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U.S. Poet-Laureate Philip Levine part of September Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts: Last chance to see Vermeer painting and Patti Smith: Camera Solo, on view only through Sept. 2

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

(Detroit)—September 2 is the last day to see Woman Holding a Balance, the exquisite painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the exhibition Patti Smith: Camera Solo. Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings remains on view through Jan. 6, 2013. 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: WednesdaysThursdays, 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 September, 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 September, noon–4 p.m. – Book Arts: Japanese Stab Binding: Make a simple book using a traditional form of bookbinding.


Saturday, September 1

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

In conjunction with Patti Smith: Camera Solo, the first U.S. 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 1 p.m. (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 (see for details): 7 & 8:30 p.m.


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 Biba Bell, Lisa LaMarre Wilmot, Haleem Rasul and Jeff Rebudal. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


Saturday, September 8

Class: The Potter’s Wheel for Adults and Children (ages 5 and older with an adult): 10–11:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1–2:30 p.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.

This class is a great opportunity for parents and children, couples, or anyone wanting to give the potter’s wheel a try in a small class with plenty of individual guidance. Participants have 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. Cost: members $18, nonmembers $24. To register, call 313-833-4005.


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 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 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. Members $17 per couple, nonmembers $20 per couple. To register Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan


Ford Free Sunday, September 9

Artist Demonstration: Papermaking: noon4 p.m.

Andrew Hawkes demonstrates the art of papermaking and pulp painting, demonstrating different techniques to create beautiful sheets of paper using pigmented pulps and various ways to achieve other paper-based decorative effects.


Sunday Music Bar: The Music of Joel Peterson: 1 & 3 p.m.

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, showcases his compositions for classical ensembles with musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


Lecture: Waiting for the Ancestors to Smile: 2 p.m.

The much anticipated new National Museum of African American History and Culture will open in 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum’s director, Lonnie G. 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. Sponsored by the Friends of African and African American Art


Friday Night Live, September 14

Music: Deolinda: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

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


DIA Moment: Puppet Slam (adults only): 8 p.m.

This puppetry-for-adults event features three to four puppet scenes by a variety of puppet artists. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council


Saturday, September 15

Class: Drawing: Inspired by Matisse and Picasso (ages 9 and older): 10 a.m.–noon

Tour Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings to see how both artists experimented with drawing. Then give the art of creative line drawing a try with pencil and other drawing materials. Class size limited to 20 people. Cost: members $24, nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005.


Puppet Performance: Open Eye Theatre’s Wheel Parade of Oddities: noon5 p.m.

Don’t miss these traveling puppet shows on a tandem bike the weekend before Tour DeTroit Open Eye Theater presents their Parade of Oddities, two-wheel tours around the museum and in various locations around the city, each featuring a series of 10-minute vignettes with trick marionettes. For a list of performance locations, go to


Family Sunday, September 16

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

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


Thursday, September 20

Lecture: Designing at the DIA with Frank Arvan, Principal Architect, FX Architecture: 6 p.m.

What is the best way to show and explain the important ideas and qualities of art work? Architect and DIA exhibition designer Frank Arvan will illustrate the collaborative process of art exhibition design at the DIA. Sponsored by American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter


Friday Night Live, September 21

Class: Clay: Rainsticks (ages 5 and older with an adult): 6–8 p.m.

Explore the galleries and see the many ways clay has been made into art. Then move to the studio to make your own rainstick out of clay. Projects will be fired and ready for pick-up at a later date. Class size limited to 16. Cost: members $24, nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005.


Music: Russell Peterson, Eric Grossman and Michelle Grossman: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saxophonist Russell Peterson, violinist Eric Grossman and pianist Michelle Grossman perform music of Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich, George Gershwin and the Midwest premiere of Jorge Lopez Marin’s Sweet Cecimar.


Lecture: Art to Landscape by Gary Smith: 7 p.m.

Smith is one of North America’s leading landscape designers, specializing in botanical gardens and arboretums as well as public art installations. He received the National Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and a Design Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Sponsored by Friends of Arts & Flowers


Family Sunday, September 23

Sunday Music Bar: Russell Peterson, Eric Grossman and Michelle Grossman: 1 & 3 p.m.

(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


Thursday, September 27

Lecture: Diego Rivera: From the Mexican Revolution to Detroit: 6:30 p.m.

Diego Rivera’s murals are “painted books” that tell stories about social and political struggles in Mexico and the world. After discussing the origins of Mexican muralism following the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Dr. Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, professor of art history at California State University, Los Angeles, will retrace Rivera’s journey from Mexico to Detroit, explaining how the DIA’s amazing murals came to be. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing


Special Poetry Reading: United States Poet-Laureate Philip Levine: 7 p.m.

Detroit-born poet Philip Levine, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and 20112012 U.S. Poet Laureate, will be reading works from his distinguished career. Levine grew up in Detroit during the 1930s and experienced first-hand the class, race and religious conflicts that were part of the American experience during the mid-20th century. His first two books, On the Edge (1963) and Not This Pig (1968), established Levine as a distinctly urban poet, basing his most important work on the everyday pleasures and cares of working-class families. His poems, set in post-war Detroit, at the point when industrial might began to unravel and social divisions accelerated, are powerful evocations of the city and timeless works of art. Cost: $15; $12 for members, seniors and students. 


Friday Night Live, September 28

Music: Juan Pablo Contreras and Elena Palomar: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

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 p.m.

(See Sept. 28 for details)


Storytelling: Cuban Folk Tales: 2 p.m.

Hava Jean Delgado uses 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 and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 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 and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact:     Pamela Marcil      (313) 833-7899