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Great Art, New Start

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For more than a century the DIA has housed some of the world's greatest works of art. We have also been a gathering place for the vibrant community that is metropolitan Detroit. The DIA is your museum and we look forward to bringing you new ways to look at, think about and talk about art and our world.

Of course, none of this is possible without the help of donors. Your support helps bring this vision to reality, resulting in a museum that will be a source of pride for our children and grandchildren.

To learn how you can help us give great art a new start, please contact:

Peggy Falcon

Peggy Falcon

Featured Donor: A. Alfred Taubman

A. Alfred Taubman

Taubman is known as one of the nation's largest and most successful owner/developers of regional shopping malls. The founder of the Taubman Company joined the DIA in 1975 and has served for many years as chair of the City of Detroit Arts Commission. He has been on the board of directors since 1984, first as director, then since 1992 as an honorary director. He has also been deeply involved with the DIA's Master Plan in his role as chair of the Building Committee. His expertise and guidance are of extraordinary value to the DIA.

An art collector for over 30 years, Taubman's holdings include paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. He has given a number of works to the DIA's collection, including Paul Klee's Small Landscape with Garden Door, several pieces of ancient Roman glass, and most recently, Raymond Duchamp-Villon's Le Cheval Majeur (The Large Horse), which was installed in the sculpture garden at the College for Creative Studies, a collaboration between CCS and the DIA. He was among the donors who helped the museum acquire Louis François Roubiliac's Bust of Isaac Ware, and the Korean Head of Buddha.

Along with Richard A. Manoogian and Josephine Ford, Taubman provided the leadership gifts for the New Day at Your DIA and Great Art New Start fundraising campaigns. In recognition of those and others, a wing has been named in his honor.

To learn more about A. Alfred Taubman, visit his website at