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Detroit Institute of Arts receives $80,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts: Money to support Shirin Neshat exhibition next year

Thursday, November 29, 2012

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant for $80,000 to support its Shirin Neshat exhibition, which opens April 7, 2013. The exhibition features still photography and video installations by contemporary Iranian American artist Shirin Neshat.


Through visual metaphor and compelling sound, Neshat confronts the complexities of identity, gender and power to express her own vision that embraces the depth of Islamic tradition and Western concepts of individuality and liberty. A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, which will also be complemented by a diverse series of public programs. The exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. In addition to the NEA award, Shirin Neshat is supported by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.


“We’re delighted to receive this grant from the NEA in support of our upcoming Shirin Neshat exhibition,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Shirin Neshat is a powerful voice in the contemporary world whose art touches on important societal issues, and we look forward to bringing her work to Detroit.”


“I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Shirin Neshat exhibition,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”


In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff, and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.




The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.


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