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More Hours Equals More Holiday Fun at the DIA

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

December 13, 2005 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has extended its hours this holiday season so visitors have more opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic programs and extraordinary exhibitions. Don’t forget to tour the museum’s exciting presentation of its permanent collection’s “greatest hits” in Remix, with artists such as Edgar Degas, Benny Andrews, Andy Warhol and Dale Chihuly.  Please see below for a list of special activities during the holiday.


Monday, Dec. 26–Thursday, Dec. 29: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 30: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1: Closed


Monday, Dec. 26– Saturday, Dec. 31

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Puppets Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Have fun making your own puppet out of a variety of materials.

Storytelling: The Art of Folktales 2 p.m.
Bring your imagination and a spirit of adventure to storyteller Sumarah Karen Smith’s presentation of tales and fables, both traditional and original that highlight the principles of Kwanzaa.

Tuesday, Dec. 27–Friday, Dec. 30

Family Performance: Kolobok 2 p.m.
“Kolobok” is the Russian version of “The Gingerbread Man,” brought to life by the large puppets used by PuppetART, the Detroit Puppet Theater. Witness the adventures of the baked butterball Kolobok through the eyes of two forest creatures. A magical forest, Russian costumes, and original music and lyrics make this performance a delight.

Friday, Dec. 30: Fifth Friday–Irish Community

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sculptural Boxes (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
What’s inside? What’s outside? Create whimsical sculpture using a simple box.

Irish Music: Liz Carroll 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Master fiddler Liz Carroll, one of the most respected musicians in Irish music, will play selections from her debut album “In Play.”

Storytelling: The Lilt of Irish Laughter 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Coming from Ireland to America as a child, Yvonne Healy grew up with traditional Irish storytelling, language and culture. Her award-winning performances share rarely heard myths, histories and folktales from the Emerald Isle.

Artist Demonstration: Oil Painting with Larry Larson
Larry Larson will demonstrate traditional oil painting techniques while working with Irish subject matter.

Greatest Hits 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.



Through Feb. 5, 2006

The DIA is the only U.S. venue for this stunning exhibition that brings two great artists together for the first time in America. Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, provides the first side-by-side comparison of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, whose work helped shape the extraordinary legacy of turn-of-the-century Paris. Fateful Encounter showcases sculptures by Rodin, and Claudel, and select works by their contemporaries. Rare photographs, drawings, and letters on view help reveal how Claudel’s and Rodin’s artistic and personal lives were intimately entwined.

The exhibition was organized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in Quebec City, with Musée Rodin in Paris. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund. Additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit. For ticket information, call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

Through Dec. 31, 2005

This exhibition presents the versatility of screenprint by concentrating on the variety of procedures artists employ to create images in this major category of modern printmaking. The objects are selected from the museum’s collection and the archives of Stewart & Stewart, printers and publishers of fine art screenprints in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for 25 years. Highlighted artists include Janet Fish, John Himmelfarb, Hunt Slonem and Steven Sorman, among many others. The history of the medium will also be displayed in a small selection of eclectic prints by dozens of other artists working now and in the early 20th century.   This exhibition is free with museum admission.

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.