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The kids are alright – students get behind the scenes at the DIA

Oakland Community College students on a visit to the DIA's works on paper study room (c) Rob Kangas 2011

The DIA’s department of prints, drawings and photographs has seen a good amount of activity these past few months with visits from art and art history students who attend Detroit-area colleges and universities. Oakland Community College instructor Rob Kangas recently brought his class to the museum’s works on paper study room to view photographs from the DIA’s collection. Rob has been working with the museum’s photo collection for nearly twenty years to teach his students about the history of photography and give them a rare opportunity to study a variety of photographic media first hand. They can see everything from 19th-century daguerreotypes to traditional black-and-white photographs and more recent digitally output prints. The photograph on the table seen above is by New York street photographer Weegee, but contemporary work was also on view and several students took the time to study an oversize photograph by Andrew Moore as seen below.

Students study an oversize photo in the DIA's works on paper study room (c) Rob Kangas

The experience is always memorable for his students – and for some it is the first time they actually step foot into the DIA!

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Detroit Photo Legends Descend on DIA to View New Exhibition

In the Company of Artists opened at the DIA yesterday and the de Salle gallery saw a veritable a-list of Detroit-area photo legends taking in the exhibition. Bill Rauhauser was one of the first into the gallery where a number of his own portraits of artists are on view including a very dapper self portrait by Bill from the 1950s.

Bill Rauhauser,  Self Portrait, ca. 1950s (printed in 2008); gelatin silver print. Gift of Bill Rauhauser in memory of Doris Rauhauser. © Bill Rauhauser.

Bill Rauhauser, Self Portrait, ca. 1950s (printed in 2008); gelatin silver print. Gift of Bill Rauhauser in memory of Doris Rauhauser. © Bill Rauhauser.

Oakland Community College photo guru Rob Kangas was on hand to see the exhibition along with Michelle Andonian and legendary architectural photographer Balthazar Korab.  Our general public seemed to enjoy the exhibition as well – the first permanent collection exhibition to grace the galleries in nearly seven years!