Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, MI




Dance! American Art 1830-1960 (4/13/16)

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell (3/26/09)

Life's Pleasures: The Ashcan School's Brush with Leisure, 1895-1925 (3/20/08)

The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist (9/2/04)

American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers (3/5/04)

Common Man, Mythic Vision: The Paintings of Ben Shahn (7/15/99)

Photographs and Prints by Women from the DIA's Collection (7/6/99)


Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts is recognized as one of the country's premier art museums. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a public collection in the U.S. (Self Portrait, 1887) to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA's collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion. Founded in 1885, the DIA is home to art across all cultures and eras including European painting, sculpture and decorative arts; Islamic, Middle Eastern and Asian; African and Egyptian; ancient Greek and Roman; Oceanic and Indigenous American; African American; graphic arts; film and video; and contemporary art, encompassing some 60,000 works. The museum offers an active year-round schedule of educational programs, performances, film screenings and special events for visitors of all ages, serving as an accessible and inspiring gateway to the art of cultures around the world.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. For hours and admission fees please see the Museum's website.

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

Forging a Modern Identity: American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, By , Nancy Rivard Shaw, James W. Tottis, Mary Black.. Published 2005 by Hudson Hills Press and Detroit Institute of Arts. 304 pages. ISBN 1904832067. Original from the University of Michigan v.3. Digitized Nov 13, 2007 [Snippet view]
Images of Identity: American Indians in Photographs, By David W. Penney, Lisa A. Roberts. Published 1994 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 20 pages. ISBN 089558140X "The Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography, the Detroit Institute of Arts, March 27-July 31, 1994"--T.p. verso. [No preview available]
Romare Bearden: Origins and Progressions: the Detroit Institute of Arts, September 16-November 16, 1986, by Cynthia Jo Fogliatti. The Institute, Jan 1, 1986 - 48 pages
Great Lakes Indian Art, Wayne State University Press, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1986 -107 pages
Ancient Art of the American Woodland Indians, By David S. Brose, James Allison Brown, David W. Penney. Photographs by David W Penney, Contributor David W Penney, Dirk Bakker, James A Brown. Published 1985 by H.N. Abrams, in association with the Detroit Institute of Arts. 240 pages. ISBN 0810918277. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 5, 2007 [Snippet view]
The Quest for Unity: American Art Between World's Fairs, 1876-1893, By David C. Huntington, Published 1983 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 286 pages. ISBN 0895580985 [No preview available]
Native American Art: The Detroit Institute of Arts, By William Wierzbowski, Elizabeth Youngblood. Published 1980 by Detroit Institute of Arts [No preview available]
John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age, By James Lomax, John Singer Sargent, Richard Ormond. Published 1979 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 112 pages. ISBN 090198115X ""An exhibition organised jointly by the Leeds Art Galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Detroit Institute of Arts"- t.p." [No preview available]
The Legend of John Brown, By Jacob Lawrence, Robert Earl Hayden. Published 1978 by Detroit Institute of Arts: [distributed by Wayne State University Press]. 61 pages. "Printed on the occasion of the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: John Brown series at the Detroit Institute of Arts, October 14-November 26, 1978." [No preview available]
The Peale Family: Three Generations of American Artists, By Charles H. Elam Published 1967 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 150 pages. [No preview available]
American Decorative Arts, from the Pilgrims to the Revolution: An Exhibition ..., Published 1967 by Detroit Institute Of Arts. 48 pages [No preview available]
American Folk Arts from the Collection of Ruth and James O. Keene, By Ruth Keene, James O. Keene. Published 1960 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 40 pages. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jan 19, 2007 [Snippet view]
Painting in America; the Story of 450 Years, Published 1957 by Detroit Institute Of Arts. 32 pages [No preview available]
Early American Prints, Published 1957 by Detroit Institute Of Arts [No preview available]
Lendall Pitts, 1875-1938: A Retrospective Exhibition, By Lendall Pitts. Published 1951 by The Detroit Institute of Arts. 16 pages "Catalog for an exhibition held at Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Society, 1951."[No preview available]
Exhibition of the Work of Painters in Detroit Before 1900. Published 1949 by Detroit Institute of Arts [No preview available]
Washington Allston: 1779-1843, a Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and ... Published 1947 by Detroit Institute of Arts. 36 pages [No preview available]
The Eleventh Loan Exhibition: American Colonial and Early Federal Art, February 4 to March 2, 1930, the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit Institute of Arts, 1930 - 56 pages
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