A portrait photograph of Detroit artist Tiff Massey

Tiff Massey: 7 Mile + Livernois

May 5, 2024 – May 11, 2025

General museum admission is FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Tiff Massey creates installations, public art, and wearable sculptures inspired by adornment. Trained as a metalsmith, Massey scales up her jewelry to the size of architecture, creating sculptures that celebrate Detroit's evolving neighborhoods and the history of West African and Black American culture and style.

Massey merges her art practice with meaningful community engagement to explore the relationship between identity, public space, and community. 7 Mile + Livernois refers to the neighborhood at the heart of Detroit’s Black business and fashion district. It is also where Massey grew up, and the site of a new art and community space Massey is building that blends her craft with her drive for community kinship.

7 Mile + Livernois is Massey’s most ambitious museum installation to date, featuring new sculptures commissioned by the DIA in conversation with works by several other artists from the museum’s collection. Massey’s work reimagines art’s role in the community and offers a vibrant, inclusive view of Detroit. Her art invites us all to celebrate our collective identity, ancestral flyness, and beauty.

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