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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.

Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876-2019

Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975

Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love

Robert & Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing Opening


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 — October 13, 2019

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.

Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876-2019
June 15-September 15, 2019

Detroit Institute of Arts’ Play Ball! exhibition is back, with Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019, including items commemorating two Detroit championship teams

\Explore the rich history of baseball from its beginnings as a rural pastime to the city-based professional sport of the present with the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) second round of the exhibition series Play Ball!. On view Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, September 15, Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019 explores the evolution of the game, and celebrates two Detroit championship teams—the 1887 Detroit Wolverines and the 1984 Detroit Tigers. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship, the exhibition features items dedicated to this milestone such as a World Series program, two players’ uniforms and five hand-written scorecards kept by long-time announcer Ernie Harwell.

This focused exhibition will be displayed in two galleries representing different eras of the game. The first gallery, “Baseball from Recreational Game to Professional Sport” covers the 1870s–1910s and features the Wolverines, Detroit’s first professional baseball and championship team, as well as sections on the early history of baseball cards, and a display of Ty Cobb memorabilia. The second gallery, “The Reign of the Power Hitter,” covers 1919–present, and commemorates the first baseball card of an African American player, Jackie Robinson. It also continues the history of baseball cards tracing the evolution of these familiar cardboard collectibles from vending machine and candy cards of the 1920s through the great Topps Chewing Gum cards of the mid-century to the present.

Other highlights include William Morris Hunt’s 1877 painting, The Ball Players, from the DIA’s permanent collection, the porcelain Baseball Vase (1876) by designer Isaac Broome, presented to the Detroit Wolverines when they won both the National League Pennant and a post-season interleague exhibition series playoff (the predecessor of the World Series) in 1887.

This year’s exhibition will again display the complete collection of more than 500 incredibly rare baseball cards known as the T206 White Border Set. Released from 1909–1911 by the American Tobacco Company, this collection is owned by Rochester, Michigan resident E. Powell Miller and is noted for its superlative condition. According to the largest sports card authentication service, Professional Sports Authenticator, the collection is ranked third in the world. Included in this collection is the coveted Honus Wagner card.

Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2020 was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases
Through Sep 15, 2019

The next rotation of Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases will open on June 8, 2019. DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons selects the artwork in this gallery that showcases some of the museum’s newest acquisitions. Visitors will gain a behind-the-scenes look into the art acquisition process.

Before the DIA acquires a work of art, it goes through a rigorous assessment to ensure its quality and authenticity. Informational materials in the gallery provide an overview of the entire process, from initial research to approval by the board of directors, and the roles various experts play along the way, among them curators, conservators, registrars and technicians.

The artworks represent various time periods, cultures, and mediums, underscoring the DIA’s commitment to diversifying the collection, having art that reflects topical issues, and providing opportunities for visitors to connect with both their own and other cultures.

Highlights from the exhibition include Archibald J. Motley Jr.’s 1929 painting, Café, Paris that documents the experiences of American visual artists in Paris during the Jazz Age and represents the work of an artist influenced by the tenets of the Harlem Renaissance; Arrival, a 1965 painting by Philip Guston that adds to the artist’s works already owned by the DIA and illustrates the artist’s transitions from semi-abstraction back to figurative work, and 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, a 2017 “thread drawing” by Do Ho Suh in which the artist memorializes his longtime New York City apartment with colorful, overlapping lines.

In addition, the DIA will showcase The Doria Commode, designed and painted by Lorenzo De Ferrari around 1737. This commode, featuring elaborate mythological scenes relating to themes of courtship, love, and family, was commissioned in honor of a marriage and has remained in the Doria family since its creation.

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975
Feb 17 - Aug 25, 2019

In the 1960s, a new generation of artists became known as Pop artists, based on their use of popular mass media—advertisements, logos, comic strips, and television. Playfully embracing new technologies, and working with master printers and publishers, Pop artists created large editions of fine-art prints.

At the beginning of the decade, many Pop artists celebrated American modern culture, echoing the optimism under the young President John F. Kennedy, a time often called “Camelot.” As the decade unfolded, more artists turned to criticism of the Vietnam War and tragedies such as the shooting at Kent State University in 1970.

