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April Programs are in Full Bloom at the DIA

Thursday, March 09, 2006

March 9, 2006 (Detroit)—This April, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering an assortment of fun programs and fantastic exhibition to start off the spring season.  While enjoying the great workshops, performances and tours, visitors can also see the hit exhibitions The Super Bowl Show, The 69th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition (opening April 8) and African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection (beginning April 9).  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.

April 7: First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Paper Bag Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Turn a paper bag into a feast for the eyes, using wire, beads, markers and other materials.

World Music: Simon Shaheen 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Internationally recognized Simon Shaheen, virtuoso on the oud (lute) and violin, is a significant Arab musician whose music leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and classical styles.

Artist at Work: Vito Valdez
Vito Valdez demonstrates drawing from a live model.

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Children 8 and younger must be with an adult.)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must with by 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.

April 14: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Paper Bag Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Turn a paper bag into a feast for the eyes, using wire, beads, markers and other materials.

Classical Music: Ambrosian Trio 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Italian-Canadian violinist Sarah Pratt, Bulgarian-Armenian cellist Kevork Parsamian and Chinese-American pianist Hsin-ay Hsu use their international backgrounds as an influence for their open approach to chamber music.

Insider’s View: Islamic Art 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Heather Ecker, DIA arts of Asia and the Islamic world curator, discusses objects in the Islamic gallery.

April 21: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Paper Bag Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Turn a paper bag into a feast for the eyes, using wire, beads, markers and other materials.

Jazz Music: Wendell Harrison and Friends From the Chicago Jazz Scene 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The latest project by Detroit clarinetist/saxophonist Wendell Harrison features Chicago guitarist Scott Hesse, bassist Darius Savage and drummer Isaiah Spencer.

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

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.

April 28: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Paper Bag Sculpture (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Turn an ordinary paper bag into a feast for the eyes, using wire, beads, markers and other materials.

Family Performance: Elves and Trolls 6 & 7:30 p.m.
The Grey Seal Puppets bring the story of the friendship between a green elf who lives in a tree and a purple troll who lives in a rock.

Storytelling: Songs and Stories of the Voyageur 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Genot “Winter Elk” Picor takes his audience on a journey to the early days of Michigan history.

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: Kites Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Let your imagination soar as you create a kite that really flies.

Saturday, April 1

Greatest Hit of the Month: St. Joseph and the Christ Child 2 p.m.
Andria Derstine, European art assistant curator, talks about the painting St. Joseph and the Christ Child by Giambattista Tiepolo.

Saturday, April 8

Studio Session: Decorative Papers 1–4 p.m. (Ages 15 and up)
Learn to decorate paper in a variety of ways using paint, ink and household items. Members: $30; Non-members: $36. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Tales From Around The World 2 p.m. (SLI)
Pat “Roan” Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects to perform fairy tales, myths and stories from many cultures.

Saturday, April 15

Studio Session: Yes, You CAN Draw! 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
April 15, 22, 29 & May 6
Explore a variety of approaches to drawing in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Members: $120; Non-members: $144. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Community Choice: New Acquisitions in African Art 1:30 p.m.
Kinsey Katchka, African art Andrew W. Mellon curatorial fellow, presents selected objects in the African galleries, highlighting new acquisitions.

Lecture: What Is Asian Contemporary Art? 2 p.m.
Melissa Chiu, contemporary Asian and Asian American art director and curator at the Asia Society, New York, introduces key artists, themes and art centers in Asia today.

Saturday, April 22

Storytelling: Tales From Around The World 2 p.m.
Pat “Roan” Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects to perform fairy tales, myths and stories from many cultures.

Lecture: A World Long Gone: Russian Imperial Palaces and Gardens in St. Petersburg 2 p.m.
Emmanuel DuCamp, 18th- and 19th-century Russian and French decorative arts specialist discusses some of Russia’s palaces and gardens that have been painstakingly restored after being damaged during World War II. Sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Saturday, April 29

Friends From Storage: Ancient Greek Vase 2 p.m.
Carol Forsythe, sculpture and decorative arts conservator, discusses the conservation of an ancient Greek ceramic vase.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Watercolor/Collage Postcards Noon–4 p.m. (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Experiment with watercolors, crayons and scrap paper as you create a postcard.

Sunday, April 2

Storytelling: Tales From Around the World 2 p.m.
Pat “Roan” Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects to perform fairy tales, myths and stories from many cultures.

Sunday, April 9

Lecture: Dr. Walter O. Evans 1 p.m.
Dr. Walter O. Evans speaks about his collection of African American art, introduces the exhibition and discusses his collecting history and interests. He has memories of having met a number of the artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, each of whom advised him. A surgeon who practiced in Detroit for 25 years, Evans began collecting here, and has never stopped, expanding his interests to include rare books and manuscripts.

Sunday, April 16

Brunch with Bach: Ambrosian Trio 11 a.m.
Sharing a diverse heritage, Italian-Canadian violinist Sarah Pratt, Bulgarian-Armenian cellist Kevork Parsamian, and Chinese-American pianist Hsin-ay Hsu use their international backgrounds as an influence on their open approach to chamber music. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $8 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

NAMES: Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Staff from the NAMES Project will assist you in making a panel for the Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS. 

Artist’s Choice: Anita Bates 1 p.m. (SLI)
Detroit artist and Wayne State University instructor discusses her own work as well as works by Detroit artists Sheldon Iden and Al Loving, both of whom served as mentors early in her career.

Storytelling: Tales From Around The World 2 p.m.
Pat “Roan” Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects to perform fairy tales, myths and stories from many cultures.

Sunday, April 23

Gallery Serenade: Spirit 2 p.m.
Mubarak Hakim brings his knowledge of African, Afro-Cuban, salsa, funk and jazz drumming styles to this Detroit-based group.

Sunday, April 30

Storytelling: Tales From Around The World 2 p.m.
Pat “Roan” Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects to perform fairy tales, myths and stories from many cultures.

Poetry Book Launch: Marick-Tightrope Press 2 p.m.
Join the DIA’s Education Department, Wayne State University’s Detroit Institute for Creative Writers and the Grosse Pointe Artists Association for the launch of a new book press and its recent publications. The program begins with a lecture by Stuart Henry, Wayne State interdisciplinary studies chairman, and features poetry readings by Caroline Mann, Dan Padilla and Robert Lipton, three authors whose books were published in April. A book signing follows the program. Co-sponsored by Wayne State University and the DIA Education Department.

WEEKDAY CLASSES

Studio Session: Ceramics 6–9 p.m.
Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 & 11
Students of all skill levels are welcome to 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.

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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.