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Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibitions April–December 2011 - Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus opens November 20

Monday, March 21, 2011

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) offers a variety of exhibitions through the end of the year, including the highly anticipated Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, organized by the DIA, the Louvre, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Many of the superstars in the museum’s renowned prints collection are featured in the exhibitions It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals and Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories. The latter includes artists as diverse as Wassily Kandinsky, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Jim Dine, and Norman Rockwell.  An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs 1914–1969 and Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000–2010 also showcase works from the DIA collection.

Exhibitions are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays,
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum Admission: $8 adults, $4 ages 6-17, $6 seniors ages 62+, DIA members free.

Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries
November 21, 2010–April 10, 2011
Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries highlights some of the mistakes and other discoveries made through the years regarding artist attribution, authenticity and value of works in the DIA’s collection. The exhibition illustrates how the museum constantly re-assesses artworks through research, science, and technology, revealing an aspect of its work rarely seen by the public. The exhibition has been organized by the DIA. Generous support has been provided by Chase. This is a ticketed exhibition.

The show includes 58 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings and decorative arts from diverse cultures—European, African, American, Asian, Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern. This diversity of objects provides opportunities to explore issues such as who really created a particular work of art, when it was made, if it is real or fake and other research mysteries.

The exhibition begins with works for which the artist attribution has changed. These came into the collection as being by a recognized artist or culture, but were later determined to be either in the style of a major artist, an exact copy, or by an anonymous artist. The next section displays known forgeries, with explanations on how the museum came to that conclusion. The last section contains ongoing “mysteries.” For example, the DIA is currently examining a painting by Vincent van Gogh to determine if it is by the artist or is a forgery.

Visitors will get a peek into the research that occurs behind the scenes through interactive activities. For example, they can undertake their own investigations at a hands-on lab in the exhibition, which will bring the connection between art and science to life.

An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs 1914–1969
November 24, 2010–May 29, 2011
The exhibition surveys Kertész’s career with nearly 100 photographs taken in Hungary, Paris and New York, many of which are drawn from the DIA’s collection. For Kertész, the years spent in Paris in the early 20th century were especially pivotal. An Intuitive Eye highlights his Parisian photographs to demonstrate his unique style that combined the techniques and compositions of photojournalism with the aesthetic sensibilities of abstraction employed by Modernist artists. His photographs of Parisians at rest, play or work in the side streets, public parks and quiet corners of the city create a vision of Paris that has helped define the city as a place where the quiet traditions of daily life are revered. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals
March 23–September 25, 2011
Herds of cattle and strings of ponies as well as pods of dolphins, ostentations of peacocks and lounges of lizards are just some of the subjects of more than 150 prints and drawings selected from the DIA collection to form this exhibition. Regardless of culture and despite centuries of time, artists of all generations are united in their portrayals of animals in a multitude of activities and roles. All types of animals are included, from exotic wild creatures such as Albrecht Dürer’s colored drawing from the mid-1490s of a lion, to barnyard beasts by John Steuart Curry depicting Stallion and Jack Fighting, domesticated companions in Mary Cassatt’s drypoint of people and their parrots, and Jane Hammond’s recent symbolic “butterfly migration map,” All Souls: Zungeru. This is a kid friendly exhibition with many works hung at an intentionally low level for the viewing pleasure of a younger audience. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition
April 30–June 5, 2011
Art by students from dozens of Detroit Public Schools in grades K-12 is showcased in this annual exhibition. Among the variety of objects are paintings, drawings, ceramics, collages, photographs, videos and jewelry.

Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection
September 14–early 2012
(ending date TBD)
The Detroit Institute of Arts recently received a generous bequest and rich collection from one of Detroit’s most dynamic collectors—James Pearson Duffy. For 40 years, Duffy was an avid collector who had an uninhibited approach to looking at and acquiring art, collecting art he was drawn to and using intuition to guide his choices.

Duffy’s collection ranges from sculpture to paintings to prints and drawings and represents a variety of interests—from contemporary photography to mixed media work by Cass Corridor artists to ancient Chinese sculpture. The exhibition includes works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Georges Braque, Philip Guston, Gordon Newton and Jane Hammond, among others.

The exhibition will feature works of art that Duffy collected in New York and locally as well as how he chose to combine the art in his own home. Throughout the galleries, visitors will be encouraged to reflect on their own artistic tastes as they identify which works of art they’re drawn to in Duffy’s diverse collection.

Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000–2010
October 16, 2011–April 8, 2012
Contemporary artists present photographs and video inspired by Detroit, its people, diverse culture, and industries in work created from 2000–2010. The artists shed light on life in the Motor City during the past decade, a time characterized by unique challenges that continue to influence the landscape and society of Detroit in the post-automotive era. From factories and storefront churches to vast urban prairies, as well as vibrant neighborhoods in southwest Detroit, the exhibition includes more than 50 photographs by Andrew Moore, Camilo Vergara, and Detroit-based artists Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz, Scott Hocking and Corine Vermeulen. Video work by Dawoud Bey and Ari Marcopoulos are featured. This exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus
November 20, 2011–February 12, 2012
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus brings together for the first time many of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn’s finest paintings, prints and drawings that portray Jesus and events described in the Bible. Approximately 60 small, intimate paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his students reveal how Rembrandt broke from traditional 17th-century representations of Jesus. The exhibition is organized by the DIA, the Musée du Louvre, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The small, intimate works cover every phase of Rembrandt’s artistic exploration of the subject, from rapid sketches that were ideas for future pictures, to a masterpiece from the Louvre never before shown in the U.S. In addition to the organizing venues, works come from more than 43 lenders, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum, and the National Gallery in London. In Detroit, support has been by provided by the Cracchiolo family. This is a ticketed exhibition.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus will be on view at the Louvre from April 18 to July 18, and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from July 30 to October 30.

Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories
December 21, 2011–June 24, 2012
Telling stories through pictures, specifically with prints and drawings, is the subject of this exhibition organized from the DIA collection. It includes selections from many familiar series, portfolios, and books, as well as several examples that have rarely or never been seen at the museum. Included are David Hockney’s etchings to 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 on paper from a variety of eras. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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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’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.

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