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DIA exterior at night
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Detroit Institute of Arts offers a variety of Activities in June

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Contact: Pamela Marcil   (313) 833-7899
(Detroit)—June 1 is the final day of the popular Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword (this is a ticketed exhibition). Let Me Show You What I Saw: American Views of City and Country, 1912–1963 is on view through June 29.

Programs are free with museum admission and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties 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.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Pop-Up Cards: Learn about the three-dimensional and movable elements found in pop-up books and cards, then try your hand at this paper craft and make a card to take home.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Doodle Art: Many people “doodle” as a way of spontaneously expressing ideas. Grab some drawing materials and see what you come up with.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Sandpaper Monoprints: Use wax crayons, sandpaper and your imagination to create one-of-a-kind prints on fabric.

Sunday, June 1
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.

Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Buddy Budson performs jazz and pop standards.

Wednesday, June 4
Lecture: Jimmy and Me: My Life with Whistler: 6:30 p.m.
James McNeill Whistler is rightly known as a complex man and controversial artist. Daniel E. Sutherland, professor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville who published the first biography of Whistler in 20 years, outlines the reasons for that complexity and controversy while discussing the challenges he faced as Whistler’s biographer. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

Friday Night Live, June 6
Music: Kazimierz Brzozowski: 7 & 8:30 p.m. 
Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski performs music by the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin. A native of Poland, Brzozowski has given recitals in Japan and the United States and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Ford Family Sunday, June 8
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.

Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Pam Wise performs R&B and jazz standards. 

Friday Night Live, June 13
Music: Las Cafeteras: 7 & 8:30 p.m. 
With a foundation in the traditional Mexican music called son jarocho, Las Cafeteras creates a vibrant fusion of an East LA sound and a community-focused message, combining poetry in English and Spanglish with instruments to create a sound uniquely their own.

Saturday, June 14
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.

Ford Family Sunday, June 15
Sunday Music Bar: Las Cafeteras: 1–4 p.m.
(See June 13 for details)

Friday Night Live, June 20
Music: Duncan McMillan’s Room with a View”: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Keyboardist Duncan McMillan’s “Room with a View” focuses on the role of the Hammond organ in the jazz tradition. His trio features Hammond organ, guitar and drums, with special guest soloists.

Ford Family Sunday, June 22
Sunday Music Bar: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 1–4 p.m.
The 21st annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest pieces from the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this performance will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his influence through the centuries.

Artist Demonstration: TBD: 1 & 3 p.m.

Friday Night Live, June 27
Music: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
(See June 22 for details)

Ford Family Sunday, June 29
Sunday Music Bar: Cliff Monear: 1–4 p.m. 
Pianist Cliff Monear performs jazz and pop standards.

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 residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.