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Gladioli Claude Monet
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Gladioli (21.71) — Claude Monet

Black History Month at the DIA

Friday, February 01, 2013 – Thursday, February 28, 2013

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Quilting
Learn about quilt patterns and create a sample suitable for framing.


Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Senufo Painting
The Senufo people of West Africa are known for paintings of animals on fabric. Create a simple version of this art form using cotton muslin and markers.

Senufo Painting

Sundays, 6–9 p.m., Celebration Masks
During February people from many countries create elaborate costumes to wear in parades and celebrations. Make your own festive mask for any occasion.

Celebration Masks

Friday Night Live, February 1
Music: Trio Nomadian: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Damon Warmack, bass man of choice for many projects by local and national acts, leads his own band performing a mix of jazz, fusion and hip-hop. He has worked in many genres with an array of musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Robert Bradley, Amp Fiddler, Q-Tip, Martha Reeves and others. The group features Warmack (bass), Demetrius Nabors (keyboards) and Nate Winn (drums).

Saturday, February 2
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Julie Dash Selects: A Retrospective Celebration (BHM): 3 p.m.
Julie Dash, director of the classic Daughters of the Dust, will introduce some of her other films. The movies will be followed by an interview and discussion with Dash, and a Q&A for the audience. Tickets: $5. Free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Family Sunday, February 3
Sunday Music Bar: Dinah Washington Tribute featuring Joan Belgrave: 1 & 3 p.m.
Grammy-nominated vocalist Joan Belgrave brings the story of Dinah Washington to life with her unique ability to capture Washington’s contributions to music in jazz, R & B, blues and pop.

Joan Belgrave

Storytelling: Ivory Williams 2 p.m.
Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents entertaining, interactive stories for youth and adults.

Ivory Williams

Friday Night Live, February 8
Music: Black Women Rock!: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Founded by Jessica Care Moore in 2004, Black Women Rock! (BWR) is a multimedia tribute to pioneer rocker Betty Davis. BWR is a Detroit-based group of vocalists, musicians and visual artists celebrating the contributions of women in the music and arts communities.

Jessica Moore

Ford Second Sunday, February 10 – Free general museum admission
Brunch with Bach: Olivia Duval: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Soprano Olivia Duval performs music of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. Tickets: 1:30 p.m., brunch and concert, $35; 11 a.m., continental breakfast and concert, $20; concert only at either time, $15. For tickets call 313-833-4005 or go to Brunch with Bach.

Olivia Duval

Lecture: Twenty-First Annual Alain Locke Awards: Speak of Me as I Am: 2 p.m.
New York visual artist Fred Wilson received a MacArthur Foundation Award for his site-specific installations known as “museum interventions.” As U.S. artist representative at the 2003 Venice Biennale, Wilson explored the presence of Africans in early Venetian history. Wilson will discuss his work, including a recent DIA acquisition. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art

Friday Night Live, February 15
Music: Jade Simmons: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Classical pianist Jade Simmons continues to explore uncharted territory for classical musicians. She performs music from her new EP, Playing with Fire, featuring music from her collaboration with electronic musician Roburt Reynolds.

Jade Simmons

Saturday, February 16
Detroit Film Theatre: Special Event: The Meaning of Hope: 2 p.m.
The Meaning of Hope is a new 20-minute film by Bill Gaskins that extends his acclaimed work in photographic portraiture into cinema, challenges the one-dimensional representations of the City of Detroit, and expands the public’s knowledge of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thoughts beyond his “I Have a Dream” speech. This movie is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Valerie J. Mercer, DIA curator of the General Motors Center for African American Art. Participants include Gaskins; poet, playwright and 2011 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Harris and DIA film curator Elliot Wilhelm. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Whitney Foundation

Bill Gaskins

Family Sunday, February 17
Sunday Music Bar: Jade Simmons: 1 p.m. only (See Feb. 15 for details)

Puppet Performance: Schroeder Cherry presents “Can You Spell Harlem?”:2 p.m.
Family members help the son of a radio talk show host learn about artists from the Harlem Renaissance in this show by famed puppet artist Schroeder Cherry.

Saturday, February 23
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101 Ornette: Made in America: 4 p.m.
Ornette: Made In America captures the great jazz musician Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments made chronicle Coleman’s boyhood in segregated Texas and his emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among contributors to the film are William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono and Jayne Cortez. Tickets: $5. Free for DIA members.

Family Sunday, February 24
Sunday Music Bar: Pamela Wise: 1 & 3 p.m.
Pianist Pamela Wise performs Afro-Cuban rhythms with her band.

Pamela Wise

Artist Demonstration: Frescos with Hubert Massey: 2 p.m.
Hubert Massey is a Michigan artist noted for collaborating with communities to create art that tells their stories, and is one of the few African American painters working in the true fresco style. His hands-on fresco demonstration is appropriate for all ages and appreciation levels.

Hubert Massey in DIA’s Rivera Court