Saturday, March 13, 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Steveanna Roose presents stories based on traditional Japanese folktales
intertwining legends, language, and art to celebrate the Japanese
culture that influenced Whistler.
Stories (Un)folding: Origami
Sunday, May 2, 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Megan Hicks brings a quirky legacy to storytelling while providing
instructions for simple origami creations like butterflies and fans,
which Whistler often painted in his work.
Saturday, March 20, 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Detroit artist Gilda Snowden discusses her painting
Tornado: Red Wind in conjunction with James McNeill Whistler's
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket.
Saturday, May 15, 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Terese Ireland, executive director of Pewabic Pottery, tells the
story of Pewabic Pottery's founder Mary Chase Perry (later Mary
Chase Perry Stratton) and makes connections between her work and
that of James McNeill Whistler.
What's in a Name? Whistler's Influence on
Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m.
Presented by Linda Merrill, organizing curator
of American Attitude.
Pleasant Dreams: Whistler's
Mother on Tour in America 1932-1934
Sunday, April 18, 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Kevin Sharp, director of Visual Arts, Cedarhurst Center for the
Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, speaks on his work about the last
time "Whistler's Mother" toured the United States.
Sunday, May 9 (Mothers' Day), 2 p.m.
Dr. Margaret F. MacDonald, Principal Research Fellow, Center for
Whistler Studies at University of Glasgow, Scotland, will speak
on “Whistler's Mother.”
Sting Like a Butterfly
Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director, speaks about Whistler's significance
in the aesthetic movement and how it was transfered to the United
States. He also reviews Whistler works of art in the DIA's collection.
Make Your Mark
April, Fridays, 6–8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, noon–4 p.m.
Create your own personal seal using your initials.
May, Fridays, 6–8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, noon–4 p.m.
Make your own edition of handmade prints.
Saturdays, April 17 & 24, May 1, 8, &
15, 9 a.m.–noon
Artist and educator Vito Valdez will teach a five-session painting
class inspired by the work of Whistler and his contemporaries.
Members: $120; non-members: $150.
Evening for Educators
Friday, March 12, 5–7 p.m.
James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, will tour the exhibition
highlighting Whistler's connections to Detroit. Curriculum consultant
Jim McConnell will explore connections to American History and Social
Members: $16; non-members: $20; student teachers: $10.
Includes museum admission (the DIA is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays,
with activities for all ages).
Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, tours the exhibition,
highlighting Whistler's connections to Detroit. DIA educators will
discuss options for student visits. An afternoon session at the
Detroit Historical Museum features activities that consider MEAP
social studies objectives.
Members: $60; non-members: $75; student teachers: $37.50.
Includes lunch provided by the Detroit Historical Museum.
Whistler and His Influence
Saturday, April 17, 1–4 p.m.
Saturday April 24, 3–6 p.m.
James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, offers a course
on Whistler's career and the American artists he influenced (includes
an exhibition tour).
Members: $32; non-members: $40.
Tours of the Freer House
Detroiter Charles Freer was a leading collector
of Whistler's work, which is now in Washington, D.C. Tours will be
led by Charles Lang Freer House docents. Call 313.872.1790 for ticket
cost and information.
For more information on these programs, or to
register for classes, call 313.833.4249