I’d been meaning to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts since I moved to Michigan over two years ago. But like most things I’ve been meaning to do since I moved to Michigan (i.e. buy waterproof boots, make friends, learn how to do any sport involving snow… or really any sport ever), it never exactly happened.
Until last week, when I finally made it there to check out the “30 Americans” exhibit, an exhibit of art by contemporary African-American artists.
My plan was to check out the exhibit and then make my way around the rest of the museum. This plan shows exactly how little I know about myself and how little I know about the DIA.
First, I am purely a one-exhibit girl. As much as I love museums, I have an attention span roughly the size of a walnut. So, after about one exhibit, my focus wonders and I think about other important things… namely, lunch.
Secondly, the DIA is HUGE. I mean, imagine your typical art museum and then multiply it by, like, a billion, and that’s the DIA. There are three massive floors full of art — everything from Vincent van Gogh to Egyptian mummies to something called “Fashionable Living.”
Luckily, if I was going to visit only one exhibit in the DIA, it’s a good thing I decided to visit “30 Americans.” This exhibit had pretty much all the feels.
And sparkles. (Totally a feel. Trust me on that.)
I did attempt to poke around a few of the other exhibits in the museum after “30 Americans” despite my one-exhibit attention span. But I became quickly overwhelmed, and my mind drifted away from the art to the Vietnamese restaurant I had spotted on my way to the museum. While I really should have been contemplating van Gogh, my brain was too busy contemplating a big huge bowl of pho.
Alas, not having seen all the parts of the DIA as I had planned just gives me more reason to go back to Detroit.
Well, that, and the Vietnamese food.
What’s the most impressive art museum you’ve ever visited?