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

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

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

“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

“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

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.

"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

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. 

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

Thalassa

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher

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. 

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.
Current 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.

Queen Amidala © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Current 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.

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.
Future 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 vernacular photography drawn from the DIA’s and private collections in the U.S. Vernacular photography is considered by museums and collectors as an “accidental” art form created by unknown and often untrained photographers. Rediscovered and recovered from flea and antique markets, online resale sites, in attics, yard sales or even found in the trash, vernacular photography speaks to past eras, people and place with a naïve or unintentionally artistic approach.

Early Autumn, late 1200s–1300s. Ink and watercolor on paper. Signed Qian Xuan Chinese, 1235–ca.1305
Future Exhibition
Sun, Nov 4, 2018 — Mon, Mar 11, 2019

Asian Galleries 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 South and Southeast Asian art, and Buddhist art across Asia.

Ruben and Isabel Toledo by Karl Lagerfeld
Future Exhibition
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 — Sun, Mar 24, 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 Toledo’s 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. 

Gilda Snowden, American, 1954 - 2014 (Artist), Monument, 1988. Courtesy of Gilda Snowden.
Future Exhibition
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 — Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Detroit Collects: African American Art in 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.

Cars | Credit to be determined
Future Exhibition
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 — Sun, Feb 9, 2020

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.

Current Exhibitions