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Exploring the Detroit Institute of Arts

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The video team from Curbed recently visited one of our favorite places in the city—the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Beaux-Arts gem on Woodward was designed by Paul Philippe Cret and Zantzinger, Borie and Medary and opened in 1927. The current building is the second location for the DIA—the first was built in 1885 and located on Jefferson Avenue.

The video highlights a few key exhibits and permanent pieces. You’ll notice Thalassa—an installation that ran from October until the end of June—in the Woodward entrance. We also see Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry, the iconic mural which was completed on 27 panels over 1932-33. Also featured is a 16th century limestone and stained glass Gothic chapel. The video also visits a favorite spot to relax—Kresge Court.

The DIA is featured in our latest Curbed Detroit Pocket Guide, and its next exhibit, Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement, starts on July 23 as part of the Detroit 67 project.

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48202 Visit Website