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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the DIA is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Visitors can enjoy a drop-in workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the African American collection from noon to 4 p.m., a 2 p.m. screening of "King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis" and family-friendly gallery games all day. Events are free with museum admission and for residents of Wayne,...
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Coffee, tea, and chocolate were popular drinks when they were introduced in Europe nearly 400 years ago. But these beverages and their additives, like sugar, could not be produced in Europe. To achieve a monopoly over these goods, Europeans established plantations in their colonies, worked by persons of color. Today, these items are still grown in those same regions of the world---sometimes...
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The DIA was awarded more than $25,000 by TEFAF to conserve Titian’s “Judith with the Head of Holofernes." Because the painting is a work of major significance, it has remained on view at the DIA since it entered the collection in 1938 and has not been conserved in over 75 years. The award will support the use of new technology and imaging applications to develop scholarship and interpretations...
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Beginning tomorrow, the Anton Art Center presents an exhibition of work by local artists inspired by the DIA's "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate" show. The featured work comes from the Anton Art Center's community group partners, including the Mount Clemens Art Association, Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts, Inc.

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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at the DIA! The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a drop-in workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the African American collection from noon to 4 p.m., a 2 p.m. screening of "King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis," which follows Dr. King during his rise from regional activist to leader of the Civil Rights...
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Jazz at Bakers ... #grooving #jazz #Detroit #Bakers #datenight #DIA

Thinking about the weekend? Bring your date to the DIA. Check out one of three exhibitions on view, see a movie, listen to live music or grab a drink in Kresge Court. The museum is open until 10 on Fridays, and admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Join the DIA in making art for a good cause! Decorate clay bowls made by museum studio artists on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, from noon to 4 p.m., as part of the Empty Bowls charity initiative that aims to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Each bowl will be donated to Cass Community Social Services for its 2017 Empty Bowls event. Another workshop is scheduled on...
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Don't miss Detroit-based Opera MODO's performance of J.S. Bach's "Coffee Cantata" this Friday along with other works in conjunction with the DIA's "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate" exhibition! Performances begin at 7 and 8:30 and are free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

MODO does Friday Night Live at the DIA!

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On January 25 the DIA, in partnership with Google and Guidigo, premieres Lumin, an interactive mobile tour that uses Google's Tango technology to provide visitors with new, in-depth ways to engage with the museum’s renowned collection. The DIA is the first art museum in the world to integrate this 3-D mapping and augmented reality technology into a public mobile tour. Read more below. #DIALumin

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Preview "Lumin," the DIA's groundbreaking interactive, mobile tour using augmented reality and 3-D mapping. The project is a partnership with the DIA, Google and Guidigo and will premiere to the public on January 25. #DIALumin
Happy Hot Tea Month! Did you know that tea was first cultivated in China? Legend has it that the mythical Emperor Shennong discovered tea in 2732 BCE when leaves from a tea bush fell into the water he was boiling. Long before tea reached other parts of the world, drinking it was an established practice throughout Asia. The Chinese tea bowl pictured above would have sat on a cup stand like the...
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The DIA is seeking home movies for a year-long project to uncover and exhibit those made in the city around 1967 that recorded everyday scenes and personal histories of diverse Detroit residents. The museum is collaborating with the Detroit Free Press, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs, Detroit...
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The Detroit Film Theatre opens its winter 2017 season next Friday, Jan. 13! This lineup boasts a number of films that promise to delight all movie-goers. "Pioneers of African American Cinema" is a series of rare, early films by African American filmmakers, writers and performers. Restored in association with the Library of Congress, these films illuminate issues that were largely ignored by...
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Get excited for the 2017 Inside|Out season with this video highlighting some of our past community partners, including the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, South Lyon Art Council and the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance. Stay tuned for an announcement of this year's participating neighborhoods!
Nights on the Isle ... #reminisce #datenight #DIA

Dreaming of warmer days and summer nights? Get cozy with your date at the DIA. Check out one of three exhibitions on view, see a movie, listen to live music or simply relax in Kresge Court. The museum is open until 10 on Fridays, and admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Detroit took the no. 9 spot on The New York Times' list of 52 Places to Go in 2017. Don't miss the photo of the DIA's Rivera Court!

52 Places to Go in 2017

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Join the DIA in exploring the traditions of serving and drinking coffee and tea from four different cultures—Arabic, Chinese, Indian and Japanese—that have heavily influenced the way the beverages are consumed in Western society. The two-day festival, taking place January 21-22, is free with museum admission and for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

DIA International Coffee and Tea Festival

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The Detroit Experience Factory is now offering a bus tour in conjunction with the DIA's "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate" exhibition! Each tour will begin at the DIA, and guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibition, then visit a local coffee roaster, tea house and chocolatier. Samples will be served at each location.

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Bittersweet: Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate Bus Tour

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Here's to a rockin' 2017!

The DIA is closed today and Monday, Jan. 2. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9 a.m.

Image: "Iggy Pop, Bookies Club 870, 1980," Sue Rynski, 1980, gelatin silver print. Detroit Institute of Arts
"Through the window of the daring room one sees the green of the garden and a black tree trunk, a basket of forget-me-nots on the table, a garden chair and a rug...The picture is green and white with some accents, blue for the forget-me-nots, and red for the zigzag in the rug; the table is red, too."
—Henri Matisse describing his masterpiece "The Window"

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