Monday, February 24, 2020

Don't Forget About the DIA

The Detroit Institue of Arts houses one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. It showcases over 100 different collections at a time with a net worth of over $8 billion. Because of this, it is one of the top 6 museums in our country, hosting approximately 750,000 visitors a year. They have over 65,000 pieces in their permanent collection and a variety of guest collections that are showcased throughout the year. Some of their most popular permanent pieces include Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera, Vincent Van Gogh, and Kehinde Wiley.  They also have a variety of unique public events including Yoga classes in the Diego Rivera room taught by Motor Om. It's is one of the city's coolest cultural resources and if you live in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne county the millage fees that you pay in your yearly taxes have traditionally made it free for you to get in as many times as you would like. This means that we personally stop in every time we see a new piece has been added to the collection.  

Last weekend we popped in for a few hours to see the first Kermit puppet that Jim Henson ever created, an original self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, and some of Salvador Dali's surrealist work. We also enjoyed a coffee in the beautiful atrium-style cafe. All of these pieces are temporarily on loan and worth a visit if you haven't seen them yet. What's also worth it is the millage tax that many of us pay to make sure that the DIA remains a free place for all of us to take in art and culture when we need a break from staring at our social media feeds. The next millage vote takes place on March 10th, so we wanted to remind you how awesome this space is before you hit the polls. To learn more about the vote click here. To learn what exhibits are currently showing at The DIA, click here. The DIA is one of the most valuable things Detroit has to offer. If you haven't visited lately, make the trip. You won't regret it.


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