DIA Events Calendar 2019

DIA Events Calendar 2019 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs. 2019 DIA events calendar. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the DIA Events Calendar 2019 calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

For more DIA Events Calendar information, call 313-833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

DIA Events Calendar January 2019

“Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection” on view through March 3, 2019
“Ruben and Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love” on view through July 7, 2019
“Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant” opens Jan. 27

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tour.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, including tours, talks, art-making and films.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Art-making (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, January 3
Thursdays at the Museum: Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection 1 p.m.

Friday, January 4
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 5
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 6
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 2 and 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 10
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk with DIA Curator Nancy Barr: “Lost and Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection” 1 p.m.

Friday, January 11
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 7 p.m.
Friday Night Live!: Miniature Masterpieces 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 12
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 13
Detroit Film Theatre: “Shoplifters” 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 14
IA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Student Design Summit: Showcase 5:45–8:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 17
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Making: Accordion Books 1 p.m.

Friday, January 18
Friday Night Live!: Andre Mehmari Trio, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Great Buster” 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Buster Keaton films “Sherlock Jr. and” Seven Chances” with live piano 4 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Great Buster” 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 20
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Great Buster” 2 p.m.

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities
Family Gallery Adventures 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Enjoy pop-up tours, games and other activities for families in the African American art galleries.
Drop-in Artmaking: Pamphlet Stitch Books 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Create a pamphlet stitch notebook to donate to a local school, and make one for yourself.
Family Activities: Gallery Game Cart in Prentis Court 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy games to play in the galleries appropriate for ages 3 to 12, with a few tailored for 3 to 5-year-olds.
Detroit Film Theatre: “King: A Filmed Record” 1 p.m.
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, this Oscar®-nominated documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests and arrests are interspersed with scenes of high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause. Restored to full-length by the Library of Congress, the complete version is a national treasure that gives viewers an appreciation of the personal challenges King endured and the cultural legacy he left behind.

Wednesday, January 23
DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition Finalists Presentations 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thursday, January 24
Thursdays at the Museum: Movie: “The 39 Steps” 1 p.m.

Friday, January 25
Friday Night Live!: Keyon Harrold 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Guilty” 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 26
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Guilty” 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 27
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Guilty” 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Great Buster” 4:30 p.m.

DIA Events Calendar February 2019 – Black History Month Events at the DIA

Featured Gallery
General Motors Center for African American Art
The DIA’s General Motors Center includes five galleries dedicated to the display of African American art: a 19th century gallery located in the Manoogian Wing of American Art and four galleries in the Modern and Contemporary Art Wing for art created in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection consists of approximately 570 objects in various media. Among the artists whose art is included and on view in the galleries are Elizabeth Catlett, Robert S. Duncanson, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, Charles McGee, Betye Saar, Henry O. Tanner, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley.

Gallery Activities
Drawing in the Galleries: Friday, Feb. 1, 6–9 p.m.; February 9 & 17, Noon–4 p.m.
Gallery Adventures (family-friendly games and guided activities): Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tours – Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
General and family friendly tours with an emphasis on the DIA’s African American art collection.

Self-Guided Tours
A brochure is available for visitors to take a self-guided tour of a selection of works by African American artists.

Friday, Feb. 1
Trailblazers: Detroit Women of Art 4–­6 p.m. | Kresge Court
Panel discussion with moderator Anita Bates and panelists Dell Pryor, Shirley Woodson and Cledie Taylor.

Literary Readings with Local Writers and Poets 6:15–9 p.m. | African American Art Galleries

Tribute to Aretha Franklin with The Motown Legends Gospel Choir 7 p.m. | Detroit Film Theatre

College Greek Step Show 9:30–10:30 p.m. | Detroit Film Theatre
Two sororities and two fraternities face off in a Greek Step Show extravaganza.

Saturday, Feb. 2
Storytelling: Stories…Stories…Stories: Just What Are Stories? 2 p.m. | Rivera Court
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Gospel According to André” 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Say Amen, Somebody!” 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3
Detroit Film Theatre: “Say Amen, Somebody!” 2 & 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8
Friday Night Live! Soundrotation Rearview Mirror Sessions 6 p.m. | Rivera Court

Sunday, Feb. 10
The 27th Annual Alain Locke Awards: Carrie Mae Weems 2 p.m.
Literary Readings with Local Writers and Poets 6:15–9 p.m. | African American Art Galleries

Friday, Feb. 15
Friday Night Live! Silent Films by Pioneers of African American Cinema, with Live Score 7 p.m. | Rivera Court

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 16–17
Artist Demonstration: Hearts of Donald Calloway Noon–4 p.m. | Prentis Court

Friday, Feb. 22
Friday Night Live! The Music of J Dilla 7 & 8:30 p.m. | Rivera Court

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 23–24
Special Performance: The Gratitude Steel Band 2 p.m. | Rivera Court
Literary Readings with Local Writers and Poets 6:15–9 p.m. | African American Art Galleries

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
9a–4p Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9a–10p Fridays, 10a–5p Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for college students, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

This DIA Events Calendar 2019 page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

For more DIA Events Calendar 2019 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.