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June Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts - Upgraded Kresge Court debuts June 14, first stage of museum’s new Cultural Living Room

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will debut the first stage of its new Cultural Living Room program on Friday, June 14, with a revamped Kresge Court that will provide the community with an attractive, comfortable space to meet, drink, eat or just hang out.

One of the museum’s most inviting spaces, the stately Kresge Court is undergoing a makeover that includes new lighting, seating, light food fare and beverages. The second phase of the program will debut in July on the museum’s front lawn.

Exhibitions currently on view are Shirin Neshat, Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now, which ends June 16.

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

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.

Beginning June 23, Music in Kresge Court: Sundays, 1–4 p.m.
Instrumental soloists perform acoustic music.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Family Sunday, June 2
Sunday Music Bar: Paul Keller Quartet featuring Sarah D’Angelo: 1 & 3 p.m.
Jazz bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader Paul Keller has been a favorite with Detroit and Ann Arbor jazz fans for years. His ensembles have covered a range of jazz styles, with arrangements for groups ranging from trio to big band. The quartet is joined by singer Sarah D’Angelo.

Lecture: Heels Over Head: Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga: 2 p.m.
Debra Diamond, associate curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, provides a sneak preview of Yoga: The Art of Transformation, opening at the Freer and Sackler Galleries this fall. Diamond links the DIA’s 10th-century sculpture of a yogini, Thomas Edison’s film Hindoo Fakir, and Swami Vivekananda’s visits to Detroit and Charles Freer’s home in 1894. Sponsored by The Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU, and Asian and Islamic Art Forum

Wednesday, June 5
Lecture: Trompe L’oeil and the Politics of Food: 6:30 p.m.
Judith A. Barter, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art of the Art Institute of Chicago talks about the political and cultural meaning of rabbits, chickens, peanuts, potatoes and other edibles in 19th-century paintings by William Harnett, DeScott Evans and John Haberle. And she provides recipes! Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing and supported by the Ida Conrad H. Smith Fund, which was established by the Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Friday Night Live, June 7
Music: Stephanie Trick: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Award-winning pianist Stephanie Trick is one of today's leading interpreters of stride piano. One of the few pianists to command mastery of this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style, she has been called “the next rising star in the stride world” and one of the finest interpreters of the music of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Art Tatum and Donald Lambert.

Ford Second Sunday, June 9 – free general museum admission
Sunday Music Bar: Gabe Bolkosky and Michelle Cooker: 1 & 3 p.m.
Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky is equally at home with jazz and classical, klezmer, Nuevo tango and contemporary classical music. He is a much sought-after guest artist, performer and teacher at schools and workshops throughout North America, including Harvard, Dartmouth, Brandeis and Princeton. Boklosky is joined by pianist Michele Cooker, who has performed for concert series and participated in festivals throughout North America. She has appeared on PBS and has performed programs broadcast live for WFMT-radio in Chicago and CBC in Canada.

Friday Night Live, June 14
Music: Kaki King: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” and the only woman named to its list of top 20 ‘New School Guitarist,’ Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician. The Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, where her emblematic usage of imaginative tunings, rare instruments, and idiosyncratic percussive techniques are all featured to their fullest effect.

Family Sunday, June 16
Sunday Music Bar: Musicians from the Great Lakes Music Festival: White Nights: 1 & 3 p.m.
The 20th annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest music in the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this year’s festival celebrates 20 years of musical magnificence.

Friday Night Live, June 21
Music: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The 20th annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest music in the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this year’s festival celebrates 20 years of musical magnificence. This performance will feature music played by the Claremont Trio with members of the Parker Quartet.

Sunday, June 23
Music in Kresge Court: 1–4 p.m.
Instrumental soloists perform acoustic music.

Friday Night Live, June 28
Music: Appleseed Collective: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Appleseed Collective plays a mix of Hot Club of Paris jazz with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a bit of bluegrass, ragtime, and a little western swing swagger. Having released their debut album Baby to Beast in 2012, the band has put the pedal to the metal, touring across the United States.

Sunday, June 30
Music in Kresge Court: 1–4 p.m.
Instrumental soloists perform acoustic music.

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