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Exhibitions and Events Dec. 2005 – 2006

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is presenting a dynamic schedule of events and exhibitions for all ages, even as the museum’s building is undergoing a major renovation. Visitors can also enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” in a special installation of the permanent collection called Remix while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed in late 2007.

Exhibitions are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Museum hours are Wednesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit the DIA’s Web site at for updated information.

Through Dec. 31, 2005 p>This exhibition presents the versatility of screenprint by concentrating on the variety of procedures artists employ to create images in this major category of modern printmaking. The objects are selected from the museum’s collection and the archives of Stewart & Stewart, printers and publishers of fine art screenprints in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for 25 years. Highlighted artists include Janet Fish, John Himmelfarb, Hunt Slonem and Steven Sorman, among many others. The history of the medium will also be displayed in a small selection of eclectic prints by dozens of other artists working now and in the early 20th century.  


Through Feb. 5, 2006

The DIA is the only U.S. venue for this stunning exhibition that brings two great artists together for the first time in America. Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, provides the first side-by-side comparison of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, whose work helped shape the extraordinary legacy of turn-of-the-century Paris. Fateful Encounter showcases sculptures by Rodin, and Claudel, and select works by their contemporaries. Rare photographs, drawings, and letters on view help reveal how Claudel’s and Rodin’s artistic and personal lives were intimately entwined.

Claudel and Rodin shared a passionate relationship from the early 1880s to the late 1890s, during which they inspired and influenced each other’s work. Many of Claudel’s key works in all media are featured, including Sakuntala, The Waltz, The Age of Maturity, and Vertumnus and Pomona. Among the sculptures by Rodin are Bust of Camille Claudel, Saint John the Baptist Preaching, The Gates of Hell (and important related works), and The Thinker.

Beginning in the early 1890s Claudel’s and Rodin’s work reflect their disintegrating relationship. Disturbed by the growing distance between her and Rodin and his steady climb toward old age, Claudel created The Age of Maturity, depicting a mature man growing old while “youth” desperately tries to pull him back. Swept up by the influence of art nouveau and japonisme, Claudel’s sculpture became increasingly lyrical and decorative, as in The Gossips and The Wave. As for Rodin, Claudel’s likeness continued to haunt him and appeared repeatedly in the allegorical portraits he produced in his last years, reflecting the lifelong influence of their relationship. These include The Goodbye, The Convalescent, Study for France, and The Thought.

The exhibition was organized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in Quebec City, with Musée Rodin in Paris. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund. Additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit. For ticket information, call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

Jan. 25–April 30, 2006

The multi-media extravaganza, The Super “Bowl” Show, will kick-off the week before Detroit’s exciting Super Bowl XL. This exhibition combines a selection of works on paper—prints, drawings and photographs—that depict vases, glasses, tureens and bowls of all shapes and sizes with a variety of three-dimensional containers. The objects are part of the museum’s collection and represent the eclectic range of schools and time periods that created art in this centuries-old mainstay subject. This exhibition includes graphic artists as diverse and disparate as William Bailey, Janet Fish, André Kertész, Charles Sheeler and David Teniers the Younger, among many others. These works are displayed along with vessels by makers such as Beatrice Wood, Dale Chihuly, Lucie Rie, Michael Glancy and Edward and Philip Moulthrop.  

April 8–May 13, 2006            

This exhibition features hundreds of objects in all media made by Detroit Public School students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Because of ongoing renovations at the DIA, the ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and videos will be on view at the Main branch of the Detroit Public Library across from the museum. Library hours are Tuesday–Wednesday, noon–8 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission to the Library is free. Call 313.833.7900 for more information.

April 9–July 2, 2006

The African American art collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans is regarded as one of the important historical collections of art created by American artists of African descent. This exhibition features selected works in various media from Evans’ private collection of over 500 objects. Broad in scope, this presentation includes more than 80 paintings, sculptures and works on paper dating from 1848 to 1997 that show the development of African American art from the Hudson River School up to and including various modernist approaches. The exhibition presents an opportunity to learn about some of the most accomplished African American artists working in the 19th and 20th centuries including Henry Ossawa Tanner, Edmonia Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. The exhibition was organized by the Walter O. Evans Foundation for Art and Literature.  In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.  For ticket information, call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

May 18–July 30, 2006

The DIA’s collection is augmented continually by gifts, bequests and purchases. This exhibition presents an eclectic array of some of the most recent objects acquired by the department of graphic arts including many small drawings by Diego Rivera used as book illustrations, a large photograph by Candida Höfer from her library interiors made in 2005 and prints of many eras and schools by artists as diverse as Giorgio Ghisi, Théodore Géricault, Robert Motherwell, Kiki Smith and Terry Winters.    


June 24, 2006             

Celebrate the 43rd annual Bal Africain® gala, hosted by the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art. This fundraiser helps support acquisitions of African and African American art and helps fund lectures and programs. For more information, call the Bal Hotline at 313.833.4866.

August 2006
The DIA’s Founders Junior Council presents the 36th annual Fash Bash® fundraiser featuring hot new fashions. This extravagant evening includes a strolling supper, live auction, fashion show, entertainment and afterglow parties. For more information, call 313.833.6954. 

A HARD HAT PARTY THAT ROCKS...2006 Under The Stars
November 11, 2006    

The DIA’s distinguished gala, Under the Stars®, is in its second year of a revamped, reconstructed event that engages patrons in the museum’s current renovation project.  This is the last chance to witness the progress of the construction with exclusive walk-throughs of newly renovated areas before they are unveiled the following year.  The evening also includes a tour of the current exhibition, dancing in the rafters, fabulous foods and entertainment by several musicians and bands. For more information, call 313.833.7969.

September 23, 2006–January 7, 2007

Annie Leibovitz: American Music is an exhibition of portraits by America’s most renowned and celebrated photographer. Throughout her career, Leibovitz has traveled throughout the U.S. immortalizing figures from blues, gospel, jazz, rock and country music. For this exhibition, Leibovitz focused on American roots music, the individuals who are part of its history, as well as younger artists who have been influenced by these legends. Her subjects include B.B. King, the late Johnny Cash and June Carter, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Etta James and Dolly Parton; popular music legends including Beck and Bruce Springsteen; as well as Detroit celebrities Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and The White Stripes. The exhibition showcases 70 portraits of recent work and classic images from the late 1970s and 1980s that are central to the theme of music, a subject fundamental to Leibovitz’s long and celebrated career. Annie Leibovitz: American Music was organized by the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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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 is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.