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975, includes seventy-three prints, drawings, multiples, and sculpture primarily from the DIA collection. It highlights artists including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Corita Kent, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol.

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Crying Girl exemplifies several key themes of Pop Art: the embrace of popular culture, the use of commercial techniques, and the production of large, inexpensive editions. Crying Girl is a celebration of popular culture, in this case, comic books. Lichtenstein exaggerated the commercial use of Benday dots using his signature style of flat colors and round circles. Created as a poster for Lichtenstein’s solo exhibition in 1963 at the Leo Castelli Gallery, the work was printed using offset lithography, primarily used only for commercial printing.

Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love
Through July 7, 2019

Honoring Detroit’s history of industry, modernization and the DIA’s vast permanent collection, artists Ruben and Isabel Toledo present a series of new works in Labor of Love. For this groundbreaking exhibition the Toledos mined the DIA’s world-class collection as inspiration for the creation of new sculptures, paintings, drawings, and installations. From Ancient Egypt through to contemporary art, visitors will delight in discovering the original Toledo creations placed near the works that inspired their conception. This unprecedented creative intervention into the DIA galleries offers visitors a unique experience of discovery, as the Toledo works will be interspersed across numerous collection galleries.

Labor of Love also celebrates the Toledos' world of two highly talented artists working in synergy. A Muse to her husband’s sculpture, painting and illustration, Isabel Toledo conceives of shapes and structures for her fashion designs. Ruben’s surreal view of life brings humor and unconventionality to his wife’s industrial world. Their combined work over the past 30 years both inside and outside the art world has resulted in a highly personal visual language with a diverse and cohesive rhythm. Together the couple created costumes and scenography for the Broadway musical After Midnight (2014) for which Isabel Toledo received a Tony nomination for costume design. Most recently the couple reimagined George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker for the Miami City Ballet and Music Center in Los Angeles.

In addition to the gallery interventions the Toledos will envision an immersive exhibition experience for the DIA’s temporary exhibition galleries. The cumulative experience of a large exhibition and the discovery of works in a variety of galleries will introduce visitors to the power and poetry of the Toledos' collaborative working methods. The Detroit community will also be engaged by an original creation made in partnership with a local non-profit organization.

Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Lead support has been generously provided by the Marjorie & Maxwell Jospey Foundation and the Matilda Wilson Fund.

Additional funding has been provided by Joanne Danto and Arnold Weingarden, Ethan and Gretchen Davidson, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, Alan and Sue Ellen Kaufman, Sonia and Keith Pomeroy, Quicken Loans Community Fund, and Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co.

Additional support is contributed by Nordstrom.

Robert & Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing Opening
Through Sept. 30, 2019

The DIA’s expanded Asian Galleries present works of art from the world’s largest continent, featuring recent acquisitions together with longtime DIA treasures coming back onto view. Joining the recently opened gallery for Japanese art are galleries dedicated to Chinese, Korean, and Indian and Southeast Asian art, and Buddhist art across Asia.

The gallery for Chinese art invites visitors to take part in a long tradition of active viewing, whether by immersing themselves in historical paintings or by leaving their mark on a digital handscroll. The gallery also features ancient Chinese objects for life and the afterlife.

The Korean gallery explores the dynamic relationship that many Korean works of art have to the ideal of harmony, highlighting both historical works and contemporary artists.

In the gallery for Indian and Southeast Asian art, visitors are invited to consider Hindu sculptures in their original contexts, where they connect believers to the infinite divine. Visitors will also see art of the Jain religion and Southeast Asian textiles. In another section, Indian paintings are displayed alongside a sound station, inviting visitors to explore how music impacts their emotional responses to visual art.

The works on display in the gallery for Buddhist art span centuries and were made for diverse Buddhist traditions across Asia. Uniting them is the idea that they support the path toward enlightenment, a core principal and goal of the Buddhist religion.

In the new Asian galleries, visitors will learn about many philosophies and systems of belief that have shaped arts and cultures across Asia. The presence of contemporary Asian art and modern technology in these spaces invites visitors to make meaningful connections to our world today.

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