The DIA’s Weekly Art Exhibits for the Family to Enjoy Virtually

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been releasing online versions of the traditional in-museum events weekly. This gives patrons the opportunity to learn about and visit beautiful art from the comforts and safety of our own homes. 

This week, the DIA presents “Conservation Corner,” featuring images from specialist Aaron Steele and painting by Ellen Hanspach-Bernal. You can also explore armor with Merlin Chappuis through the Detroit Institute of Awesome Art Bytes video. There’s also a Thursdays at the Museum online program, the second week of “Behind the Zine,” and more.

The events at the DIA this week are as follows:

New This Week

CREEM: America’s Only Rock’n’Roll Magazine

This documentary explores CREEM Magazine’s humble Detroit beginnings and follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse.

The Green Years

This never-before-seen coming-of-age film set in sixties Lisbon features riveting performances of neo-realist angst.

More DFT @ Home films can be found at The Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy’s Pizza. 

Art Bytes: Armor

Art Bytes are quick videos from our gallery teachers about works in the DIA collection. This one features Merlin Chappuis discussing the construction and uses of armor.

More art talks with DIA curators and gallery teachers can be found at

A Fresh Look: Conservation

Aaron Steele, imaging specialist and Ellen Hanspach-Bernal, conservator of paintings, both from the DIA’s conservation department will speak about their most recent research into Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Wedding Dance. The presentation will focus on the material history of the painting, such as the environment in which the painting was created and how it has changed over time.

Thursdays at the Museum

This week’s talk features costuming and adornment throughout time. Participants will discover the many ways that personal, political and cultural identity is communicated through our clothing and body art. Join this Thursday at the link provided and vogue with us!

Behind the Zine with Matthew Thornton

The Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Inside|Out Literary Arts, will host a four-workshop series called “Behind the Zine” with Detroit-based comic book artist Matthew Thornton. Participants will create their own zine over the four-week workshop. Week 2 participants get an overview of supplies and what they need to create a basic, eight-page zine.

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-7900. 9am-4pm Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-10pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday, Closed Monday.

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