Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon

Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment

  • October 6, 2019 - May 3, 2020
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts will present a dossier exhibition featuring two masterworks of French eighteenth-century portrait sculpture lent from the Musée du Louvre.

"All Blues," 2008, Allie McGhee, American; mix/canvas. From the private collection of Nettie Seabrooks.

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections

  • November 12, 2019 - March 1, 2020
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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 Alison Saar. 

Etude pour "Le Pont de l'Europe" (Study for "Le Pont de l'Europe"), 1876, Gustave Caillebotte, French; oil on canvas. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photograph by Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger, courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Galler

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

  • Wed, Jun 26 - Sun, Jan 5, 2020
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

A selection of more than forty Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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

The "Big Picture" Guided Tour

  • 1 p.m Tuesday - Sundays , 2019
  • 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...

Hernan Bas (American, born 1978). Sorting Out Andy, 2018. Acrylic, oil stick and ink transfers on linen; 95 7/8 x 191 in. (243.5 x 485.1 cm).

Hernan Bas | Artist Lecture

  • Tue, Nov 12 , 2019
  • 6:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA) for an evening with Detroit- and Miami-based painter Hernan Bas.

Headshot of Gabriel Perez-Barreiro

Lecture: Collecting Art from Latin America - Challenges and Opportunities

  • Wed, Nov 13 , 2019
  • 6:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

What is distinctive about Latin American art?  Is "Latin American" a useful term for thinking about art from the region?

DIA Exterior with Fountain

Thursdays at the Museum: Art BINGO!

  • Thu, Nov 14 , 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

Every Thursday at 1 p.m. the Detroit Institute of Arts offers programs for adults 55+.

Book cover for The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Creativity Mini-Conference with Author Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot)

  • Fri, Nov 15 , 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

4.75 SCECHs pending.

Playing chess with the Detroit Chess Club at the DIA

Detroit City Chess Club Open Play

  • Fridays at 4:00 p.m. , 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Prentis Court

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court.

An example of an accordian book

Drop-In Workshop: Accordion Books

  • Fri, Nov 15 , 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

The accordion book is one of the most versatile and easiest books to make.