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DIA exterior at night
DIA exterior at night

Detroit Institute of Arts wants People to take a Selfie with a “Samurai” - Be on the lookout for “Samurai warrior” tomorrow in Midtown and Downtown

Monday, May 05, 2014


WHAT: In addition to throwing out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers May 6 game, a “samurai warrior” from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be in various locations in Midtown and downtown Detroit.

The DIA is asking those who spot the samurai to take a selfie with him and post it on Instagram and Twitter using #samuraiselfie and tagging @DIADetroit. The person who submits the “fiercest” selfie will win four tickets to see the exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the DIA, on view through June 1.

In preparation for his first pitch at the Tigers game, the “samurai warrior” will be warming up on the DIA lawn on John R Street.


12:30–1:30:   Pitching practice on DIA lawn (John R Street)
1:45–2:         Tea at Great Lakes Coffee
2:15–3:15:    Whole Foods and vicinity
3:30–4:         Cass and Canfield district
4:15–4:45:    Campus Martius Park
5–5:40:         Hockeytown Cafe
5:45:             Enter Ballpark
6:50:             First Pitch

WHY: To let people know about the popular exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the DIA through June 1.

OTHER: A $4-off coupon for adult tickets to Samurai: Beyond the Sword is available through May 18 at The exhibition explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars. This is a ticketed exhibition. For more information, visit

DIA Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


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.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Contact:    Pamela Marcil    313-833-7899