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Talk by Artist Shirin Neshat highlights March Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Japanese Girl’s Day live music, movies and artist demonstrations also on tap

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(Detroit)—Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) activities in March carry an international flavor, with live music from Argentina and China, a celebration of Japanese Girl’s Day, an Iranian movie and more. The exhibition Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now provides a fascinating look at Detroit and the many changes that have occurred over the past several decades. Don’t forget to stop by the exhibition Hidden Treasures: An Experiment which ends March 17.

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

Guided Tours: Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 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, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Printmaking: Crayon Rubbings
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Paper Marbling: Create marbled patterns on paper inspired by books made during the Italian Renaissance.
Sundays, 6–9 p.m., Milagros: The Spanish word milagro, meaning miracle, refers to a small item offered to saints. Use air-drying clay to make one of your own.

Friday Night Live, March 1
Music: Hector Del Curto Tango: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Hector Del Curto Tango brings the music of the Argentine Tango to Rivera Court. At age 17, Del Curto won the title of Best Bandoneon Player under age 25 in Argentina. He has performed with notable musicians from the world of jazz and tango, as well as with orchestras and ballet companies worldwide.

Saturday, March 2
Detroit Film Theatre: Brooklyn Castle: 7 p.m.
This new documentary tells the stories of five members of a chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner-city junior-high school that has won more national championships than any other team. It follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Family Sunday, March 3
Artist Demonstration/Sunday Music Bar: Japanese Girl’s Day: 1–4 p.m.
Celebrate Japanese Girl’s Day, or Hinamatsuri, with live traditional music and demonstrations of Ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremony, furoshiki wrapping and kimono sash tying. Presented by the JSD Women’s Club and the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit

Detroit Film Theatre: Brooklyn Castle: 1& 3 p.m.
(See March 2 for details)

Thursday, March 7
Detroit Film Theatre: Persepolis: 7 p.m.
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about her family life as a rebellious young woman in and out of Iran, before and after Khomeni’s rule, have been adapted into a daringly honest animated movie. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Friday Night Live, March 8
Music: Chamber Soloists of Detroit: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Chamber Soloists of Detroit present the area’s finest musicians in collaboration with renowned guest performers. This performance features pianist/artistic director Pauline Martin, violinist Timothy Braun and cellist Eric Asgeirsson playing music by Zoltan Kodaly and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 7 p.m.
In Rome’s Rebibbia prison, the warden suggests a new project to hardened inmates: the staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: Holy Motors (adults only): 9:30 p.m.
Holy Motors is a visionary, unclassifiable fantasy set in a modern, dreamlike Paris. Oscar is a mysterious man who inhabits 11 different characters over the course of a single day and night. In French with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, March 9
Lecture: Michelangelo and the Medici: 2 p.m.
Michelangelo created some of his most celebrated works for the Medici rulers of Florence. But were they friends, enemies, allies, antagonists—or all these at once? Edward Goldberg, art historian and writer living in Florence, traces their long and stormy relationships and the tumultuous world of Renaissance art, politics, and patronage. Sponsored by the European Paintings Council

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Daisies: 4 p.m.
This absurdist farce follows the comic and erotic misadventures of two brash young women, Marie I and Marie II. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that is considered one of the pioneering works of feminist cinema, Daisies was filmed and released at the leading edge of what would become known as Prague Spring. In Czech with English subtitles. Cost: $5. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 7 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Holy Motors (adults only): 9:30 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Ford Second Sunday, March 10 – Free general museum admission
Sunday Music Bar: The Northwoods Improvisers: 1 & 3 p.m.
For more than 20 years, the Northwoods Improvisers, tucked away in the wilds of rural Michigan, have been playing a unique blend of avant-garde jazz, modern classical, late-60s Michigan rock and world music. The group features Mike Carey, Skeeter Shelton (saxophones), Mike Gilmore (vibes), Mike Johnston (bass) and Nick Ashton (percussion), with special guest Eddie Gale.

Puppet Performance: The Fisherman and his Wife (ages 6 and up with an adult): 2 p.m.
Brad Lowe of Fantasy E-Fex Puppets presents this timeless tale of greed and envy. The fisherman frees a beautiful enchanted fish he has snagged with his nets. His wishes are granted in return for the fish's freedom. His wife takes full advantage of this deal. She wants everything there is to desire, but she'll get what she deserves.

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 2 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Holy Motors (adults only): 4:30 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Wednesday, March 13
Lecture: Hidden Treasures: Finding Masterworks of American Furniture: 6:30 p.m.
Leigh Keno, founder and president, Keno Auctions, and Leslie Keno, senior specialist and director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s, noted for their many appearances on PBS, share stories and insights into great American furniture. Tickets: $15, lecture only. Tickets for the lecture, a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m., both with the Kenos, are available for $125. Tickets are available by calling 313-833-4005, at the DIA box office, or online at www.tickets.dia.org. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing and supported by the Ida and Conrad H. Smith Fund, which was established by the Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Thursday, March 14
Detroit Film Theatre: Iranian Cinema: Secret Ballot: 7 p.m.
A soldier is unhappy that he must obey the orders of a young female election agent charged with collecting votes in a remote region by accompanying her on her rounds with a jeep and a rifle. The young man is deeply stressed by the events of the day, yet, as he and the agent get to know each other, they grudgingly and begin to form a bond of respect. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Friday Night Live, March 15
Music: The Orchid Ensemble: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical traditions from China and other parts of Asia with a variety of musical styles, including jazz improvisation, world music from the West and contemporary classical. This ensemble features Lan Tung on erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang on zheng (Chinese zither) and Jonathan Bernard on percussion.

