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Detroit Institute of Arts Events Calendar 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou April 14, 2014 Events, Local Activities

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) features special events and exhibits each month for people of every age and every culture. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

APRIL EVENTS AT THE DIA:

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play ch ess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Celebration Masks: Create a colorful carnival mask using feathers, ribbon, glitter and more.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Cylinder Seals: Seals were used by people in Sumeria (present day Iraq) as a signature and to prove ownership. Carve a simple wax crayon to make your own personal seal.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. The Artable Egg: Transform a variety of egg-shaped materials, into miniature works of art.

Special Spring Break Drop-in Workshops: Musical Instruments April 22–25
Tuesday, April 22, 11–3 p.m. Sistrums: Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Create your own simple version.
Wednesday, April 23, 11–3 p.m. Kalimbas: Make a simple version of this West African instrument using tongue depressors, scrap wood and colored markers.
Thursday, April 24, 11–3 p.m. Rattles: Small containers and boxes morph into fantastic percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and fun papers are added.
Friday, April 25, 11–3 p.m. Tambourines: Learn about the history of this percussion instrument and make a simple version of your own.

Thursday, April 17
Lecture: The Art of the Photobook: 7 p.m.
The art of photography has long been associated with the photobook — a publication envisioned by photographers as a work of art in and of itself. Aperture photobook editor Denise Wolff discusses the history of the photobook and her contributions to the field. Sponsored by Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Amerisure

Friday Night Live, April 18
Music: A Story of Floating Weeds featuring music by Alex di Grassi: 7 p.m.
Alex de Grassi was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose and perform his original score for Yasusjiro Ozu’s 1934 silent film A Story of Floating Weeds. The score is for acoustic guitar, which suggests the sound of the koto, a Japanese harp-like instrument. This classic tale is the story of a travelling actor who returns to a small town where he reunites with his former lover and their illegitimate son, which causes endless complications, including the wrath of his current mistress. Free.
Detroit Film Theatre: Exhibition: 9:30 p.m.
Blending an avant-garde vision with the traditions of the suspense thriller, the exciting new British film artist Joanna Hogg has created a mesmerizing, minimalist, intensely character-driven chronicle of a married, middle-aged couple, both artists, living and working in their architecturally unique London home. Hogg’s cleverly labyrinthine story structure mirrors the nooks and crannies of the film’s setting, eventually implicating the viewer in the movie’s mystery. Tickets are $8.50, and $6.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.

Saturday, April 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Yojimbo: 3 p.m.
The great Toshiro Mifune is a masterless samurai who wanders into a village terrorized by two equally evil, constantly warring factions. Seeing a way to turn the situation to his advantage, Mifune decides to secretly sell his services as a master sworsdsman to both sides, resulting in a tidal wave of apocalyptic swordplay. Remade by Italy’s Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars. In Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50, and $6.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.
Detroit Film Theatre: Exhibition: 7 p.m.
(See April 18 for details)
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows (The British Television Advertising Awards): 9:30 p.m.
(See April 11 for details)

Family Sunday, April 20
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Cliff Monear: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Cliff Monear performs jazz and pop standards.
British Arrows (The British Television Advertising Awards): 4:30 p.m.
(See April 11 for details)
Detroit Film Theatre: Exhibition: 2 p.m.
(See April 18 for details)

Wednesday, April 23
Lecture: Skyscraper Urbanism: The Singer Building in Context: 6:30 p.m.
New York’s Singer Building, the world’s tallest building when completed in 1908, defied the rules of real estate and skyscraper construction. Inspired by the DIA’s recent acquisition of the Singer Building Grille, Hilary Ballon, New York University professor, puts this unusual building in historical context and explains how it modeled a new, influential approach to skyscraper urbanism. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

Friday Night Live, April 25
Music: The Blueflowers: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit band the Blueflowers are led by songwriting duo Tony Hamera and Kate Hinote. Their songs contain elements of Folk-noir, Americana, 60s girl-pop, folk and psychadelia. The Blueflowers released their third and most ambitious recording, Stealing the Moon, in 2012, which has the feel of vintage Roy Orbison and the Zombies recordings, as well as the modern sounds of Neko Case and Nick Cave.
Detroit Film Theatre: Faust: 7 p.m.
From the visionary director of Russian Ark comes a stunning, hallucinatory adaptation of Goethe’s play about a man whose quest to transcend human boundaries leads him to sell his soul to the devil. One of the most popular legends in western literature, the story has surfaced in many forms; Sokurov’s phantasmagoric spectacle conjures the essence of all of them. In German with English Subtitles. Tickets are $8.50, and $6.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.
Detroit Film Theatre: Exhibition: 9:45 p.m.
(See April 18 for details)

