Untitled (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Mexico City), 1933; Martin Munkácsi, Hungarian. ©The Estate of Martin Munkácsi, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY and International Center of Photography ©2014 Frida Kahlo Corporation. All rights reserved
Past Exhibition
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 — Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other. Discover how they left their mark on Detroit. And how Detroit left its mark on their art. Exclusively on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit brings together nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of these two extraordinary artists’ careers, including eight of Rivera’s epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo, whose work has never before been shown at the DIA. Photography is not permitted in the special exhibition galleries.

"Baby I Am Ready Now," Mickalene Thomas, 2007, Diptych, acrylic, rhinestone and enamel on wooden panel. Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Past Exhibition
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 — Mon, Jan 18, 2016

30 Americans

Arthur Bowen Davies, Dances, 1914 or 1915, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Past Exhibition
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 — Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Dance! American Art 1830 - 1960

Ta’Niah McQueen, Untitled (detail), Painting, Grade 12. Cass Technical High School, Teacher: Natalie Barmore
Past Exhibition
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 — Sun, Jun 5, 2016

The 79th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition

“Gallery of the Louvre,” Samuel F. B. Morse, 1931-33, oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.51
Past Exhibition
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 — Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Guest of Honor: Gallery of the Louvre

“U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973,” Stephen Shore. © Stephen Shore, courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York
Past Exhibition
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 — Sun, Sep 11, 2016

The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip

Caledonia "Callie" Curry, aka Swoon's work "Thalassa"
Past Exhibition
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 — Sat, Jun 24, 2017


New York street artist Caledonia "Callie" Curry, known as Swoon, has installed a 400 lb. 20-foot tall installation titled Thalassa in the Detroit Institute of Arts' Woodward Lobby. Thalassa is on view from Sept. 24, 2016 through June 24, 2017.

"Jefferson at Dearborn," Scott Hocking, 2012, pigment print. Detroit Insitute of Arts
Past Exhibition
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 — Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection

Ofrendas 2016
Past Exhibition
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 — Sun, Nov 6, 2016

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos

Pineapple Coffeepot, English
Past Exhibition
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 — Sun, Mar 5, 2017

Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

“The Pastry Shop,” 1600s, Abraham Bosse, hand-colored etching, engraving, gouache and gold. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Past Exhibition
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 — Sun, Apr 16, 2017

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

The Edible Monument includes about 140 prints, rare books and serving manuals from the Getty Research Institute collection and private collections. The artworks illustrate in lush detail the delectable monuments and sculptures made of food that were an integral part of street festivals as well as court and civic banquets in Europe in the 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibition has been organized by the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Lauren Crymes, Synthetic Confidence, Photography, Grade 12, Renaissance High School, Teacher: Odette L. Duke
Past Exhibition
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 — Sun, May 28, 2017

80th Detroit Public Schools Community District Exhibition

The annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition features hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools Community District students in grades K-12, ranging from paintings, prints, drawings, photography, ceramics, videos, jewelry and more. 

Wadsworth Jarrell, "Three Queens"
Past Exhibition
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 — Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Explore powerful artworks by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives, made up of artists working together in distinct groups, created art specifically for African American audiences that asserted black identity and racial justice.

Royce Da 5'9" by Jenny Risher
Past Exhibition
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 — Sun, Mar 4, 2018

D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher

Ofrenda sugar skull image
Past Exhibition
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 — Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos

In celebration of Dia de Muertos, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Detroit's Mexican Consulate, invite you to explore a community exhibition of ofrenda altars

Claude Monet, Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), c. 1876, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Past Exhibition
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 — Sun, Mar 4, 2018

Monet: Framing Life

This intimate exhibition focuses on the DIA’s only painting by Claude Monet — Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), formerly known as Gladioli and recently retitled based on new research. 

