Honored to host the Detroit Pistons for a team dinner tonight to celebrate the DIA's Black History Month programs generously supported by Arn and Nancy Tellem. We bring art and sports together. Looking forward to having you as neighbors! #PistonsatDIA #BlackHistoryMonth

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Have you ever wondered where most of the world's coffee comes from today? If you guessed Brazil, you're correct! Brazil is the leading producer of coffee. The coffee plant was first planted there by European colonizers in the 1700s.

Learn about both the bitter and sweet sides to the story of the introduction of coffee, tea and chocolate to Europe beginning in the late 16th century in...
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Willie Jay Hall was a beloved DIA volunteer for 18 years. He was one of the original members of the Gallery Service Volunteer Committee and was honored as a volunteer of the year in 2006. Before the DIA, Hall was a member of the impressive 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-African-American World War II paratrooper division, and a Detroit police officer.

Hall’s contributions to the...
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The DIA's newest “Guest of Honor” is a 2003 painting by Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu entitled “Looking Back to a Bright New Future,” on loan from a private collection for approximately two years. Visitors can view the painting in the second floor contemporary art galleries.

This Guest of Honor, which highlights the idealism of new urban planning in postcolonial Africa, is the first in...
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The DIA has teamed up with Say & Play With Words, a vocabulary building program for young children funded by the PNC Foundation, The Skillman Foundation and Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, to develop new early childhood focused, parent-child activities that combine language, learning and exploration. The activities are self-guided for families to enjoy at their own pace, and provide...
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Robert S. Duncanson was a painter of Midwestern landscapes, and one of the most prominent African-American artists working in the antebellum era. He was the first African-American painter to achieve both national and international acclaim. The subject of “Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine,” pictured here, was inspired by the tranquil landscape described in the poem “Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter...
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Check out the DIA's "Head of a Youth" by Andrea della Robbia featured on the more than 40-foot-high banner hanging out front of the National Gallery of Art in Washintgon, D.C.! The banner advertises the National Gallery's "Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence" exhibition, which is on view now through June 4. The DIA lent this important Italian Renaissance sculpture along...
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Famed abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1904. He traveled to the United States in 1926 and settled in New York in 1927. Unlike his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, de Kooning's paintings refer to natural forms and specific places or events, pushed into abstraction by his reliance on color and the build-up of paint to create...
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Join us for an exclusive screening of "The First to Do It" in partnership with the Earl F. Lloyd Foundation at the Detroit Film Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This feature-length documentary is about the life, times and career of Earl Lloyd, the first African-American player in the NBA, and covers his moments on the court within a historical context. There will be a panel discussion...
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Today the DIA announced the communities participating in the 2017 edition of Inside|Out, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will sponsor the program, which embarks on its eighth year!

This year, the museum will expand the number of installation sites from...
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The DIA remembers Detroit native and neighbor Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and the Fox Theatre, and founder of Little Caesars Pizza, who passed away last Friday at the age of 87. Ilitch, along with his wife Marian, was a longtime supporter of the DIA and led many philanthropic initiatives to improve the quality of life for Detroit citizens. We thank him and his...
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On the table beside this partially undressed woman are a chocolate pot and two cups. The overturned chair suggests someone has just left the room in a hurry. Is she reaching longingly for the chocolate or her vanished lover?

For hundreds of years, chocolate has been associated with love and sexuality—ever since travelers told exaggerated tales of chocolate’s use as an aphrodisiac at the Aztec...
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Don't miss performances by world-renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran and his trio The Bandwagon (Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits) at the DIA this Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 and 8:30! Moran, a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur 'genius grant' and artistic director for jazz at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has established himself as a risk taker and trendsetter for new directions in...
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There are only a few weeks left to enjoy "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate," on view at the DIA through March 5. Visit dia.org/bittersweet to reserve your tickets today!
There are only a few weeks left to enjoy "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate," on view at the DIA through March 5. This special exhibition tells the fascinating story of the introduction of coffee, tea and chocolate to Europe beginning in the late 16th century and the social and economic changes that occurred as a result. Exquisite porcelain coffee and tea sets, a gold coffee grinder once...
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Along with Aretha Franklin, Bettye LaVette is one of her generation’s most vital Soul singers. Don't miss LaVette's free performance at the DIA February 23!

An Evening with Bettye LaVette

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Internationally renowned artist Julie Mehretu was born in Ethiopia in 1970. She fled the country with her parents in 1977, and moved to East Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from East Lansing High School, Mehretu received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College and, later, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mehretu is known for her abstract...
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The DIA is proud to announce an exclusive screening of "The First to Do It" in partnership with the Earl F. Lloyd Foundation on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Detroit Film Theatre. This feature-length documentary is about the life, times and career of Earl Lloyd, the first African-American player in the NBA, and covers his moments on the court within a historical context. To commemorate this...
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The participants in today's Detroit Pistons Annual Black History Month Scholarship Event were amazing! Congrats to winners Leilani Clay, Jamilah Minter and Dannah Wilson. #PistonatDIA #DetroitHeart