Metroblogging the DIA: The Grand Opening Today!

The DIA opens its doors at 10am to the general public. The museum will be open for 32 straight hours and admission is free.

Here is a list of today’s festivities:

Friday, November 23

Hardcore Detroitbreak dancers at Farnsworth and Woodward

Break, or Hip Hop, dancing is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen live. You can’t just stand there and watch. You gotta share your hips. You gotta bounce a bit in place. You have to sway side to side, at least. Check it out, and try not to get too caught up in the dancing–you’ll forget about the art.

Poetry reading by Rhonda Welsh in African galleries
10:45, 1:45, 4:45

Scottish Storytelling in British galleries (MacStories!)
11am, 1pm, 3pm

Shahida Nurallah Trio (Jazz) in American galleries
12pm, 3pm, 6pm

DSO Percussionist Ian Ding, Kresge Court
1pm, 3pm

U of D Mercy and Renaissance Fencing in Great Hall
1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Scavenger Trio (music), Kresge Court

Vanguard Voices (adult choir) in European galleries

“Vexations” 20 continuous hours of live music, Contemporary galleries
(I have no idea what they’re talking about or what this is. Could it be Erik Satie‘s Vexations?)

Immigrant Suns (music), Kresge Court

Art After Hours with DJs, coney dogs and sliders for purchase, Prentis Court
(This should be interesting. I wonder what will happen when the bar crowd stumbles in at 2:30. And I’ll probably be there to find out.)

4 Comments so far

  1. Tommy (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 2:19 am

    Hearing Soulja Boy and seeing people dance to it in the middle of the DIA was rather surreal. Also, hearing Beastie Boys play was classic.

    I couldn’t believe how crazy it was, though. The whole area was parked solid, and the galleries were all packed in too.

    I can’t wait to visit again on a more, I suppose, “normal” day.

  2. brimcmike (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    The Grand Re-Opening of the DIA seemed like a real glimpse of hope for The D. I’m new to the area (to the state, even – a resident at the DMC from Southern California), I have so far lamented the locals not appreciating the possibilities and the opportunities right under their collective noses – with a Big City like Detroit right here!

    There’s absolutely no need to go to Chicago or New York and certainly not L.A. (a lame, sprawling collection of almost 4 million with no center, and no soul). The whole world-class, Bright Lights/Big City thing is here, if you want it.

    Last night, the streets around the DIA were filled with foot traffic at all hours – just like a real, Big City! The DIA was packed with everybody that makes up Metro Detroit – everybody, including the suburbanites!

    Welcome Suburbanites! Keep coming back! People are the pulse of a great city. When you stay away it makes the city anemic and sickly, an abandoned, uninviting place. Coming back is like giving a patient who is in shock an IV, a transfusion. Become part of the healing!

    Things are happening. Things are afoot. Get out of your cars. Walk around.

    Come back to the DIA, the DSO, the MOCAD, New Music Detroit, the Opera, performances at Wayne State, the theater district, the microbreweries, the restaurants, the bars, the sports. Whatever, just come back and keep coming back!

    Forget the past! The future is now!

  3. Scotter (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    I completely agree with both of you. It was a great couple of days for Detroit and was wonderful to see so many people go through the building. Being packed like sardines is always better than being nearly deserted.

    I too came to Detroit from another brightly-lit big city, Washington, DC, and I can honestly say that the National Gallery doesn’t have much on our DIA.

  4. Abster (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    I thought that the opening weekend was amazing. My eyes really popped when I first pulled up and saw a line – a line! – surrounding the place. What I would really like is for the DIA to realize that this ‘party’ they had to celebrate the opening drew so many people, many of them being the type that wouldn’t go for a stodgy museum crowd on a normal day, but came out in droves this weekend. I hope to see the DIA hold events like this from time to time just to drum up the excitement! The crowd was just so mixed-up in so many ways that it was a really exciting event to be at.

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