Letter from the Director, September 2020

A couple of weeks ago my wife, Alex, drove our daughter Piper to New York City, where she is starting college this week. While they were traveling, I spent a good amount of time thinking about the current year, the upcoming one, and the opportunities we have ahead of us. With the school year just started, one looks back at 2020 and has the impression that much of the time was devoted to managing a world health crisis and how we have adapted to it. Continue reading >
Art Bytes: Ik-Joong Kang | School Field Trip From Home

Art Bytes are quick videos from our gallery teachers about works in the DIA collection. This one features Andrea del Rio discussing a mixed media piece in the museum’s Korean Gallery by artist Ik-Joong Kang, Happy World – Scattered Crumbs. Watch >
Detroit Dance City | Community Partnership Connections

Detroit Dance City Festival is a five-day international festival full of performance, networking, classes and more that will give participants, dancers and non-dancers alike, a further connection to dance and the city of Detroit. The DIA has hosted DDCF for the past four years is proud to partner with ArtLab J to organize this year’s virtual edition. Learn more >
Art Talk: Saxon Armor | Art Access Online

In this week’s Art Talk, Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Chaz Kirchhoff discusses the discusses the Saxon Armors in the DIA's collection.  Watch >
Behind the Zine Part 4 | Community Partnership Connection

Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Inside|Out Literary Arts, will host the final session of a four-workshop series on creating zines with Detroit-based comic book artist Matthew Thornton. This week participants will learn how to reproduce the zine, and how it can impact and contribute to the community. Learn more >
Sicilia! | 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 are two films. Sicilia! Is a tragicomedy set in Italy that takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio painting. Conveying a sense of place like few other films, the film has been restored in honor of its 20th anniversary. Learn more >  
Nomad | DFT @ Home

In Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades long friendship with the late travel writer, journalist and story teller extraordinaire Bruce Chatwin, whose quest for truth carried him to all corners of the globe. The deeply personal portrait encompasses their shared interest in mysteries stitching life together on earth. Learn more >
Kahlo and Dalí | Shop DIA!

As an homage to two artists currently on display at the DIA as 'Guests of Honor' the shop has assembled an assortment of goods inspired by Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí. From the handcrafted to the whimsical, find the perfect gift for fans of Frida and Dali online or instore. Learn more >
TATM presents Pop Art part II | For Seniors

Explore the imagery and social commentary of pop culture with hosts Jim O’Malley, Ray Henney, and Cindy Patrick. Artists in the 1960’s celebrated American modern culture while also creating artworks that conveyed social and political commentary of the times. In this second edition participants will explore new pieces that both critique and celebrate mass media and popular culture. Learn more >
Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700
on view through November 29, 2020
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
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The DIA is open Wednesday-Sunday; timed entry tickets are required. Please click here for protocols and recommendations to make your visit safe and convenient. 
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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