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April at Detroit Institute of Arts features Authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Rayya Elias, Iranian films, Global Imaginaries lecture series and more - Special exhibition Shirin Neshat opens April 7

Thursday, March 14, 2013

(Detroit)—April at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) brings an Iranian film series, a Global Imaginaries lecture series, and a discussion with authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Rayya Elias, live music, exhibitions and more. Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now is currently on view and the special exhibition Shirin Neshat, opens April 7. Both exhibitions are free with museum admission. Be sure to see one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings, Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, on view in the Dutch galleries.

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

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–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)
Wednesday, April 3 & 10, 11a.m.–3 p.m., Book Arts: Travel Journals: Record your spring-break adventures and travels in this easy to make book using heavy card stock, paper and a rubber band.
Thursday, April 4 & 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Miniature Paper Masks: Create a miniature mask using tag board, markers and a variety of art-making materials, then learn how masks are used in different cultures.
Friday, April 5 & 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Folk Art Toys: Spinners: Make this simple toy using tag board, markers and a tooth pick.
Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Simple Adornment: Create jewelry using common materials in unusual ways.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Patterns, Symbols & Designs: Find your own personal meaning as you use rubber stamps and fabric markers to decorate a piece of silk fabric.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m., Printmaking: Use foam printing plates and water-based ink to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand pulled prints on paper.

Wednesday, April 3
Global Imaginaries|Individual Realities Lecture Series: Alfredo Jaar: 7 p.m.
Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar investigates ways that art can be used as a tool to awaken consciousness about social and global conditions and advance justice, and how his multimedia installations solicit empathetic responses. In conjunction with Shirin Neshat, which opens April 7. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University

Thursday, April 4
Detroit Film Theatre: Iranian Cinema: A Separation: 7 p.m.
A Separation is a family drama that morphs into a gripping legal thriller. Married couple Simin and Nader obtain coveted visas to leave Iran for a life in the United States, where Simin hopes to provide a more promising future for their 11-year-old daughter. Academy Award® Winner, Best Foreign Language Film. In Persian with English subtitles. Admission: $5. Free to DIA Members. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. In conjunction with the exhibition Shirin Neshat, opening April 7

Friday Night Live, April 5
Music: No program scheduled due to Shirin Neshat opening events

Detroit Film Theatre: Iranian Cinema: Women Without Men: 7 p.m.
Set in Iran in 1953 during the political turmoil that resulted in the overthrow of the Mossadegh government and the establishment of the shah’s dictatorship, Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men interweaves the stories of four loosely connected Iranian women and their relationships with the men in their lives. In Farsi with English subtitles. Admission: $5. Free to DIA Members. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. In conjunction with the exhibition Shirin Neshat, opening April 7

Saturday, April 6
Lecture: Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: The Royal Collection on Show: Henry VIII to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 2 p.m.
Jonathan Marsden, director of the Royal Collection, London, uses the half-centenary of the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, as the starting point for an exploration of the Royal Collection. He will also reveal some challenges in presenting this collection to the public in the past, present and future. Sponsored by the Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment Fund in conjunction with the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and the European Paintings Council

Detroit Film Theatre: Julie Dash Presents: Black Orpheus: 3 p.m.
Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign-language film, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the 20th-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to its popularity on movie screens, the soundtrack of Black Orpheus kicked off the bossa nova craze of the 1960s. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Admission: $5. Free to DIA Members. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp.

Detroit Film Theatre: Celine and Julie Go Boating: 7 p.m.
Farce, puzzle, fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland, Alfred Hitchcock and female buddy picture all at once, Jacques Rivette’s 1974 masterwork Celine and Julie Go Boating may well be the most entertaining experimental movie ever made. Céline and Julie do go boating, but the original French title also means “taken for a ride.” 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.

Family Sunday, April 7
Sunday Music Bar: TBA: 1 & 3 p.m.

Family Sunday: No program scheduled due to Shirin Neshat opening events

Global Imaginaries|Individual Realities Lecture Series: Shirin Ebadi: 5:30 p.m.; Conversation between Shirin Neshat and Shirin Ebadi: 7 p.m.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi discusses her pioneering efforts to support democracy and human rights in Iran for the past 50 years. Her lecture is followed by a conversation about art and justice between Ebadi and artist Shirin Neshat, whose exhibition is on view, moderated by cultural anthropologist Hamid Dabashi. In conjunction with Shirin Neshat. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University

Detroit Film Theatre: Celine and Julie Go Boating: 7 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Wednesday, April 10
Global Imaginaries|Individual Realities Lecture Series: Esther Shalev-Gerz: 7 p.m.
Esther Shalev-Gerz, born in Lithuania, educated in Israel, and now living in Paris, uses photographs, videos, and multimedia installations to investigate the relationships between cultural memory, citizenship, and public space. In conjunction with Shirin Neshat. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University

Thursday, April 11
Detroit Film Theatre: Iranian Cinema: Close-Up: 7 p.m.
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most transcendent films of the past 30 years, and his 1990 Close-up remains his most brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a real-life event—the arrest of a man on charges that he impersonated the filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a multilayered investigation into movies and identity. In Persian with English subtitles. Admission: $5. Free to DIA Members. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Presented in conjunction with the DIA special exhibition Shirin Neshat

Friday, April 12
Music: No program scheduled due to Art X Detroit events
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience will celebrate Detroit’s arts scene April 10-14, 2013 throughout more than a dozen venues in Midtown. The free, five-day arts experience is funded by The Kresge Foundation. A complete schedule of events is available at www.artxdetroit.com.

