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October Programs at the Detroit Insitute of Arts

Friday, September 02, 2005

Special Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 2, 2005 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is excited to announce its October programs, with special activities dedicated to the celebrations of Hispanic heritage. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign language interpretation. PLEASE NOTE: The DIA has a new recommended donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children.


Friday Nights at the DIA!

The DIA is open until 9 p.m. every Friday. Activities are from 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 7: Marshall Fields First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations.

World Music: Chuchumbe 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The seven musicians of Chuchumbe, from Vera Cruz, Mexico, are dedicated to teaching and spreading the word about fandango, an audience-participation combination of dance and jam session that takes place at night.

Artist Demonstration: Lost Wax Casting
In conjunction with the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, John Pappas begins a four-evening demonstration (continuing in November, December and January) on the lost-wax casting method of creating sculpture.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and older)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

Evening for Educators: Focus on Special Exhibitions: Fateful Encounter 5–7 p.m.
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, general curator of the Musée Rodin in Paris, and Alan Darr, DIA European sculpture and decorative arts curator, provide a preview of the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter and tour of sculptures in the DIA’s collection. Written information is provided. Fees include exhibition admission. Members: $15; Non-members: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Friday, October 14: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations.

Classical Music: Brave New Works 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Brave New Works is a vibrant performing ensemble of 10 musicians dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary music. Their mission is to make great music, discover new sounds and ideas, and perform with kindred spirits

Insider’s View: To be Announced 6 & 7:30 p.m.


Friday, October 21: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead.

Jazz Music: Jacky Terrasson 6:30 & 8 p.m.
One thing that has been said time and again about pianist Jacky Terrasson’s style: it has a tendency to delight as it unconventionally upends conventional material.His performance willfeature an eclectic array of standards, both classic and contemporary.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and older)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult.)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


Friday, October 28:Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls (Ages 12 and younger must be with adult.)
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations.

Family Performance:Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izél  6 & 7:30 p.m.
This Mexican dancing group of young people gives colorful expression to the folklore of Mexico through the music, songs, steps and rhythms of centuries-old bailes, or dances.

Storytelling:Telling Tales 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Storyteller and visual Latino artist Mary Luevanos presents tales about the joy of departed souls visiting relatives and joining in the merriment of the living.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

Studio Class: Watercolor: Scenic Silhouettes (Ages 15 and up)
Use this simple watercolor technique to create a beautiful background for a silhouetted ink design or image. Members: $20; Non-members: $24. To register, please call 313.833.4249.


Saturday Programs

Every Saturday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Found-Object Frieze Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Make two colorful tiles with found and recycled objects: one to keep and one to be installed in the student lunchroom studio space.


Saturday, October 1

Masterwork of the Month 2 p.m.
Valerie Mercer, DIA curator of African American art, discusses William T. Williams’s abstract painting The Flute Player in the Everyday Life gallery.

Saturday, October 8

Storytelling: Hispanic Heritage Storytelling 2 p.m. (SLI)
Storyteller Flor Walker shares stories and poems by Mexican authors, such as Octavio Paz and Jaime Sabines.

Saturday, October 15

Teacher Workshop: Focus on Special Exhibitions: Fateful Encounter9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Learn how to include sculpture in your teaching with a special tour of the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter and a studio class on figurative wooden-sculpture projects appropriate for the classroom. Includes a tour of DIA sculptures, teaching materials and exhibition admission. Members: $40; Non-members: $50; Student teachers: $25. SB-CEU credit available for an additional fee. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Community Choice: European Modern Art 2 p.m.
MaryAnn Wilkinson, European modern art curator, discusses works in the Spirituality gallery.


Saturday, October 22

Teachers’ Workshop: The Arts of Mexico: Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals and Mexican Folk Art 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Nancy Jones, DIA education director, leads a before-hours tour of Diego Rivera’s murals. Then, traditional artists and sisters Maria Louisa and Crispina Vasquez, from Oaxaca, Mexico, demonstrate weaving and beeswax candle making. In the afternoon, Fulbright recipients Wendy Sample and Cindy Smith share how they have successfully incorporated the works of Mexican artists into their classroom curriculum. Hands-on techniques and social studies, science and language arts lessons will be demonstrated. Teaching materials provided. Members: $40; Non-members: $50; Student teachers: $25. SB-CEU credit available for an additional fee. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class: My Story 10 a.m.–noon (Children ages 5–8 must be with an adult)
Be an author and create your own storybook using a variety of materials and a simple book construction. Members: $10; Non-members: $12. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Artist Demonstration: Mexican Weaving Techniques Noon–4 p.m.
Traditional artists and sisters Maria Louisa and Crispina Vasquez from Oaxaca, Mexico will demonstrate weaving with naturally dyed yarns, and candles dipped and sculpted with beeswax.

Storytelling: Telling Tales 2 p.m.
Storyteller and visual Latino artist Mary Luevanos presents tales about the joy of departed souls visiting relatives and joining in the merriment of the living.

