its role as the host of the annual Dragon on the Lake Festival. Watch >
You Will Die at Twenty | DFT @ Home

DFT @ Home is a virtual screening room that presents Detroit Film Theatre selections at your convenience and helps benefit the DFT. New this week is You Will Die at Twenty, a moving meditation on what it means to live in the present. Haunted by a prophecy that her child will die young, a mother becomes obsessively protective of her son, who grows up knowing about his fate as the dreaded birthday approaches. Learn more >
What Happened Was... | DFT @ Home

What Happened Was… is an edge-of-your-seat emotional roller-coaster ride about two people trying to connect. Based on an original play, the film features two utterly stunning performances that expose with brilliant clarity the ways in which people struggle to communicate, with wildly unpredictable results. This brand new 4K restoration from the original 35mm negative was created for the movie’s 25th anniversary. Learn more >
Black History Month | Shop DIA

The DIA Shop celebrates Black History Month with an array of gifts celebrating Black art and culture. Shop now >
TATM: Artist Demonstration | For Seniors

In this week’s virtual Thursdays at the Museum, join DIA Studio Instructors Zak Frieling and Byron Nemela as they chat with local artist Gayle Watson about her history-making art with the DIA, Hannan Center, and exhibiting around Southeast Michigan. Follow along as Gayle demonstrates the Notan technique of using scissors and a few sheets of black and white paper to make simple & elegant works of art. Learn more >
Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City from 1950–2020
on view through June 27, 2021
Russ Marshall: Detroit Photographs, 19582008
on view through June 27, 2021
Experience & Expression
on view through October 3, 2021
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The DIA is open Wednesday-Sunday; advance timed reservations are required for everyone, including members and residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Click to learn how to make your visit safe and convenient. 
Adults $14 | Seniors $9 | Ages 6-17 $6
College students $8 | Free for 5 and under

The DIA is always free for all residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties as well as DIA members.
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Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Images: Chrysler Corporation. Plymouth Barracuda, 1970. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. | "First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based inkjet print. | "River Crossing," 2011, Rashid Johnson, American; mirrored tile, black soap, wax. Detroit Institute of Arts.