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June Programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering a variety of fun activities this June. 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.

June 3: Marshall Field’s First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Monoprints (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Create a one-of-a-kind print using sandpaper and wax crayons.

World Music Series: Pamelia Kurstin 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Pamelia Kurstin will play the theremin, considered the first electronic instrument, which produces sound without being touched.

Artist at Work: Ceramics
Byron Nemela demonstrates ceramic techniques for creating vessels on a potter’s wheel.

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

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with 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.


June 10: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Monoprints (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Create a one-of-a-kind print using sandpaper and wax crayons.

Classical Music: Kim Aseltine, Eva Stern and Joel Schoenhals 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Clarinetist Kim Aseltine, violist Eva Stern and pianist Joel Schoenhals perform music composed for this unusual combination of instruments by composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Moving Pictures: TBD 6–8:30 p.m.
Film runs continuously.

Insider’s View: How Did They Make That? 6 & 7:30 p.m.
DIA Associate Educator Linda Margolin talks about how objects in the Native American gallery are constructed.


June 17: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Monoprints (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Create a one-of-a-kind print using sandpaper and wax crayons.

Jazz Music: New Detroit Jazz Quintet 6:30 & 8 p.m.
This energetic ensemble features jazz musicians from the Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts and Wayne State University that are schooled in the art of bebop.

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth (Ages 6 and older)
Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with 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.

Friday, June 24:
Museum closes at 4 p.m. No Friday night programs scheduled.

SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rod Bug Puppets Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.) Transform a piece of foam core into a fantastic bug when you add toothpicks, beads, colored wire and imagination.

Saturday, June 4

Masterwork of the Month: Old Peasant Woman 2 p.m.
MaryAnn Wilkinson, DIA European modern art curator, discusses Old Peasant Woman by Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Saturday, June 11

Storytelling: Stories from the Heart of the World 2 p.m. (SLI)
Yvonne Healy presents mythological Irish stories about the love of language, inspired by her outrageous family and theatrical background.

Saturday, June 18

Community Choice: The Gothic Gallery 2 p.m.
Priscilla Beal, DIA education staff member, discusses works in the Gothic Gallery.

Saturday, June 25

Studio Class: Creative Art Quilts 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Learn how to make your own art quilt without using patterns. Members: $44; Non-members: $55. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Stories from the Heart of the World 2 p.m.
Yvonne Healy presents mythological Irish stories about the love of language, inspired by her outrageous family and theatrical background.

42nd Annual Bal Africain 6 p.m.–1 a.m.
Renowned television, film and music producer Suzanne de Passe will be the honored guest at this year’s Bal Africain gala, which has as its theme “de Passionné” in tribute to artists’ passion for creativity. For more on this elegant fundraiser hosted by the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art, call 313.833.1049.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Kites Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Use vellum paper and colored markers to design a kite that really flies.

Sunday, June 5

Studio Class: Playdough and Beyond (Ages 5-–8, with an adult) 10 a.m.-–noon
Make homemade Playdough and experiment with a variety of other clays such as Sculpey, Fimo and Model Magic. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class: Exploring Ceramics (Ages 5–8, with an adult) 1–3 p.m.
Express yourself using terracotta clay while learning traditional hand-building techniques. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Stories from the Heart of the World 2 p.m.
Yvonne Healy presents mythological Irish stories about the love of language, inspired by her outrageous family and a theatrical background.

Sunday, June 12

Artist’s Choice: Jim Cogswell 2 p.m. (SLI)
Painter, sculptor and stage designer Jim Cogswell, leads a tour of select DIA galleries, looking at some particularly difficult works to find out what they have to say for themselves. The tour also provides a glimpse of what an artist asking similar questions might do with his time when making his own work.

Sunday, June 19

Brunch with Bach: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival 11 a.m.
Enjoy the award-winning presentation of the 11th Annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Past performers at the festival included James Tocco, Ruth Laredo and Yehuda Hanani. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and $5 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Artist Demonstration: John Harkins Noon–4 p.m.
John Harkins demonstrates the techniques he uses in his mixed-media collage drawings.

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.) 1 p.m.
Make a panel for the NAMES Memorial Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS. Storytelling: Stories from the Heart of the World 2 p.m.
Yvonne Healy presents mythological Irish stories about the love of language, inspired by her outrageous family and theatrical background.

Sunday, June 26

Gallery Serenade: QNG – Quartet New Generation 1:30 & 3 p.m.
QNG (Quartet New Generation) will play 20 different recorders of varying sizes and shapes, performing classical music with a fresh eye and juxtaposed with contemporary works.

Hours and Admission

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

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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 is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.