Saturday, April 26
Detroit Film Theatre: The 46th Michigan Student Film & Video Festival: 10 a.m.
The Michigan Student Film & Video Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K–12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. Now in its 46th year, the festival is presented by Digital Arts, Film & Television and co-sponsored by the Detroit Film Theatre and supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Lecture: Gallery in a Garden, Garden in a Gallery: The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia: 2 p.m.
In May 2012, the Barnes Foundation opened its downtown Philadelphia doors after a controversial move from its original home in suburban Merion. Tod Williams, principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, discusses the design for the new building, conceived as a “gallery in a garden and a garden in a gallery.” Sponsored by the Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment Fund in conjunction with the European Paintings Council and the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Detroit Film Theatre: Saturday Animation Club: Howl’s Moving Castle: 3 p.m.
Teenage Sophie finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, she finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Tickets: $5.
Detroit Film Theatre: Faust: 7 p.m.
(See April 25 for details)
Detroit Film Theatre: Exhibition: 9:45 p.m.
(See April 18 for details)

Family Sunday, April 27
Artist Demonstration: Graem Whyte: Noon–4 p.m.
Graem Whyte discusses and modifies his large scale interactive pieces created to enhance the infrastructural systems of Popps Packing, an arts compound in northwestern Hamtramck.
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Buddy Budson performs jazz and pop standards.
Detroit Film Theatre: The Last of the Unjust: 1 p.m.
In this exploration of contested history, Holocaust documentarian Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) revisits a 1975 interview, never made public before, with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration that saved many lives, landed Murmelstein in prison and made him an endlessly controversial figure. In French and German with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50, and $6.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.
Detroit Film Theatre: Faust: 6 p.m.
(See April 25 for details)
Detroit Film Theatre: Viva La Liberta: 8:30 p.m.
Enrico Oliveri is a man of the left, and secretary of the main opposition party. Challenged during a congress and defeated by a recent poll, he takes a break and leaves behind his wife, home, country and party. Unbeknownst to Enrico, in his absence he is replaced with his twin brother Giovanni, a professor of philosophy who has serious problems of his own. In Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50, and $6.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.

MAY EVENTS AT THE DIA:

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Watercolor Postcards
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Scrolls
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Paper Bag Sculpture

Thursday, May 1
Annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture/Demonstration and Luncheon: Come to the Party! A Celebration of Flowers: Lecture 10:30 a.m.; Luncheon 12:30 p.m.
Jane Godshalk, AIFD floral design program, Longwood Gardens, holds certificates in floral design in Europe and the United States. She is an Artistic Judge for the Garden Club of America and received its National Medal for “consistently innovative floral design. Godshalk presents demonstrations and workshops around the world and will represent the United States as one of six international demonstrators at the World Flower Show in Dublin this year.
Godshalk will demonstrate the creation of several floral arrangements, followed by a small plates luncheon in the museum’s Great Hall. The arrangements will be on view for luncheon attendees, and they can participate in a raffle of the arrangements.
Tickets are $25 for the lecture/demonstration, and $50 for the lecture/demonstration and luncheon. Tickets are available at the DIA box office, at www.tickets.dia.org, or by calling 313-833-4005. Valet parking will be available for $10 at the Woodward entrance.

Friday Night Live, May 2
Music: TBD: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Ford Family Sunday, May 4
Artist Demonstration: Japanese Boys Day: Noon–4 p.m.
To celebrate Japanese Boys Day, artists from the fields of Kendo, Judo and kiting will demonstrate their skills.
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Christina Dragone: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Christina Dragone performs classical and pop standards.
Lecture: In Attendance to the Realm: Kano Painters in 17th-Century Japan: 2 p.m.
Professor Yukio Lippit, Harvard University, will talk about the origins, artistic developments and artists of the Kano House of Painters, an official painting school in Edo-period Japan. Lippit will illustrate how the Kano House of Painters relates to trends in Japan’s cultural and political history, with an emphasis on their influence on Detroiter Charles L. Freer’s collection of Japanese art. Sponsored by Asian & Islamic Art Forum, Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU, Japan America Society and Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

Friday Night Live, May 9
Music: Heloisa Fernandes: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Brazilian jazz pianist Heloisa Fernandes is a singular voice in the new generation of 21st-century Brazilian musicians. She transforms ancient and folkloric Brazilian music with her own style of driving rhythms and elements of dance.

Saturday, May 10
Artist Demonstration: The Bunraku-Inspired Puppets of Tom Lee: Noon–4 p.m.
Puppeteer Tom Lee, who collaborated on the puppets for War Horse, will discuss the history of Japanese puppetry styles bunraku and kuruma ningyo and the synthesis of Japanese puppetry traditions with contemporary experimental theater. Sponsored by Asian & Islamic Art Forum

Ford Family Sunday, May 11
Sunday Music Bar: Michael Chikuzen Gould & Japanese Cuisine: 1–4 p.m.
Michael Chikuzen Gould performs on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute made of bamboo. Gould studied in Japan and is one of a few to hold the title “Dai Shihan” (Grand Master of Shakuhachi). To accompany the performance in Kresge Court, there will be Japanese cuisine and beverages.

Friday Night Live, May 16
Music: New West Guitar Group: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The New West Guitar Group performs popular covers, jazz standards and originals, combining acoustic and electric guitars to create their signature sound. Though the group is firmly rooted in classic jazz, the trio’s versatility as both players and composers has given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble repertoire.

