Starting in 1932 the artists spent time in the Motor City. The industrial subject matter became a theme of their work. It was also a turning point in Kahlo’s career as she became more well-known. Megan DiRienzo, Interpretive Planner at the DIA, describes the importance of the exhibit focused on the artists.
Director Graham Beal said he considered selling the painting after Detroit’s December exit from bankruptcy.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is expanding its program to install reproductions of artworks outdoors to Bay City and Grand Haven.
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The DIA is encouraging residents in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties to check out the museum as part of their free “county days” initiative.
“Most people who come to the museum love it and they respect the art,” DIA spokeswoman Pamela Marcil says.
The director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, who worked to protect the museum’s collection during the city’s bankruptcy, plans to retire this year.
The Detroit Institute of Art has reached its goal of raising $100 million over 20 years to help fund the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan.
Directors of the DIA have repaid the museum $90,000 as reimbursement for bonuses awarded to top executives in 2013.
A key component of what’s known as the Grand Bargain is a deal to help protect pensioners as Detroit goes through bankruptcy. That deal depends on the Detroit Institute of Art reaching its $100,000,000 fundraising goal.