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Dance! American Art 1830 - 1960

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dance! American Art 1830-1960 captures dance in all its forms-from carefree to choreographed performance-with art that celebrates our need to move to the music. See 90 works from famed American artists including John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Harlem Renaissance stars and artists who shaped the aesthetics of modern dance including Isamu Noguchi, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. Come join the dance at the DIA.


Photography is permitted and encouraged. Move your body, strike a pose and share!

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For a complete listing of community programs related to Dance!, please visit www.ixiti.com/americandance




Tickets for this special exhibition are timed and limited. Advance purchase is strongly recommended, especially on weekends when most tickets sell out well in advance. If you purchase tickets online, avoid waiting in line by printing your tickets from home and bringing them with you.

  • Adults: $14 / $10 for Tri-County Residents
  • Youth (Ages 6-17): $9 / $5 for Tri-County Residents
  • Groups (15+): $12 / $8 for Tri-County Residents

Purchase Tickets

Or at the DIA Box Office, or by phone at 313.833.4005.

DIA Members receive free exhibition tickets, shop and café discounts, and more. Advanced reservations are also recommended for members. Call 313.833.7971 for membership information.

Free Fridays

Waltz in for Free Fridays! Admission to Dance is free every Friday. Timeslot reservation is still required.

Reserve Online

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located in midtown Detroit near Woodward & Warren at:

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

Museum Hours

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Getting to the DIA: Road Construction Information

Due to the M-1 rail construction, various exits/freeways/streets near the DIA will be temporarily closed until the project is completed. Click here for the latest construction updates and directions on how to get to the museum.


Map of the DIA surrounding area in downtown Detroit

Museum Parking Lot: secured self-parking, enter off John R Street, just south of Kirby, daily, $7
Valet parking: Due to construction of the M-1 Rail, the DIA is no longer available to provide valet parking. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Street parking is available around the museum using the Park Detroit app, or at nearby parking kiosks.

WSU Self-Parking Locations:

Rackham: enter off Warren (north side) just east of Woodward, daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., $7
Welcome Center: enter off Putnam St. (south side) just west of Woodward, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - midnight, $2 - $10; Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., $7.50

Dance! American Art 1830-1960 includes 19th-century paintings that portray dances from America’s diverse communities, from the sacred dances of indigenous North Americans to Irish jigs and Spanish flamencos; paintings that show class distinctions, from the refined quadrille to a sidewalk tarantella; pastoral fantasies of expressive dances performed outdoors; paintings from the turn of the 20th century featuring international female superstars; works by Harlem Renaissance artists who challenged negative stereotypes and sought to create and sustain a vibrant cultural identity; and modern objects that demonstrate a fluid dialogue between visual artists, dancers and choreographers.

Video will also be presented in the galleries to give the full scope of the performing arts including both historic footage and contemporary dancers who will perform dances that inspired these great artworks including demonstrations of American ballet, tap traditions and Detroit’s very own dance legacies.

Dance! American Art 1830–1960 will travel to the Denver Art Museum, July 10–October 2, 2016 and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, October 22, 2016–January 16, 2017.

Located on the second level next to the entrance of Dance, the DIA Museum Shop has a selection of goods inspired by the Dance exhibition.

The catalogue is edited by exhibition curator Jane Dini, with essays by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Lynn Garafola, Dakin Hart, Constance Valis Hill, Analisa Leppanen-Guerra, Valerie J. Mercer, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, Kenneth John Myers, Bruce Robertson, and Sharyn R. Udall.

The Dance shop is open during museum hours, or shop online 24/7 at DIAShop.org/Dance

The Detroit Institute of Arts is offering free reserved field trips for schools located within Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. To make a reservation, please call 313.833.1292 or email studenttours@dia.org.

This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation and an ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Support for the catalogue has been provided by the Ida and Conrad Smith Fund.

Image: Dances, 1914 or 1915, oil on canvas; Arthur Bowen Davies, American. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Ralph Harman Booth

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