Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Instiute of Arts
Detroit, MI
Exhibition: Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking
03/20/2021-09/05/2021 (more information)
Robert Blackburn (American, 1920–2003)
Refugees (aka People in a Boat), 1938
Lithograph; 11 1/8 x 15 ¾ in. Edition 4
Collection of NCCU Art Museum, North Carolina Central University, Gift of Christopher Maxey.

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bearing witness… , 2017
Exhibition: Experience & Expression
01/30/21 - 10/03/2021 (more information)
Ebony G. Patterson
(Jamaican, born 1981)
bearing witness… , 2017
Archival dyes on jacquard, with embroidery, hand-knotted threads;
52 × 69 in. (132.1 × 175.3 cm)
Museum purchase, Bequest of W. Hawkins Ferry by exchange, 2018.7
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General Motors. "Firebird III," 1958
Exhibition: Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020
Through Jan 9, 2022 (more information)
General Motors. "Firebird III," 1958
General Motors Heritage Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
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Normal Hours
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for college students, $6 for ages 6–17..
For membership information, call 313-833-7971.
Members: Free

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The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Founded in 1885 as the the Detroit Museum of Art located on Jefferson Avenue, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to a larger site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The new Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, a scholar and art historian from Berlin, who was director from 1924 to 1945 . His extensive contacts in Europe, along with support from generous patrons, enabled him to acquire many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among the notable acquisitions during his tenure are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum's collection of African American art.

The Renovation and Reinstallation Project
A comprehensive renovation, expansion and gallery re-installation project began in 2001 and was completed in 2007. It includes a 35,000 square foot addition, additional gallery space, a new dining facility, an expanded museum shop, upgrades to the infrastructure, and an improved traffic pattern throughout the museum.

In addition to the physical changes, the museum reinstalled the galleries with a focus on the general visitor. More than 5,000 works of art are presented in a way that allows visitors to more easily make personal connections with the art and to understand the objects in the context of their own place and time.


Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 — Sun, Sep 5, 2021
(more information)

Experience & Expression
Jan 30, Oct 3, 2021
(more information)

Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020
Through Jan 9, 2022
(more information)


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