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June 2006 Programs at the DIA

Friday, May 05, 2006

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering a variety of fun activities this June. 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.

June 2: First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Pinwheels (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make a traditional rotating folk-art toy using vellum papers, glass beads and wood.

World Music: Kaiku 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The 2006 Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year, Kaiku (meaning echo) draws on words of ancient Finnish texts and poems, as well as original compositions, to create a distinctly modern sound.

Artist at Work: Saffell Gardner
Detroit artist Saffell Gardner demonstrates and discusses his painting techniques.

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.

June 9: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Pinwheels (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Make a traditional rotating folk-art toy using vellum papers, glass beads and wood.

Classical Music: Kyoko Kashiwagi and Joel Schoenhals 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Violinist Kyoko Kashiwagi, winner of numerous awards in competitions in the US, Canada and Japan, teams with Joel Schoenhals, a leading pianist-teacher of his generation, to perform music by Sergei Prokofiev, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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.

June 16: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Pinwheels (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Make a traditional rotating folk-art toy using vellum papers, glass beads and wood.

Jazz Music: Los Gatos 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The late, great Latin jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader influenced the music of this quintet that is renowned for its Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms. 

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 12 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.

June 23: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Pinwheels (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Make a traditional rotating folk-art toy using vellum papers, glass beads and wood.

Family Performance: Candy Band 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The Candy Band, consisting of four moms, makes music for children that rocks. Their infectious grooves will leave kids yelling for more.

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.

June 30: Fifth Friday–The African American Community

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments, the Kalimba (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Create this ancient African musical instrument using wood scraps and tongue depressors.

Live Music: Black Bottom Collective 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The Detroit band Black Bottom Collective boldly treads the musical arena in the spirit of artists who have bent the rules, only to create innovative avenues of its own. The band mashes together raw urban energy with the roots of rock to make music that is hip-hop, part spoken word and soul.

Storytelling: I’ve Known Rivers… 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Madelyn Porter incorporates the voices of several of the writers and poets referred to in works of art in the exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans, such as Sojourner Truth.

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: Uchiwa (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) Noon–4 p.m.
Create your own Uchiwa or “stiff fan” in Japanese by using decorative papers.

Saturday, June 3

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
George Keyes, DIA chief curator, discusses Joos van Cleve’s Adoration of the Magi triptych.

Saturday, June 10

Storytelling: From The Heart of The World 2 p.m. (SLI)
Yvonne Healy elicits gasps and giggles galore from children and adults as she takes listeners on a world travel tour without ever leaving the DIA.

Lecture: Sculptor Richard Hunt 2 p.m.
At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Examples of Richard Hunt’s sculpture are on view in African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection. Hunt discusses his career, artistic process and the themes in his work. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.

Saturday, June 17

Community Choice: Amelia Chau 2 p.m.
Amelia Chau, Asian art assistant curator, talks about the Chinese lacquer Tray with Design of Cranes and Chrysanthemums and the Korean celadon Pillow.

Saturday, June 24

Storytelling: From the Heart of the World 2 p.m.
Yvonne Healy elicits gasps and giggles galore from children and adults as she takes listeners on a world travel tour without ever leaving the DIA.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Pop-up Cards (Ages 12 and under must be with an adult) Noon–4 p.m.
Make pop-up books and cards with three-dimensional and movable elements.

Sunday, June 4

Storytelling: I’ve Known Rivers… 2 p.m.
Madelyn Porter incorporates the voices of several of the writers and poets referred to in works of art in the exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans, such as Sojourner Truth.

Sunday, June 11

Artist’s Choice: Elizabeth Youngblood 2 p.m. (SLI)
Detroit textile artist and graphic designer Elizabeth Youngblood discusses her interest in craftsmanship in her weavings and textiles.

Sunday, June 18

Brunch With Bach: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber 11:30 a.m.
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival returns to the DIA for another performance of fabulous chamber music by Luigi Boccherini, Goa Ping and Gabriel Fauré. 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.

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 Demonstration: John Harkins Noon–4 p.m.
Detroit artist John Harkins discusses and demonstrates his painting techniques.

Storytelling: I’ve Known Rivers… 2 p.m.
Madelyn Porter incorporates the voices of several of the writers and poets referred to in works of art in the exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans, such as Sojourner Truth.

Sunday, June 25

Gallery Serenade: Scavenger Quartet 2 p.m.
The Scavenger Quartet defies genres; their music is sophisticated and challenging, yet often childlike. The band’s setup looks like a yard sale exploded onto the stage—toy piano, music boxes and sirens augment what would appear to be a jazz combo: organ, double bass, tenor sax, and drums.

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.