The European Art collection is a significant draw for any museum, and is no exception at the DIA. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and ancient western antiquities. With generous donations of works from patrons starting in 1880, the European Art department has become one of the most distinguished in the Country. Artists represented range from Renaissance masters Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens, to Impressionists Monet, Van Gogh, and Gaugin to more modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Beckmann.
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Not all masterpieces are made from canvas and oil that dominated during the renaissance. The Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection at the DIA highlights those works made on paper. Hugely varied, this collection includes books, posters, drawings, photographs and watercolors, some dating back many hundreds of years. Some particularly noteworthy items include works or studies done in preparation, such as Michelangelo'sStudies for the Sistine Chapel.
General Motors Center for African American Art
Opened in 2000, the General Motors Center for African American Art pays particular homage to African American Artists, their perspective and perceptions. More than just a gallery, this department works to increase public awareness on the contributions of African American artists, hosting lectures, symposiums and exhibitions. The collection of more than 400 works, includes pieces by Allie McGhee, William T. Williams, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and many more.
The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art
Featuring works of minimalism, abstract expressionism and even pop art, the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art is home to a wide range of works. This collection focuses primarily on post-World War Two era pieces, and includes paintings, glass works, wood sculpture and more. Artists in these galleries include Andy Warhol, Jack a. Robinson, and Willem de Kooning.
The Performing Arts collection at the Detroit Institute of Art honors not only performance art itself, but the auxiliary items that become part of it. These include original film and theater photographs, billboard sized posters, puppet theater handbills, and even the puppets themselves. The Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection includes marionettes and other items from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.