Photograph of Allie McGee and Carole Harris

Repetition, Rhythm, and Vocab

  • July 20 - Nov 4, 2018
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Repetition, Rhythm, and Vocab presents Detroit artists Carole Harris and Allie McGhee together in homage to the harmony of their improvisational languages and to the city in which they found their voices.

Visitors using Lumin to enhance their experience in DIA's Rivera Court

Lumin 2.0 Prototype

  • July 24, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

We've added new augmented reality stops on our #DIALumin tour, and we need your help in testing them!


Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos

  • October 12 - November 11, 2018
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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.

“Untitled (Group of Portraits from Traveling Photo Studio),” around 1950–60, Unknown Photographer, gelatin silver prints. Detroit Institute of Arts

Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection

  • Aug 26, 2018 - Mar 3, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection is a fascinating look at rediscovered photographs (referred to as “found” photography) rescued from attics, resale shops, online sources and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ archives.

Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry Murals" with a tour group

The "Big Picture" Guided Tour

  • 1 p.m Tuesday - Sundays
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Every Tuesday through Sunday at 1 p.m. take a free guided tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection.

Tours depart from the Great Hall at 1 p.m.

The Big Picture Guided Tour is also at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday...

Coffin artist Paa Joe standing with a coffin in the shape of a lion

Paa Joe | Artist in Residence

  • September 23 - October 22
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

The DIA, in collaboration with the Detroit Public School District, will host internationally-renowned fantasy coffin artist, Joseph Ashong (a.k.a. “Paa Joe”).

David Adjaye in Rivera Court

The Future of Museums, Public Spaces and Parks

  • Tue, Oct 16
  • 5:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Sir David Adjaye, one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador, will speak at the DIA on the power of architecture to achieve positive social change.

Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Artist Lecture

  • Tue, Oct 16
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work is represented in the permanent collections of over 30 museums.

Sugar Skulls

Thursdays at the Museum: Art-Making - Sugar Skulls

  • Thu, Oct 18
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art Making Studio

Learn how sugar skulls are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities while you decorate one of your own.

DIA Exterior with Fountain

International Interpretative Approaches to the Exhibition of Islamic Art

  • Thu, Oct 18
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

Dr. Melissa Forstrom, Assistant Professor at Purchase College-State University of New York, presents her research on Islamic art exhibition in museums worldwide.