The upmost sign lets you know you are looking at the entrance to the Galleria.

The upmost sign lets you know you are looking at the entrance to the Galleria.

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Galleria (Detroit Public Library)

5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit MI 48202

The Detroit Public Library's Main Library has always exhibited art in exhibits of fixed duration. But redesignating a map room "Galleria" for the purpose of exhibiting art is a relatively new development.

Each exhibit has generally been installed on a Monday, when the Main Library is closed to the public but there is staff in the building, and taken down on a Saturday or a Monday.

Each opening reception is typically on a Wednesday, sometimes a Tuesday, those being days the Main Library is open until 8:00 p.m.; then the reception starts at 6:00 p.m. However, there has been one opening reception so far that did extend past the library's regular hours. Art Detroit Now has generally failed to announce openings at the Galleria in a timely manner.

Almost needless to say, the Galleria's gallery hours are the same as the Main Library's regular hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday hours resumed in October, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). As far as I know, you can't call for an appointment.

Current exhibition

On March 13, the Detroit Public Library announced the Main Library and all branches will be closed from March 14 to April 5 to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. It is possible that the closure will be extended further, but hopefully it won't come to that. Either way, the Galleria will be inaccessible for the time being.

Upcoming exhibitions

Not yet announced.

Past exhibitions

Ana Candioti with her MLK painting

Ana Candioti with her painting of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the opening reception on December 1, 2018.

A photo from the tailgating exhibit

A photo from the tailgating exhibit, which opened October 18, 2016. Ryan Wesley and Mandy Hohnstadt knew each others' team loyalties when they met. They fell in love anyway.

The lobby hallway near the Cass entrance, which had previously been used to show art by Timothy Orikri, now is used for what would be more properly called "documentary" exhibits than art exhibits (like the one honoring the library's past executive directors).

The Adam Strohm Hall on the third floor has also been used to show art in the past, but now it does not appear that in the future it will ever be used to show anything other than the permanent collection.

And in any case, the high ceiling of Strohm Hall made lighting problematic. As the map room already had lighting and a lower ceiling, the decision was made in 2014 or 2015 to relocate the maps and use the room as a gallery.

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