Saturday, April 13
Lecture: Masquerades, Myth, and History: Kuba Masks in the DIA: 2 p.m.
Elisabeth Cameron, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, examines three visually captivating Kuba royal masks that were usually used on occasions commemorating and recounting the founding of the dynasty. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art

Ford Second Sunday, April 14 – free general museum admission
Sunday Music Bar: The Mighty Funhouse: 1 & 3 p.m.
The Mighty Funhouse is made up of musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists, including Dave Matthews, The Neville Brothers, Bob James, The Brothers Groove and King Konga. Funhouse features bassist Damon Warmack, Kris Kurzawa on guitar, Phil Hale on keyboards and Skeeto Valdez on drums.

Family Sunday: No program scheduled due to Art X Detroit events
(See April 12 for details)


Thursday, April 18
Author Rayya Elias: Reading, Music, Book Signing and Discussion moderated by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: 7 p.m.
When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. Bullied in school and caught between the world of her traditional family and her tough American classmates, she rebelled early, sang with several start-up punk rock bands, partied at now-legendary clubs in Detroit and New York City, then lost it all to a debilitating drug habit, eventually living on the streets of New York or in the New York prison system. Elias’ new memoir, Harley Loco, charts four decades of a life lived in and for the moment, and a path from harrowing loss and darkness to a place of peace and redemption that is supported by a cast of unforgettable characters, both famous and not.

Elias will read selections from Harley Loco, followed by a discussion with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required at www.dia.org

Friday Night Live, April 19
Music: Bill Meyer and the Detroit New Orleans Blues Band: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Bill Meyer’s New Orleans Blues Band performs a wide mixture of music styles that originated in New Orleans. You will hear traditional jazz, shuffle and rock and the music of Louis Prima, Meade Lux Lewis and Dr. John. The band features trumpeter David Greene, guest vocalist DJ Holiday, trombonist Steve Hunter, Jim Wyse on clarinet and saxophone, Butter Hawkins on drums and Ibrahim Jones on bass.

Detroit Film Theatre: Nicky’s Family: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
This movie is a portrait of Nicholas Winton, now 102 years old, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just prior to the outbreak of World War II. For more than 50 years, Winton didn’t speak of these events, but when his wife discovered a suitcase full of documents and transit plans, his extraordinary history came to light. The descendants of those he saved number more than 6,000. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, April 20
Detroit Film Theatre: Julie Dash presents: The Cool World: 3 p.m.
Shirley Clarke directed this documentary-style look at 1964 Harlem ghetto life, a world filled with drugs, violence and the deep despair that permeates those touched by racism in American society. Admission: $5. Free for DIA Members. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp.

Detroit Film Theatre: Nicky’s Family: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
(See April 19 for details)

Family Sunday, April 21
Artist Demonstration: Laith Karmo, ceramicist: Noon-4 p.m.
Join us as we hear about the creative process behind the ceramic works of artist Laith Karmo, who creates pieces inspired by narratives, architectural trends and contemporary design.

Sunday Music Bar: Speakeasy Quartet: 1 & 3 p.m.
The Speakeasy Quartet plays vintage hot jazz, swing and pop music from the 1920s and ‘30s. The band consists of saxophonist Ray Manzerolle, cellist Mike Karoub, pianist Mike Karloff and guitarist Hugh Leal.

Lecture: “I Expect to Make a Fortune by Washington Alone”: Gilbert Stuart’s Portraits: 2 p.m.
Between 1795 and 1796, Gilbert Stuart painted three life portraits of George Washington, including the one featured on the dollar bill. Ellen Miles, curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, discusses these images and the numerous copies the artist made over the next 30 years. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing and supported by the Ida and Conrad H. Smith Fund

Detroit Film Theatre: Nicky’s Family: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(See April 19 for details)

Wednesday, April 24
Global Imaginaries|Individual Realities Lecture Series: Trenton Doyle Hancock: 7 p.m.
Celebrated for his complex installations that include absurdist parables, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock makes paintings that address his roots as a black artist. His newest efforts show domestic settings that are set on end by a satirical take on life. In conjunction with Shirin Neshat. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University

Friday Night Live, April 26
Music: Kathryn Goodson and DSO soloists perform the music of Charles Ives: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The DSO teams up with Katherine Goodson to perform Charles Ives’ Four Sonatas for violin and piano.

Exhibition Tour: Shirin Neshat: 7 p.m.
Enjoy the special exhibition Shirin Neshat, the artist’s mid-career retrospective with organizing curator Rebecca Hart and educator Swarupa Anila. They will introduce the show and be available in the galleries to answer questions.

Detroit Film Theatre: Max et les Ferrailleurs: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Max, a Paris detective, is hell bent on justice at any cost after watching one too many criminals slip through his fingers. 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, April 27
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Seventh Seal: 4 p.m.
As the Black Death wipes out much of Europe’s population, a knight recently returned from the Crusades is confronted by the figure of Death. In hopes of extending his life, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess. In Swedish with English subtitles. Admission: $5. Free for DIA Members.

Detroit Film Theatre: Max et les Ferrailleurs: 7& 9:30 p.m.
(See April 26 for details)

Family Sunday, April 28
Artist Demonstration: Choreographer Joanne McNamara: 1-3 p.m.
Choreographer Joanne McNamara will conduct an open rehearsal for her new piece, to be filmed later in the week in Rivera Court, before giving a public presentation about the multiple processes involved in creating a video dance. Rehearsal from 2pm-3pm, with presentation from 3-4pm.

Sunday Music Bar: A. Spencer Barefield Trio: 1 & 3 p.m.
Detroit guitarist A. Spencer Barefield leads his quartet in a performance of jazz standards mixed with his own compositions. Barefield has toured and recorded with a wide range of jazz legends, including Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell and Andrew Cyrille. He is joined by bassist David Young and drummer Djallo Djakate.

Detroit Film Theatre: Max et les Ferrailleurs: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(See April 26 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