When Worlds Collide (1951)

Space Travel: When Worlds Collide (1951)

  • Wed, Jul 18
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

As a star and a planet approach the Earth on a certain collision course, a team of scientists works feverishly to construct a rocket they hope will become a space age Noah’s Ark, taking a handful of humans and animals to the new planet to restart civilization, at the very moment of our old world’s spectacular destruction.  


DIA Director, Salvador Salort-Pons in Rivera Court

Director's Cut: Norwest Gallery

  • Wed, Jul 18
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Norwest Gallery

Get to know DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons and help us build understanding and community connections. 

Decorated Drumsticks

Drop-In Workshop: Decorated Drumsticks

  • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thu, July 19 & 12 - 5 p.m. Fri, July 20
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art Making Studio

Some musical instruments produce sounds by being struck by sticks, fingers or other hard objects. Make your own drumstick out of colorful materials to play with at home.


Drop-In Workshop: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original

  • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thu, July 19 - Sat, July 21 | 12 - 6 p.m. Sun, July 22
  • Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Join us to create Stabiles at Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original. Using scissors and colorful cardstock, make a unique freestanding geometric sculpture. Find our workshop in the Art Activity Zone on Ingalls Mall.

Watercolor Postcards

Thursdays at the Museum: Art-Making - Watercolor Postcards

  • Thu, Jul 19
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art Making Studio

Create postcards of your own design to send to friends and family.

It Came From Outer Space (1953)

Alien Encounters: It Came From Outer Space (1953)

  • Thu, Jul 19
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In this unusually thoughtful sci-fi hit (based on a Ray Bradbury story), an alien spaceship lands on Earth to make emergency repairs, hoping to leave the planet undiscovered. The aliens understand that their physical form will appear so horrible to humans that our prejudice and unfounded fear will result in violence and death to their people.

DIA Great Hall with family looking at armor

Behind the Seen: DIA - The Essentials

  • Thu, Jul 19
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • NEXT - Your Place to Stay Active and Connected

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

Cows at the Opera House and Other Museum Mysteries

Behind the Seen: Cows at the Opera House and other Museum Mysteries

  • Thu, Jul 19
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Romulus Public Library

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.

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.

Creature Puppets

Drop-In Workshop: Detroit Parks and Recreation Splash Party

  • 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. Fri, July 20 & 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sat, July 21

Join us to create Creature Marionettes at Rouge Park. Use felt, ribbon, and a tongue depressor to turn a butterfly, snake, spider, fish, or a creature of your imagination into a whimsical marionette. Find our workshop at Brennan Pool.