Events

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...

Adventures and Quests: The Hidden Fortress

Adventures & Quests: The Hidden Fortress (1958)

  • Tue, Jul 24
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A general (Toshiro Mifune) guards his defeated clan’s princess in a journey across enemy territory, accompanied by two bickering, bumbling peasants. If the plot of director Akira Kurosawa’s rollicking and exhilarating 16th-century Japanese swordplay adventure seems familiar, it may be because it’s not only one of George Lucas’s favorite films, but one he cites as a primary influence on Star Wars. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Gog (1954)

Robots: Gog (1954)

  • Wed, Jul 25
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Saboteurs are suspected of wreaking havoc in an underground, super-secret scientific research facility. The danger turns critical when a pair of experimental twin robots–Gog and Magog–run amok, seizing control of the lab’s atomic power source. 

Watercolor Postcards

Drop-In Workshop: Watercolor Postcards

  • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thu, July 26 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fri, July 27
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

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

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Thursdays at the Museum: Film "Steamboat Bill, Jr."

  • Thu, Jul 26
  • 1:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

When a rough-and-ready captain “Steamboat” Bill Campbell (Ernest Torrence), is visited by his unknown son, Bill, Jr. (Buster Keaton), the elder Campbell takes it upon himself to make his “fussy” son seaworthy enough to earn the name “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” One of Buster Keaton’s greatest silent comedies features jaw-dropping sight gags and stunts, topped by an incredible cyclone sequence that made cinema history.

Alien Encounters: The Thing From Another World (1951)

Alien Encounters: The Thing From Another World (1951)

  • Thu, Jul 26
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Investigating a mysterious crash at the North Pole, a handful of scientists and Air Force personnel find themselves at war with an alien life form – a humanoid creature made of plant matter that lives on blood and aims to reproduce itself into an invading army.

World on a Wire (1973)

Other Dimensions: World on a Wire (1973)

  • Thu, Jul 26
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Originally made for German television, this noir-spiked tale of a reluctant hero and cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from the late German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future. 

The Time Machine (1960)

Other Dimensions: The Time Machine (1960)

  • Fri, Jul 27
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

On the last day of 1899, the inventor of a time machine propels himself thousands of years into the future, where he discovers a civilization comprised of lethargic slaves and their cannibal masters, who hide underground. H.G. Wells’ classic tale of man’s past and possible future is one of the most visually rich sci-fi movies of its time. 

Playing chess with the Detroit Chess Club at the DIA

Detroit City Chess Club Open Play

  • Fridays at 4 p.m.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Prentis Court

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

Drawing in the Galleries

Drawing in the Galleries

  • Fri, Jul 27
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - North Lawn

Create a pencil drawing to take home while taking a closer look at the collection.