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Detroit Institute of Arts features Black History Month in February: Enjoy live music, lectures, artist demonstrations and more

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

 (Detroit)—Black History Month programs are denoted with “BHM.” Visit the exhibitions 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


Guided Tours: Tuesday–Friday, 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., Quilting: Learn about quilt patterns and create a sample suitable for framing.

Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Senufo Painting (BHM): The Senufo people of West Africa are known for their paintings of animals on fabric. Create a simple version of this art form using cotton muslin and markers.

Sundays, 6–9 p.m., Celebration Masks: During February people from many countries create elaborate costumes to wear in parades and celebrations. Make your own festive mask for any occasion.


Friday Night Live, February 1

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


Lecture: Detroit: Living Inside the Forgetting Machine: 7 p.m.

Wayne State University Professor of English and American Studies Jerry Herron presents a lecture on Detroit and its relevance and meaning to history, public memory and Americans’ own sense of their past. Sponsored by the Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs. In conjunction with the exhibition Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now.


Family Sunday, February 3

Sunday Music Bar: Dinah Washington Tribute featuring Joan Belgrave: 1 and 3 p.m.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Joan Belgrave brings the story of Dinah Washington to life with her unique ability to capture Washington’s contributions to music in jazz, R & B, blues and pop.


Storytelling: Ivory Williams (BHM): 2 p.m.

Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents entertaining, interactive stories for youth and adults.


Friday Night Live, February 8

Music: Black Women Rock! (BHM): 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Founded by Jessica Care Moore in 2004, Black Women Rock! (BWR) is a multi-media tribute to pioneer rocker Betty Davis. BWR is a Detroit-based group of vocalists, musicians and visual artists celebrating the contributions of women in the music and arts communities.


Ford Second Sunday, February 10 – Free general museum admission

Brunch with Bach: Olivia Duval: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Soprano Olivia Duval performs music of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. Tickets: 1:30 p.m., brunch and concert, $35; 11 a.m., continental breakfast and concert, $20; concert only at either time, $15. For tickets call 313-833-4005 or go to Brunch with Bach.


Class: Clay: The Potter’s Wheel for Adults Only: 1–4 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.


Family Performance: Asian Martial Arts Studio presents Chinese New Year Lion Dance: 2:30 p.m.

In honor of the 2013 Chinese New Year, the Asian Martial Arts Studio presents a Classical Southern Style Lion Dance complemented by gongs, drums and cymbals, followed by a demonstration of various Kung Fu forms.


Friday Night Live, February 15

Class: Date Night: Clay Picture Frames for Adults Only: 6–8 p.m.

Mold and transform clay into a picture frame. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size limited to 16 people. Cost: Members $24, Nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005.


Music: Jade Simmons (BHM): 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Classical pianist Jade Simmons continues to explore uncharted territory for classical musicians. She performs music from her new EP, Playing with Fire, featuring music from her collaboration with electronic musician Roburt Reynolds.


Saturday, February 16

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


Family Sunday, February 17

Sunday Music Bar: Jade Simmons (BHM): 1 & 3 p.m.

(See Feb. 15 for details)


Puppet Show: Schroeder Cherry presents “Can You Spell Harlem?” (BHM): 2 p.m.

Family members help the son of a radio talk show host learn about artists from the Harlem Renaissance in this show by famed puppet artist Schroeder Cherry.


Friday Night Live, February 22

Class: Clay: Hand-Building for Beginners (ages 5 and up with an adult): 6–8 p.m.

Adults and children can check out the many clay pots and bowls in the galleries, then head to the studio to create their own items. Projects will be fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 16 people. Cost: Members $24, Nonmembers $32. To register, call 313-833-4005.


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


Family Sunday, February 24

Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise (BHM): 1 & 3 p.m.

Pianist Pamela Wise’s music is inspired by Afro-Cuban traditions. She performs Afro-Cuban rhythms to great effect with her band.


Artist Demonstration: Frescos with Hubert Massey (BHM): 2 p.m.

Hubert Massey is a Michigan artist noted for collaborating with communities to create art that tells their stories, and is one of the few African American painters working in the true fresco style. His hands-on fresco demonstration is appropriate for all ages and appreciation levels.


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