Events

Three men playing wind instruments on a dark stage with a yellow light shining in the middle.

Friday Night Live! The Sinta Quartet

  • Fri, Nov 19 , 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium

This performance will be presented live in the Detroit Film Theatre.

13th Annual Community Group tiles project detail, Ulyses Spencer 2021

The 13th Annual Community Group Art Exhibition

  • Dec 3, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022

Discover works of art created by participants in the DIA’s Community Group Program, a partnership between the museum and human service agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Close-up black and white photo of Abbey Lincoln in 1966 showing her singing into a microphone with a small, round afro and dangling triangular earrings.

Friday Night Live! We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite

  • Fri, Dec 3 , 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium

This performance will be presented live in the Detroit Film Theatre.

An animated stickman is chased by an animated dog through a flowery field.

The Gruffalo’s Child and Stick Man

  • Sat, Dec 11 , 2021
  • 2:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Follow a young gruffalo as she wanders a snowy forest in search of the Big Bad Mouse of her father’s stories and Stick Man on his winding journey to make it home in time for Christmas.

Dana Scruggs, Nyadhour, Elevated, Death Valley, California, 2018

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

  • Dec 17, 2021 – April 17, 2022
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Vibrant color portraits, conceptual images, and fashion editorial photographs by 15 emerging black photographers are the subject of this exhibition that fuses the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down their long-established boundaries. 

"Flight with Mirror," 2014, Shirley Woodson, American; acrylic on canvas.

Shirley Woodson: Shield of the Nile Reflections

  • Dec 18, 2021 – May 29, 2022
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

With the Shield of the Nile series begun in 1984, Shirley Woodson (b. 1936) has been presenting Black bathers in rivers, a reference to the diasporic myth that the Nile River holds transformative and nurturing benefits for people of African descent.

Doug Berky featured with two of his puppets in brown robes, one on either side of him.

Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories

  • 2:00 p.m. Wed, Dec 29 & Thu, Dec 30, 2021
  • Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium

For nearly 3 decades, Doug Berky has brought classic solo physical theater performances to stages all over the world.

An animated still of a small child and an adult as they stare up into the sky and glowing, red flowers fall down around them.

The Legend of Hei

  • Sat, Jan 8 , 2022
  • 2:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Evoking Studio Ghibli’s ecological fables, The Legend of Hei is a winsome combination of heart, soul, fantasy, and an extraordinary adventure.

A conductor in a black tuxedo and bright teal cummerbund conducts an orchestra of string instruments.

Friday Night Live! Michigan Philharmonic: Miniature Masterpieces

  • Fri, Jan 21 , 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium

This performance will be presented live in the Detroit Film Theatre.

A colorful paper town with a paper bus and a paper 1950s housewife.

Puppet Performance: Dirty Gerts

  • Sat, Jan 22 , 2022
  • 2:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium

Get the whole family together for a groovy blend of historical fiction, 60s pop culture puppets, and colorful confetti at this one-of-a-kind show for families.