Museum  November 30, 2017

Detroit Institute of Arts Showcases Contemporary Collection

Courtesy of Susanne Hilberry Gallery and Detroit Institute of Arts

Clinton Snider, Willis, 2003, latex and oil on wood.

Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

December 1, 2017 through June 6, 2018

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) showcases some gems in its collection that relate to the concept of “home” in the exhibition “Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA,” on view Dec. 1, 2017–June 6, 2018. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

“Making Home” showcases works in a variety of media that both affirm and question common assumptions about domestic space, such as home as a symbol of comfort, belonging and permanency. The artists’ backgrounds, identities, creative processes and subject interests provide a range of perspectives on what home could mean.

“While most people can relate to the idea of home, this exhibition illustrates how multi-layered its meaning can be,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “We invite visitors to consider their own concepts of home while looking at it from a variety of artists’ perspectives.”

Courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts

Jane Hammond, Chai Wan Four, 2008, selenium-toned gelatin silver print. ©Jane Hammond.

Among the artists featured are Carrie Mae Weems, whose photographs from The Kitchen Table Series show how influential the domestic space can be when shaping one's own identity; a collage by Jane Hammond, titled Chai Wan Four, in which she represents the effects of urbanization on communal life; and Hiroshi Sugimoto's Sea of Japan, Hokkaido II, which glorifies the journeys of migration to and from home. Other artists included in “Making Home” are Robert Rauschenberg, Tyree Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Morris Engel, Harry Callahan, Lorna Simpson, Nicola Lopez, Gregory Crewdson, Andrew Moore, Carlos Diaz, Hiraki Sawa and Joanne Leonard.

This exhibition is organized by the DIA and is a collaboration between the departments of Print, Drawings and Photographs and the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art. Taylor Renee Aldridge and Lucy Mensah are the exhibition curators.