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July at the Detroit Institute of Arts brings puppet shows, live music and summer camps

Monday, June 11, 2012

(Detroit)—A summer of fun continues at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in July with puppet shows, summer camps and live music. Special summer exhibitions include Patti Smith: Camera Solo, Five Spanish Masterpieces and the opening of Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings on July 11.

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

Guided Tours: Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 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)
Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Heraldry: Heraldry was a way to visually represent lords and knights during the Middle Ages. Learn more as you create your own miniature coat-of-arms.
Thursdays in July, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Folk Art Toys: Pinwheels: Make your own pinwheel with a creative twist.
Fridays in July, 1 a.m.–3 p.m. – Paper Fans: Uchiwa: Uchiwa is a style of paper fan common in Japan. Learn about the traditions of making Uchiwa as you create your own fan.
Fridays in July, 6–9 p.m. – Paper Flowers: Stroll through the galleries and find artworks that have a floral theme, then come to the studio to make your own paper versions of the flowers that inspired you.
Saturdays in July, Noon–4 p.m. –Origami Star Book: Create this simple book using squares of folded paper. When assembled, the unfolded pages resemble a star.
Sundays in July, Noon–4 p.m. – Sock Puppets: Bring characters from your imagination to life as you turn a simple sock into a fantastic puppet. Don’t forget to check out our puppet gallery.

Family Sunday, July 1
No Programs Scheduled

Friday Night Live, July 6
Music: TBA (See dia.org for details)

Saturday, July 7
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: King Kong: 2 p.m.
King Kong became an instant cultural phenomenon when it was first shown in 1933. The monstrous ape’s lifelike personality continues to enthrall audiences of all ages nearly 80 years after its creation. Free with museum admission; free for DIA members. DFT 101 takes place in the DIA’s Lecture Hall; enter at Woodward or Farnsworth.

Ford Free Sunday, July 8
Sunday Music Bar: Gustafer Yellowgold: 1 & 3 p.m.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s show is a multimedia performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling, featuring songs and animation by Morgan Taylor. Yellowgold appeals to both adults and children and has been described as a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.

Wednesday, July 11
Class: Printmaking (adults only): 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get inspiration from the DIA‘s exhibition Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings and discover the creative potential of simple printmaking methods. Class size is limited to 20 students. Members $60, nonmembers $80. To register call 313-833-4005.

Friday Night Live, July 13
Concert of Colors: De Temps Antan
: 7 & 8:30 pm
De Temps Antan is a band from Quebec that performs time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional Quebec music.

DIA Moment: PuppetSlam Detroit!: 8 p.m.
This puppetry-for-adults event is the first in a new series that features three to four puppet scenes by a variety of puppet artists. The series kicks off with works from Tom Carey and Dan Tower of Rusty Nail Studio, and Naia Venturi with the Dreamland Puppet Troupe, among others.

Saturday, July 14
Class: Painting in the Spirit of the Spanish Masters
: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
This class begins in the Five Spanish Masterpieces exhibition for a discussion on the painting styles and techniques used by artists in the exhibition. In the studio, students use oil and acrylic paints to explore painting methods used by the masters. Materials are discussed at the first session. This class is designed for students who have some experience painting. Class size is limited to 12 students. Members, $144, nonmember $192. To register call 313-833-4005.

Class: The Potter’s Wheel for Adults and Children (ages 5–8, with an adult): 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Absolute beginners can try the potter’s wheel in a small class with individual guidance. Participants use their own wheels for one hour of hands-on clay time. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Each class is limited to 5 people. Members $12, Nonmembers $16. To register call 313-833-4005.

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Á Nous La Liberté: 2 p.m.
À nous la liberté tells the story of an escaped convict who becomes a wealthy and powerful industrialist. Considered to be an inspiration for Chaplin’s Modern Times, this is a potent indictment of modern society and a rich comic fable. In French with English subtitles. Free with museum admission; free for DIA members. DFT 101 takes place in the DIA’s Lecture Hall; enter at Woodward or Farnsworth.

Family Sunday, July 15
Storytelling: Ivory Williams
: 2 p.m.
Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents entertaining, interactive stories for both youth and adults. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Monday–Friday, July 16–20 Summer Camps
Camp Art ‘N Action (ages 5–8, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Have an action-packed art adventure through the world of sculpture, clay, paint and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Camp Art Exploration (ages 9–12, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Get creative with clay, wood, paint, paper, ink, wire and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Thursday, July 19
Lecture: On Loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts: 6 p.m.
Five Spanish Masterpieces celebrates the return of the Picasso’s Melancholy Woman to the museum after a lengthy period on loan to other institutions. DIA Director Graham W. J. Beal discusses how that painting and other acclaimed masterpieces, including Caravaggio’s Martha and Mary Magdalene and Fuseli’s The Nightmare would rarely be on view in Detroit if the museum granted just the more serious loan requests that come in from around the world.

Friday Night Live, July 20
Music: Miss Tess & the Talkbacks
: 7 & 8:30 pm
Miss Tess is a New York-based singer-songwriter inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, country and folk music. Though she draws comparisons to artists such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee and Chuck Berry, she maintains a style all her own. The Talkbacks are made up of Will Graefe on guitar, Danny Weller on bass and Matt Meyer on drums.

