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DIA Events Calendar 2015

Posted by Glen LaGrou March 30, 2015 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.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT APRIL 2015

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. Papel Picado: Have fun as you try this Mexican art of cutting paper.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Decorative Eggs
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Asafo flags: These flags are made in the west African country of Ghana to illustrate a variety of proverbs.

Spring Break Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Tuesday, April 21, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Akan Gold Weights
Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Simple Adornments
Thursday, April 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Miniature Accordion Books
Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Crayon Rubbings

Friday, April 3
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce finds herself put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. Gett is an uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchal system. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.
Friday Night Live: The Mivos Quartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Mivos Quartet (violinists Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Mariel Roberts) performs work by contemporary composers representing varied musical genres.

Saturday, April 4
Detroit Film Theatre: Modernist Cinema of the 1930s: Modern Times: 4 p.m.
Charles Chaplin’s Modern Times is a romantic comedy about working class struggle and inequity during the Great Depression. It is primarily a silent film, yet it was made and successfully released almost a decade after sound came to movies. Tickets are $5 and free for DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5
Sunday Music Bar: Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit pianist Buddy Budson will perform jazz and pop standards in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 3 for details.

Friday, April 10
Friday Night Live: EVIYAN: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
EVIYAN is Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley and Evan Ziporyn, three unique composers/performers that blend world roots, post-minimalism and jazz in works for voice, violin, clarinet and guitar.
Detroit Film Theatre: Burroughs: The Movie: 7 p.m.
Over five years of production, film student Howard Brookner and his crew captured revealing, candid conversations with the entertaining American writer William Burroughs. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 3 for details.

Saturday, April 11
Detroit Film Theatre: Modernist Cinema of the 1930s: À nous la libertré: 4 p.m.
À nous la libertré tells the story of Louis, an escaped convict who, through a series of indescribable events, becomes a wealthy and powerful industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns to upset his carefully laid plans. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $5 and free for DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre: Burroughs: The Movie: 7 p.m.
See Friday, April 10 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 3 for details.

Sunday, April 12
Sunday Music Bar: Xiao Dong Wei: 1–4 p.m.
Classically trained Chinese musician Xiao Dong Wei performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: Burroughs: The Movie: 2 p.m.
See Friday, April 10 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: 4:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 3 for details.

Friday, April 17
Detroit Film Theatre: Hiroshima Mon Amour: 7 p.m.
Unavailable theatrically for decades and now restored to its original splendor, Mon Amour is the fictional story of an affair between a Japanese architect and a French movie actress. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for members, students and seniors.
Detroit Film Theatre: Le jour se léve: 9:30 p.m.
Working-class Fançois waits in his tiny apartment for the police to come for him, clutching his gun and thinking over the events that led to his current predicament. The film was banned by the Vichy government soon after its 1939 release but not before the names of Jewish crew members were removed from the credits. For the first time in 75 years, those names appear where they rightfully belonged. In French with English subtitles. DFT general admission tickets are $8.50, member tickets are $6.50. Student and Senior tickets are $6.50. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for members, students and seniors.

Saturday, April 18
Lecture: Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: The New Clark Art Institute: A Place of Serenity and Excitement, Inside and Out: 2 p.m.
Since 2001, the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, Mass., has built two new buildings and refurbished its two existing ones. Director Michael Conforti has fashioned the institution into a welcoming, comfortable place, where looking at works of art and thinking about issues in the visual arts is the first order of business. Sponsored by The Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment Fund in conjunction with the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and the European Paintings Council.
Detroit Film Theatre: The Thief of Bagdad: 4 p.m.
This silent Arabian nights fantasy was made when Douglas Fairbanks was at the pinnacle of his movie career. A new restoration brings the action to vivid life, and gives the clearest look in decades at the spectacular sets, art direction and production design. Live, original musical accompaniment by David Drazin. Tickets are $5 and free for DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre: Le jour se léve: 7 p.m.
See Friday, April 17 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Hiroshima Mon Amour: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 17 for details.

Sunday, April 19
Sunday Music Bar: Cliff Monear: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Cliff Monear will perform jazz and pop standards in Kresge Court.
Lecture: After-Image: Dualism through Color: 2 p.m.
Nigerian artist Osi Audu focuses on the Yoruba concept of consciousness, which has both a physical and spiritual dimension. In referencing the Yoruba sculpture known as ile ori (house of the head) in his works, Osi seeks to articulate this dual nature of being and conscious experience. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art.
Detroit Film Theatre: Le jour se léve: 2 p.m.
See Friday, April 17 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Hiroshima Mon Amour: 4:30 p.m.
See Friday, April 17 for details.

