Exploring the DIA

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When I was thinking of things to add to my 27 for 27 list, I added a bunch of stuff in places I knew I would be traveling this year (New York/London/Ireland). But then it occurred to me that, while it’s nice to explore places far from home, there are plenty of great things to do in my own neck of the woods. It also occurred to me that I can’t recall ever visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts (did I ever go there for a field trip as a kid? Possibly, but if so that was years ago). And so I added visiting the DIA to my list.

And you know what? The DIA is pretty fantastic. As I was walking around with my friends, I started thinking about how cool it was to have a museum like this, right here in Michigan. Because there are so many wonderful pieces there – works from the artists we all know (Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, etc.) and pieces from artists who are lesser known but not less worthy of knowing. There’s the Diego Rivera court, with its stunning floor-to-ceiling murals. There are displays on modern art, on ancient Egypt, on Islamic art, and on and on and on. I write this with full awareness that I am a complete art museum nerd, but I think it’s a wonderful collection – and I cannot believe it took me so long to visit.

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The Details: Detroit Institute of Arts | 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 | 313.833.7900

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