Current & Future Exhibitions

Three Ofrendas from the 2020 exhibition
Future Exhibition

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2021Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2021

Future Exhibition

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - Sunday, November 07, 2021

Sep 25, 2021 - Nov 07, 2021

In celebration of Dia de Muertos, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Detroit's Mexican Consulate, invite you to explore a...
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. In Mexico, and other Latin American countries, the Day of the Dead is the time of the year to celebrate the lives of close relatives, friends or community members who have passed away.
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"River Crossing," 2011, Rashid Johnson, American; mirrored tile, black soap, wax. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Current Exhibition

Experience & ExpressionExperience & Expression

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - Sunday, October 03, 2021

Jan 30, 2021 - Oct 03, 2021

To create the art of our time, artists often draw on their own experiences of the world—from the personal to the political, from the...
To create the art of our time, artists often draw on their own experiences of the world—from the personal to the political, from the aesthetic to the commercial, from the individual to the collective, from the spiritual to the material.
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Cars | Credit to be determined
Current Exhibition

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

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Sunday, January 09, 2022

Nov 15, 2020 - Jan 09, 2022

Detroit designers have always led the way in car design. The futuristic concept cars, roaring muscle cars, and sleek racers designed in...
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.
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Kwame Brathwaite, Photo shoot at a public school for one of the AJASS-associated modeling groups that emulated the Grandassa Models and began to embrace natural hairstyles. Harlem, ca. 1966; from Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture, 2019)
Future Exhibition

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame BrathwaiteBlack Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

Future Exhibition

Friday, October 08, 2021 - Sunday, January 16, 2022

Oct 08, 2021 - Jan 16, 2022

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite is the first major exhibition dedicated to Brathwaite, a vital figure of the...
Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite is the first major exhibition dedicated to Brathwaite, a vital figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
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13th Annual Community Group tiles project detail, Ulyses Spencer 2021
Future Exhibition

The 13th Annual Community Group Art ExhibitionThe 13th Annual Community Group Art Exhibition

Future Exhibition

Friday, December 03, 2021 - Sunday, January 02, 2022

Dec 03, 2021 - Jan 02, 2022

Discover works of art created by participants in the DIA’s Community Group Program, a partnership between the museum and human service...
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.
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Dana Scruggs, Nyadhour, Elevated, Death Valley, California, 2018
Future Exhibition

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and FashionThe New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Future Exhibition

Friday, December 17, 2021 - Sunday, April 17, 2022

Dec 17, 2021 - Apr 17, 2022

Vibrant color portraits, conceptual images, and fashion editorial photographs by 15 emerging black photographers are the subject of this...
Vibrant color portraits, conceptual images, and fashion editorial photographs by 15 emerging black photographers are the subject of this exhibition that fuses the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down their long-established boundaries. 
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"Flight with Mirror," 2014, Shirley Woodson, American; acrylic on canvas.
Future Exhibition

Shirley Woodson: Shield of the Nile ReflectionsShirley Woodson: Shield of the Nile Reflections

Future Exhibition

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Sunday, May 29, 2022

Dec 18, 2021 - May 29, 2022

With the Shield of the Nile series begun in 1984, Shirley Woodson (b. 1936) has been presenting Black bathers in rivers, a reference to...
With the Shield of the Nile series begun in 1984, Shirley Woodson (b. 1936) has been presenting Black bathers in rivers, a reference to the diasporic myth that the Nile River holds transformative and nurturing benefits for people of African descent.
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"Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," 1523-1525, Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian; oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Future Exhibition

By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800 By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500...

Future Exhibition

Sunday, February 06, 2022 - Sunday, May 29, 2022

Feb 06, 2022 - May 29, 2022

Women artists played a vibrant and often untold role in Italy around 1600. How did they work and succeed in a male-dominated art world?...
Women artists played a vibrant and often untold role in Italy around 1600. How did they work and succeed in a male-dominated art world? The Detroit Institute of Arts will explore this question and celebrate Italian women artists with a show devoted to their artistic accomplishments.
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Self-Portrait, Van Gogh, 1887
Future Exhibition

Van Gogh in AmericaVan Gogh in America

Future Exhibition

Sunday, October 02, 2022 - Sunday, January 22, 2023

Oct 02, 2022 - Jan 22, 2023

In celebration of its status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh—Self-Portrait,...
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.    
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