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Cinco de Mayo and More at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Monday, April 03, 2006

This May, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering an assortment of fun programs and events with special activities on the 5th celebrate the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Visitors can also enjoy three fantastic exhibitions: African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Exhibition, Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Photographs and The 69th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition. 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.

May 5: First Friday in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Papel Picado (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Papel Picado is Spanish for cut or perforated paper. Create your own simple version.

World Music: Tlen-Huicani 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Tlen-Huicani performs folk music of Veracruz, Mexico and much of Latin America.

Artist at Work: Acrylic Painting with Nora Chapa Mendoza
Nora Chapa Mendoza, 1997 Michigan artist of the year, demonstrates acrylic painting.

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
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.

May 12: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Papel Picado (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Papel Picado is Spanish for cut or perforated paper. Create your own simple version.

Classical Music: CelloProject 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Cellist Eckart Runge and pianist Jacques Ammon’s arrangements and original compositions range from tango to jazz and baroque, up to modern film music and contemporary classical.

May 19: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Papel Picado (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Papel Picado is Spanish for cut or perforated paper. Create your own simple version.

Jazz Music: From East to West 6:30 & 8 p.m.
An exploration of new music with Asian roots by three virtuosos: Min Xiao-Fen (pipa and voice), Susie Ibarra (drums and percussion) and Okkyung Lee (cello). 

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.) Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger accompanied 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.

May 26: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Papel Picado (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Papel Picado is Spanish for cut or perforated paper. Create your own simple version.

Family Performance: Three Blind Mice and Other Old Animal Songs 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Anne and Rob Burns present jolly animal-themed music from the Renaissance, including an early version of Three Blind Mice.

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: Doodle Art (Ages 5 to 8 must be with an adult.) Noon–4 p.m.
No workshop on May 13
Have fun discovering the fine art of doodling.

Saturday, May 6

Studio Session: Coil-Built Planters (Ages 5 to 8 must be with an adult.) 1–3 p.m.
Create designs out of clay coils and make a pot that any flower would be happy to call home. Members: $10; Non-members: $12. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
MaryAnn Wilkinson, DIA European modern art curator, discusses Erich Heckel’s 1920 Portrait (The Artist’s Wife).

Saturday, May 13

Studio Session: Trading Faces (Ages 15 and up) 10 a.m.–noon
Duel with a friend on canvas with brushes and paint in an expressive portrait exchange. Members: $20; Non-members: $24. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Lecture, Demonstration and Workshop: Calligraphy 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Master calligraphers Aishah Elinor Holland and Shoyo Mizuno discuss and demonstrate the arts of Arabic and Japanese calligraphy during the morning. In the afternoon, visitors can try Arabic and Japanese calligraphy under the guidance of Aishah Elinor Holland and DIA staff artists.

Storytelling: Stories from the Middle Kingdom 2 p.m. (SLI)
Ming Louie illustrates the wide diversity and tradition of various cultures and ethnic groups in China. He invites audience participation and teaches a song sung by children in Hong Kong.

Lecture: Collector Walter O. Evans 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection, currently on view at the DIA, Dr. Evans discusses the development of his collection since the late 1970s and his reasons for sharing it. The lecture is being held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.

Saturday, May 20

Artist Demonstration: Drawing Techniques with Gil Ashby Noon–4 p.m.
Artist and illustrator Gil Ashby demonstrates drawing techniques.

Saturday, May 27

Studio Session: Kites (Ages 5 to 8 must be with an adult.) 1–3 p.m.
Design a kite that really flies. Members: $10; Non-members: $12. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Lecture: Artist Margaret Burroughs 2 p.m.
Margaret Burroughs, whose works are included in the exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection currently on view at the DIA, speaks about her career and the themes found in her works, in this joint venture by two cultural center institutions. The lecture is being held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation

Storytelling: Stories from the Middle Kingdom 2 p.m.
Ming Louie illustrates the wide diversity and tradition of various cultures and ethnic groups in China. He invites audience participation and teaches a song sung by children in Hong Kong.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play Noon–4 p.m.
Create a tic-tac-toe board game using a variety of materials.

Sunday, May 7


Storytelling: Stories from the Middle Kingdom
2 p.m.
Ming Louie illustrates the wide diversity and tradition of various cultures and ethnic groups in China. He invites audience participation and teaches a song sung by children in Hong Kong.

Sunday, May 14

Brunch with Bach: CelloProject 11:30 a.m.
Artemis Quartet cellist Eckart Runge and pianist Jacques Ammon combine their superb musicianship for a wide array of musical styles. Their programs include the music of  J. S. Bach, the Argentinean tangos of Astor Piazzola, and the film music of Nino Rota, Bernhard Hermann and Ennio Morricone. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $8 for concert-only stairwell seating.  For tickets, call 313.833.4005. This season of Brunch with Bach is sponsored by the Comerica Charitable Foundation.

Artist’s Choice: Michelle Perron 2 p.m. (SLI)
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Michelle Perron, College for Creative Studies’ Center Galleries curator and director, presents a slide lecture exploring women and the family in art, based on works from the DIA collection.

Sunday, May 21

Community Choice 2 p.m.
Nii Quarcoopome, DIA African art curator, discusses objects in the African galleries.

Storytelling: Stories from the Middle Kingdom 2 p.m.
Ming Louie illustrates the wide diversity and tradition of various cultures and ethnic groups in China. He invites audience participation and teaches a song sung by children in Hong Kong.

Sunday, May 28

Gallery Serenade: Ron Wilkinson with the Steve Wood Trio  2 p.m.
The smooth voice of jazz vocalist Ron Wilkinson is the perfect counterpart to the always-compelling bop saxophone playing of Steve Wood and his trio.

WEEKDAYS PROGRAMS

Studio Session: Mosaics (Ages 15 and up) 1–4 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24
Look at mosaics in the DIA’s collection and in the neighborhood around the museum, then create your own to take home. Members: $120; Non-members: $144; 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.