• Women’s Suffrage: We Won the Vote

    Listen and engage as your DIA docent use the DIA’s artworks to bring the women’s suffrage movement to life. Over 100 years of women’s efforts for the vote, constitutional equality, and social and political equity will be explored in this presentation, created to celebrate the 100-year Anniversary of American Women’s Suffrage.

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  • Artists: Self-Portraits

    Explore the Who and Why’s of artists and their long history of creating self-portraits. Learn Who created dozens of images of their own face, and Who decided to use symbols only as a self-portrait, leaving us to guess the “Why”. Spend an hour looking together at a variety of artists who chose how they wanted us to creatively “see” them through the lens of an artist.

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

    Experience the iconic car styles of Detroit during the past sixty years through the eyes of the car designers who created them. Feel the excitement of designing cars for the future, the impact of incorporating cultural style trends and technologies, and the responsibility of creating comfortable and efficient vehicles. This talk is available for a limited time, through June 27th, 2021.

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  • DIA: The Essentials

    Explore select DIA artworks to gain an appreciation of the diversity, quality, and world-class status of the museum's collection.

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  • Your DIA: (R)evolution

    Exploring the history of the DIA heightens awareness of the individuals who founded the museum, built its collection, and supported the institution for over 128 years and provides the basis for understanding why the DIA is considered one of the most renowned and innovative art museums in the world.

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  • Picturing Music

    Exploring the presence of music in visual art heightens awareness of the role music plays across cultures and time and provides a lens through which to explore the personal, social, and creative aspects of identity.

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  • Through Her Eyes: Women Artists' in the DIA's Collection

    Viewing the work of women artists in the DIA collection heightens awareness of the creative contributions of women across cultures and time and provides a lens through which to explore issues of gender, relationships between generations, politics, and culture.

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  • Let Me Tell You a Story

    Making meaning of the world around us is a basic behavior and most cultures throughout time have used art to teach essential beliefs and understandings. Explore the many ways visual artists use stories as the source of inspiration for their work.

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  • Deigo Rivera and the Detroit Industry Murals

    Learn the complex and intriguing story behind Diego Rivera and his Detroit Industry murals, which have now been declared a National Historic Landmark.

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  • Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artist: Degas, Renoir and Friends

    Some of the most important French artists of the 19th century resisted the elitist aesthetic of the academic art tradition by emphasizing the people around them and the human experience as subject matter during a transitioning moment in the modernist era. These are all works on paper by Degas, Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard, Bonnard, Cezanne.

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  • To Die Upon a Kiss

    Scientists have proven that when experiencing "love," brain cells release dopamine, a natural stimulant, to many regions of the brain that affect human behavior. These areas of the brain are associated with wanting, motivation, focus, and craving. View a selection of works that explore the variety of behaviors associated with "love."

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  • Cows at the Opera House and Other Museum Mysteries

    A mystery is defined as something unexplained or inexplicable, or as a person or thing having qualities that arouse curiosity or speculation. The many mysteries of the DIA include stories and images, newly discovered meanings and issues of authenticity.

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  • Seeking the Sacred

    Compare different ways people throughout the world and throughout time have used works of art to hold, communicate and reinforce ideas about religion, spirituality and cosmology.

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  • In Our Own Voice: African American Art

    Enhance your awareness of the creative contributions of African Americans from the 19th century through the present day. This talk provides a lens to examine issues of race, gender, politics and culture.

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  • Art|Pride

    Art|Pride raises awareness of the significant contributions by LGBT artists and their impact on the art world. These artists are among leaders of modern and contemporary art and have shattered stereotypes and defied prejudice and discrimination on their path to success.

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  • Vogue

    The clothing you wear can say a lot about who you are. This talk explores costuming and adornment throughout time and discover the many ways that personal, political and cultural identity is communicated through our clothing and body art.

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  • In the Garden

    This talk explores the hidden meanings behind images of flowers, plants and garden which some of our most favorite works of art.

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  • Through Her Eyes II: Women Photographers

    This talk will introduce you to the impact of art photography by some of the leading women artists in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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  • Minds on Art: Let’s Talk

    This talk is based on Visual Thinking Strategies; a facilitation method used to engage participants in lively discussions about the artworks, based on observation and evidentiary reasoning. Speculating on multiple interpretations, the participants use critical thinking skills to come up ideas about “What’s going on” in the art images.

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

    Explore the imagery and social commentary of pop culture in From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975. Artists in the 1960’s celebrated American modern culture while also creating artworks which conveyed social and political commentary of the times. Explore pieces which both critique and celebrate mass media and popular culture.