They say “Dance like nobody’s watching.” Well, when it comes to art at the DIA, everyone should be watching – their new exhibition, that is. “Dance: American Art 1830 – 1960” opened March 20 and is an opportunity for people living in the Detroit metro area to see how dance has been entwined in our lives throughout our country.

The exhibition is filled with 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and costumes depicting all forms of dance.

Dance has the ability to reflect our diversity as a country, so this exhibition is a great way to see how artists interpret it. Guests are able to walk through the 19th century to see works by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Mary Cassatt. But then be transported into the Harlem Renaissance to see works by Aaron Douglas, William Johnson, and James VanDerZee. You will also be able to see nine watercolors by Diego Rivera.

The Detroit Institute of Arts. Daily Detroit File Photo.
The Detroit Institute of Arts. Daily Detroit File Photo.

“Dance has such a rich history in America,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “This exhibition provides an opportunity to see the variety of ways a wide range of artists interpret this important aspect of American culture.”

The five films give guests an opportunity to see historic footage and contemporary dancers perform different types of dance. Some of the dances that are showcased are American ballet, a Native American Taildance from the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, and some of Detroit’s legacies. Along with the exhibition there are also other events that will run until the June 12, 2016 close date. You can find a full list of dates and times for the events here.

DEETS: Dance! American Art 1830-1960 runs from March 20, 2016 until June 12, 2016. Hours: Tuesday- Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward, Detroit.

PRICE: Adults residing in the Tri-County are $10.00, $14.00. Youth (6-17) residing in the Tri-County are $5.00, $9. Call for more information on group tickets. On Friday Tri-County residents can get into the exhibition and museum for free. Tickets can be purchased online at the Detroit Institute of Arts website or over the phone at (313) 833-7971.

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