|Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Glass Vessels
6–8:30 p.m. throughout January
Make your own colorful glass vessel.
|Collector's Conversation: Nancy Olnick and Giorgio
Spanu 1 p.m
Nancy Olnick, Giorgio Spanu and Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director,
will discuss the joys of collecting.
Gallery Serenade: Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan
A Musical Salute to Murano and Venice 2 p.m.
The island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon was the birthplace
of librettist Francesco Maria Piave. Giuseppe Verdi collaborated
with Piave on some of his most famous operas between 1844 and
1862. The Opera Theatre will play selections from Ernani,
Attila, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Simon Boccanegra,
which all premiered at La Fenice Theatre in Venice.
|Artist’s Choice: Herb Babcock 2 p.m.
Herb Babcock, a professor in the crafts department and section
chair of the glass studio at the College for Creative Studies,
will discuss contemporary American studio glass and his own
glass work. He will also explain his art-making processes in
relation to some of the 20th-century Venetian glass objects
in the exhibition.
|Community Choice 2 p.m.
Becky Hart, DIA assistant curator of Contemporary Art, will
discuss other DIA glass works currently on view.
|ArtSeen 7–11 p.m.
Join the DIA’s Founders Junior Council for an evening
of art, music, food and fun at the DIA, featuring the exhibition
Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection.
Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. For more information,
|Lecture: Murano: A Tradition that Reinvents Itself
Jutta Page, curator of glass at the Toledo Museum of Art, will
discuss the stylistic and technical histories of works included
in the exhibition. Co-sponsored by Friends of Modern and the
|Artist Lecture: Laura de Santillana
Venetian born Laura de Santillana found her direction as a
sculptor from her experience in her family's glass works, Venini
and Company, and as a student in New York at the School of the
Visual Arts. Santillana’s attraction to the color field
paintings of Mark Rothko informs her work to this day. Her
simplified rectilinear forms recall a painter's canvas while
inviting the viewer to imagine that the human body is also her
subject. Santillana will discuss here work in this artist
lecture. Co-sponsored by Woodward Lecture Series at College for
Creative Studies and Friends of Modern Art.