Best Places to View Art in Detroit

December 17th, 2018 by

Detroit may not generally be known as a cultural destination, but the city is home to some high-quality art galleries as well as public and street art. Here are six of the best places to view art in Detroit.

Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) is a nonprofit gallery committed to the exhibition and sale of the work of established and emerging local artists. DAM was originally founded in 1932 to help provide young artists with a source of income. Now, with the goal of representing the art and culture of Detroit, artists of all ages and stature are exhibited. The gallery also hosts visiting exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Detroit Institute of Arts

With more than 65,000 works of art, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is one of the most significant collections in the United States. The art on display dates from ancient civilizations to the present day and offers creative works from all-around the world.

In addition to the many art galleries, the DIA features live musical performances, art cinema, family fun days, and special activities. On weekends, you can get hands-on and create pencil drawings under expert guidance.

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project (HP) was set up in 1986 in the heart of a rundown urban area as a means to improve neighborhoods and people’s lives through art. Artist Tyree Guyton lost three brothers on the streets, but he picked up a paintbrush instead of a gun and began to transform the area.

Collected refuse was turned into art, abandoned houses became artistic sculptures, and the sidewalks and trees were incorporated into the artwork. Now you can take guided tours of the different elements of the project, which span two city blocks and learn about the history of the artist’s vision.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Located in 22,000 square feet of space, MOCAD’s mission is to be a hub for the exploration of contemporary art and emerging ideas. The large exhibition spaces are ideal for the display of a variety of artworks. MOCAD does not have permanent exhibits; rather, it evolves with ever-changing trends. The museum hosts a series of public programs, including children’s educational activities, literary readings, lectures, and musical performances.

Red Bull Arts Detroit

Red Bull Arts is located in the historic E&B Brewery building in Eastern Market and has a commitment to the cultivation of the arts in Detroit. It operates as an artist’s residency, which has hosted more than 100 artists. The public is encouraged to engage in the arts and support the work of emerging local artists.

4731 Gallery

This gallery, housed in a four-story building, brings local artists and their work together under the same roof. As well as an award-winning gallery, there are also 31 studio spaces for the artists to work in. The work featured includes mixed media, photography, sculpture, pottery, fashion, and interior design.

These are just a few of the many innovative spaces in Detroit where contemporary and traditional artworks are displayed.

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