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DIA Events Calendar 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou September 29, 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.


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-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Miniature Paper Masks
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Sistrums: Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Learn more about this instrument and create a simple version.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Sugar Skulls: Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities

Friday Night Live, October 3
Music: Slow/Fast, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Slow/Fast explores the musical worlds of Ken Thomson (saxophone), merging his interest in structured compositions for chamber ensemble with jazz improvisations. Others in the group are Russ Johnson (trumpet), Nir Felder (guitar), Adam Armstrong (bass) and Fred Kennedy (drums).

Saturday, October 4
Artist Demonstration: Scenes from PuppetART’s Puppet LAB, 2 p.m.
In this first of a Puppet Laboratory series, PuppetART Theater showcases its newest works in progress in an open-rehearsal format that includes commentary.

Sunday, October 5
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Stefan Kukurugya, 1–4 p.m.
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920, 2 p.m.
Many important American Impressionists both created gardens and painted them. Anna O. Marley, curator of historical American art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will talk about painters at work in different gardens, with particular attention to Maria Oakey and her husband, Thomas Wilmer Dewing. The Dewings helped decorate the home of collector Charles Lang Freer in Detroit and contributed to the design of his gardens.
Tours and a benefit reception at the Freer House will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing; Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU and the Betsy Campbell Lecture of the Friends of Art & Flowers, a support group of the DIA.

Friday, October 10
Friday Night Live: Paul Drescher Double Duo, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Double Duo combines traditional chamber instruments—Lisa Moore on piano and Karen Bentley Pollick on violin—with the nontraditional sound of percussionist Joel Davel on marimba lumina and Paul Drescher on quadrachord, a 14-foot stringed instrument.

Sunday, October 12
Sunday Music Bar: Michelle May and Rydell Chavez, 1–4 p.m.
African Arts Recognition Award: Margaret H. Demant, 2 p.m.
The Friends of African and African American Art honor art collector Margaret H. Demant with the 2014 African Arts Recognition Award for her decades of exemplary service to the Detroit Institute of Arts and for her extraordinary contributions to the collecting of African art. Sponsored by the Friends of African and African American Art.

Wednesday, October 15
The Buzz: Critical Conversations in Contemporary Art, 7 p.m.
Whitney Biennial curator Michelle Grabner and artist Kevin Beasley, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and Yale University, will discuss graduate school and biennials. They will consider how the themes, artworks and language of biennials influence contemporary studio practice. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and Woodward Lecture Series at College for Creative Studies.

Friday October 17
Friday Night Live: Angelica Sanchez and Omar Tamez Duo, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy guitarist/composer Omar Tamez and the melodic jazz piano stylings of Angelica Sanchez.

Sunday, October 19
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Cliff Monear, 1–4 p.m.

Thursday, October 23
“Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope”, 8 p.m.
Rackham Choir performs an uplifting concert as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope” is a choral work that has been performed nationally since it was commissioned in 2000. Rackham Choir, led by Artistic Director Suzanne Mallare Acton, will combine its 80-member choir with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings for narrated stories of struggles, hopes and triumphs of those touched by cancer. Cancer support organizations and community leaders in metro Detroit will be in attendance. Tickets: $30; $25 for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/singforthecuretickets or call (313) 833-4005.

Friday, October 24
Friday Night Live: Vicky Chow, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Vicky Chow, pianist for the eclectic, contemporary sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars, plays challenging contemporary music along with a piece she commissioned, Surface Image, for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics by artist/composer Tristan Perich.
Women on Stage: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Entertainments of Paris, 7 p.m.
Paris in the 1890s was a city bursting with entertainment, and women were at the center of it. No one captured their performances with more panache and sensitivity than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of graphic arts, Portland Art Museum, explores Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints, drawings, and posters of women of the stage, from distinguished actress Marcel Lender to the innovative dancer Loïe Fuller, to now-forgotten performers with evocative names like Mademoiselle Pois Vert (Miss Green Pea). Sponsored by the Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs

Sunday, October 26
Artist Demonstration: Horror Movie Makeup, 1–3 p.m.
Makeup artist Myranda Jennings shares some of the stage effects she has used to make characters look ghostly, ghoulish and ghastly in preparation for Halloween.
Sunday Music Bar: Michigan Flute Orchestra, 1 & 3 p.m.
The Michigan Flute Orchestra performs diverse compositions, ranging from baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, and popular arrangements.

