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Happy Art Museum Day!

Today, May 18th, is Art Museum Day. Across the US and Canada, over 120 institutions are offering free admission—including the Detroit Institute of Arts. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day coincides with International Museum Day, an annual event organized by the International Council of Museums. Both events emphasize the importance museums have in society, while at the same time showing appreciation to patrons …more…

Opening Tonight: Betty Brownlee, Works on Exhibit

Betty Brownlee, "Valium and Evan," 2012

A champagne reception will greet visitors tonight at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, as part of the opening for the art show, Betty Brownlee: Works on Exhibit. A longtime resident of Detroit, Brownlee has been an active part of the local arts scene for many years, having exhibited at The Detroit Artists Market, Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Center for Creative Studies, …more…

Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years, Now on View at Detroit Historical Museum

Since its start, The Detroit Artists Market has played a critical role not only in fostering Detroit’s art scene, but also in challenging public perception of art with its history of controversial, trendsetting exhibitions. Marking the DAM’s eightieth anniversary this year, The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting the exhibition, “Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years.”

Paintings and drawings hung salon-style on the walls of the Museum’s Community Gallery show a …more…

Photography Exhibition Focuses on Detroit’s Lavish Music Scene

On View now at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, MI

Music photography is not as glamorous a field as it makes itself out to be. To really succeed in the industry takes thousands of dollars in equipment and education, not to mention countless hours of practice and study. And the payoff ain’t exactly grand. Some local band asks you to take pictures of their next gig—offering a guest list spot and …more…

Looking Back on a Decade of Change

Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010, on view now through April 29, 2012 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, examines the ups and downs of life in the Motor City over the past decade. Featuring works by eight critically-acclaimed artists, the exhibition goes beyond typical cityscapes to include portraits, industrialized action shots, and two video installations. ...more...