DETROIT (May 24, 2021) – The Detroit Institute of Arts has extended its exhibition “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020,” until January 9, 2022. This extension allows for additional visitors to experience the popular show as capacity restrictions begin to loosen and the vaccinated population increases. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is always free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

The exhibition highlights the artistry and influence of Detroit car designers working between 1950 and the present day. It brings together 12 coupes and sedans designed across that 70-year period to highlight significant achievements in style and technology, including unique examples of experimental show cars created for display and iconic production models sold to the mass market. Design drawings allow visitors to imagine the creative and innovative processes that bring a vehicle from the drawing board to the street. A selection of paintings and sculptures highlight the conversation between the American art world and car culture.

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Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 19502020 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Major funding is generously provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, and Mrs. Jennifer Adderley in loving memory of her husband, Mr. Terence E. Adderley.

Additional funding is provided by the Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation, Stellantis, The Suburban Collection, Jennifer & Ambassador David Fischer and Darcy & David Fischer, Jr., and Consolidated Rail Corporation on behalf of William Milliken.

Additional support is provided by Barbara and William U. Parfet, TCF National Bank, The Fisher & Company Family, and the Friends of African & African American Art.

Major funding for the exhibition catalogue is generously provided by the Margaret Dunning Foundation.


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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 with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.