It’s the party Detroit has been waiting for…for six years! Arts Alive, the grand opening gala celebration of the new Detroit Institute of Arts, will be held November 10, 2007, and offers an extraordinary evening of art experiences and a preview of the new DIA—a change of this magnitude has not happened since the museum’s original building opened in 1927.
Following a $158 million, six-year building renovation and expansion project, the new DIA with completely re-organized galleries and expansive new public spaces will be unveiled at this spectacular fundraising party for Detroit’s own national treasure. A diverse line-up of international, national and local entertainment will engage partygoers as they experience the museum.
Events include: Chris Nuñez, the celebrity tattoo artist from the TLC hit TV show Miami Ink, will create phenomenal temporary tattoos on select gala guests; Osadía, the colorfully costumed street theatre company from Barcelona, will offer an original and provocative exhibition of hair art with the active participation of gala guests; performance painter Michael Israel; Alex Donner and his orchestra will perform during the private dinner; y más.
To complete the final phase of the renovation project, which includes reinstalling over 5,000 works of art in redesigned galleries, the museum is currently closed. But Arts Alive will kick off more than a week of events to celebrate the opening of the new DIA, concluding with its official public debut at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, the day after Thanksgiving.
Advance reservations are now being accepted by calling (313) 833-7967. Ticket prices range from $200 to $2,500.