Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases

The next rotation of Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases will open on June 8, 2019. DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons selects the artwork in this gallery that showcases some of the museum’s newest acquisitions. Visitors will gain a behind-the-scenes look into the art acquisition process.

Before the DIA acquires a work of art, it goes through a rigorous assessment to ensure its quality and authenticity. Informational materials in the gallery provide an overview of the entire process, from initial research to approval by the board of directors, and the roles various experts play along the way, among them curators, conservators, registrars and technicians.

The artworks represent various time periods, cultures, and mediums, underscoring the DIA’s commitment to diversifying the collection, having art that reflects topical issues, and providing opportunities for visitors to connect with both their own and other cultures.


Image: Café​, Paris, 1929, Archibald J. Motley Jr., American; oil on canvas. Museum Purchase, Ernest & Rosemarie Kanzler Foundation Fund. Detroit Institute of Arts.