Saturday, May 17
Lecture: The Medieval Art of Swordplay: 2 p.m.
Jeffrey Forgeng, curator, Higgins Armory Museum, discusses the latest modern research on the combat arts of the Middle Ages. Sponsored by Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Ford Family Sunday, May 18
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards.
Artist Demonstration: Warrior Tea: 1 & 3 p.m.
Japanese tea artisans present a traditional Sekishu Style (“Warrior Style”) Tea ceremony, a ritual known to be the orthodox style of Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867) and patronized by Samurai during the Edo period.
Artist Demonstration: Warrior Tea: 1 & 3 p.m.
Japanese tea artisans present a traditional Sekishu Style (Warrior Style) Tea ceremony, a ritual known to be the orthodox style of Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867) and patronized by Samurai during the Edo period.
Lecture: Revealing Emotions within Found Objects: 2 p.m.
Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of collected materials from his urban neighborhood. By revealing the numerous emotions inherent within found everyday objects, Ward’s works examine issues surrounding race, poverty and consumer culture. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art

Friday Night Live, May 23
Music: The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The 1970s urban dance style known as the Detroit Jit was relatively unknown to outsiders until now. Haleem “Stringz” Rasul Al-Rasheed has tracked down the Jitterbugs, the group recognized for creating the Detroit Jit, and created a documentary film focusing on the group. The evening will feature a screening and a performance by the Jitterbugs.

Ford Family Sunday, May 25
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Tad Weed: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Tad Weed performs jazz standards.

Friday Night Live, May 30
Music: Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko: 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko will perform under the leadership of Master Etsuo Hongo in the DFT before the screening of the 2004 film The Twilight Samurai. Matsuri Taiko has become one of the premier taiko ensembles in the United States. Master Hongo studied traditional taiko drumming in his home country of Japan and founded LA Matsuri Taiko in 1977. Hongo’s style can be described as one with powerful sounds, various challenging technique, exciting movement and visual flair. Both the film and concert are free with museum admission.
Detroit Film Theatre: The Twilight Samurai: 9:30 p.m.
Seibei Iguchi is a low-ranking samurai living in 19th-century Japan, in the fading days of the feudal Shogun period. His wife has died of tuberculosis, and with two daughters and an elderly mother to support, he and his family must survive in austerity. But when news of his sword-fighting prowess gets out, the samurai code of honor causes him to embark on a last, dangerous mission. In Japanese with English subtitles. Free with museum admission.

JUNE EVENTS AT THE DIA:

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-InWorkshops (for all ages)

  • Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Pop-Up Cards: Learn about the three-dimensional and movable elements found in pop-up books and cards, then try your hand at this paper craft and make a card to take home.
  • Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Doodle Art: Many people “doodle” as a way of spontaneously expressing ideas. Grab some drawing materials and see what you come up with.
  • Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Sandpaper Monoprints: Use wax crayons, sandpaper and your imagination to create one-of-a-kind prints on fabric.

Sunday, June 1
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Buddy Budson performs jazz and pop standards.

Wednesday, June 4
Lecture: Jimmy and Me: My Life with Whistler: 6:30 p.m.
James McNeill Whistler is rightly known as a complex man and controversial artist. Daniel E. Sutherland, professor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville who published the first biography of Whistler in 20 years, outlines the reasons for that complexity and controversy while discussing the challenges he faced as Whistler’s biographer. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

Friday Night Live, June 6
Music: Kazimierz Brzozowski: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski performs music by the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin. A native of Poland, Brzozowski has given recitals in Japan and the United States and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Ford Family Sunday, June 8
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.
Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Pam Wise performs R&B and jazz standards.

Friday Night Live, June 13
Music: Las Cafeteras: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
With a foundation in the traditional Mexican music called son jarocho, Las Cafeteras creates a vibrant fusion of an East LA sound and a community-focused message, combining poetry in English and Spanglish with instruments to create a sound uniquely their own.

Saturday, June 14
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.

Ford Family Sunday, June 15
Sunday Music Bar: Las Cafeteras: 1–4 p.m.
(See June 13 for details)

Friday Night Live, June 20
Music: Duncan McMillan’s “Room with a View”: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Keyboardist Duncan McMillan’s “Room with a View” focuses on the role of the Hammond organ in the jazz tradition. His trio features Hammond organ, guitar and drums, with special guest soloists.

Ford Family Sunday, June 22
Sunday Music Bar: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 1–4 p.m.
The 21st annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest pieces from the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this performance will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his influence through the centuries.
Artist Demonstration: TBD: 1 & 3 p.m.

Friday Night Live, June 27
Music: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
(See June 22 for details)

Ford Family Sunday, June 29
Sunday Music Bar: Cliff Monear: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Cliff Monear performs jazz and pop standards.

THE DIA has provided this calendar of events to Oakland County Moms to publish. These events are not endorsed or presented by Oakland County Moms.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and DIA members. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

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