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African American Friday

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


June 21, 2006 (Detroit)—Something special is about to fill the air at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) that will have you dancing in your seat. The critically acclaimed sound of Black Bottom Collective brings together Motown soul and a celebration of diversity in an event that showcases local talent at its finest. While at the museum, enjoy the other exciting programs including the stunning exhibition African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection, a musical instrument workshop, storytelling with Madelyn Porter and a guided tour of the museum. 

Live Music: Black Bottom Collective 6:30 & 8 p.m.
With their distinct version of hip hop that has roots in rock and soul, Black Bottom Collective creates music that draws on all different aspects of life, especially in and around Detroit. They have an unprecedented sound that focuses on the spoken word and the message expressed through the lyrics. Those who have seen them live have responded overwhelmingly to the energy and passion they put into each show. This hometown talent is exploding on the music scene with three Detroit Music Awards and a second album, People Mover, making its mark. Come hear the ethnically diverse, history-making group that is receiving national attention from magazines such as Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments, the Kalimba (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.) 6–8:30 P.M.
Join the DIA staff in a fun event for the whole family that will be educational as well as entertaining. Using wood scraps and tongue depressors, make an ancient African instrument, the Kalimba, and have fun playing it with the group.

Storytelling: I’ve Known Rivers… 6 & 7:30 p.m.
African American Art from the Walter O. Evans collection comes alive with Madelyn Porter. Using voices sounding of the writers and poets included in the collection, Porter offers an interactive approach to art and helps to make it come alive. The historical significance of these works becomes evident through Porter’s beautiful storytelling abilities.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Explore the DIA’s world-renowned collection with guided tours of Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World.  Each tour is offered at both times

African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection
Through 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.  For ticket information, call the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005.

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.

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.