Friday, October 31
Friday Night Live: The Golem with Music by Joel Peterson, 7:30 p.m.
Joel Peterson performs an original score for The Golem: How He Came Into the World, a silent, 1920 German horror film that tells the eerie story of a clay giant brought to life with magic by a rabbi for the protection of the Jews of Prague from a pogrom unleashed by a mad king.


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-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays: Flip Books, 6–9 p.m.
Saturdays: Printmaking: Notecards, Noon–4 p.m.
Sundays: Artist Trading Cards, Noon–4 p.m.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Puppet-Making Drop-in Workshops
Friday, November 28: Glove Finger Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: Rod Bug Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.
Sunday, November 30: Shadow Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.

Family Sunday, November 2
Sunday Music Bar: Xiao Dong Wei, Chinese Violin: 1–4 p.m.
Artists Talk: Ofrenda Altars by Detroit Artists: 2 p.m.
Learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead and the ofrenda altar folk tradition while viewing several pieces created by Detroit artists in a special installation from October 25 through November 3.

Friday Night Live, November 7
Music: Latitude 49: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Latitude 49, a mix of musicians from Canada and the United States with a name inspired by the border between the two, is a contemporary music ensemble using nontraditional instrumentation to showcase a sound unlike any other.

Saturday, November 8
Annual Gala: Grand Night, Great Art: Treasurers of Detroit: 6 p.m.–midnight
This year’s DIA Gala, the museum’s most significant fundraiser of the year, celebrates the permanent collection. Focusing on art through the ages, the event honors and celebrates the museum’s vital role in our community. For tickets, call 313.833.7967

Family Sunday, November 9
Sunday Music Bar: Trio Fiori: 1 & 3 p.m.
Flutist Jeffrey Beyer, violinist Theresa Stacy and pianist Sharon Sweet, make up Trio Fiori, drawing on classical and contemporary jazz styles for their engaging performance.

Thursday, November 13
Lecture: Photographing the Detroit Community: Corine Vermeulen: 7 p.m.
Join photographer Corine Vermeulen, WSU professor Jerry Herron, and other Detroiters for an informal conversation about Vermeulen’s work in the exhibition Photographs from the Detroit Walk-In Portrait Studio. Sponsored by the Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

Friday Night Live, November 14
Music: The Jason Marsalis Quartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jason Marsalis, a member of the first family of New Orleans jazz, including brothers Wynton and Bradford, performs original compositions and jazz standards.

Family Sunday, November 16
Sunday Music Bar: Violinist Tia Hanna: 1–4 p.m.
Storytelling: Reg Pettibone: 2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone and members of his family for an afternoon of traditional Native American myths and dances, with emphasis on living in harmony with nature.

Thursday, November 20
Lecture: Resonances: Degas and Gauguin Across the Arts: 6 p.m.
University of Maryland professor Jane Hargrove examines the influence of and relationship between Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin and how their shared ideas are reflected in their art. Central to this is the way some of Degas’s idiosyncratic practices emerge in Gauguin’s work across painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. There is a ticket charge, which includes the lecture, a reception and tour of the exhibition Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists: Works on Paper by Degas, Renoir and Friends. For more information, call 313.833.1720. Sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe

Friday Night Live, November 21
Music and DFT: The Lodger with Music by Little Bang Theory: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Frank Pahl and Little Bang Theory accompany the showing of a newly restored version of Alfred Hirchcock’s 1920 silent thriller The Lodger, based on the crimes of London’s Jack the Ripper. Michigan musician/composer Pahl has worked in several styles including “toy pop,” music made with toy instruments.

Family Sunday, November 23
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Lecture: Are Artists 21st-Century Entrepreneurs?: 6 p.m.
Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, asks: “Is being an artist a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment?” in her most recent book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which will be released in November. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Friday Night Live, November 28
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 & 4 p.m.
Blair Thomas & Company Puppet Theater presents an innovative staging of an Oscar Wilde classic, using original puppets and music to tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring. For all ages.
Music: Florent Ghys: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Composer and bassists Florent Ghys’ music freely crosses the boundaries between pop, minimalist and contemporary classical. He performs his latest composition with a newly designed multimedia component that stretches the norms of classical performance.

Saturday, November 29
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 & 4 p.m.
See Friday, NoV. 28, for details.

Sunday, November 30
Sunday Music Bar: Violist Leslie DeShazor Adams: 1–4 p.m.
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 p.m.
See Friday, Nov. 28, for details.

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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