At the DIA creativity is at the center of many things that we do, and lately we have been envisioning ways we can bring the arts and sports together. I believe this partnership is a powerful one, which allows for new an...
Gracehoper, Tony Smith's monumental, painted-steel sculpture on the DIA's North Lawn, has suffered from nearly 30 years of exposure to harsh weather and natural corrosion. Through consultation with the Tony Smith Estate, paint specialists, and expert conservators, the conservation team developed a plan that honors the artist's vision while using innovative advancements in paint technology.Read Details
Last August, we moved to Lafayette Park in Detroit, and we are very fortunate to live in one of the houses designed by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late 1950s. Our Mies unit is very similar to the kinds of European city apartments in which I grew up in Madrid, small rooms--very simple and austere spaces, narrow kitchen, eight-foot-high ceilings, and the sounds of your neighbors' voices through the shared walls. These Mies homes are special because their external walls are made of glass, allowing plenty of light to come through, warming our daily life.Read Details
Antonio Machado, one of the great Spanish writers of all time, described in a poem that his childhood memories were of a patio in Seville and an orchard where lemon trees ripen. I deeply connect with these lines because my childhood memories also have images of a patio--in Valencia (where my family is from)--a patio where the bright Mediterranean sun gave warmth to blooming jasmine.Read Details
One of the activities I have been enjoying most as DIA director has been working with our tri-county partners. The DIA team meets three times a year with the Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County Art Authorities, which work closely with the museum to ensure that we provide the best service possible to their residents.Read Details
Joan Miró’s Portfolio Cover conservation treatment.Read Details