Dance! American Art 1830-1960 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Have a kid who loves to dance? See various works of art depicting dancing in this exhibition, featured March 20-June 12, 2016.

The importance of dance in American culture will be celebrated in a new multimedia exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Dance! American Art 1830–1960 will be at the DIA from March 20 until June 12, 2016. The exhibition includes more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs and costumes brought together for the first time to celebrate and explain the importance of dance in American culture.

Featuring works from the DIA, other American and international museums and some from private collections, the exhibition will explore dances of indigenous North Americans, African American dance forms, international female dance superstars, works by Harlem Renaissance artists and more.

“This is the first major exhibition to explore visual art related to American dance. Dance has such a rich history and has touched all segments of American society,” Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director, says in a press release. “This exhibition is not only about the representation of the art of dance, it explores how artists were inspired by how Americans move, how they interacted with each other and experienced the rhythm of music.”

Specific works featured in the exhibition include “The Jolly Flatboatmen” by George Caleb Bingham, John Singer Sargent’s “La Carmencita,” Winslow Homer’s “Summer Night” and Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds.” Seven videos are also included.

“In addition to the outstanding works of art, it was important for me to have the voice and expertise of dancers within the exhibition itself,” exhibition curator Jane Dini, the associate curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, said in the press release. “They help illustrate how dance as an artistic form had an enormous impact on the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture.”

The DIA will host a variety of activities to go along with the new exhibition, including performances, movies, dance demonstrations and a “Dancing in the DIA” program for all ages. Several local dance organizations and cultural institutions are also offering related programs.

Exhibition tickets are priced as follows:

  • $14 for adults, $10 for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents
  • $7 for ages 6–17, $5 for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents ages 6–17
  • Free for DIA members
  • Free admission every Friday

The DIA is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members and otherwise $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62-plus, $6 for ages 6-17 and free for kids 5 and under.

Get any additional information on the DIA’s Dance! American Art 1830–1960 exhibit in the Metro Parent listing.


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