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DIA exterior at night
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September at Detroit Institute of Arts

Sunday, July 01, 2012

(Detroit)—Don’t miss the rare chance to view Johannes Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance, on loan to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the exhibition Patti Smith: Camera Solo, both ending on Sept. 2. Also on view is Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings. All three exhibitions are free with museum admission.


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


Guided Tours: WednesdaysFridays, 1 p.m.; SaturdaysSundays, 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, 69 p.m. Sundays, noon4 p.m.


Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)

Fridays in September, 6–9 p.m. You’ve Been Framed: Decorate a small frame made of corrugated board using a variety of art making materials

Saturdays in August, noon–4 p.m. – Folk art toys: Spinners: Create this simple toy from “back in the day” using cardboard, a glass bead, markers and a toothpick.

Sundays in August, noon–4 p.m. – Book Arts: Japanese Stab Binding: Make a simple book using a traditional form of book binding.


Saturday, September 1

Detroit Film Theatre: Equation Daumal, 2008: 1 p.m.

In conjunction with Patti Smith: Camera Solo the first American museum exhibition to focus on the photography of artist, poet and performer Patti Smith, Equation Daumal, 2008, a video directed by Patti Smith and shot by Jem Cohen on 16mm and super 8 film, will run continuously in the south wing screening room (2nd floor) starting daily at 1pm. (7 min.)

Seating for the screening room installation of Equation Daumal, 2008 has been generously provided by IKEA.


Family Sunday, September 2

Sunday Music Bar: No Concert


Detroit Film Theatre: Equation Daumal, 2008: 1 p.m.

(See Sept. 1 for details)


Friday Night Live, September 7

Music: TBA


DIA Moment:  Behind the Scenes – Detroit Choreographers: 8 p.m.

This series provides a forum for works from Detroit’s theater community. This installment will feature Detroit-based choreographers. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


Ford Free Sunday, September 9

Sunday Music Bar: The Music of Joel Peterson: 1 & 3 pm

This performance features chamber music by Detroit native and Kresge Arts Fellow Joel Peterson. Known for his work with the Immigrant Suns, Frank Pahl’s Scavenger Quartet and Box Deserter, among others, Peterson showcases his compositions for classical ensembles with musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


Artist Demonstration: Bicycle Repair and Maintenance: 2 p.m.

Larry Baranski, DIA director of public programming, demonstrates the art of bicycle repair and maintenance, just in time for next weekend’s Tour D’Troit.


Lecture: “National Museum of African American History and Culture: Waiting for the Ancestors to Smile” by Director Lonnie G. Bunch: 2 p.m.

Historian, curator, and educator Lonnie G. Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bunch will speak about how the museum plans to realize its mission of inspiring a broader understanding of African American history and culture in a national and international context.


Friday Night Live, September 14

Music: Deolinda: 7 & 8:30 pm

Mexican guitarists Sergio Medina and Hugo Ernesto Gracián perform the music of Manuel Ponce, Astor Piazolla, Ignacio Cervantes and Ernesto Nazereth. This concert is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Consulate of Mexico featuring performers from Mexico.


Puppet Performance: Puppetslam (adults only): 8 p.m.

Check out this puppetry-for-adults event which features three–four puppet scenes by a variety of puppet artists. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


Family Sunday, September 16

Sunday Music Bar: Shahida Nurullah performs the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim: 1 & 3 pm

Shahida Nurullah and pianist Tad Weed along with some of Detroit’s finest musicians play the music of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.


Puppet Performance: 2 p.m.



Friday Night Live, September 21

Music: Russell Peterson, Eric Grossman and Michelle Grossman: 7 & 8:30 pm

This unusual trio featuring saxophonist Russell Peterson, violinist Eric Grossman and pianist Michelle Grossman performs music of Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich, George Gershwin and the Midwest premiere of Jorge Lopez Marin’s Sweet Cecimar.


Family Sunday, September 23

Sunday Music Bar: Russell Peterson, Eric Grossman and Michelle Grossman: 1 & 3 pm

(See Sept. 21 for details)


Puppet Performance: Cashore Marionettes Simple Gifts (ages 8 and up with adult): 2 p.m.

Described as “beautifully constructed” and “awe-inspiring,” Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and scenes from everyday life set to a succession of stunning music by classical composers. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


Friday Night Live, September 28

Music: Juan Pablo Contreras and Elena Palomar: 7 & 8:30 pm

Mexican tenor Juan Pablo Contreras and pianist Elena Palomar perform music by Manuel de Falla, Ferran Obradors and Manuel Ponce, in addition to songs by Juan Pablo Contreras. This concert is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Consulate of Mexico featuring performers from Mexico.


Family Sunday, September 30

Sunday Music Bar: Juan Pablo Contreras and Elena Palomar: 1 & 3

(See Sept. 28 for details)


Storyteller Performance:  Hava Jean Delgado: 2 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling featuring Hava Jean Delgado and her use of creative movement and music to present a variety of Cuban folk tales. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


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