Frederic Edwin Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy.
Past Exhibition
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 — Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage

One ticket sends you on two artistic adventures -- Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage and Monet: Framing Life. Travel to distinct places and time in history to experience the world as these two artists did.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Reeds and Cranes, 19th Century, Colors on gilded silk. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Past Exhibition
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 — Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Japan Gallery Opening Week

The DIA's new Japan Gallery explores the ways works can define a space as special, inspiring both stillness and movement in those who encounter the art.

Chai Wan Four, Jane Hammond, American, selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 2008. Copyright Jane Hammond
Past Exhibition
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 — Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Making Home: Contemporary Works From the DIA

Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA presents a range of works by artists from the DIA’s collections of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Contemporary art that are concerned with idealistic representations of home. Around 50 works in a variety of media both affirm common symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a symbol of comfort, belonging and permanency.

Detroit Tigers 1968 World Champions ball, 1969, pen and ink on leather. Artist: George Sosnak.
Past Exhibition
Thu, Mar 29, 2018 — Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA

Take a step back in time and celebrate the great American pastime of baseball at Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA, featuring items from the Michigan-based E. Powell Miller collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

DPSCD Student Photography
Past Exhibition
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 — Sun, May 13, 2018

81st Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition

This annual exhibition features hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students in grades K-12, ranging from paintings, prints, drawings, photography, ceramics, videos, jewelry and more. 

Queen Amidala © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Past Exhibition
Sun, May 20, 2018 — Sun, Sep 30, 2018

"Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume"

Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

“Spirit of '76,” 1845, Tompkins H. Matteson, oil on canvas. Museum Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund
Past Exhibition
Sat, Jul 14, 2018 — Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases

This second installation of the Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases gallery re-opens with some of the museum’s newest acquisitions, chosen by Director Salvador Salort-Pons. This gallery provides a look into the art acquisition process.

Photograph of Allie McGee and Carole Harris
Past Exhibition
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 — Sun, Nov 4, 2018

Rhythm, Repetition, and Vocab

Repetition, Rhythm, and Vocab  presents  Detroit artists Carole Harris and Allie McGhee together in homage to the harmony of their improvisational languages and to the city in which they found their voices.

James Pearson Duffy, (Untitled, view of freshly painted white building with signage reading "BEAM OF LIGHT SPIRITUAL KINGDOM" - Yellow Pages signage appears at left in distance), c. 1976, Gelatin silver print. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Current Exhibition
Sun, Aug 26, 2018 — Sun, Mar 3, 2019

Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection

Subjects from everyday life, local architecture and portraits are included in this exhibition that presents found photography drawn from the DIA’s and private collections in the U.S. Rediscovered and recovered from flea and antique markets, online resale sites, in attics, yard sales or even found in the trash, found photography speaks to past eras, people and place with a naïve or unintentionally artistic approach.

Election Day 1844, 1913, Edward Lamson Henry, American; Oil on canvas. Manoogian Collection
Closing Soon
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 — Sun, Jan 20, 2019

Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940

American artists have always found beauty in the people, landscapes, and distinctive cultures that surround them. The forty paintings included in this exhibit, made between 1850 and 1940, offer unique views of the world and the subjects that inspired their makers.

Buddhist gallery in the Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing
Current Exhibition
Sun, Nov 4, 2018 — Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Robert & Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing Opening

The DIA’s expanded Asian Galleries present works of art from the world’s largest continent, featuring recent acquisitions together with longtime DIA treasures coming back onto view. Joining the recently opened gallery for Japanese art are galleries dedicated to Chinese, Korean, and Indian and Southeast Asian art, and Buddhist art across Asia.

