Letter from the Director, January 2021

Like for most of us, this holiday season has been very different. In my case, it is the first time in 50 years that I have not been able to be with my family in Spain. We are a large Mediterranean family, and the last week of December is the only time of the year when we all get together. Technology has helped us keep in touch virtually. Continue reading >
Final week! 12th Annual Community Group Exhibition | Community Partnership Connection

The DIA’s 12th Annual Community Group Show, being held virtually for the first time this year, ends Sunday. This year’s show features work from seven organizations and 100 artists presented in a video along with discussions from the participants and program coordinators about the work. Learn more >
Houdon Learning Resources | School Field Trip from Home

This is also the last week to see the DIA’s Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre. Created by a renowned sculptor of the Enlightenment, Jean-Antoine Houdon, his portraits depict two of America’s founders, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. In the education resource created for this special exhibition, students will use the Core Democratic Values (CDV) and the Houdon exhibition materials to explore the ways in which ideals promoted by the founding generation connect to the present. Learn more >
Car Designers' Favorite Art Materials | Art Access Online

For DIA exhibition Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020, four car designers sat down to talk about their favorite art materials to use when designing a new vehicle. This video features designers Ed Welburn, Craig Metros, Ralph Gilles, and Emeline King. Watch >
Ikarie XB-1 | 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 Ikarie XB -1. This avant-garde production long known internationally only through a mangled and dubbed re-edit titled Voyage to the End of the Universe—reveals itself in this 4K restoration as a singular sci-fi landmark that finds terror, wonder and hope in the unknown reaches of the galaxy. Learn more >
TATM: Art Demonstration | For Seniors

Virtual Thursdays at the Museum is back after a brief holiday hiatus. This week DIA studio instructors will share highlights from the 12th Annual Community Group Art exhibition that features works of art created through a partnership between the museum and seven human service agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Art therapist and Mariners Inn art program coordinator Karianne Spens-Hanna artist will then lead participants through an art-based mindfulness exercise.  Learn more > 
Final week! 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 >
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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.