What Can You See for Free at the DIA? Vermeer, Picasso, Dalí and More

Here are some of the displays that residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county can now see for free at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

After tri-county voters in the election yesterday, the Detroit Insititue of Arts wants to make sure that residents get their money's worth.

“When we announced that we would seek the millage, we pledged that if it were to pass we would provide free admission to residents of all three counties. We are immediately following through on that pledge," said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director, in a press release.

Tri-county voters approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to fund the arts authority, so admission is now free to residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county residents.

Here are some of the special exhibits that residents can see:

A painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will be on display through Sept. 2. The painting, Woman Holding a Balance, is on view in the Dutch galleries, and the museum wants people to take advantage of the rare opportunity to see a Vermeer painting, as there are only 11 in U.S. museums and 35 in the world.

Two other current exhibitions also can be accessed through the free admission. Five Spanish Masterpieces features loans of paintings by Salvador Dalí, El Greco, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez, along with the DIA’s celebrated Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso. Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings showcases almost all the DIA’s works by these two great modern artists.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Steve Herrington August 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Oakland, judging from the thought process in your responses, you should let the government control all of your money but I would like to take care of my own. Also all of your venom spewing about emergency managers wouldn't be necessary if your liberal " friends" had a clue about managing money or how to balance a budget!
Steve Herrington August 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Amen Alan, you are so right on!
Neal Charness August 11, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Some posters seem not to recognize that the "residents" are the people paying the property taxes as part of their rent. It is a fundamental business rule within real estate. Landlords account for the taxes they submit to the governmental agencies when they set the rents. Acting like "residents" are freeloaders betrays a fundamental lack of business sense or an attempt to villify people by looking down on them.
Joshua Hunter August 11, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The problem is people think government owns all their income and out of The Government's great benevolence, its only charging 0.2 mils for great things like the DIA.
C A O August 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Where did your credentials come from? "do no harm" is your motto if you are a MD. Detoit is the most talented city in the world. The DIA is part of it! So heres to the designers, mold makers, artists,musicians, singers, finger painters etc. that make us proud.
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Today's Editorial again in the Oakland Press confirmed that as an employee living in Oakland County I will be paying my hard earned money to help the support the $443,000.00 a year salary of Beal. This is an insult. First I would like to know who forms the opinion on this article--no name-and next, since someone or the Oakland Press endorses this and many of these people live further north and will not be paying the tax, in order to pay the taxes, I am just going to stop my paid subscription to the newspaper, that way I can help Mr. Beal retain his $443,000.00 salary of which as a taxpayer I have no say in the management of--sure wish I could have someone bail out us and pay my salary--but then again--we are a small independent business and as an entity that is private, we must pay our own way........but I have to work more to generate more to pay Mr. Beal his $443,000.00. I won't miss the Oakland Press at all. I won't be down to the DIA because I have to work more hours to support ever increasing taxes.
Cody Cocker August 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Thinking elite....love that one
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Bail them out and they still take money overseas, but I guess that goes along with the jobs here, leaving less and less in Michigan, and then more in taxes to pay by those left working and then other entities coming along for more of the money we privately earn to afford them their salary of 443K (unforgivable Mr. Beal, I am sorry, but what a travesty you helped orchestrate to keep yourself in cash at our expense) and then we have less and they secure their market more overseas that we helped fund and we are without work or decent benefits and then we still have to pay for 10 years to the DIA and Mr. Beal doesn't even consider a pay cut from his 443K salary----how many people earn 443K year? I don't. My husband doesn't. Our tow incomes combined don't. We struggle with health care, retirement, rising taxes......and it just went up again due to DIA , a slick director, and a manipulative political machine that is afraid of being unemployed like a good deal of Michigan is......way to go!!!
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
JH-advertising is good for business--but it should be your business and for own money--not a taxpayers and not from saving because you got a "bail out". If not, we should bail out every Main St. in Michigan and every small Mom and Pop or Independent business--heck, we did it for the DIA, we should just continue with the same thought process the govt used when in their infinite stupidity, they even allowed this on the ballot---and lets not stop there--lets get every big business with poor management too--stock holders be damned--lets bail out Sears, Kmart, JC Penny--same thing as the DIA--serves only those who choose it, and does not provide essential services---lets add some others to and continue on this slippery slope until we bankrupt every working person left in Michigan--I can see the RIP now, the Taxpayers, and the two biggest employers in the State of MI, the govt and the DIA with a Diretor, Mr. Beal taking in over $443,000.00 annually.
