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DIA exterior at night
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Detroit Institute of Arts to Gain Ground on Building Project in August

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Museum to briefly close to the public, Aug. 1–Sept. 6; some activities will continue off-site

June 3, 2005 (Detroit)—In order to create some breathing room in its construction schedule, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will briefly close to the public from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6. While many will be enjoying their summer vacations, DIA staff and construction crews will be working hard to gain ground on the renovation schedule. Currently, renovation work inside the museum is confined to activities that are not unduly disruptive to visitors. The temporary closing will enable crews to work inside the building unimpeded by public hours.

August is traditionally the month with the least attendance at the museum, as many people travel or are busy with outdoor activities. “While many of our visitors are on vacation, we will be working full-speed to gain ground on our renovation project,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Although five weeks is really a very short time, it will go a long way toward moving our project forward. In the meantime, we encourage visitors to stay in touch through our new-and-improved Web site, and to take advantage of all that is going on during June and July.”

June and July

There is still much to enjoy at the museum during June and July. The popular exhibition Beyond Big: Oversized Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, which was recently featured on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, is on view through July 31, and is free with museum admission. The DIA’s “Greatest Hits” continue to be displayed in the thematic Remix galleries. Visitors can also enjoy the always-fun Friday nights and weekend programs that feature live music, artist demonstrations, drop-in workshops, storytelling, tours and family performances. Summer camps are also offered in July. Visit www.dia.org for a complete schedule.

August Activities at Off-site Locations

Some programs will continue to be offered in August. The popular summer camps will be held at the DIA Studio in the Park Shelton on Kirby Street, directly across from the museum. Camps in August include:

August 1–5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Mama Nature’s Art Camp (for ages 6-9)
Nature inspires campers as they create botanical ceramic tiles and other works of art from a variety of media. Cost: $235. Pre-registration is required; call 313-833-4249.

August 1–5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Heroes and Heroines (for ages 9-12)
Campers transform action heroes, fantasy figures, and fairy-tale characters into sculpture and other types of art. Cost: $235. Pre-registration is required; call 313-833-4249.

Camp Days at the DIA (for ages 6 and older)
Arrange a special art program for your summer camp group. Campers engage in an art-making activity in the DIA Studio with staff artists. Choose from painting, printmaking, and clay projects. Register your group early; limited dates are available. Cost: $7 per person. Pre-registration is required; call 313.833.6448.

The museum’s Speakers Bureau will continue to bring the DIA’s collection to adult groups through informative slide presentations. The 45 talks offered range from topics such as “French Impressionism,” and “The Spirit of African American Artists,” to “Women of Spirit and Power,” and “Seeing Red: The Use of Color.” Call 313-833-1510 for information.

See You in September

When the DIA reopens Sept. 7, the museum will be preparing for the biggest exhibition of the year: Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter. The DIA is the only U.S. venue for this first side-by-side comparison of the art of sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin. Amazing sculptures, supplemented with rare photographs, drawings, and letters, illustrate how Claudel’s and Rodin’s artistic and personal lives were intimately entwined, and how their passionate relationship affected each others’ art. Fateful Encounter will be on view Oct. 9, 2005–Feb. 6, 2006. In Detroit, the exhibition is sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund.

The acclaimed Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) will begin its fall season Sept. 2, a week before the museum reopens. For more information on the DFT, call 313-833-3237.

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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.

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.

Currently, the DIA is presenting a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages, even as the museum’s building is undergoing a major renovation. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed in late 2007.