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The Detroit Institue of Arts' November Programs

Thursday, October 06, 2005

October 6, 2005 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering a variety of fun activities this November. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign language interpretation.


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, November 4: First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Create a traditional board game using felt, paper, markers and other materials.

World Music: Stefano Scodanibbio 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Stefano Scodanibbio, a leading contemporary bassists, will thrill the audience with his new world of sound for bass.

Artist Demonstration:Lost Wax Casting with John Pappas
In conjunction with Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, bronze sculptor John Pappas presents the second of four artist demonstrations focusing on the process of lost wax casting and working with the human form. 

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Greatest Hits 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, November 11: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Create a traditional board game using felt, paper, markers and other materials.

Classical Music:Clotho and Selections from Promise 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Soprano Audrey Luna and percussionist/composer Allan Otte perform two works inspired by the life of sculptor Camille Claudel. 

Insider's View: Images of Inspiration and Healing 6 & 7:30 p.m. 
DIA educator Steve Niemi discusses inspirational images that serve a healing function in various cultures. 

 

Friday, November 18: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play(Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Create a traditional board game using felt, paper, markers and other materials.

Studio Class: Decorative Papers 6–8 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Learn to decorate paper in a variety of ways using paint, ink and household items. Members: $20; Non-members: $24. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Jazz Music: Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Phil Ranelin, co-founder of Detroit’s TRIBE Records, is loved and respected around the globe as a master trombonist in the tradition of J. J. Johnson, a former Freddie Hubbard sideman. 

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Greatest Hits 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, November 25:Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Create a traditional board game using felt, paper, markers and other materials.

Storytelling: A Bounty of Tales 6:30 & 8 p.m.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, storyteller artist Jenifer Strauss shares “A Bounty of Tales,” stories of giving thanks from a variety of cultures around the world.

Puppet Performance: The Last Dragon on Earth 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre uses beautifully crafted hand puppets, a rousing musical score and innovative pop-up scenery to tell this fabulous and funny tale of a beleaguered dragon and the prince and princess who come to his rescue.

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


SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Felting Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) 
Make your own felt using wool, soap and water.

Saturday, November 5

Studio Class: Mythical Beasts 10 a.m.–noon (Ages five and up) 
Use your imagination to create fantasy creatures with clay.  Members: $10; Non-members: $12. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class: Yes, You CAN Draw! 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)

 

Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10 & 17

Explore a variety of approaches to drawing in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. By the end of the class, you’ll feel confident and comfortable expressing yourself through drawing. Members: $180; Non-members: $216. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
Amelia Chau, DIA Asian art assistant curator, discusses The Chinese Money Tree.

 

Saturday, November 12

Studio Class: Hand-building with Soft Slabs 1–5 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) 

 

Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13

Create freestanding sculptural and/or functional forms using soft clay slabs. Explore and experiment with surface textures and forms. Members: $80; Non-members: $96. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: In the Oral Tradition 2 p.m. (SLI)
Storyteller Ivory Williams weaves humor and wit into his stories, promoting the ancient art of African and African American storytelling.

 

Saturday, November 19

Teacher Workshop: Introducing Islamic Art and the Arab American National Museum  9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Enrich your knowledge of Islamic art and Arab culture by visiting two local resources. Begin at the DIA where Hashim Al-Tawil, art history professor at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, introduces the art of Islam with a focus on the museum’s collection. Then, tour the new Arab American National Museum in nearby Dearborn with Celine Tamininan, education outreach coordinator. Members (DIA and AANM): $46; Non-members: $56; Student teachers: $31 (SB-CEU credit available). To register, call 313.833.4249.

Artist Demonstration: Mixed Media Prints Noon–4 p.m.
Artist Sabrina Nelson will demonstrate her most recent work creating mixed media prints.Community Choice: Portraits 2 p.m.
George Keyes, DIA chief curator, discusses several portraits in the Art and the Individual galleries.

 

Saturday and Sunday, November 26 & 27

Drop-in-Workshop for All Ages: Puppets Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) 
Make your own puppets from a variety of materials.  A different type of puppet will be featured each day.   

Puppet Performance: The Last Dragon on Earth 1 p.m.
Award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre uses beautifully crafted hand puppets, a rousing musical score and innovative pop-up scenery to tell this fabulous and funny tale of a beleaguered dragon and the prince and princess who come to his rescue.


SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Decorative Sculpture Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) 
Use recycled objects to decorate two tiles—one to keep and one to be installed in the DIA student lunchroom as a part of a larger sculptural design.

Sunday, November 6

Brunch With Bach: Bowman, Kelly, Deleury Trio  11:30 a.m.
Clarinetist Brian Bowman, violinist Velda Kelly and cellist Nadine Deleury play forgotten treasures and new music. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $8 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Storytelling: In the Oral Tradition 2 p.m.
Storyteller Ivory Williams weaves humor and wit into his stories, promoting the ancient art of African and African American storytelling.

 

Sunday, November 13                                                       

Artist’s Choice: Mary Fortuna 2 p.m. (SLI)
Local artist Mary Fortuna looks at several objects from the Native American and ancient Americas collections and discusses how these works have informed her own thinking as a sculptor. Ritual objects, functional objects, effigies, rattles and masks will be examined.

 

Sunday, November 20

Storytelling: In the Oral Tradition  2 p.m.
Storyteller Ivory Williams weaves humor and wit into his stories, promoting the ancient art of African and African American storytelling.

Gallery Serenade: Audrey Luna and Brad Caldwell 2 p.m.
Soprano Audrey Luna and pianist Brad Caldwell perform music from the opera “Promise,” written by Theresa Koon and based on the life of sculptor Camille Claudel. 

SPECIAL WEEKDAY CLASSES

Studio Class: Journal Making 1:30–4 p.m. (Ages 15 and up) Wednesdays, November 9 & 16
Learn how to make a journal using the Coptic stitch. Create beautiful paste-paper covers and discover all the parts that go into a well-constructed journal. Members: $50; Non-members: $60; Materials: $10. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Hours and Admission
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.