Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 13, 2012

Eggs-citing News from the Detroit Institute of Arts

Skylight shadows fall across a detail of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco

On Sunday I stopped by the Detroit Institute of Arts to test my free pass to the museum: Thanks to a self-inflicted tax that residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties supported a few months ago, we don’t have to pay admission at the entrance (i.d. required).

The joint was jumpin’. I didn’t realize until I checked in at the desk that it was Ford Second Sunday, which meant it was a free day for everyone. One day each month the Ford Motor Company Fund picks up the general admission tab for all visitors. (Does not include fees for those DIA special exhibits and activities with additional charge.)

Mark your calendar: The next free Ford Second Sunday is December 9.

More good news about our tax dollars at work: Beginning today, Tuesday, November 13, the Detroit Institute of Arts expands its hours and will be open six days a week.

New DIA hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you’re not a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb Counties the admission is $8, $6 for seniors, $4 for children.

Now you can knock $5 off your ticket to see the Tsesarevich Easter Egg and more than 200 objects in the Fabergé exhibit at the DIA through January 21

There’s an extra fee for special exhibits like “Fabergé: The Rise and Fall-The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” at the DIA through January 21, 2013. Tickets for adults are $15, $8 for youth ages 6-17.

TICKET DEAL: From Tuesday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 21 you can take advantage of a special Fabergé offer of $5 off per ticket with coupon; some restrictions apply.

There’s plenty to do at the DIA at no additional charge:

  • See a prints and drawings by Picasso and Matisse in the Schwartz Galleries, through January 6.
  • Attend the program, “Fabergé and Cartier: An Epic Rivalry,” 6 p.m., Thursday, November 15
  • Join The Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for a gallery talk, “Andy Warhol and the Celebrity Cult” at 7 p.m., Friday, November 23; get a complimentary pass at
  • Plus tours, musical performances, art projects and other activities on select dates

All this in addition, of course, to the world-class collection in the permanent galleries. Think about it.

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Pure Michigan

Rodin’s The Thinker greets visitors to the DIA. It’s one of 22 large-scale casts of the piece, and one of 8 cast during the artist’s lifetime.


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