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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Offerings
Women of Spirit and Power
Throughout history women have been portrayed in a wide variety of roles from wife and lover to warrior and more. Explore these women and the roles they played in the cultures they represent.
The Woman with a Thousand Faces
Whether a realistic portrait or an abstract rendering, women have been the source of inspiration for artists and have represented stories, legends, ideas and myths. Explore the meaning behind the images of these women.
What is a frame? Is it only the outer elaborately carved pieces of wood that adorn some of the paintings at the DIA or can it be something more? Take a fun and fascinating look at what a frame can be.
Chivalry, Armor and Courting Culture
Take a close look at life in the early Middle Ages through the early Renaissance with this examination of the time of the knight in shining armor.
Lotus Blossoms: Highlights from the Asian Collection at the DIA
Explore the arts of Asia and the universality of the lotus blossom through the art, poetry and literature of the Orient.
About 500 years ago society and art went through a period of exciting change as people awoke to the wonders of our world and to the ideas of the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Explore these changes through this look at the Renaissance through the art of the DIA.
Perfectly Clear: The Art of Glass
Since ancient times, man has paid an almost mystical attention to glass, attributing something magical and supernatural to this transparent medium. Take a closer look at some of the amazing glass that is in the permanent collection of the DIA.
Art and Politics
The rules of governance have been a part of our lives since ancient times. Take a look at how art can reflect the politics of the nations and peoples of the world from ancient times through the present.
South of the Border
From ancient American to Diego Rivera and beyond, explore the vast contributions to the art world by our neighbors to the south.
Is there more to a story behind a work of art than what you see? Have fun exploring some of the multiple interpretations, ambiguous meanings and historical contexts behind some works at the DIA and find what else lies beneath the surface.
Money and Art
Money, whether good or bad, has an impact on virtually everything. In this presentation, you will explore the ways that money has impacted not only art and culture, but politics, families and dynasties, from all over the world.
- Topics: Detroit
Rivera’s Detroit: The Detroit Industry Murals
Diego Rivera considered the Detroit Industry murals the most successful of his career. Explore the DIA's signature artwork and the stories behind it.
The Rise of a Great Museum
Take a historical journey through the DIA from its ambitious beginnings to its present status as one of the world’s premier fine arts museums.
- Topics: Women and Art
Rachel Ruysch, Artemisia Gentileschi, Kiki Smith and Gilda Snowden are artists from various time frames including fifteenth-century Italy and contemporary Detroit. Learn how these women defied gender specific roles and have risen above prejudice to create enduring artistic statements.
- Topics: Religion and Spirituality
The Life of Christ
Learn about art from Italian and Northern European regions and how artists used symbolism, representation and artistic techniques, such as tempera and gold leaf, to communicate the life of Christ.
Picturing the Birth of Christ
Discover how early Christian and Renaissance artists from Italy and Northern Europe have depicted the birth of Christ and the events surrounding this story.
Portraying Christ’s Death and Resurrection
Explore the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ as depicted by Italian, North European and American artists.
The Power of Myth
Learn how myths and legends shaped our world by studying African masks, Greek and Roman gods, the story of Adams and Eve and European stories.
- Topics: Countries, Nations, and Societies: New Styles of Art
Beyond Renaissance: Baroque Art
Italian and Northern Renaissance baroque art is dramatic and uses movement, tradition, intense spirituality and realism. Explore this seventeenth-century art and its followers.
Trace the history and emergence of a style that shook the art world in the late nineteenth century, yet is enormously popular today.
The Spirit of African American Artists
Hear about the lives and times of African American artists from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
- Topics: Culture and General Interest
Explore art from cultures throughout the world that addresses illness and healing.
Saints and Sinners
Learn about art featuring dramatic stories about villains and heroes from different cultures.
Discover exquisite, unique and larger-than-life art—no piece is larger than 9 inches!
Children of the World
Glimpse into the lives of children through paintings, sculpture and clothing from around the world.
In Full Bloom: Flowers and Plants in Art
Travel across continents and through history to discover the special meaning behind flowers and plants and how they are used in art.
Seeing Red: The Use of Color
Learn about the various ways artists employ color—to grab attention and to evoke happiness, sadness, solemnness and awe, among other emotional responses.
Power of Persuasion
From ancient Mesopotamia to the twentieth century, see how art has been used to persuade, advertise and convey power.
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