BY BTL STAFF
caption: “Something You Can Feel,” Mickalene Thomas, 2008, rhinestone, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panels. Photo courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts is embarking down a new path by reaching out to the LGBT community.
Art|Pride, which features works by LGBT artists, is the latest addition to the DIA’s “Behind the Seen” talks and group tour offerings, joining an eclectic mix of 13 other topics. Behind the Seen (formerly Speakers Bureau) brings presentations on various aspects of the DIA and its collection to adult civic and social groups, libraries, senior centers and other community-accessible locations. Most of the talks can also be given as in-museum tours.
“The LGBTQ community has made significant contributions to the very large world of fine art,” DIA Program Manager Sue Troia said. “In order to demonstrate this valuable and enormous impact to a wider audience, we are highlighting a few of these artists. This is also an opportunity to formally reach out to our friends in the LGBTQ community.”
As a benefit of the 2012 tri-county millage, the talks are free for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and $150 for other metro Detroit counties.
Art|Pride raises awareness of the significant contributions by LGBT artists and their impact on the art world. These artists are among leaders of modern and contemporary art and have shattered stereotypes and defied prejudice and discrimination on their path to success. Among the artists highlighted in the talk are Francis Bacon, Beauford Delaney, Gilbert and George, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, Mickalene Thomas, Andy Warhol and Claude Cahun (aka Lucy Schwob).
THe DIA developed the Art|Pride talk in collaboration with museum curators and LGBT communities in Detroit and Ann Arbor. The included artists have self-identified as LGBT or have lived an LGBT lifestyle as defined by their partners, family or official biographers.
To schedule a talk or group tour, call 313-833-1510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a list of topics and descriptions available on the DIA website http://bit.ly/2bkFdFE.
Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6-17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.