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Procrastinator Alert! Final Weeks of Annie Leibovitz: American Music at the DIA

Friday, December 22, 2006

Exhibition ends January 7, 2007

December 18, 2006 (Detroit)—Time is running out to see the popular exhibition Annie Leibovitz: American Music at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition is only on view for three more weeks—through Jan. 7, 2007.

The holidays are a perfect time for those who have been planning to see the exhibition, but haven’t made the time. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when many people have a break from school and work, the museum will be open an additional day: Tuesday, Dec. 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

American Music features intimate portraits of those who shaped and were influenced by American roots music, which includes folk, blues, country, gospel and bluegrass. Aretha Franklin, The White Stripes, Willie Nelson and Etta James are just a few of the greats of American music whose images were captured by Leibovitz, one of America’s most renowned photographers. In Detroit, the exhibition is sponsored by LaSalle Bank.

The exhibition presents 70 color and black-and-white portraits of Leibovitz’ recent work in addition to several classic images from the late 1970s and 1980s. Detroit music celebrities include rapper Eminem, the “queen of soul,” Aretha Franklin, and rock icons Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and The White Stripes.

Leibovitz has created casual, formal, and whimsical portrayals of music personalities in settings as diverse as juke joints, recording studios, hotel rooms, rehearsal spaces, city streets and the expansive American landscape. Country singer Emmylou Harris appears against an ethereal twilight sky. Johnny Cash strums guitar with daughter Roseanne on their family porch in Virginia. Grammy award-winning rap artist Missy Elliot appears larger-than-life in diamonds and fur. Delta bluesman Johnnie Billington is seen in the midst of a music lesson with students at his Mississippi school.

Leibovitz also presents stark depictions of longtime musical performers, such as the black-and-white portraits of Willie Nelson and rocker Iggy Pop. To Leibovitz, their faces appear like “road maps” of their lives. She personally recalls her encounters, perceptions and the history of these legendary figures in the audio tour that accompanies the exhibition.

The DIA has changed up its popular Friday nights for the run of American Music, with Macy’s sponsorship of Macy’s American Music Fridays. Performers have included five-time Grammy-winner Flaco Jimenez, folk artist Dan Zanes and El Vez—the Mexican Elvis. Three Macy’s American Music Fridays remain:  Dec. 22 features Karaoke, where visitors can show off their talent and compete for prizes; Dec. 29 features Seeley & Baldori, two phenomenal performers who combine their talents for a night of jazz, blues, and boogie; Jan. 5, 2007 brings Continuum, a collective of composers and musicians dedicated to presenting contemporary music. Performances are at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and are free with museum admission.

Exhibition tickets, which include an audio tour and museum admission, are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-17, and $8 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the DIA Box Office and on line at

Annie Leibovitz: American Music is organized by Experience Music Project, Seattle and all works are courtesy of Annie Leibovitz. 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.


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. NOTE: TheDIA will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, and open Tuesday, Dec. 26 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Admission is a donation. We recommend $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

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.