DIA Virtual Field Trip

May 2, 2017
10:00am Eastern Time
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Learn the science of art conservation. Go behind-the-scenes at the DIA with Detroit Public TV Virtual Field Trip where NO ONE has ever gone before!

Join us May 2, 2017 at 10am ET for a guided tour of the field trip. Visit dptv.org/diafieldtrip for more information.

Video Descriptions

Learning from a Sculpture of St. Francis

Behind the scenes at the DIA: What is an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and how do scientists at the Detroit Institute of Arts use it to learn about art from the past? We meet with Cathy, a research scientist at the D.I.A., to study a sculpture of St. Francis that's over 400 years old. Plus, what does it take to become a part of the D.I.A.'s research team? Part 1 of 4.

How Do Museums Study Art?

Museums don't just display off art - they also study art. Aaron, Image Specialist for the Detroit Institute of Arts, takes us behind-the-scenes to show how experts study and research the collections that we see on exhibit at the D.I.A. Part 2 of 4.

Using "The Last Judgment" to Explore Research Tools

Kathy, a research scientist at the Detroit Institute of Arts, explains how scientists use special equipment to learn more about the elements and minerals used to create paintings from hundreds of years ago. Part 3 of 4.

What is Infrared Reflectography?

We meet Aaron, an imaging specialist in the D.I.A.'s conservation department, who explains Infrared Reflectography and demonstrates how the technique can help us see the "underdrawings" of an artist's artwork. Part 4 of 4.

00:40:00 minutes



  • Tara Hardy

    Education Leader, Detroit Public TV

  • Aaron Steele

    Conservation Department, Imaging Specialist/Photographer, Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Phil Gilchrist

    Executive Director, Anton Art Center

  • Tiffany Stano

    K-6, New Paradigm for Education at Detroit Edison Public School Academy

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