2017 Community Art Show
Past Exhibition
Thu, Dec 6, 2018 — Sun, Jan 6, 2019

The 10th Annual Community Group Art Exhibition

Discover works of art created by participants in the DIA’s Community Group Program, a partnership between the museum and human service agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Synthetic Cloud, 2018, Isabel Toledo and Ruben Toledo, Cuban-American; nylon. Courtesy of the artists and the Toledo Studio.
Current Exhibition
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 — Sun, Jul 7, 2019

Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love

Honoring Detroit’s history of industry, modernization and the DIA’s vast permanent collection, artists Ruben and Isabel Toledo present a series of new works in Labor of Love. For this groundbreaking exhibition the Toledos mined the DIA’s world-class collection as inspiration for the creation of new sculptures, paintings, drawings, and installations. From Ancient Egypt through to contemporary art, visitors will delight in discovering the original Toledo creations placed near the works that inspired their conception. 

Aerial view of the DIA Plaza and surrounding areas
Future Exhibition
Wed, Jan 23, 2019 — Mon, Apr 1, 2019

A New Vision for Detroit’s Cultural Center: The DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections International Design Competition

The DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition will help realize the vision of a gathering place in Midtown Detroit that welcomes everyone and establishes connections between Detroit’s arts and cultural institutions—inspiring an inter-connectivity between our institutions and our citizens.

A black and white photo of Margaret Herz Demant in her home, surrounded by her art.
Future Exhibition
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 — Sun, May 19, 2019

Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant

Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant focuses on the patronage and recent bequest of art from a champion of the DIA; a celebration of the life and legacy of Margaret Herz Demant.

"Crying Girl," 1963, Roy Lichtenstein, American; offset lithograph printed in color on off-white wove paper. Detroit Institute of Arts. 
Future Exhibition
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 — Sun, Aug 25, 2019

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975

In the 1960s, a new generation of artists became known as Pop artists, based on their use of popular mass media—advertisements, logos, comic strips, and television.

"The Ball Players," 1871, William Morris Hunt, American; oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Future Exhibition
Sun, Jun 16, 2019 — Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA. Part II

Celebrate the great American pastime of baseball with a new year of the DIA's continuing series of exhibitions, Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA. This year, the exhibition will explore the rich history of professional baseball from its beginnings in the 1870s to the present.

Etude pour "Le Pont de l'Europe" (Study for "Le Pont de l'Europe"), 1876, Gustave Caillebotte, French; oil on canvas. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photograph by Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger, courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Galler
Future Exhibition
Sun, Jun 23, 2019 — Sun, Oct 13, 2019

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts

In Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a selection of more than forty Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts traces the arc of a period that elevated the irreducible beauty of the everyday to the status of fine art.

Gilda Snowden, American, 1954 - 2014 (Artist), Monument, 1988. Courtesy of Gilda Snowden.
Future Exhibition
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 — Sun, Mar 1, 2020

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections

Explore the rich history of collecting of African American Art in the Detroit region by private collectors, featuring works by Romare Bearden, Al Loving, Charles McGee and Gilda Snowden. This exhibition will demonstrate local collectors’ interest in the diverse media, styles, genres, influences and subject matter that inspired them to collect art created by African Americans.  A catalog will accompany this exhibition.

"The Wedding Dance," 1566, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish; oil on wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Future Exhibition
Sun, Dec 1, 2019 — Sun, Sep 6, 2020

The Material World of Bruegel

This exhibition celebrates one of the DIA's most iconic paintings, Pieter Bruegel's The Wedding Dance (1566) on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the artist's death.

Cars | Credit to be determined
Future Exhibition
Tue, Jun 9, 2020 — Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020

Detroit designers have always led the way in car design. The futuristic concept cars, roaring muscle cars, and sleek racers designed in and around the city shape our ideas of what a car can be. Working on paper, in clay, and in metal, their ideas drive American car culture and inform the way we get around every day.

Self-Portrait, Van Gogh, 1887
Future Exhibition
Sun, Jun 21, 2020 — Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Van Gogh in America

In celebration of its status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh—Self-Portrait, 1887, which was acquired in 1922—the Detroit Institute of Arts is organizing the first exhibition dedicated to the introduction and early reception of the iconic artist’s work in America.



Current Exhibitions