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The Detroit Institute of Arts: A Visitor's Guide Paperback – October 1, 1995

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A brief history of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814326196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814326190
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ealovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
The heart of a great museum is its permanent collection, and The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation. Since childhood, I've spent many a pleasant hour in the museum (mainly in the Ancient Art and Islamic Art wing surrounding the Rivera Court), and also collaborated with the DIA and Wayne State University on a computer/art project that became my Master's Thesis. This guidebook highlights over 700 of the more than 65,000 works of art from all areas of the DIA. It was written by the museum's curatorial staff and edited by Julia P. Henshaw, who is the DIA Director of Publications.

This beautifully-bound, well-organized, hardcover guide is illustrated with over 800 color images. It begins with directions on how to use the book, a historical time-line of how the museum came into being (lots of bequests from the Fords, Dodges, Firestones and other prominent Detroiters), and a colored layout of the museum building. Information on how to get to the DIA, where to park, classes and lectures, shops, tours, and volunteer opportunities is also included.

The main sections of this guide highlight the permanent collections. They are: "African, Oceanic, and New World Art;" "Ancient Art and Islamic Art;" "Asian Art;" "European Art;" "Graphic Arts;" "Twentieth-Century Art;" and "Film and Video."

Each section tells many well-illustrated stories. For instance, under "African, Oceanic, and New World Art" there is an article, "Men Who Dance as Women:"

"In initiation ceremonies female masks used in traditional African cultures are almost always worn by men who portray the important mythological role of females.
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Just like the Museum, the book puts it's art in context so it is easier to understNd and compare.
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Perfect condition! Thanks.
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