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Exhibitions:

83rd Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Student Exhibition

From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700

Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí

Bruegel's “The Wedding Dance” Revealed

Michigan’s Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections

Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.


Events

83rd Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Student Exhibition
May 18, 2020 — June 28, 2020

This annual exhibition showcases hundreds of imaginative works created by DPSCD students and selected by a jury of DPSCD art educators and DIA staff. The artworks include ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, sculpture, photography, digital art, jewelry, mixed-media and video.

The partnership between the DIA and the DPSCD is the longest standing continuous relationship the museum has with an educational organization. Many of the students whose works have been featured in the exhibition have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts, including, among others, Mario Moore, a New York-based contemporary painter whose works have been shown in exhibitions across the country and is included in the DIA’s permanent collection.

From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700
Sat, Feb 15, 2020 — Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Schwartz Gallery

Free with general admission

Starting in the sixteenth-century, Flemish and Dutch artists turned to everyday subjects, describing the landscape and people around them with humor and loving detail. This exhibition from the DIA collection will include more than seventy works on paper, highlighting prints by Pieter Bruegel I, Hendrick Goltzius, and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as drawings by Bartolomeus Breenbergh and Esias van de Velde.

Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí
Feb 7, 2020 — Sep 27, 2020

The DIA welcomes three important works by Frida Kahlo (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo) and Salvador Dalí (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing), presented alongside photographs from the DIA’s collection, documenting the artists’ imaginative, larger-than-life personae.

The presentation of Kahlo’s contribution to female self-portraiture and Dalí’s engagement with illusionistic image will be located immediately adjacent to Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals (1932–33). It will explore how the two iconic artists produced their own forms of expression, creating surrealist worlds of subjectivity, myth, dream, mirage and magic.

Bruegel's “The Wedding Dance” Revealed
Sat, Dec 14, 2019 — Sun, Aug 30, 2020

The Conservation Department of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), in collaboration with the European Art Department, is organizing a focus exhibition to celebrate one of the museum’s most iconic paintings, Pieter Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance (1566), on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the artist’s death. The painting was considered a sensational discovery when it was acquired by the museum in 1930. It was a source of inspiration for Diego Rivera when he was in Detroit executing his Detroit Industry murals and today is one of the two major Bruegel paintings in an American collection. In 2013, the painting also played a prominent role in saving the museum’s collections during the city of Detroit’s rise from bankruptcy.

Using the lens of art conservation, the exhibition will trace the life of the painting from its creation to the present, emphasizing its status as a material object, from its very free underdrawing and its thin paint application to the conservation treatments and restorations to which it has been subjected over time. The exhibition’s narrative will be driven primarily by current art conservation research spearheaded by the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Conservation Department, including investigations of the unique materials, such as imported Baltic oak and South American cochineal, used to make the painting.

This interdisciplinary approach will allow for a holistic, 360-degree look at the one painting from the most elemental level to the wider historical context that informed the making of the picture, its later reception, and its journey from Brussels to Detroit. Multisensory installations will facilitate an immersive experience, allowing the visitor to appreciate the numerous details and stories represented in the painting. The focus on the painting’s materials will demonstrate to the visitor that artworks are not static, but instead subject to natural aging, human intervention, as well as changing shifts in attitude and taste.

Bruegel's “The Wedding Dance” Revealed is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts

Michigan’s Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash
Nov 16, 2019 — May 3, 2020

Large-scale photographs of Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior are the subject of this exhibition by Detroit area photographer Jeff Gaydash. Known for his expertise with black-and-white digital printing, Jeff has traveled to coastlines throughout Michigan to capture the sublime beauty and quiet solitude of one of nature’s greatest treasures.

The DIA encourages Instagram submissions in keeping with the spirit of the exhibition – please use #mygreatlakesatthedia to post your photographs of the Great Lakes. A selection will be printed at the DIA and on view in the exhibition.

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections
Tue, Nov 12, 2019 — Sun, Mar 1, 2020

Explore the rich history of collecting of African American Art in the Detroit region by private collectors, featuring works by Romare Bearden, Al Loving, Charles McGee and Alison Saar. This exhibition will demonstrate local collectors’ interest in the diverse media, styles, genres, influences and subject matter that inspired them to collect art created by African Americans. A catalog will accompany this exhibition.

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Major support has been generously provided by Masco Corporation and the DTE Foundation. Additional funding is contributed by Quicken Loans Community Fund, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Dickinson Wright PLLC.

Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 — Sun, May 3, 2020

The Detroit Institute of Arts will present a dossier exhibition featuring two masterworks of French eighteenth-century portrait sculpture lent from the Musée du Louvre. Created by the greatest sculptor of the Enlightenment, Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), the portraits depict two of America’s most iconic founders, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

As Guests of Honor, the portraits will be displayed in the company of selected works that similarly depict Franklin, Washington, and Robert Fulton, another early American icon, as among the first to reach celebrity status as enlightened leaders of a new nation. Drawing from the DIA's own holdings and the important loans from the Louvre, the exhibition gives audiences a unique opportunity to explore and compare images of these very familiar personae through art in a wide variety of media.

Presented in our gallery dedicated to the early American republic, the exhibition sets Houdon’s masterful terracotta portraits alongside painting, sculpture, textile, and work on paper, with significant examples of furniture and decorative arts already on view in the gallery providing a greater context of visual culture in the early American republic.

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
June 26, 2019 — January 5, 2020

In Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a selection of more than forty Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts traces the arc of a period that elevated the irreducible beauty of the everyday to the status of fine art.

A testament to the power of collaboration among artists, museums, and cities, the exhibition explores the pioneering work of leading Impressionist and post–Impressionist artists, including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Berthe Morisot. It also celebrates the life and vision of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., who saw in the art of these late nineteenth-century avant-gardists, especially that of Claude Monet, evocations of values and ideas that were close to his own heart, capturing the ephemerality of the everyday experience while dignifying hard work, simple pleasures, and ordinary people.

On the hundredth anniversary of Mr. Wilson’s birth, both institutions are proud to celebrate these extraordinary works and Mr. Wilson’s legacy as a philanthropist, business leader, and advocate for the citizens of Detroit and Buffalo.

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

This exhibition is a part of the Bonnie Ann Larson Modern European Masters Series.

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