Current Exhibitions

Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road

12/16/17 to 8/18/19 | Level 3

Drawn from the DMA’s collection, this exhibition showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings. The works on view come from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan with some objects featuring colored ink paintings on textile backgrounds.

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America Will Be!: Surveying the Contemporary Landscape

4/6/19 to 9/15/19 | Chilton I Gallery

Drawing on works from the DMA’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the ways in which contemporary artists engage with landscapes, broadly defined, exploring how our natural and built environments intersect with our representations of ourselves and our communities.

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Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene

6/23/19 to 9/22/19 | Focus II Gallery

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) was one of the most influential figures in the history of European art; he revolutionized painting through his theatrical compositions and gritty realism observed from life. Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts, is a masterpiece from Caravaggio’s early career in Rome that demonstrates his use of sharp light and dark contrasts for a dramatic depiction of a religious scene. With fewer than 10 paintings by Caravaggio in the US, this is a rare opportunity to see an extraordinary work by one of the most celebrated Old Master painters.

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Dior: From Paris to the World

5/19/19 to 10/27/19 | Barrel Vault

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy, featuring a dynamic selection of almost 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. This exhibition profiles both Christian Dior himself and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), all of whom have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

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The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō

5/21/19 to 11/10/19 | Mezzanine 2

Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print. In 1833, he produced a suite of prints that followed the imperial road called the Tōkaidō, which ran from Edo (modern Tokyo) to the emperor’s palace in Kyoto. The scenes are a blend of the grandeur of a noble feudal lord's (daimyō) lifestyle, realistic images of daily life and ordinary people like merchants or workers, and a refined depiction of nature.

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C3: Beyond Binaries

12/22/18 to 12/29/19 | Center for Creative Connections

This installation of DMA works examines the ways the subjects, symbolism, and production of art communicates ideas about gender. Some works move beyond the binary of masculine and feminine. Others present divergent views and beliefs about gender.

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Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence

6/30/19 to 1/12/20 | Level 4

Fiber arts by artist, designer, and weaver Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) will be exhibited in the DMA’s Atrium Overlook and in the Arts of the Americas Andean gallery in a special exhibition illuminating how the contemporary artist’s practice has been inspired by the weaving traditions of indigenous artisans from Latin America. Secret Structures, Looming Presence pairs works from the Museum’s collection of ancient Andean art with a selection of Hicks’ loom-woven, wrapped, twisted, and knotted fiberworks, offering a fresh examination of textile traditions through time.

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Violence and Defiance

8/17/19 to 3/8/20 | Level 2

Violence and Defiance, the latest rotation of works on paper in the European galleries, features prints by a generation of rebel-artists known as the Expressionists that reacted to the atrocities of World War I through work defined by boldly simplified line work, distorted forms, and clashing colors.

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The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery

4/18/17 to 12/31/22 | Focus I Gallery

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest public presentation in the history of one of the world's most important private collections of Islamic Art. 

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