Saturday, July 21
Meet Me at the DIA: A Program for People with Early Stage Dementia and their Caregivers
: 10:30- noon
People with early stage dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and their caregivers participate in gallery discussions led by DIA staff and volunteers with expertise in this area. Participants are made to feel welcome and comfortable, and discussions are based on the observations and connections made by the group. The program provides social engagement and intellectual stimulation in a safe, inspiring environment. All participants, including caregivers, are encouraged to contribute to the discussions; participants leave the DIA with small prints of DIA artworks so conversations can be continued. Members $17 per couple, Nonmembers $20 per couple. To register tickets.dia.org. Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan

Class: Painting: Painting in the Spirit of the Spanish Masters: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(See July 14 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: L'Âge D'or: 2 p.m.
Cinematic surrealism reached an early peak with this provocative and wildly imaginative collaboration between the great Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. They created an avant-garde tour de force that's both an aesthetic avalanche of “inappropriate” imagery and a withering attack on a society that elevated pious morality over sexual freedom. The film provoked riots, was denounced by Mussolini's ambassador, earned its backer a threat of excommunication and was banned by the French police, all within two weeks of its release in 1930. In French with English subtitles. Free with museum admission; free for DIA members. DFT 101 takes place in the DIA’s Lecture Hall; enter at Woodward or Farnsworth.

Family Sunday, July 22
Class: Rediscovering the Crayon: Scrape, Scribble & Melt
(ages 5 and older with adult): 1–3 p.m.
Explore the many possibilities of the common wax crayon to create two projects on paper and cloth. Class size is limited to 20 students. Members $24, nonmembers $32. To register call 313-833-4005.

Sunday Music Bar: Joel Mabus: 1 & 3 p.m.
Joel Mabus has spent his career in folk music intertwining his original compositions with traditional repertoire. Whether he’s singing an old ballad or performing a new work from his latest release “No Worries Now…,” his music sounds like it has been handed down from generations past.

Storytelling: Of Sufis and Swamis: Stories from India’s Hindu-Muslim Traditions: 2 p.m.
Acclaimed storyteller Latika Mangrulkar presents stories based on mythical Indian gods and goddesses. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Wednesday, July 25
Class: Hand-Built Platters and Vases
(adults only): 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of ceramics in the DIA’s galleries, then spend time in the studio exploring ways to build with clay slabs, combining texture, form, and colors in your own expressive platter and vase. All skill levels welcome. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class includes time for an independent lunch break. Class size is limited to 20 students. Members $60, nonmembers $80. To register call 313-833-4005.

Friday Night Live, July 27
Music: La Chispa y Compania
: 7 & 8:30
Valeria Montes and her company have emerged as the most talked-about Flamenco performers in metro Detroit. The Detroit Free Press called Montes "mesmerizing" and the Metro Times described her as "beauty in motion." The musicians of La Chispa are some of the finest performers of the Flamenco repertoire.

Class: Light My Fire “Luminaries” (adult couples only): 6 –8 p.m.
Bring your date, friend, or spouse, for an evening of hands-on art making. Mold and transform clay into an original work of art intended for holding a candle inside. Once you are finished, you and your significant other can head to Friday Night Live for musical entertainment. Projects will be fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 20 students. Members $24, Nonmembers $32. To register call 313-833-4005.

Saturday, July 28
Class: Painting: Painting in the Spirit of the Spanish Masters
: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(See July 14 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Les Misérables, Part I: 2 p.m.
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, Raymond Bernard’s nearly five-hour Les Misérables unfolds with all the depth and detail of its source, yet possesses an epic, narrative grandeur all its own. In French with English subtitles. Note: Part II follows on August 4. Free with museum admission; free for DIA members. DFT 101 takes place in the DIA’s Lecture Hall; enter at Woodward or Farnsworth.

Family Sunday, July 29
Sunday Music Bar: emma cherry and Nicholas Sjostrom: 1 p.m.
Nicholas Sjostrom, composer of the musical score for Nana Projects’ “Alonzo's Lullaby” (see 2:30 event below) and Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry’s music is a mix of folk, pop, jazz and instrumental music. cherry has a powerful voice whose songs weave history, storytelling and melody together to create a mesmerizing experience for the audience.

Puppet Performance: The Nana Projects presents Alonzo’s Lullaby: 2:30 p.m.
Performed by two-three puppeteers (aka lanterneers) using graceful, hand manipulated cutouts made of plastic and acrylic gels with overhead projectors, this unique form of puppetry blends the manipulation of objects with the tricks of Victorian Magic Lantern slide shows and brings a modern twist to pre-cinema. Inspired by the Hagenback-Wallace Circus train wreck of 1918. Original score performed live by ellen cherry and Nicholas Sjostrom.

Monday–Friday, July 30–August 3 Summer Camps
Camp Art ‘N Action (ages 5–8, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Have an action-packed art adventure through the world of sculpture, clay, paint and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Camp Art Exploration (ages 9–12, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Get creative with clay, wood, paint, paper, ink, wire and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 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 DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

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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.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.
 
Contact: Pamela Marcil         (313) 833-7899          pmarcil@dia.org