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An Artful Mother's Day at the DIA

Monday, May 01, 2006

If flowers and cards have gotten old this Mother’s Day, treat mom to an awe-inspiring tour of African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  This exhibition showcases some of the most accomplished African American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. While here, you can also enjoy unique activities including art-making workshops, artist talks and the elegant Brunch with Bach.  Before visiting the museum, think about getting your mother the gift that keeps on giving, a DIA membership. A membership will get you free admission into the exhibition. For more membership information, call 313.833.7971.  Please see below for the programs during Mother’s Day weekend.

African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection
April 9–July 2, 2006

This exhibition features more than 80 paintings, sculptures and works on paper dating from 1848 to 1997 selected from the private collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans.  Evans’ collection of over 500 works by African American artists is considered one of the most important in the U.S.  The exhibition was organized by The Walter O. Evans Foundation for Art and Literature. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a grant from General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation. 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.

Mother’s Day, 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.

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Games People Play (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) Noon–4 p.m.
Create a tic-tac-toe board game using a variety of materials.

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.

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.