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Violinist and Young Woman Edgar Degas
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Violinist and Young Woman (70.167) — Edgar Degas

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience

Friday, April 12, 2013 – Saturday, April 13, 2013

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience is a five-day multidisciplinary celebration that presents works created by the 2011-2012 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows, from April 10-14, 2013. Hosted at more than a dozen venues located throughout Midtown Detroit’s cultural center, Art X Detroit offers an exciting program of dance, musical and theatrical performances, literary readings, workshops, panel discussions, public art, and more. Art X Detroit is free to the public and is presented by The Kresge Foundation. For more information and a complete Art X schedule of performances at the DIA, visit www.artxdetroit.com.

Friday April 12

DIA Auditorium

FRAMES FOR THE PEOPLE: A CITY OF HALOS – CORRIE BALDAUF 5:30 pm-6:00 pm            
Frames for the People: A City of Halos is an exploration in seeing Detroit through its people. Working with large sheets of colored acrylic she calls Optimism Filters, Corrie Baldauf has created a film with Stephen and Cory McGee and the people of Detroit. The screening  will include a conversation with Baldauf.

NEVER ALONE – KEN MEISEL& PASSALACQUA 6:00 pm-6:15 pm               
2012 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow Ken Meisel’s poem John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillun is re-imagined with the collaborative help of local film producer Eddie Logix and 2012 Kresge Performing Arts Fellows Passalacqua. The intent of this project is to demonstrate the creative possibilities of spoken word in collaboration with music.

STARBY STAR – DAVID B. SCHOCK 7:00 pm 
A new documentary about the life and art of Naomi Long Madgett chronicles her journey, struggles, and achievements. In conversations with Naomi, we learn about the encouragement she received from Langston Hughes and others of the Harlem Renaissance.

¡VIVA AMERICA! – MARIA COSTA 9:00 pm-10:00 pm
In her new film ¡Viva America! renowned actress/comedian/writer Maria Costa portrays an array of hilarious, thought provoking characters whose lives are profoundly affected by immigration issues. Reflecting on her experiences growing up in Southwest Detroit in a family of Hungarian and Cuban immigrants, Costa transforms herself into an outrageous line up of comic personas. From a boisterous Latino immigrant to a conservative Southern politician, Maria brilliantly captures the multicultural voice of America. Following the premier there will be a question and answer session with Costa, and a muy calliente Salsa dance party in Prentis Court.


DIA Kresge Court

THE POWER OF THE ACTIVIST ARTIST– CHERYL A. ALSTON 6:00 pm-6:30 pm       
During the early twentieth century, African American artists created social realist art to challenge newspaper depictions of racially motivated mob violence. Alston has researched works that humanized the victims, and compares them to images to documentary photographs of lynchings. Based on a manuscript in progress, Alston explores her insights with spoken word and performance art.

SNAPSHOTS – KATHLEEN PFEIFFER 7:30 pm-9:00 pm      
In Snapshots, Kathleen Pfeiffer presents a collaborative performance combining a literary reading with dance to explore the theme of loss. Pfeiffer uncovers the tales that are hidden or neglected, and explores the connections between her own narrative and shared literary tradition.


DIA Lecture Hall

FIRELOOM – TERRY PEAKE 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
A veteran of the Detroit rock scene, Terry Peake combines compositional approaches from diverse musical genres with Fireloom, an instrumental performance. He will be accompanied by oil and light projections designed by collaborator Jon Hudson.

 


Saturday April 13

DIA Auditorium

AN EVENING WITH CHARLES MCPHERSON – MARK STRYKER 7:30 pm-10:00 pm
Detroit Free Press music writer Mark Stryker presents an evening with Charles McPherson, one of the most important figures in Detroit’s jazz explosion of  the 1950s. McPherson is profiled in Stryker’s upcoming book, Made in Detroit: Jazz From the Motor City, and the evening will include an onstage discussion between Stryker and McPherson followed with a performance by the Charles McPherson Quartet.

7:30 pm – 8:15 – Interview followed by Intermission
8:45 pm – 10:00 – Performance