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May Programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

This May, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering an assortment of fun programs and events. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign language interpretation.

Friday Nights at the DIA!

The DIA is open until 9 p.m. every Friday. Activities are from 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


May 6: Marshall Fields First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: You’ve Been Framed (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.) Take cardboard to a new level when you create and decorate a simple picture frame.

World Music Series: Unknot 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Jin Hi Kim, acclaimed for her cross-cultural compositions, will play a komungo (Korean zither).

Artist at Work: Contemporary Abstract Calligraphy
Mixed-media lettering artist C. Renée Jarmolowicz demonstrates contemporary abstract calligraphy.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and up)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

Evening for Educators: Pathways to Asian Art 5–7 p.m.
Lesson plans, color images, information about works from Asia and an artist demonstration will be presented in a curator’s tour of the DIA’s Asian galleries. Members: $15; Non-members: $20; Student teachers: $10. To register, call 313.833.4249.


May 13: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: You’ve Been Framed (Ages 12 and under, must be with an adult.) Take cardboard to a new level when you create and decorate a simple picture frame.

Classical Music: Romantic Interlude with Richard Luby and Jane Hawkins 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Join Violinist Richard Luby and pianist Jane Hawkins as they play sonatas from the Romantic era.

Insider’s View: Without a Recipe: The Role of Improvisation in Art Making 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Steve Niemi, DIA assistant educator, leads a tour of works by artists who use on-the-spot decision making as a crucial aspect of their art.

Studio Class: Bookmaking: Origami Books (15 and up) 6–8 p.m.
Create your own handmade book using origami techniques. Members: $16; Non-members: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.


May 20: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: You’ve Been Framed (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.) Take cardboard to a new level when you create and decorate a simple picture frame.

Jazz Music: Dave Bennett Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett plays the music of Benny Goodman with incredible style and tone.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and up)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


May 27: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: You’ve Been Framed (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.) Take cardboard to a new level when you create and decorate a simple picture frame.

Family Performance: A Tangle of Tales 6 & 7 p.m.
Grey Seal Puppets presents classic folk tales such as “The Three Little Pigs” that come to life as each story is told in a different style using a variety of puppets.

Storytelling: Stories From Africa 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Moken Nunga, a native of West Africa, tells stories of triumph and hope through proverbs and animal tales accompanied by music.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

Studio Class: Stab Binding (15 and up) 6–8 p.m.
Create your own handmade book by using stab binding techniques. Members: $16; Non-members: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Saturday Programs


Saturday, May 7

Asia Day: Korea 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoy many activities, music and the cuisine of Korea.

Studio Class: Art for the Head (Ages 9–12) 1–3 p.m.
Make your own wearable hat. Members: $10 per child; Non-members: $12 per child. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Saturday, May 14

Studio Class: Ceramics: Weekend in Wheel Throwing Part I (Ages 15 and up) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
This two-day weekend workshop of wheel-throwing techniques is ideal for beginners or to improve existing skills. Members: $96; Non-members: $120. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Heraldry Noon–4 p.m.
Use symbols that represent yourself to create your own medieval shield.

Gallery Serenade: Romantic Interlude 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Violinist Richard Luby and pianist Jane Hawkins present sonatas from the Romantic era.

Storytelling: The Many Faces of Devi—The Goddesses of Ancient India 2 p.m. (SLI)
Author Latika Mangrulkar presents folktales from the land of Bharat, the ancient name for India.


Saturday, May 21

Studio Class: Mobiles (Ages 5–8, with an adult.) 10 a.m.–noon
Have fun making sculpture that moves. Members: $10 per child and per adult;
Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Heraldry Noon–4 p.m.
Use symbols that represent yourself to create your own medieval shield.

Artist Demonstration: Woodcuts Noon–4 p.m.
Guy Budziak demonstrates how he creates his woodcuts inspired by film noir.


Saturday, May 28

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Heraldry Noon–4 p.m.
Use symbols that represent yourself to create your own medieval shield.

Storytelling: The Many Faces of Devi—The Goddesses of Ancient India 2 p.m.
Author Latika Mangrulkar presents folktales from the land of Bharat, the ancient name for India.


Sunday Heralds

Every Sunday

Drop in Workshop for All Ages: Pinwheels Noon–4 p.m.
Make your own old-fashioned pinwheel with a creative twist.


Sunday, May 1

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
George Keyes, DIA chief curator, discusses Flowers in a Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch.


Sunday, May 8

Artist’s Choice: Richard Washington 2 p.m. (SLI)
Richard Washington, Eastern Michigan University professor, makes connections between his own work and select objects in the DIA’s African art collection, such as the Nkonde Nail Figure.


Sunday, May 15

Studio Class: Ceramics: Weekend in Wheel Throwing Part II (Ages 15 and up) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
This two-day weekend workshop of wheel-throwing techniques is ideal for beginners or to improve existing skills. Members: $96; Non-members: $120. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Making a panel for the NAMES Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS.

Community Choice: Natural World Galleries 2 p.m.
Becky Hart, DIA assistant curator of contemporary art, discusses select works in the Natural World gallery.

Storytelling: The Many Faces of Devi—The Goddesses of Ancient India 2 p.m.
Author Latika Mangrulkar presents folktales from the land of Bharat, the ancient name for India.


Sunday, May 22

Gallery Serenade: Carrie Wiesinger & Angelina Pashmakova 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Flutist Carrie Wiesinger and pianist Angelina Pashmakova perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Astor Piazzola.

Lecture: Noises and Silences in Dutch Paintings of Manners 2 p.m.
Dutch art and culture expert Mariët Westermann, Institute of Fine Arts director, New York University, will discuss her books and monographs on Rembrandt von Rijn and Jan Steen.


Sunday, May 29

Puppet Performance: A Tangle of Tales 2 p.m.
Grey Seal Puppets presents three classic folk tales such as ”The Three Little Pigs” that come to life as each story is told in a different style using a variety of puppets.


Detroit Film Theatre

Tickets to the DFT are $7.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students. For film descriptions visit www.dia.org. Tickets are available at the DIA’s box office, at the DFT entrance before a film or by phone at 313.833.3237.

The films below are shown on Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

May 1, 6, 7 and 8
Look at Me

May 2
Selected Short Films from the Detroit Film Center

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Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, the DIA is owned by the City of Detroit and is recognized as one of the country's premier art museums. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA's collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion. Visit online at www.dia.org.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is a donation. We recommend $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.