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

Monday, July 16, 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, where staff will customize a tour based on individual interests, is available Wednesday–Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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: WednesdaysThursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 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)

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, and 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: Amphion Percussion featuring Lisa Raschiatore and Jamie Jordan: 7 & 8:30 pm

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 György Ligeti, Steve Reich and original works based on songs by Radiohead, Feist, Regina Spektor, among others.


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.


The Dali Project is made possible through a generous contribution from Groupon


Saturday, August 4

DIA Moment: Puppet Junction presents The Dalí Project (adults only): 2 p.m.

(See Aug. 3 for details)


Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Les Misérables, Part II: 4 p.m.

Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall (France/1934—directed by Raymond Bernard)

Hailed by critics as the greatest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, Raymond Bernard’s nearly five-hour Les Misérables is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with all the depth and detail of its source, yet possessing an epic, narrative grandeur all its own. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by Harry Baur (who died during World War II) as Jean Valjean and Charles Vanel as Inspector Javert, this rarely seen screen version of Les Misérables is one of the triumphs of French filmmaking. In French with English subtitles. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.


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): 13 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.


Puppet Performance: Puppet Junction presents The Dalí Project (ages 8 and up with an adult): 2 p.m.

(See Aug. 3 for details)


Friday Night Live, August 10

Music: Le Primitifs du Futur: 7 & 8:30 pm

Founded by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and guitarist Dominique Cravic, Le Primitifs du Futur sound like they stepped right out of the 1930s, with a blend of musette (a style developed in France at the turn of the century) and Django-style guitar.

Saturday, August 11

Class: Potter’s Wheel Workshop (adults only): 14 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.


Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Bank Dick: 2 p.m.

Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall (USA/1940—directed by Edward Cline)

Henpecked husband and father Egbert Sousé (W.C. Fields) would rather hang out at the notorious Black Pussy Cat café (where the bartender is Shemp Howard) than spend time with his less-than-adorable family orhorrors!get a job. But when he unwittingly captures a bank robber, he’s rewarded with a job as the bank’s new security guard. Uniquely unqualified for the position, Sousé nevertheless manages to circumvent an almost continual parade of near-disasters in what is one of the best films of Fields’ career and one of the most pleasurably laid-back American movie comedies. Written by Fields under the pen name “Mahatma Kane Jeeves,” The Bank Dick’s cynical portrait of small-town family life can’t conceal a heart of pure, gleaming, 24-karat comic gold. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.


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., then from 1 to 4 p.m. demonstrates how to build a radio. Participants can use their newly built radio to play 10-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.


Monday–Friday, July 30–August 3: Summer Camps

Kids can enjoy 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: Chico Trujillo: 7 & 8:30 pm

Chico Trujillo is one of Chile’s most important orchestras. The group’s mixture of classic cumbia, bolero, reggae, Latin American and balcanic (influenced by traditional music of Southeastern European) music has assured them an audience from every generation and walk of life. Chico Trujillo has meshed bits and pieces from the past with the global influence of the alternative culture and have fusioned everything under the pan-Latin flag of the cumbia.


Saturday, August 18

Meet Me at the DIA: A Program for People with Early-Stage Dementia and Their Caregivers: 10:30 a.m.–noon

People with early-stage dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and their caregivers are invited to participate in gallery discussions about art 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 opportunities for social engagement and intellectual stimulation in a safe, inspiring environment. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the discussions; participants leave the DIA with small prints of DIA artworks so conversations can be continued. Meet Me at the DIA is modeled after a successful program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Members $17 per couple, nonmembers $20 per couple. To register Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan


Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Flowers of St. Francis: 2 p.m.

Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall (Italy/1950—directed by Roberto Rossellini)

In a series of engaging vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and his co-screenwriter Federico Fellini eloquently convey the universal teachings of The People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith and sacrifice. Lovingly photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis’s era, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery near the production’s location, the rarely seen The Flowers of St. Francis is a moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment. In Italian with English subtitles. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.


Family Sunday, August 19

Sunday Music Bar: Long Branch Ramblers: 1 & 3 p.m.

The Long Branch Ramblers plays 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: Arab Folktales by 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: Matt Ulery: 7 & 8:30 pm

Matt Ulery is an inspired composer with influences in Romantic classical music, American minimalist composers, the entire jazz spectrum, Eastern European folk music and modern indie rock. He and his 7-piece ensemble perform music from his new CD, By a Little Light.


Saturday, August 25

Puppet Performance: Ibex Puppetry presents “Celebration of Flight”: 2 & 4 p.m.

How do birds learn to fly? In Celebration of Flight, the intangible spirits of wind and flight visit a young crane and lead it to its destiny. Come join us on the DIA’s front lawn as we watch this performance spectacle by famed puppeteer Heather Henson that explores the intersection of air, land and art through puppetry and kiting. Celebration of Flight Trailer


Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: All Quiet on the Western Front: 2 p.m.

(USA/1930—directed by Lewis Milestone)

As World War I gets under way, their war-hungry professor persuades a group of idealistic German schoolboys to enlist in the military. All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the greatest anti-war films, and its power to shock and disturb has barely diminished over the decades. Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, it makes extraordinary use of sound and much of the relentless, graphic imagery remains nearly unparalleled in its power to evoke the terrors of combat. What may be most remarkable for today’s audiences, however, are the film’s superb performances, led by a now almost-forgotten cast, including John Wray, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, Lew Ayres and the great Louis Wolheim. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.


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.


Puppet Performance: Ibex Puppetry presents “Celebration of Flight”: 2 & 4 p.m.

(See Aug. 25 for details)


Friday Night Live, August 31

Music: Ella Fitzgerald Tribute featuring Naima Shambourger: 7 & 8:30

This tribute to the First Lady of Song is led by Detroit’s own veteran jazz vocalist Naima Shambourger. It covers all aspects of Fitzgerald’s career, from her early days in Harlem to her trademark scat singing days in the 1970s and 80s. Shambourger is joined by the Cliff Monear Trio.


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