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Exhibitions and Events July 2006-2007

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents a dynamic schedule of events and exhibitions for all ages, even as the museum’s building is undergoing a major renovation. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” currently on view 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.

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.    

August 26, 2006

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

September 13–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. This is a ticketed exhibition. For ticket information, call 313.833.4005.

Annie Leibovitz: American Music is organized by Experience Music Project, Seattle and all works are courtesy of the photographer. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from LaSalle Bank. Additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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.

February 7–May 27, 2007

Telling stories through pictures, specifically with prints and drawings, is the subject of this exhibition organized from the DIA’S collection. Selections from many familiar series, portfolios, and books, as well as several examples that have rarely or never been seen at the museum will be on view. Included are David Hockney’s  etchings Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, three volumes of Moby Dick with illustrations by Norman Rockwell, a copy of the 15th-century Nuremberg Chronicle, Wassily Kandinsky’s Klange, Henri Matisse’s Parsiphal, Jim Dine’s Picture of Dorian Gray, and many more European and American works from a variety of eras.  

March 4May 27, 2007

The DIA presents more than 100 black and white photographs made by Ansel Adams throughout the course of his career featuring familiar images and others that are little known and extremely rare. Included are early works from Yosemite ca.1917, soft-focus and romantic Pictorialist photographs from the 1920s (including his first serious landscape series, photographs of Pueblo Indians, and mountain views of the Canadian Rockies), large-format photographs from the 1930s, and Western landscapes of the 1930s through the 1960s. Lesser known works featuring urban and architectural views as well as portraits of his friends Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Edward Weston are also included. This is a ticketed exhibition. For ticket information call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

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.