Letter from the Director, December 2020

I couldn’t start this December newsletter without paying tribute to our friend, Detroit champion, and DIA Board member, Joe Hudson, who very sadly passed away last week. Few people have done as much for the city and for the DIA in recent history as Joe. He stands as one of those civic leaders who generously dedicated his life to the community and the well-being of all. Continue reading >
JCC Book Fair | Community Partnership Connections

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) Book Fair Talk with author Blake Gopnik and DIA Curator of Prints and Drawings Clare Rogan is tonight! The virtual event will feature a discussion about Gopnik's biography of Andy Warhol and a look at rarely seen images from the DIA's collection. Learn more >
DIA Collection Crossword | Art Access Online

The DIA’s Crosswords feature clues that are answered by picking out details from artwork in our collection. To solve this week’s puzzle, you’ll have to look closely at Grandma’s Hearthstone, a John Haberle painting in the DIA’s American Art collection. Learn more >
Art-Making project | School Field Trip from Home

In this month’s Creating from Home art project, learn how to use household items and acrylic paint to make art using the print-making technique like that used by Ralph Chessè on the piece The Marionette Guild from the DIA’s collection. Get the activity >
76 Days | DIA @ 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 76 Days. Filmed without government approval, deep inside the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in four Wuhan hospitals from early February through April 8, this documentary is an invaluable human record of the medical workers and patients who make up the indelible human stories at the center of this tragic pandemic. Learn more >
TATM presents Picturing Music part II | For Seniors

This week’s Thursdays at the Museum (TATM) program, Picturing Music part II, features new artwork and continues the discussion on how musical instruments in visual art heightens awareness of the role music plays across cultures and time. Learn more >
Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí
on view through January 3, 2021
Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre
on view through January 10, 2021
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
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DIA Every Day | See the Collection Online

Most of the DIA's massive, 60,000+ piece collection is available online to browse and learn from wherever you are. Many of these works also have interpretive information right on the page, as well as other details, and images from different angles and perspectives than you'd see in person. Current and past exhibitions are also available online. Browse Art now >
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.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

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Images:"'71 Barracuda Front End Facelift Concept," 1968, Donald Hood, American; crayon, gouache, ink, felt marker, prismacolor, pastel on vellum. Collection of Robert L. Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards. | "Self-Portrait with Monkey," 1938, Frida Kahlo, Mexican; oil on masonite. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. © Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. | (left) Benjamin Franklin, 1778, Jean-Antoine Houdon, French; terra cotta on separate marble base. Courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. (right) George Washington, 1786, Jean-Antoine Houdon, French; terra cotta on separate marble base. Courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. | Chrysler Corporation. Plymouth Barracuda, 1970. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. | "First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.