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Best Upcoming Museum Exhibits In Detroit

Detroit and its surrounding areas have many museums on art, science, or other topics. Read this list to find out which upcoming museum exhibits you should check out this spring and summer.
Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900

Date: Now through July 12, 2015

The Detroit Institute of Arts will host the Diego River & Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibit through July 12. Rivera created one of his murals titled Detroit Industry, between April 1932 to March 1933 at the Detroit Institute. At the same time Kahlo was developing her artistic identity. The focus of the exhibit is Rivera's prep drawings for Detroit Industry and some of the paintings that Kahlo created while in Detroit. The exhibit will have a total of about 70 pieces. Tickets range from $12.50 for children ages 6 through 17 and $17.50 for adults.

The Shape Of The Universe
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Ruthven Museums Building
1109 Geddes Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-0478

Date: Now through January 2016

University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History is a great museum for kids and adults alike. Starting this April, one of their temporary exhibits is The Shape of the Universe, which will be ongoing through January 2016. The exhibit shows the history of what we understand about the Universe, starting at the discovery of space-time, and going through theories of the Big Bang, expansion, and gravity waves. The exhibit is interactive and also includes videos, NASA photographs, and local high school students' artwork. Admission to the museum is free but donations are accepted.

Rocks, Paper, Memory: Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings Of Ancient Sculptures
Kelsey Museum
434 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-9304

Date: June 5, 2015 through July 26, 2015

The Kelsey Museum is another great place to spend an afternoon in Ann Arbor. Starting June 5, it will feature Wendy Artin's watercolor paintings of ancient sculptures. Artin is an American artist who currently lives in Rome and has worked on these paintings for more than a decade. The exhibit will also have some of her "contemporary life studies" paintings. These paintings show a new and fresh way of looking at ancient buildings and sculptures.

Related: Five Must-See Museums in Detroit

Detroit Artists Showcase
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7935

Date: Now through October 2015

The Detroit Historical Society was founded in 1921 and the Detroit Historical Museum was founded in 1928. The museum has several temporary exhibits, but one that may be of interest is the Detroit Artists Showcase. The exhibit displays works by artists both of the past and present from the area. Parking is available nearby for $6 and the museum is closed on Monday.

Rob Pruitt: The Obama Paintings And The Lincoln Monument
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622

Date: May 15, 2015 through August 2, 2015

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit features Rob Pruitt's The Obama Paintings and The Lincoln Monument for the first time in public. Pruitt started working on a 2'x2' painting of the president every day since Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009. When the paintings are done, the collection will have 2,922 in all. The Lincoln Monument uses copper pennies in its art. The artist will be on-site at MOCAD to speak on certain days and the support for the exhibition is provided by the Taubman Foundation. Although museum admission is free, a $5 donation is suggested. Children younger than 12, members, and students receive free admission.

Related: Best Art Walks in Metro Detroit

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at and
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