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Last Chance to see Renowned African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Friday, June 23, 2006

African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection features works from 1848–1997

June 23, 2006, 2005 (Detroit)—Only a little over a week remains to see the outstanding exhibition of African American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection ends Sunday, July 2, and visitors who have seen the exhibition have been impressed with the wide range of art on display. The dynamic selection of paintings, photography, sculptures and works on paper are from the collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans, whose collection of more than 500 objects is regarded as one of the most important African American art collections.

The exhibition features some of the most accomplished African American artists working in the 19th and 20th centuries through more than 80 works created from 1848 to 1997. Among them are pioneering 19th century landscape artists such as Robert Scott Duncanson, Edward Mitchell Bannister and Henry Ossawa Tanner; sculptor Edmonia Lewis; Harlem Renaissance artists Aaron Douglas, Archibald Motley and William H. Johnson; and modernists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Hunt. Many works in the exhibition are considered highly significant and in some instances rare.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for groups of 20 or more and $6 for children.  Tickets are available at the DIA Box Office or at Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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. Additional support provided by 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.