Current & Future Exhibitions

Three Ofrendas from the 2019 exhibition
Future Exhibition

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2020Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2020

Future Exhibition

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - Sunday, November 08, 2020

Sep 26, 2020 - Nov 08, 2020

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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Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938. Oil on Masonite, 16 x 12 inches (40.7 x 30.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966 (1966:9.10).
Current Exhibition

Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí

Friday, February 07, 2020 - Sunday, January 03, 2021

Feb 07, 2020 - Jan 03, 2021

The DIA welcomes three important works by Frida Kahlo (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo) and Salvador Dalí (Albright-Knox Art Gallery,...
The DIA welcomes three important works by Frida Kahlo (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo) and Salvador Dalí (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing), presented alongside photographs from the DIA’s collection, documenting the artists’ imaginative, larger-than-life personae.
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Election Day 1844, 1913, Edward Lamson Henry, American; Oil on canvas. Manoogian Collection
Future Exhibition

Off-Site | Visions of American Life: Selections from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection of American ArtOff-Site | Visions of American Life: Selections from the Nancy and...

Future Exhibition

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Sunday, December 20, 2020

Oct 15, 2020 - Dec 20, 2020

American artists have always found beauty in the people, landscapes, and distinctive cultures that surround them. The forty paintings...
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.
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Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon
Current Exhibition

Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of EnlightenmentGuests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s...

Sunday, October 06, 2019 - Sunday, January 10, 2021

Oct 06, 2019 - Jan 10, 2021

The Detroit Institute of Arts will present a dossier exhibition featuring two masterworks of French eighteenth-century portrait sculpture...
The Detroit Institute of Arts will present a dossier exhibition featuring two masterworks of French eighteenth-century portrait sculpture lent from the Musée du Louvre. Created by the greatest sculptor of the Enlightenment, Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), the portraits depict two of America’s most iconic founders, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
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"Rustic Cares (Solicitudo Rustica)," ca. 1555-56, Jan and Lucas van Doetecum, Dutch, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish; etching and engraving. Detroit Institute of Arts
Current Exhibition

From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings...

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Sunday, November 29, 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020

Starting in the sixteenth-century, Flemish and Dutch artists turned to everyday subjects, describing the landscape and people around them...
Starting in the sixteenth-century, Flemish and Dutch artists turned to everyday subjects, describing the landscape and people around them with humor and loving detail.
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"First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.
Future Exhibition

Russ Marshall: Detroit Photographs, 1958-2008Russ Marshall: Detroit Photographs, 1958-2008

Future Exhibition

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

Nov 15, 2020 - Jun 27, 2021

The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 70 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the...
The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 70 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the Motor City’s streets, architecture, music and factory workers for over 50 years.
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Cars | Credit to be determined
Future Exhibition

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

Future Exhibition

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

Nov 15, 2020 - Jun 27, 2021

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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Robert Blackburn (American, 1920–2003). Refugees (aka People in a Boat), 1938. Lithograph; 11 1/8 x 15 ¾ in. Edition 4. Collection of NCCU Art Museum, North Carolina Central University, Gift of Christopher Maxey.
Future Exhibition

Robert Blackburn & Modern American PrintmakingRobert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking

Future Exhibition

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021

Mar 20, 2021 - Jun 13, 2021

Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking celebrates both the artist and the democratic and diverse creative community he...
Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking celebrates both the artist and the democratic and diverse creative community he developed. Blackburn was an African American artist born to Jamaican immigrants in 1920 and raised in Harlem, New York.
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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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"Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," 1523-1525, Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian; oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.
Future Exhibition

Artemisia Gentileschi and Italian Woman Artists around 1600Artemisia Gentileschi and Italian Woman Artists around 1600

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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