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January at Detroit Institute of Arts—last Chance to see Faberge: The Rise and Fall: Museum open on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21—also final day of Faberge exhibition

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(Detroit)—January brings the last opportunity to see the popular special exhibition Faberge: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which ends Monday, Jan. 21. The museum will be open that Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.


Included with museum admission are the exhibitions Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings, ending January 6; Hidden Treasures: An Experiment; and Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now.


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


The museum will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The museum will be open Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Day


Guided Tours: Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 and 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, 6–9 p.m., Luminaries: Explore infinite patterns and colors using tissue paper and metallic markers on a simple glass jar you can illuminate with a tea light at home.

Saturdays, noon–4 p.m., Tapestry Weaving: The art of weaving dates back thousands of years and has been practiced by many cultures throughout the world. Use cardboard looms and colorful yarn as you learn more about this ancient art form.

Sundays, January, 6, 13 & 20 6–9 p.m., The Artable Egg: Transform egg-shaped materials into miniature works of art using beads, baubles and bling. In conjunction with Faberge: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sunday, January 27, noon–4 p.m., Celebration Masks: People from many countries create elaborate costumes to wear in parades and other celebrations. Make your own festive mask for any occasion.


Special Drop-In Workshop

Monday, January 21, noon–4 p.m., Martin Luther King Day: Books & Bookmarks: Create a unique book by simply folding paper. Then make a bookmark using heavy card stock, linen thread and beads.


Friday Night Live, January 4

Music: Sin Hielo: 7 and 8:30 pm

Electric & acoustic guitar duo Wayne Gerard and Sean Blackman portray Detroit's grit, modern jazz, flamenco, and rock in their music. Together with percussionist Rick Beamon Gerard and Blackman they create a powerful Latin/jazz/rock trio titled. Friday Night Live! is presented with the support of DTE Energy Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.


Family Sunday, January 6

Artist Demonstration: A Coat of Many Colors’ Dueling Looms: noon–4 p.m.

Michael Daitch and Jim McCutcheon use only yarns of the highest quality to create hand-woven pieces that are both visually arresting and sensuous. In combining lustrous fibers and rich colors with the fine art of weaving, their hand-woven articles possess all the intrinsic characteristics, charm and irregularities of handmade textiles that make each item unique. The artists also specialize in teaching Judaic weaving to children, including those with special needs.


Sunday Music Bar: Zap Toro: 1 and 3 p.m.

Zap Toro is a world groove Detroit-based project that specializes in a wide array of music styles spanning the globe. Their music is fit for the funkiest dance parties around.


Friday Night Live, January 11

Detroit Film Theatre: I was Born, But …: 7 p.m.

Frank Pahl and Little Bang Theory provide live music and Ichiro Kataoka (a traditional Japanese benshi, or silent film narrator) provides commentary for an early film by Japan’s great Yasujiro Ozu. I Was Born, But . . . is a jaunty yet bittersweet portrait of the financial and psychological trials of a family told from the mischievous point of view of a pair of stubborn little boys. For the two brothers, the daily struggles with bullies and mean teachers is negligible next to the mortification they feel when they unexpectedly discover that their good-natured father occupies a lower social status in society than they had realized. Free with museum admission.


Ford Second Sunday, January 13

Class: The Potter’s Wheel for Adults and Children (ages 5 and up 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.

Absolute beginners can try the potter’s wheel in a small class with plenty of individual guidance. Participants use their own wheels for an hour and a half of hands-on clay time. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size is limited to 5 people. Cost: Members $18, Nonmembers $24. To register, call 313-833-4005.


Sunday Music Bar: Metro Jazz voices: 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit’s Metro Jazz Voices renders jazz standards and popular favorites in sophisticated four-part harmony. Selections from all eras of the Great American Songbook are featured. Some arrangements are similar to those of the New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Meri Slaven, Trish Shandor, Carl Cafagna and Jordan Schug are the voices, and instrumental support is provided by Scott Gwinnell, piano, Shannon Wade, bass, and Rob Avsharian, drums. Cafagna also adds saxophone and flute into the mix.


Friday Night Live, January 18

Music: Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird: 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Choreographer Jeff Rebudal and the Firebird Trio present a reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet The Firebird, a Slavic folktale set to Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score.


DIA Moment: Puppetslam Detroit! Kathleen Tobin and Company with the Storming of the Winter Palace: 8 p.m.

Puppeteer Kathleen Kennedy Tobin and Company recreate in puppet form a seminal moment in Russian history. Three years after the overthrow of the government, the Bolsheviks commemorated their triumph with a massive on-site spectacle in front of and inside the Winter Palace, which will be recreated here in miniature form.


Saturday, January 19

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 can 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. Participants are given small prints of DIA artworks to take home so conversations can be continued. Members $17 per couple, nonmembers $20 per couple. To register, go to Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan


Class: Puppets: Marionettes (ages 5 and up with adult): 1–3:30 p.m.

Take a guided tour of our fabulous puppet exhibition, then head to the studio where your imagination is the only limit to your creativity as you make simple puppet on strings. Class size limited to 20 people. Cost: Members $24, Nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005


Puppet Show: Kathleen Tobin and Company Present: The Storming of the Winter Palace: 2 p.m.

(See Jan. 18 for details)


Family Sunday, January 20

Sunday Music Bar: Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird: 1 and 3 p.m.

(See Jan. 18 for details)


Puppet Show: Kathleen Tobin and Company Present: The Storming of the Winter Palace: 2 p.m.

(See Jan. 18 for details)


Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Day: Drop-in Workshop: Books & Bookmarks: noon–4 p.m.

Create a book by simply folding paper. Then make a bookmark using heavy card stock, linen thread and beads.


Friday Night Live, January 25

Music: Claudia Hommel: Picasso and Matisse go to the Music Hall: 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Claudia Hommel sings songs from the French Music Hall. Originally commissioned by the Frick Museum of Art, Claudia Hommel guides you through the Paris of Picasso and Matisse  and brings to life the world featured in the exhibition Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings.


Family Sunday, January 27

Sunday Music Bar: Xiao Don Wei and Friends: 1 and 3 p.m.

Xiao Dong Wei is a classically trained Chinese musician and singer, playing everything from Erhu (two-string Chinese violin), Guzheng, and Pipa to piano, cello, percussion and vocals. She teams up here with an accomplished group of musicians from her native China.


Artist Demonstration: Ralph Taylor, Caribbean Mardi Gras productions: noon–4 p.m.

As organizer of Detroit’s Caribbean Day Parade, artist Ralph Taylor has become known for his incredible Mardi Gras-inspired costumes and parade puppets. Taylor demonstrates some techniques for making these fascinating objects.


Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 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 residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and 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 and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact:  Pamela Marcil   (313) 833-7899