Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI, United States

Free to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties


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Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA presents a range of works by artists from the DIA’s collections of prints, drawings, photographs and contemporary art that are concerned with idealistic representations of home. Around 50 works in a variety of media both affirm common symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a symbol of comfort, belonging and permanency.

Among the art included is contemporary photographer Carrie Mae Weems’ groundbreaking work, and new acquisition by the DIA, The Kitchen Table Series, which explores the relationship between gender and domesticity. Works by celebrated Detroit-based artists Bill Rauhauser and Charles McGee are also included in the show, providing viewers with images of Detroit that address several themes in Making Home, including the effects of urbanization. Viewers will have the opportunity to see works that have not been on public view recently, including Lorna Simpson’s work on felt, Bathroom. 

The artists’ backgrounds, identities, creative processes and subject interests provide an opportunity for visitors to see a rich diversity of perspectives. Additional artists in the show include Jasper Johns, Romare Bearden, Robert Rauschenberg, Tyree Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Jane Hammond, Gregory Crewdson, Hiraki Sawa and Joanne Leonard.

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