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August Closing

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Museum to briefly close to the public, Aug. 1–Sept. 5; some activities will continue off-site

June 29, 2006 (Detroit)—In order to facilitate the final stage of renovations at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the museum will briefly close to the public from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5. While many will be enjoying their summer vacations, DIA staff and construction crews will be working diligently to complete the major portion of the construction for the master plan project. Renovation work inside the museum is currently confined to activities that are not unduly disruptive to visitors. The temporary closing will enable crews to work inside the building unimpeded by public hours.

The DIA also closed last August, and much was accomplished. Structural steel and floors were installed in the museum’s North Court, and work was completed in Prentis Court. Since the temporary entrance to front of the Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium was closed, work was conducted in and above this area as well.

August is traditionally the month with the least attendance at the museum, as many people travel or are busy with outdoor activities. “While many of our visitors are enjoying vacations, we will be working hard to complete most of physical renovation work,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “At the end of these five short weeks, we will more clearly see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ In the meantime, we encourage visitors to enjoy all that is going on during July.”


There is still much to enjoy at the museum during July, including two outstanding exhibitions. African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection, on view through July 2, showcases the art of some of the most accomplished African American artists from the mid-1800s through the 1990s. Among the artists featured are Robert Scott Duncanson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Photographs is on view through July 30, with works ranging from a 1570 engraving by Giorgio Ghisi, to large etchings and lithographs made in 2005 by Judy Pfaff and Terry Winters. Drawings by Diego Rivera, a contemporary abstract work by Stephen Talasnik, and early 20th-century and contemporary photographs, are also part of the show.

The DIA’s “Greatest Hits” continue to be displayed in the thematic Remix galleries. Visitors can also enjoy the always-fun Friday nights and weekend programs that feature live music, artist demonstrations, drop-in workshops, storytelling, tours and family performances.

Summer camps are also offered in July. The popular camps will be held at the DIA Studio in the Park Shelton on Kirby Street, directly across from the museum. To register, call 313-833-4249.

July 5–July 7, 9 am–4 pm; Many Hands, Many Worlds, ages 9–12

Learn about Arabic culture through food and dance at the Arab American National Museum and explore related art at the DIA. Members $200, Nonmembers $225. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

July 17–21, 9 am–noon; Clay by Day, ages 9-12

Campers have fun creating a variety of projects in clay. Members $120, nonmembers $150.

July 24–July 27, 9 am–noon; Camp Art 'N Action, ages 5-8

Dive into sculpture, painting, drawing and more! Members $96, nonmembers $120.

The museum’s Speakers Bureau will continue to bring the DIA’s collection to adult groups through informative slide presentations. The talks offered range from topics such as “French Impressionism,” and “The Spirit of African American Artists,” to “Women of Spirit and Power,” and “Seeing Red: The Use of Color.” Call 313-833-1510 for information.

See You in September

When the DIA reopens Sept. 6, the museum will be preparing for the biggest exhibition of the year: Annie Leibovitz: American Music, opening Sept. 24. Aretha Franklin, The White Stripes, Willie Nelson, and Etta James are just some of the greats of American music whose images were captured by the keen eye of Leibovitz, one of America’s most renowned photographers. An exciting music and film series are also being planned for the run of the exhibition.

An outstanding exhibition with works from the DIA’s collection also opens in September. The Big Three in Printmaking: Durer, Rembrandt and Picasso features prints by three of the most important artists in the history of printmaking. For more information, visit

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. Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

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.

Currently, the DIA is presenting a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages, even as the museum’s building is undergoing a major renovation. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed in late 2007.