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Vermeer painting on view in August at the Detroit Institute of Arts - August also features live music, summer camps and Family Fitting Room

Monday, June 04, 2012

(Detroit)—A very special painting will have a rare showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in August: Johannes Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting will be on view Aug. 8–Sept. 2.

The Family Fitting Room is available Wednesday–Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., where staff will customize a tour based on individual interests. Also on view are the exhibitions Patti Smith: Camera Solo, Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings and Five Spanish Masterpieces (closes Aug. 19).

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

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 in August, 11 a.m. –3 p.m. – Glove Finger Puppet: Take a single finger from a glove, decorate it with a variety of materials and bring it to life.
Thursdays in August, 11 a.m. –3 p.m. –Rattles: Small containers and boxes morph into fantastic percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and fun papers are added.
Fridays in August, 11 a.m. –3 p.m. – Kites: Create a simple kite using paper, ribbon, string and markers, then learn some basic kite-flying safety tips.
Fridays in August, 6–9 p.m. –Travel Journals: Record your summer adventures and travels in this easy-to-make book using paper, heavy card stock and a rubber band.
Saturdays in August, noon–4 p.m. – Tibetan Prayer Flags: Learn how Tibetan prayer flags are made and used while you create your own personal flag to take home.
Sundays in August, noon–4 p.m. – Butterfly Marionettes: Make a simple puppet on strings using paper, pipe cleaners, a tongue depressor and colorful markers.

Friday Night Live, August 3
Music: TBA
(See for details)

DIA Moment: Puppet Junction presents The Dalí Project (Adults Only): 8 p.m.
A puppet exploration of Salvador Dalí’s embrace of the subconscious, The Dalí Project will transport the audience from a contemporary reality into a blurred world of fantastical creatures and deep underlying messages. The piece will mirror Dalí’s multifarious methods of art-making by using various types of puppetry, as well as different mediums within the piece—puppetry (Bunraku, Rod, Shadow and more), choreography, projections, found objects, unique set/furniture design, exploratory mood music and sound effects. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Saturday, August 4
DIA Moment: Puppet Junction presents The Dalí Project (Adults Only): 2 p.m.
(See Aug. 3 for details) Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Family Sunday, August 5
Sunday Music Bar: Amphion Percussion featuring Lisa Raschiatore and Jamie Jordan
: 1 & 3 p.m.
Amphion Percussion has earned a reputation for unique programming and engaging performances as they zigzag their way across the United States to promote new ways of creating music with percussion. They are joined by clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore and singer Jamie Jordan, performing music by Morton Feldman, Evan Ziporyn, Missy Mazzoli, and original compositions based on songs by Radiohead, Feist and Regina Spektor, among others.

Class: It’s for the Birds! (ages 5 and older with an adult): 1–3 p.m.
Learn interesting facts about birds and create three easy-to-make bird feeders using a variety of fun materials. Class size limited to 20 students. Cost: Members $24, Nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005

DIA Moment: Puppet Junction presents The Dalí Project (ages 8 and up with an adult): 2 p.m.
(See Aug. 3 for details) Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Friday Night Live, August 10
Music: TBA (See for details)

Ford Free Sunday, August 12
Artist Demonstration: Jon Brumit’s Radio Workshop (ages 7 and up with an adult): noon–4 p.m.
Jon Brumit discusses his work as a public artist and events curator from noon to 1 p.m. (his Bring Your Own Big Wheel race is currently in its 12th year in San Francisco) and stay for his demonstration of how to build your own radio from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will have a chance to use their newly built radio to play ten-minute DJ sets for museum visitors before they take them home.

Sunday Music Bar: The Johnny O’Neal Trio: 1 & 3 p.m.
Native Detroiter Johnny O’Neal is a jazz pianist with a wide range of repertoire and musical experience. He was chosen to play Art Tatum in the Ray Charles bio-pic Ray. Johnny is joined by two other Detroit superstars, Marion Hayden on bass and Sean Dobbins on drums.

Class: Potter’s Wheel Workshop (Adults Only): 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy an introductory potter’s wheel experience in this hands-on class that includes individual guidance and demonstrations. Projects will be fired for pick up at a later date. Class size limited to 12 students. Cost: Members $36, Nonmembers $48. To register, call 313-833-4005

Monday–Friday, July 30–August 3 Summer Camps
The DIA offers kids an innovative studio-art program in a museum filled with great art. Teaching artists introduce children to a variety of media and creative processes that encourage individual expression. Typical projects include clay masks, multimedia puppets, painted portraits, imaginative drawings and wood sculpture. Campers also exercise skills in interpreting art while exploring the galleries. By the end of the five days, everyone will have a personally meaningful portfolio to share with family and friends. All levels of experience are welcome. Camp size limited to 20 people. Preregistration and prepayment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, call 313-833-4005.

Class C: (ages 5–8, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon

Class D: (ages 9–12, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon

Friday Night Live, August 17
Music: TBA

Family Sunday, August 19
Sunday Music Bar: Long Branch Ramblers: 1 & 3 p.m.
The Long Branch Ramblers play a variety of traditional American styles, including Appalachian Stringband, Old Time Country and Bluegrass. Featured in the band are multi-instrumentalist Aaron Jonah Lewis, singer-guitarist Sara Guzman, and fiddler Ben Townsend.

Storytelling: Badria Jazairi: 2 p.m.
Badria Jazairi is an award-winning Arab American storyteller, writer and voice-over artist. She presents a program of Arab folktales to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Friday Night Live, August 24
Music: TBA

Family Sunday, August 26
Sunday Music Bar: River Raisin Ragtime Revue
: 1 & 3 p.m.
The River Raisin Ragtime Revue (R4) is a professional theater orchestra dedicated to the presentation of significant American music. Utilizing a meticulously researched and engaging narrative, R4 transports the audience to the musical culture of turn-of-the-century America highlighting the contributions of African American composers.

Storytelling: TBA 2 p.m.

Friday Night Live, August 31
Music: TBA

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.


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