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During the 18th century tureens ceased to be vessels only for soup, stew, or sauce and became masterpieces of sculpture. Ceramic factories often modeled tureens in the form of game birds, ranging from a small partridge three inches wide to this life-size turkey, which is on view in the DIA's Fashionable Living galleries. These pieces epitomized the 18th century’s love of nature and novelty.
Tureen in the Form of a Turkey, Strasbourg Hannong Factory, French, c. 1755, tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration. Detroit Institute of Arts
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Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA curator of European paintings, was at Meadow Brook Hall in February presenting a lecture when a painting in the corner of the room caught his eye; it turned out to be a work by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo! Murillo, who is considered one of the five pillars of Spanish Golden age art, created the painting, titled "The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness," around 1670.
Because the painting belongs to the Meadow Brook collection, the DIA has entered into an agreement with Oakland University to allow a group of students to observe the conservation and scientific analysis that DIA specialists are undertaking. Once the conservation treatment is completed, the work will be on loan to the DIA for five years, beginning in February 2014, before returning to Meadow Brook.
Image: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, ca. 1655–1670, oil on canvas, 85 x 72 cm, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
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Join us as we celebrate the Mexican tradition of ofrenda altars with 10 installations by local artists and community members at the DIA now until Sunday, Nov. 3 in the galleries adjacent to Rivera Court. The installation will conclude with a talk by the ofrenda artists on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
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Check out this alien tombstone, which will be featured in tonight's double feature "The Legend of Mothman" & "Spookhaus Apokalypse!" by Tom Carey and Cary Loren at the DIA.
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Rehearsing for The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse! tonight at 8:45 at the DIA! There will be a Sunday performance at 3:30.
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Did you know? There are 62 screens in the DIA's "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show." The largest screen in the exhibition is 19 feet high, and the smallest is 24 inches.
Come see the more than 100 animated film segments, including both iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years in animation history, at the DIA!
Read more and purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/WatchMeMove.
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Welcome back! On Monday we re-installed these sculptures, which have been off view since May 2012 due to restoration work on the Woodward Plaza, on either side of "The Thinker." Both sculptures are 20th century casts by Susse Fréres. The originals are in a garden at Versailles.
On the north side of the plaza is a cast of Philippe Magnier's "Nymph and Eros." On the south side of the plaza is a cast of Antoine Coysevox's "The Garonne."
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Caravaggio’s "Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy" will be on loan from @TheWadsworth from October 9 through January 12, 2014. It will hang next to the DIA’s "Martha and Mary Magdalene," offering a rare opportunity to explore two of the best Caravaggios owned by American museums. Read more: http://bit.ly/1c4xzbX.
Image: Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, 1594. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.
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The Detroit Film Theatre now has a free iPhone app! Includes schedule & more. Download from iTunes store today.
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We almost forgot... happy Shark Week!
"Watson and the Shark," John Singleton Copley, 1782, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts
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Andy Warhol would have been 85 today. He's pictured here at the top of the former Pontchartrain Hotel after a press conference to promote his book "America" in 1985. Warhol also did a book signing at the DIA during his tour.
Image: "Andy Warhol in Detroit," Michelle Andonian, 1985 (printed in 2008), ink jet print on exhibition fiber paper. Detroit Institute of Arts
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Today is the 142nd birthday anniversary of American artist John Sloan. You can see one of his most well-known works, "McSorley's Bar," which depicts a scene inside New York's oldest "Irish" tavern, at the DIA!
"McSorley's Bar," John Sloan, 1912, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts
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Today the DIA's conservation team finished the examination and digitization of Diego Rivera's preliminary drawings, or cartoons, of his "Detroit Industry" frescoes. Five of the drawings will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the DIA featuring the work of Rivera and Frida Kahlo created during their time in Detroit. Stay tuned!
The examination, documentation, and preservation of Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" cartoons is supported by the Bank of America Conservation Project.
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Today is Henry Ford's 150th birthday anniversary. Take a look at this photo of him with George Washington Carver taken in 1938 from the DIA's collection.
"George Washington Carver and Henry Ford Meeting at Tuskegee," Prentice H. Polk, 1938, gelatin silver print. Detroit Institute of Arts
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The runway awaits you!
The DIA's Founders Junior Council presents Fash Bash®, where art and fashion come together, this year on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. "Fashionably Late" tickets with an 8:30 p.m. arrival time are still available, which include all access to the exclusive late night cocktail party. (Other ticket options are also available).
For more information and to reserve tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/12BIIII.
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The DIA is examining and digitally photographing 13 full-scale drawings, known as cartoons, created by Diego Rivera in his preparation for painting the "Detroit Industry" murals. The drawings have not been looked at in more than 30 years, and have never been digitally photographed. The project is made possible by a grant from Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project. Five of the drawings will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the DIA featuring the work of Rivera and Frida Kahlo created during their time in Detroit.
Here, Chris Foster, DIA conservator of art on paper, examines one of the cartoons with Paper Care Specialist Doug Bulka.
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Today is James Abbott McNeill Whistler's 179th birthday anniversary. You can see four of his paintings currently on view at the DIA, including his self-portrait below.
Image: "Arrangement in Gray: Portrait of the Painter," James Abbott McNeill Whistler, ca. 1872, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts
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The food trucks have arrived! See you at 5 for the October Babies. Feufollet will be on at 7. #CofC2013
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