Friday, April 24
Detroit Film Theatre: The Yellow Ticket: 7 p.m.
This pivotal German/Polish silent film tells the story of a young woman forced to hide her Jewish identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. Presented with live music written and performed by violinist Alicia Svegals of the Klezmatics and pianist Marilyn Lerner. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 25
Detroit Film Theatre: Saturday Animation Club: A Letter to Momo: 4 p.m.
In this modern classic of handmade animation, Momo and her mother move to a remote Japanese island, where the girl discovers a trio of mischievous spirit creatures only she can see and who create mayhem in her tiny community. English language version. Tickets are $5. Admission is free to DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre: Don’t Think I’ve Forgetten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
During the 1960s and early ‘70s, Cambodian musicians crafted a new sound from the various rock music styles in America, England and France, along with their traditional music. This new documentary tracks the emergence of that incredible music to its near destruction under the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge. In English, French and Khmer with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for members, students and seniors

Sunday, April 26
Sunday Music Bar: Mike Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Mick Dobday performs avant-garde, contemporary and Latin jazz in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll: 2 p.m.
See Saturday, April 25 for details.
Lecture: The Business of Asian Art: Yamanaka & Company & Charles Lang Freer: 2 p.m.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Japan’s Yamanaka & Company was the world’s most prestigious dealer in Asian art and Detroit collector Charles Lang Freer one of its most prominent clients. Yuriko Kuchiki will describe the rise and fall of this remarkable company and explore the close business ties and friendship between Freer and Yamanaka. Tours of the Freer House and a benefit reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures; the Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU; and the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwest Ontario.

Tuesday, April 28
Lecture: Frida Kahlo, Her Art and Her Life: 7 p.m.
Originally published in 1983, Hayden Herrera’s Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo is the definitive account of the artist’s life. Learn from Herrera the story of Kahlo’s emergence as an artist, including the period spent in Detroit during the creation of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals. Sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing.

Thursday, April 30
Lecture: Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture: The Secret Rules of Engagement: Scale, Detail, and Authenticity: 10:30 a.m.
David Monn creates events for an international roster of influential corporate and private clients, from the White House to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a sensibility rooted in uncompromising standards of quality, elegance and simplicity, his designs create a tapestry of sensations, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. He will share his floral design skills and fascinating anecdotes. The lecture and lunch are $25 each. Sponsored by Friends of Art & Flowers.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT MAY 2015

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. Paper Flowers
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Kalimbas: Make a version of this West African instrument using tongue depressors, scrap wood and colored markers.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Milagros: Milagro refers to a small item people offer to saints. Use air-drying clay to make your own.

Friday, May 1
Friday Night Live: The Hughes/Smith Quintet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit-based jazz group The Hughes/Smith Quintet features saxophonist James Hughes, trumpeter Jimmy Smith and rhythm section Phil Kelly, Takashi Iio and Nate Winn.

Sunday, May 3
Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Pam Wise performs R&B and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

Friday, May 8
Friday Night Live: 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, May 9
Puppet Performance: Gross Bliss: 2 p.m.
Gross Bliss features two artists in search of examples of true happiness to inspire their new show. Their quest takes them far and wide, but the farther they travel, the more they realize that pure bliss can be “gross.”

Sunday, May 10
Sunday Music Bar: Leslie DeShazor Adams 1–4 p.m.
Classically trained violinist Leslie DeShazor Adams peforms in Kresge Court.
Puppet Performance: Gross Bliss: 2 p.m.
See Saturday, May 9 for details.

Friday, May 15
Friday Night Live: Las Cafeteras: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Las Cafeteras create a vibrant fusion of traditional Mexican music (son jarocho) with a unique East LA sound. Las Cafeteras use poetry and unique instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform.

Saturday, May 16
Lecture: Princely and Imperial Treasuries: Decorative Arts in Bavaria and Austria: 2 p.m.
The dukes of Bavaria and the Austrian Holy Roman Emperors built some of the best collections of decorative arts in history. Eike Schmidt of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will show some of the great masterpieces created and collected in Bavaria and Austria during the baroque period, and discuss the key motivations of collectors. Sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Sunday, May 17
Artist Demonstration: George Vargas & Vito Valdez: noon–4 p.m.
Artist and art historian George Vargas and Southwest Detroit artist Vito Valdez lead a hands-on mural workshop that explores Diego Rivera’s influence on Detroit’s murals since the 1930s. Co-sponsored by the N’namdi Gallery.
Sunday Music Bar: Mariachi Gallos De Oro: 1 & 3 p.m.
Detroit’s own Mariachi Gallos De Oro performs their own brand of this festive form of Mexican folk music in a celebration of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibition.

Friday, May 22
Friday Night Live: Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
This performance features Mr. B, Axel Zwingenberger, Lila Ammons and Bob Seeley playing boogie-woogie, an expressive and powerful style of blues piano.

Friday, May 29
Friday Night Live: Naomi Yamaguchi: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Naomi Yamaguchi made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City at age seven. Naomi will perform her own composition, along with music by Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Peter Tchaikovsky.

Sunday, May 31
Sunday Music Bar: Stefan Kukurugya: 1–4 p.m.
Stefan Kukurugya will perform jazz, pop, R&B, and classical standards in the relaxing atmosphere of Kresge Court.
Lecture: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College: 2 p.m.
In 1938, Hale Woodruff was commissioned at Talladega College to paint six murals featuring the founding of the College and the 1839 Amistad mutiny. Stephanie Mayer Heydt of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will speak about these murals as part of a national touring exhibition. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art.

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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