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Then let them fund raise--what they did was pick low fruit--it was easier and guarantees that they can sit on their butts for 10 years while we work to pay them-- so much easier then actually getting out there and doing what they are suppose to--
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
and your score????
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank you JH ---just another confirmation that the DIA did not need our taxed contribution, nor did Mr. Beal---obviously his $443,000.00 annually salary was already well budgeted for---
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
How much you want to make a bet, Mr. Beal gets an increase in his compensation package?.....it was probably already in the works---he is able to retire better and sooner than those that are supporting him now for the next 10 years-- guaranteed--- How old is Mr. Beal anyway?? I bet he just scored a "coup" with some heavy hitters who are patrons of the art and due to the economy can not afford the same yearly contributions to feather his little nest, so to keep them happy and able to enjoy this amenity he went outside the circle to the taxpayers to ensure his friends can still enjoy the DIA and ensure them by taxation they are pretty well guaranteed this-no questions asked and no voice in management. He doesn't have to embarrass them by asking for donations--He got a revenue stream guaranteed. The "rich" are also feeling the pinch, only at a more "up scale" level then the working class--Imagine the resident making $17.00 hr. before Fed, State, SS#, Health Care, etc. imagine how he feels working a couple of extra hours to feather the nest of the DIA for a few people whose interest is the arts and to help offset the $443,000.00 salary of the Director? We are really one screwed up over taxed Sate and County--time for change.
JM Landers August 13, 2012 at 04:10 AM
nicely put!! and it is FREE but we pay for it in taxes so its really not even free for admission
JM Landers August 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Patricia I agree totally!! I commented eariler and someone mentioned the city manager issue and charter schools. Charter schools are great I see kids all day long and many of the charter schools are indeed doing a better job educating our kids So I'm Ok with a "for profit" ...its not a bad word ...school as long as they do the job atnlrast its not going for union dues to fund Obamas relection.. As for the appointed city managers,run your cities responsibility and they wouldn't be needed..Why should other communities have to fund communities through our state taxes because they aren't managing their $$ properly. If everyone worried more about being responsible and we started understanding the difference between NEEDS and Wants the whole country would be in better shape!! There now I feel better!!
Brian Q August 15, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Get ready for the DSO, Detroit Zoo, Police and Fire, ahhh what other mills may be passed so easily -
Patricia August 15, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Looks like the "easiest way" to take care of the Belle Isle mess is to allow the State to take it over as a park. This way, we all pay for it in our taxes and Detroit again has the ability to market it as part of Detroit to enhance their own PR. It will be made presentable, fixed up and cleaned up courtesy of the taxpayers in Michigan after Detroit ran it in the ground. Most cities keep up their city parks-especially in larger cities as it offers respite for the residents from all the bricks and mortar-not Detroit--if you don't have the suburbs to bail you out, you have the State---taxes have deep pockets. In this case, I do know that many little kids in Detroit use the park as they have no where else to go, so it does appeal to and is used by a heck of a lot more people than the DIA--But then to keep the park safe-you have to get rid of the vandalism, gangs, drugs, etc. which is a problem on Belle Isle. You are so right Brian, I think there is a "laundry list" coming our way from Detroit.
Haulin T Male August 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Oh we can't do that, cause detroit council says we know how to gov. the Island. well ever been down there on a sunday morning> thousands of plastic cups, on the ground... if your afraid to sit on a comforter in a motel room, then don't use a table top on sunday. I for one would welcome the DNR, State Park system take it over, when is the last time youv been in a bad state park? have you been to the new one, down atwater,st. towards the river walk.......... pretty nice and they have maintained it also...... yep as a long time camper, I don't know why this as not been done already.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 06:22 AM
you must not make very much per hour if this millage is affecting you so adversely, or you have a property with an inflated taxable value. I suggest you appeal your taxable value asap, or ask your boss for a $0.007 per hour raise to cover the added burden for you.
Haulin T Male August 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Mike: ever been inside a garbage truck, with a compacting unit? that is what it is like on a fixed income, here is my monthly stipend, and am being fee'd to deatrh, .07 here .07 there, my city alone has had so many over rides and not taxes, but so called fees, like to make out our water bill. 7.95. to make out our tax statement, why they wanted to charge me .010 per sheet, for the budget, at the budget meeting, I di fitch a ditch, on that, whoa, who paid for the, copier, the ink, the paper .0002 per, electricity , the salary for the person to press the button and stand and drink coffee while waiting, MY tax dollars , city is suppose to be non profit , along with no double taxation...... (fee charge) for what is already paid for.