Saturday, October 29

Studio Class (Four Sessions): Drawing from the Collection10 a.m.–noon (Ages 9–12)
Saturdays, October 29, November 5, 12 & 19. Creating your own drawings, with the help of an artist, while looking at art works in the galleries. Members: $40; Non-members: $48. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Annual Coleman Mopper Lecture: Rodin in Love 2 p.m.
Distinguished international Rodin specialist Ruth Butler, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, focuses on the artist’s powerful connection to women, including Camille Claudel. Sponsored by the Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment and the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Friends from Storage: More Than Meets the Eye, a Look Below the Surface 1:30 p.m.
Paintings Conservator Alfred Ackerman discusses artist changes in two paintings brought out of storage for this talk: Bartolomeo Manfredi’s Fortune Teller and Jan Baptist Weenix’s Italian Peasants among Ruins.


Sunday Programs

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Trading Cards Noon-4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with adult.)
Learn about the history of baseball cards and create one of your own.

Sunday, October 2

Studio Class (Four Sessions): Recycled Furniture 1–4 p.m. (Ages 15 and older)
Sundays, October 2, 9, 16 & 23. Breathe new life into a small piece of old furniture using a variety of decorative techniques and media, such as paint, paper, fabric and other embellishments. Members: $120; Non-members: $144. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Artist’s Choice: Mel Rosas 2 p.m. (SLI)
Local artist and Wayne State University professor Mel Rosas discusses the symbolism, history and fresco process of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals and compares them to his own work.

Storytelling: It’s All Greek To Me: Greek and Roman Myths 2 p.m.
Rob McCabe presents a lively program of Greek and Roman myths. 


Sunday, October 9

Brunch With Bach: Gerard Reuter and Angelina Pashmakova 11 a.m.
Recipient of the Pro Musica International Award, oboist Gerard Reuter enjoys a distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Currently on the faculties of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College, Reuter has begun work as a conductor while remaining a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and $5 for concert-only stairwell seating.  For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Lecture:Camille Claudel and Rodin: A Comparative Exhibition 2 p.m.
Antoinette LeNormand-Romain, general curator of the Musée Rodin in Paris, introduces the exceptional story behind the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter.


Sunday, October 16

Storytelling: Hispanic Heritage Storytelling 2 p.m. (SLI)
Storyteller Flor Walker also shares stories and poems by Mexican authors, such as Octavio Paz and Jaime Sabines.


Sunday, October 23

Gallery Serenade: The Gypsy Strings  2 p.m.
The Gypsy Strings are a 1930’s and ’40s-style acoustic jazz quartet specializing in the music of European gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and such American musicians and composers as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.


Sunday, October 30

Family Performance: Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izél 2 p.m.
Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izél is a Mexican dancing group of young people, who express their traditions through the music, songs, steps and rhythms of centuries-old bailes, or dances.

African Art Recognition Award and Lecture 2 p.m.
Ekpo Eyo, former director of the Nigerian Department of Antiquities and retired professor of African art history at the University of Maryland, is the recipient of the Friends of African and African American Art’s first African Art Recognition Award. Eyo will deliver a lecture, New Light on the Art History of West Africa: The Evidence of the Spade, focusing on his archaeological discoveries in Calabari, an important trading city on Nigeria’s Atlantic coast.


Special Weekly Programs

Tuesdays

Studio Class (Four Sessions): Exploring the Human Form: Funky Figures 6–8:30 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25. Using a variety of nontraditional materials and found objects, create a figurative sculpture working from a live model. Members: $100; Non-members: $120. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Wednesdays

Studio Class (Three Sessions): Mosaics 1:30–4 p.m.
Wednesdays, October 12, 19 & 26. Look at mosaics in the DIA’s collection and in the neighborhood around the museum and then create your own to take home. Members: $75; Non-members: $90; Materials: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Thursdays

Studio Class (Six Sessions): Ceramics 6–9 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3 & 10. Students of all skill levels explore hand-building and wheel-throwing methods of shaping clay. Members: $180; Non-members: $216; Materials: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class (Six Sessions): Textura Calligraphy 6–8 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3 & 10. Learn the basics of this vertical, densely packed historical hand from the age of Gothic cathedrals and gargoyles. Participants will practice using a calligraphy marker and a steel pen. Members: $180; Non-members: $216; Materials: $20. To register, call 313.833.4249.


Friday

Lecture and Demonstration: The Friends of Art and Flowers 10:30 a.m.
Paula Pryke, one of the world’s most innovative florists, discusses and demonstrates her craft at the Friends of Art and Flowers seventh annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture. A book signing and lunch will follow in Rivera Court. Lunch and lecture: $50; Lecture only: $25. For tickets or more information, please call 313.833.1717.

Hours and Admissions
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 $6 for adults and $3 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.

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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 is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.