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 7 p.m.
Werner Herzog takes viewers on a journey deep into the Siberian wilderness, far away from civilization, where 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 9:30 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Saturday, March 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. The program is free with museum admission, but registration is required. To register, go to tickets.dia.org. Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan

Artist Demonstration: Society of American Period Furniture Makers: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
DIA curators and members of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers demonstrate period furniture construction techniques, showing how various aspects of pieces from the DIA’s collection were made. Each 30-minute demonstration will be followed by a short tour of the American galleries.

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Sansho the Bailiff: 4 p.m.
When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is exiled. His wife and children are left to fend for themselves and are eventually seized by vicious slave traders. In Japanese with English subtitles. Cost: $5. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 7 p.m.
(See March 15 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 9:30 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Family Sunday, March 17
Artist Demonstration: Society of American Period Furniture Makers: Noon–4 p.m.
(See March 16 Artist Demonstration)

Sunday Music Bar: Kazimierz Brzozowski: 1 & 3 p.m.
Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski performs music by Frederic Chopin. A native of Poland, Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his performances of Chopin. He has given recitals in Japan, Poland and the United States and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra and Lublin Philharmonic.

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 2 p.m.
(See March 15 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 4:30 p.m.
(See March 8 for details)

Thursday, March 21
Global Imaginaries Lecture Series: Arjun Appadurai: 7–9 p.m.
Anthropologist Arjun Appadurai believes that art is a powerful tool for social commentary that may spur political and cultural changes. He will speak about art and artists whose work functions to raise social awareness as they focus on issues of identity and cultural production. Appadurai is the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. To register for this event please visit www.fmca-dia.org and click on “Lectures/Events.” Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizen at Wayne State University.

Friday Night Live, March 22
Lecture: Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Fourth Fridays for Friends: 7–9 p.m.
Fourth Fridays for Friends, presented by the DIA auxiliary Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA), is a monthly opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and enjoy the DIA’s Friday Night Live performances.

In celebration of National Women's History Month, Renee Hoogland, Wayne State University associate professor of English, will discuss the pioneering feminist sculptor and installation artist, Louise Bourgeois. To register for this event, visit www.fmca-dia.org and click on “Lectures/Events.” Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Music and Detroit Film Theatre: Voices of Light - Dress Rehearsal: 8 p.m.
In a rare special event, the Rackham Symphony Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, accompanying a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Presented through the collaboration of the Rackham Symphony Choir and the DIA Friends of Detroit Film Theatre. Tickets are $18.

DIA Moment: Behind the Scenes—Artist Talk by Choreographer Ralph Lemon: 7 p.m.
Join us for roundtable discussion about the work of renowned interdisciplinary artist and Museum of Modern Art, New York guest choreographer Ralph Lemon. Wayne State University professor of dance and theater Ariel Osterweis and contemporary artist Biba Bell will join Lemon in a discussion that will include his current fascination with the concept of ‘blackness’ in performance.

Saturday, March 23
Detroit Film Theatre: Voices of Light – Performance: 8 p.m.
(See March 22 for details)

Family Sunday, March 24
Sunday Music Bar: NO CONCERT

Family Program: Family Yoga (ages 5–11 with an adult): 2 p.m.
Explore stories of Hindu gods and goddesses during a family yoga workshop. Teachers from Yoga Shelter Midtown will lead a playful and educational practice for children ages 5-11(must participate with an adult). Families are welcome at this one-hour event designed to explore the mental and physical aspects of yoga positions depicted in ancient Indian art. Space is limited and is first-come, first serve. Participants should bring one yoga mat per person.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Waiting Room: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
This compelling documentary goes behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for largely uninsured patients. The film offers a raw, intimate and surprisingly uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Wednesday, March 27
Global Imaginaries Lecture Series: Shirin Neshat: 7 p.m.
Shirin Neshat is one of the most significant contemporary artists working today. Internationally renowned for her conceptual photography, films and video installations, the exiled Iranian-American artist challenges the divide between the artist and social critic. Informed by her experiences, Neshat's work oscillates between the personal and universal, transcending preconceptions of culture, nationality, ethnicity and gender. Neshat will speak about her work as it relates the global imaginary, highlighting her major retrospective exhibition, Shirin Neshat, which opens at the DIA April 7. To register for this event please visit www.fmca-dia.org and click on “Lectures/Events.” Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University.

Friday Night Live, March 29
Music: Sebastian Baverstam: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Cellist Sebastian Baverstam performs suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach and Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for solo cello. Baverstam is the winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
This no-holds-barred, scary and hilarious portrait of Ginger Baker, Cream’s legendary hell-raising drummer, lets him tell his own story. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Photography: Outsiders Looking In: 7 p.m.
In the history of photography, some of the most interesting and compelling photographs of America and Americans have been made by outsiders. Nancy Barr, DIA associate curator of photography leads a panel discussion with photographers, writers, and historians who will discuss past and present creative photographic responses by outsiders to America and specifically to Detroit. Sponsored by Forum for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Amerisure

Saturday, March 30
Detroit Film Theatre: Julie Dash Presents: These Amazing Shadows: 3 p.m.
The documentary These Amazing Shadows weaves clips from America's most-beloved films (and some rare treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected American culture and changed lives. Among the directors appearing in the film are Julie Dash, Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, Rob Reiner, John Singleton, Barbara Kopple and John Waters, along with other producers, archivists, actors and members of the National Film Preservation Board. This screening will be introduced by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and followed by a Q & A. Free with museum admission.

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
(See March 29 for details)

Family Sunday, March 31
Sunday Music Bar: Sebastian Baverstam: 1 & 3 p.m.
(See March 29 Music for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(See March 29 for details)

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.

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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’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            pmarcil@dia.org