Did you know? The DIA owns one of the very few drawings related to the Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. Michelangelo’s "Scheme for the Decoration of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel" is rarely on view due to its fragile state. The precious drawing is currently taking up residence in the DIA’s conservation lab, where the museum's scientist and paper...
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Happy birthday to the Detroit Institute of Arts! #OnThisDay in 1885, the DIA was founded as the Detroit Museum of Art. Pictured here is the winning design for the Detroit Museum of Art building, which was located on Jefferson Ave. just east of downtown. #DetroitArt #DetroitHistory #313art #313dlove

Image: Detroit Museum of Art, Front Elevation, James Balfour, 1887, pen and black ink and...
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The Detroit Institute of Arts is providing free bus transportation to and from the museum on Saturday, April 22 for Wayne County residents as part of “County Days,” offered for people living in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The popular County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents.

Visitors can browse the collection; see “Thalassa,” the impressive sculpture...
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Wayne County Day at the DIA

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting mother-daughter duo and Detroit residents Penny Bailey and Stacey Johnson who are celebrating their 20th year as DIA volunteers! Both love the museum, the art and the opportunity to welcome new visitors together. They were named Volunteers of the Year in 2011. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service. We’re very lucky to have you!...
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The Freep Film Festival returns for its fourth edition next week with an extraordinary lineup of films and events from March 30 through April 2. The DIA's Detroit Film Theatre remains the primary venue, but screenings will be held in other venues around town.

Some highlights at the DFT include "Strike a Pose," which follows seven young dancers who joined Madonna on her most controversial...
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Ceramic artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Detroit-based Pewabic Pottery in 1903 and operated it until her death in 1961. Her experiments with glazes changed the face of contemporary ceramics in the early twentieth century. For more than 100 years, Pewabic has produced the richly colored tiles and architectural ornaments that grace many of our city's private residences and public...
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Due to popular demand, the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre has added additional screenings of Ceyda Torun's enchanting "Kedi!" Remaining showtimes are:

Sunday, March 26, 5 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Visit dia.org/dft for more information and to purchase tickets.
Get to know DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons at his next Director's Cut talk presented by the National Conference of Artists-Michigan Chapter at the Northwest Activities Center. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

Director's Cut: Northwest Activities Center

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Sharing another great #DetroitArt shot by Gayle Hart. Pictured here is a stunning mural in Southwest Detroit. Post photos of your favorite Detroit artworks that represent the rich culture of this city below. #313DLove #313art
Our region’s museums, concert halls and galleries welcome 14 million visitors each year. Detroit’s arts organizations are dedicated to serving the community, bringing arts into local schools, building bridges between different groups through shared experiences and opening their doors to all, regardless of economic standing.

The National Endowment for the Arts plays an invaluable role in all...
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What federal arts funding means to Detroit

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This summer, the DIA is offering three paid internships to a college student in each of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The internships are supported by the tri-county millage investment in the DIA. Interns will work under the guidance and supervision of DIA professionals on specific projects with established learning outcomes. Applicants must be currently enrolled college students and...
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Cirque is only one week away! Join the DIA's Founders Junior Council for a night of drinks, dancing and debauchery, while supporting a good cause. Click below to learn more and purchase tickets. #FJCCirque2017

Founders Junior Council Presents Cirque

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The Mercy Mimes, part of the Mercy High School Performing Arts program, visited the DIA today and reenacted masterpieces from the collection, including Rembrandt Peale's "The Court of Death." Bravo!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Check out this home movie footage of a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Detroit presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in the late 1960s. The clip was shared by Henry Kassen as part of the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre project "1967 Detroit Home Movies," which aims to collect home movies made in the city around 1967. The Detroit Film Theatre presents the clips in weekly...
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Don't miss an evening with The New York Times chief film critic A. O. Scott next Friday, March 24 at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre! Click below for more info and tickets.

Better Living Through Criticism: An Evening with A. O. Scott

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For this week's #WomensHistoryMonth post we're highlighting German Dada artist Hannah Höch.

Höch is known for her paintings, photomontages and collages. She joined the activities of Berlin's male-dominated Dada group—an international avant-garde art movement that developed in reaction to World War I—in 1918 and became one of the originators of photomontage—a technique by which a composite...
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James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, is this year’s speaker at the DIA's 20th annual Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture. Cuno will give a talk entitled “Cultural Heritage or Humanity’s Heritage: What’s the Difference?” on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: James Cuno

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“Kedi" begins this weekend! See the film that received "four paws up" from The New York Times. The documentary is about the hundreds of thousands of cats that have freely roamed Istanbul for centuries, bringing joy and purpose to their chosen individuals.

Due to popular demand, the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre has added three additional screenings: Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 5...
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These are some of our favorite photos shared by our followers as part of yesterday's #313Day #DetroitArt campaign. Let’s keep this going! Below, post photos of Detroit artworks that represent the rich culture of this great city. Can’t wait to see your posts! #313DLove #313art
Happy 313 Day! Since 1885 the DIA has believed in the power of art to move people and inspire change. Below, share your photos of Detroit artworks that represent the rich culture of this great city. Tag a friend. Let’s keep this going! #DetroitArt #313Day #313DLove #313art