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Browse our full list below of current talk offerings, and to schedule a speaker, simply complete the request form below. You can also contact Cynthia Blackburn at 313.833.1510 or at cblackburn@dia.org.

DIA: The Essentials

Explore select DIA artworks to gain an appreciation of the diversity, quality, and world-class status of the museum's collection.

Your DIA: (R)evolution

Exploring the history of the DIA heightens awareness of the individuals who founded the museum, built its collection, and supported the institution for over 128 years and provides the basis for understanding why the DIA is considered one of the most renowned and innovative art museums in the world.

Picturing Music

Exploring the presence of music in visual art heightens awareness of the role music plays across cultures and time and provides a lens through which to explore the personal, social, and creative aspects of identity.

Through Her Eyes: Women Artist's in the DIAs Collection

Viewing the work of women artists in the DIA collection heightens awareness of the creative contributions of women across cultures and time and provides a lens through which to explore issues of gender, relationships between generations, politics, and culture.

Let Me Tell You a Story

Making meaning of the world around us is a basic behavior and most cultures throughout time have used art to teach essential beliefs and understandings. Explore the many ways visual artists use stories as the source of inspiration for their work.

Diego Rivera and the Detroit Industry Murals

Now a National Landmark, learn the complex and intriguing story behind the man and the murals.

Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists: Degas, Renoir and Friends

Some of the most important French artists of the 19th century resisted the elitist aesthetic of the academic art tradition by emphasizing the people around them and the human experience as subject matter during a transitioning moment in the modernist era. These are all works on paper by Degas, Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard, Bonnard, Cezanne.

To Die Upon a Kiss

Scientists have proven that when experiencing "love," brain cells release dopamine, a natural stimulant, to many regions of the brain that affect human behavior. These areas of the brain are associated with wanting, motivation, focus, and craving. View a selection of works that explore the variety of behaviors associated with "love."

Cows at the Opera House and Other Museum Mysteries

A mystery is defined as something unexplained or inexplicable, or as a person or thing having qualities that arouse curiosity or speculation. The many mysteries of the

Seeking the Sacred

Compare different ways people throughout the world and throughout time have used works of art to hold, communicate and reinforce ideas about religion, spirituality and cosmology.

In Our Own Voice: African American Art

Heighten awareness of the creative contributions of African Americans from the 19th century through to present day. This talk provides a lens through which to explore issues of race, gender, politics, and culture.

COMING FEBRUARY 2015! Special Exhibition: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

1930s Depression era Detroit marked a dramatic turning point in Rivera's and Kahlo's careers, which resulted in Rivera's most visionary statement for the future and Frida’s boldly personal expressive art.

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