Events

Buster Keaton

The Great Buster

  • Fri, Jan 18, 7:00 P.M. | Sat, Jan 19, 7:00 & 9:30 P.M. | Sun, Jan 20, 2:00 P.M. | Sun, Jan 27, 4:30 P.M., 2019
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A joyous overview of the work of one of the greatest and most influential artists in cinema history, The Great Buster celebrates the life and career of Buster Keaton.

Drawing in the Galleries

Drawing in the Galleries

  • Sun, Jan 20 , 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Modern & Contemporary (2nd Floor)

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

Drop-In Workshop: Pamphlet Stitch Books

MLK Day Drop-In Workshop: Create and Donate

  • Mon, Jan 21 , 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art Making Studio

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, come to the studio to create pamphlet stitch notebooks, to donate to a local school, and one for yourself.

Field Trip at the DIA

MLK Day Family Fun! Gallery Adventures

  • Mon, Jan 21 , 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - African American (2nd floor)

Docents will provide pop-up tours and engagement activities for children and their families!

Children playing with Artie the Donkey in Prentis Court

MLK Day: Gallery Games

  • Mon, Jan 21 , 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Play kid-tested and approved games!

An image of Dr. and Mrs. King walking hand in hand through the streets with other Civil Rights leaders

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

  • Mon, Jan 21 , 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Follow Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement.

An aerial photograph of the DIA plaza and surrounding areas

A New Vision for Detroit’s Cultural Center: The DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections International Design Competition

  • Wednesday, January 23 - Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Help realize the vision of a gathering place in Midtown Detroit that welcomes everyone and establishes connections between Detroit’s arts and cultural institutions—inspiring an inter-connectivity between our institutions and our citizens. 

An aerial photograph of the DIA plaza and surrounding areas

DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition Finalists Presentations

  • Wed, Jan 23 , 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

Join the DIA for presentations by the three finalists of the DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition.

Playing chess with the Detroit Chess Club at the DIA

Detroit City Chess Club Open Play

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

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

Five examples of doodle art on square paper

Drop-In Workshop: Doodle Art

  • Fri, Jan 25, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Sat, Jan 26, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Sun, Jan 27, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

Many people doodle as a way of spontaneously expressing ideas. Grab some drawing materials and see what you come up with.