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Exhibitions and Events at the DIA, April 2006-2007

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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.

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

This exhibition features more than 80 paintings, sculptures and works on paper dating from 1848 to 1997 selected from the private collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans.  Evans’ collection of over 500 works by African American artists is considered one of the most important in the U.S.  Through accomplished African American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, the exhibition shows the development of African American art from the Hudson River School up to and including various modernist approaches. The exhibition was organized by The Walter O. Evans Foundation for Art and Literature. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a grant from General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation. 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.

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. This year, Bal Africain®  is honoring Linda Johnson Rice and the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company (John E. Johnson).  Linda is the President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, which produces Ebony and Jet Magazine. For more information, call the Bal Hotline at 313.833.4866.

August 2006 (Exact date to be determined)

The DIA’s Founders Junior Council presents the 36th annual Fash Bash® fundraiser featuring hot new fashions. With the support of Saks Fifth Avenue and General Motors, this extravagant evening includes a strolling supper, live auction, fashion show, entertainment and afterglow parties. For more information, call 313.833.6954. 

September 6–December 31, 2006

Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso – these three names resonate like a mantra in the history of Western printmaking. Each artist cultivated an international reputation during his own lifetime and each represents the pinnacle of achievement within the mediums up to his era, Dürer in the early 16th century, Rembrandt in the mid-17th and Picasso in the 20th century. Arguably, in their creativity and technical skill, each attained a stature few have equaled and all set standards to which five centuries of subsequent printmakers have aspired. This exhibition will feature the work of all three masters, focusing on the innovations each introduced and will also present many significant aspects of the various media from wood and linoleum cuts, engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint and lithography.

September 24, 2006–January 7, 2007

Throughout her career Annie Leibovitz, one of American’s most celebrated photographers, has traveled through the U.S. immortalizing figures from American root music—blues, gospel, jazz, rock and country. In this exhibition, Leibovitz focuses on the legends of root music, as well as younger artists who have been influenced by them.  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. For ticket information, call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

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

The 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 Annie Leibovitz: American Music, dancing in the rafters, fabulous foods and live music. For more information, call 313.833.7969.

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.