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JOIN THE FUN AT THE DIA IN JANUARY

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

December 14, 2005 (Detroit)—This January, make your New Year’s resolution to have fun at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Metro Detroit’s premier fine arts museum is offering an array of great programs, especially talks and classes related to the current exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter. Be witness to the last of four lost wax casting demonstrations by John Pappas, emulating the process of Claudel and Auguste Rodin. 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.

January 6: First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Decorative Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Decorate two tiles with recycled materials—one to keep and one to be installed in the DIA student lunchroom.

World Music Series: Jimmy Johnson and His Chicago Blues Band 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Singer and guitarist Jimmy Johnson has carved a distinctive niche in the Chicago blues scene, rendering soulful vocals and jazzy guitar licks.

Artist at Work: Lost Wax Casting with John Pappas
Artist John Pappas concludes his four-part demonstration on the process of lost-wax casting with the unveiling of his completed sculpture.

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

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.

January 13: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Decorative Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Decorate two tiles with recycled materials—one to keep and one to be installed in the DIA student lunchroom.

Classical Music: “Clotho” and Selections from “Promise”
Soprano Audrey Luna and percussionist/composer Allan Otte perform works based on the life of sculptor Camille Claudel.

Insider’s View: A Dance with Detroit 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Michael Crane, American art assistant curator, compares two works Dances and An Antique Vision by artist Arthur Bowen Davies.

January 20: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Decorative Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger be with an adult)
Decorate two tiles with recycled materials—one to keep and one to be installed in the DIA student lunchroom.

Jazz Music: Nnenna Freelon 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon performs selections from her recent album “Lady Day,” a tribute to Billie Holiday.

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

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.

January 27: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Decorative Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Decorate two tiles with recycled materials—one to keep and one to be installed in the DIA student lunchroom.

Family Performance: Tales of Tricks and Trouble 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater uses masks, puppets, music and colorful costume changes for a trip around the world with folktales from Japan, China, Poland and Africa.

Storytelling: Winter’s Tale 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Storyteller Corinne Stavish tells wondrous wintry tales from various cultures with wit and wisdom.

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.

SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Mosaics Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make pictures and designs using mosaic techniques.

Saturday, January 7

Film: Camille Claudel 1 p.m.
This 1988 film examines the role the tempestuous relationship between Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani) and Auguste Rodin (Gérard Depardieu) played in Claudel’s troubled life. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $5 and are available at the DIA’s box office. (165 min., unrated. Adult content, not recommended for children.)

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
Steven Niemi, DIA assistant educator, discusses The Seeded Earth by André Masson, in honor of the 110th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Saturday, January 14

Artist Demonstration: Innovative Book Altering with Miroslav Cukovic Noon–4 p.m.
Miroslav Cukovic demonstrates his bizarre process of altering books by disfiguring them with power tools. He will later inconspicuously exhibit the books at local bookstores.

Studio Session: Wheel-throwing Workshop 1–5 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15
Beginners and advanced students alike watch demonstrations and receive individual guidance during this two-day workshop. Members: $80; Non-members: $96; Materials: $10. To register, call 313.83.4249.

Storytelling: Fabulous Folktales 2 p.m. (SLI)
Judy Sima shares folktales and legends, some familiar, some not, encompassing the wisdom of the ages and presented in a warm, engaging manner bubbling over with humor and song.

Saturday, January 21

Studio Session: Artful Fashion 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Ages 15 and up must be with an adult)
Become a fashion designer by converting a boring sweatshirt into wearable art. Members: $55; Non-members: $66; Materials: $5. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Film: Camille Claudel 1 p.m.
This 1988 film examines the role the tempestuous relationship between Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani) and Auguste Rodin (Gérard Depardieu) played in Claudel’s troubled life. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $5 and are available at the DIA’s box office. (165 min., unrated. Adult content, not recommended for children.)

Saturday, January 28

Adult Art History Class: Rodin 1–4 p.m.
Saturdays, January 21 & 28
Susan Martis, University of Michigan–Dearborn art history professor, reviews Rodin’s career and considers how contemporary critics responded to his sculpture. Members and students (with I.D.): $32; Non-members: $40. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Winter’s Tale 2 p.m.
Storyteller Corinne Stavish tells wondrous wintry tales from various cultures with wit and wisdom.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Quilting Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Learn about quilt patterns, and then give a name to your own design made from fabric and paper.

Sunday, January 8

Brunch with Bach: Audrey Luna and Brad Caldwell 11 a.m.
Soprano Audrey Luna and pianist Brad Caldwell specialize in French melody and contemporary American art song. Together they perform music from the opera “Promise,” based on the life of Camille Claudel, in celebration of the special exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $8 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Artist’s Choice: John Corbin 2 p.m. (SLI)
Artist John Corbin looks at a 15th-century Koran, as well as other objects that include calligraphy, in the Islamic gallery and discusses how he and other artists have used the written word as a source for their own art.

Sunday, January 15

Storytelling: Fabulous Folktales 2 p.m. (SLI)
Judy Sima shares folktales and legends, some familiar, some not, encompassing the wisdom of the ages and presented in a warm, engaging manner bubbling over with humor and song.

Sunday, January 22

Studio Session: Feet of Clay 1–3 p.m. (Ages 5 and older must be with an adult)
Use your feet to express yourself in clay. Members: $10; Non-members: $12. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Film: Camille Claudel 1 p.m.
This 1988 film examines the role the tempestuous relationship between Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani) and Auguste Rodin (Gérard Depardieu) played in Claudel’s troubled life. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $5 and are available at the DIA’s box office. (165 min., unrated. Adult content, not recommended for children.)

Gallery Serenade: Jawbone 2 p.m.
With sound gear powered by jumper cables and a car battery, Jawbone (a.k.a. Bob Zabor) blows the mouth harp, kicks a drum and attacks the six-string guitar while forcing yarns of monkey paws and six-fingered hands through a distorting, antique microphone.

Sunday, January 29

Family Performance: The Cat, the Rats and the Piper’s Britches 2 p.m.
Anne and Rob Burns, performing as “A Reasonable Facsimile,” introduce audiences to old music played on period instruments in this merry tale.

Lecture: Camille Claudel: Instinctive Rebel 2 p.m.
Odile Ayral-Clause, author of “Camille Claudel: A Life,” explores how Claudel directly challenged the artistic limitations imposed on women in late 19th-century France.

WEEKDAY PROGRAMS

Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19

Opera: Promise 8 p.m.
This opera, with music and libretto by Theresa Koon, explores the tragic life of sculptor Camille Claudel and her complex relationships with her brother Paul Claudel and her lover, the sculptor Auguste Rodin. Soprano Audrey Luna performs the role of Camille Claudel. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the DIA Box Office.

Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 & 22

Studio Session: Painting the Figure 6–8:30 p.m.
Students will work from a live model to explore various methods of oil painting while learning how to render the anatomy of the human form. Members: $150; Non-members: $180. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Thursday, January 26

Lecture: Embellished Space: An Approach to Minoan Villa Interiors 7 p.m.
Catherine Crawford, DIA reinstallation project consultant, discusses how, in the absence of written history, the art and architecture of Crete provide a window into the social lives of the Minoan elite. Sponsored by the Antiquaries

Thursday, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23

Studio Session: Ceramics 6–9 p.m.

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.

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.