Patricia August 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mike, I live in the real world-not your "let everyone pay for my personal entertainment and private interests venues world". It's a bailout. Instead of me asking for a raise, why didn't we just tell Beal and Detroit to take a hike and get someone in there to do the job without this bailout? I am tired of idiots that don't understand taxation or the value of the dollar. To some, that $20.00 is food on the table-to others, it's a couple of Starbucks coffee, but regardless, it is our money we worked for. How dare another city and an overpaid Beal $443,000.00 take it. Or is it that we just work now for every mismanaged entity? We all know why it wasn't on the November ballot---it would not have passed. And remember, the DIA is not free-that was a load of BS- we are all forced to pay for it now through taxation, without any say of how the entity is structured, managed, etc. etc and we do not have any vested interest int he art, or the land...stupid move. $20.00 is $20.00 that the DIA did to work for or earn or fundraise-they just took. Shame on Detroit and the DIA--how many people out there who will be forced to pay make $443,000.00 a year ??? Take a look at the medium income.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
You really have to give up on the november ballot thing. You have no idea whether or not it would have passed then, although given the initiative's success a few weeks ago, it would likely have passed then as well. If you have a home in Berkley with with a taxable value of $150,000, then you have either a gigantic house, a house you way over paid for, or a serious error on your property tax statement. The average Berkley homeowner will be paying a lot less than $15 per year. If that small amount of money is likely to put you on the street, then you have problems a lot bigger than an tiny millage increase.
Patricia August 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I don't live in Berkley-and it doesn't matter--it is just more taxes shoved on the backs of those who are still working in this State-and only in SE Michigan--not the entire State. It is "selective" taxation, Tax is tax--cripe, how much more do they want us to pay? Nothing is going down. Paychecks may increase, but so has water from Detroit, DTE, cable, food, gas and health insurance. It's the principal and the ethics. There is no extra money for a lot of people. This whole thing was mishandled intentionally so they could grab the bucks and they did to a select group-living in a select area. And they wonder why people leave Michigan--it's taxation, poor management and jobs.
Mark August 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Patricia are you still talking? The people have spoken and the millage passed. Time to take your ball and go home. You can write on here until you develop carpal tunnel but it won't change the fact that you now pay taxes to support the DIA. I will think of you fondly as I hang out in Kresge Court.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM
It was not a "grab." They asked the residents of the three counties that provide some 70% of the museums patrons to approve a millage increase. In all three counties, voters approved the measure. How is this undemocratic? How is this a grab? A clear majority of voters decided this incredibly small expense was more than worth it. If an emergency manager decided that this was the only option to save the DIA and by executive fiat decreed that the three counties would have to increase tax rates by 0.2 mils, well then your argument would make sense, and I would agree with you. But, as you know, 63% of Oakland County residents decided to vote for the increase. The democratic process worked. How you can see this any other way is beyond puzzling.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
There is no factual basis for any of your speculations about the DIA in this post.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The last time a "laundry list" was put before the voters, it was voted down. Give the residents of southeast Michigan some credit for being able to determine what is worth there time and money and what is not. A majority of voters in three counties decided that paying a few more dollars per year for 10 years was worth it in the case of the DIA.
Patricia August 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM
The only reason I have commented is you keep commenting as well. So, give it a rest as well--you obviously will benefit as the DIA is your personal go to pace--should be less expensive for you now--why don't you just thank the rest of us that are going to ante up the money--a lot of voters were confused by the language on the ballot as well and August is known to be a poor turnout for voters Enough said-time to think how to get the people that are taxing us to death out of office---and how to get control of both assets and management for what we are paying for through taxation before they disappears like a lot of other tax paid things in Detroit-- I use to support the DIA, that was voluntary-but now forced through taxation-no way- $443,000.00 a year in salary for one man alone is too much to stomach in these economic times.
Daffy Noodnicks August 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
We saw the Vermeer and the Patti Smith photography today. We parked on the street for free right across Woodward. There was a huge event at the African-American history museum and we still found parking pretty easily. A pretty good bluegrass combo was even playing. The DIA was pretty busy. It was nice to see lots of people enjoying the museums.
Mark August 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
'Fraid not Madame. The last time I posted on here (most recent comment to you excluded) was nine days ago. You have been blathering all over the place ever since.


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