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December Programs at the DIA – Special Holiday Hours

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

November 30, 2007—Special holiday programs and Target Family Sundays are just some of the highlights of December activities. Two outstanding exhibitions are also on view: The Best of the Best: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the DIA Collection and Julie Mehretu: City Sitings. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

 

Special Holiday Hours: Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on December 1 for Noel Night, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31.

 

Guided Tours

Monday, December 31, 1 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 1

Class: Drawing from the Collection (Ages 9-12): 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

<$25/members; $30/nonmembers>

Create your own drawings, with the help of a teaching artist, by looking at art in the DIA collection. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

Learn about a traditional Inuit game and decorate a simple stick to look like a snake.

 

Class: Portrait & Figure Drawing (Adults): 4-6:30 p.m. (Meets every Saturday for four weeks)

<$100/members; $120/nonmembers>

Learn how to draw the human figure using a variety of media. Students draw a draped and undraped live model in a series of poses. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

 

Noel Night Drop-in Workshop: 5-8:30 p.m.

Decorate gingerbread cookies with icing and beads, and add felt and a tongue depressor to create a one-of-a-kind puppet.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “East of Bucharest” 7 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

Sixteen years after the revolution that freed Romania from Communist rule, debate still rages about whether it delivered all that was promised. This wry and exceptionally sharp new comedy tries to settle the question in the form of a you’ve-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it TV debate about whether the revolution actually took place in their town, or somewhere else.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Bothersome Man” 9:30 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He’s soon given a new house and an accounting job, and even meets a beautiful woman who quickly grows very attracted to him. But a small series of mysteries begins to convince our uneasy hero that something is very much wrong with it all.

 

Target Family Sunday, December 2

Class: Painted Papers & Simple Books (Adults): 1-4 p.m. (two-week class; also meets Sunday, Dec. 9)

<$60 members/$72 nonmembers>

Make your own books. Start by learning unusual techniques for painting on paper. Then master three simple book-binding methods using your painted papers. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 1-5 p.m.

Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 1-5 p.m.

Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

 

Family Performance: 2 p.m.

Anne and Rob Burns present a concert of Renaissance music with references to some of the old secular traditions for the winter season.

 

Lecture: “Mediating the Boundaries of Fine Arts and Crafts: The Influence of Craft Traditions in the Art of Contemporary African American Artists” 2 p.m.

Stephanie James, assistant curator of the GM Center for African American Art, examines the conceptual delineations that have been made historically between fine arts and crafts then discusses the work of contemporary artists who create art that transcends the boundaries of such categories.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “East of Bucharest” 4 and 7 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

(See December 1 for full description)

 

Wednesday, December 5

Café DIA Holiday Themed Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a holiday meal which includes roast turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, and cornbread stuffing.

 

Thursday, December 6

Friends of Art & Flowers Lecture and Demonstration,

Lunch: Jon Gerych: 10:30 a.m.

<Lecture and lunch: $35/Friends of Art and Flowers members, $45 nonmembers>

<Lecture and demonstration only: $15 Friends of Art and Flowers members, $25 nonmembers >

Jon Gerych of Gerych’s-Graziella Ltd. In Fenton and Birmingham demonstrates his distinctive and innovative floral designs.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “The Page Turner” 7:30 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

A young girl is a bundle of anxiety as she waits for her entrance to a prestigious musical conservatory. Without revealing here what happens during her examination, the film next jumps forward through the years to show us the grown Melanie taking a job as a file clerk at a law firm, and not at all by chance. Melanie’s full motives are gradually exposed by director Dercourt with the calm, icy precision of an Alfred Hitchcock.

 

December 7: Friday Night Live!

The museum is open until 10 p.m. with special activities from 6-9:30 p.m.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 6-9 p.m.

Explore endless possibilities for creating things with paper as you learn to make your own cards, envelopes, and boxes.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 6-9 p.m.

Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 6-9 p.m.

Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

 

Music: CutTime Players: 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Eight Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians bring their own style to musical treasures that have inspired the imaginations of countless generations. This performance features CutTime Player arrangements of many holiday favorites, including a version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “The Seventh Seal” 7 and 9:30 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

As the Black Death wipes out much of the population of Europe a knight recently returned from the Crusades, is confronted by the figure of Death. In hopes of extending his life, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess; the challenge is accepted, and Bergman’s magnificent visionary masterpiece is underway.

 

Saturday, December 8

Class: Discovering Art Together (ages 5 and older, with an adult): 10 a.m.-noon

<$20/members; $24/nonmembers>

Kids and adults learn simple printmaking, watercolor painting, and book-making projects that they can do over and over again. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 1 for full description)

 

Artist Demonstration: Matthew Blake 1-5 p.m.

Matthew Blake studied industrial design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and has since participated in numerous local exhibitions. His work has also been included in group exhibitions in Atlanta, New York, and Tokyo.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “The Magician” 7 and 9:30 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

A 19th-century traveling magic troupe, led by the mysterious hypnotist and magician Dr. Vogler, rides through the night to Stockholm, where they will put on a private performance for a cynical medical officer who humiliated the troupe earlier.

 

Target Family Sunday, December 9

Brunch with Bach: 11:30 a.m. $

The Renaissance Voices perform mixed-voice works from the choral repertoire, ranging from music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. They are joined by harpist Christa Grix for a presentation of choral masterpieces and holiday favorites.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

Explore infinite patters and colors using tissue paper on a simple glass jar, which you can illuminate at home with a small candle, like a tea light.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Storytelling: Hanukkah Tales: 2 p.m.

Judy Sima combines humor, song, and audience participation in her enchanting Hanukkah tales.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “The Magic Flute” 4 and 7 p.m.

<$5/members, seniors, students; $7.50/general admission>

A playful, melodious, and ingeniously staged work, The Magic Flute’s simple, eloquent story – about a devoted young man determined to rescue the princess he loves – is miraculously ennobled in Ingmar Bergman’s generous conception.

 

December 14: Friday Night Live!

The museum is open until 10 p.m. with special activities from 6-9:30 p.m.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Lecture: “The Many Lives of a South Indian Goddess” 6:30 p.m.

Padma Kaimal, associate professor of art and art history and the Robert Hung-Ngai Ho associate professor in Asian Studies at Colgate University, explores how the DIA’s “Yogini Chamunda” sculpture and her large stone companions, only 19 of which survive, may have interacted with each other and with devotees 1,000 years ago.

 

DIA Moment: dANCEpROjECt 6:30 and 8 p.m.

dANCEpROjECt is a diverse contemporary dance troupe that performs throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

 

Music: Dennis Coffey Quartet 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Former Funk Brother guitarist Dennis Coffey will perform and sign copies of his book about his life in the music industry, Guitars, Bars, and Motown Super Stars.

 

Saturday, December 15

Class: Festive Lanterns (Ages five and older with an adult): 10 a.m.-noon

<$20/members; $24/nonmembers>

Make a creative clay lantern and see how light and shadow work.

 

Class: Festive Lanterns (Adults): 1-3 p.m.

<$20/members; $24/nonmembers>

Make a ceramic lantern that adds warmth to any room.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 1 for full description)

 

Target Family Sunday, December 16

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 9 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Storytelling: Christmas Stories 2 p.m.

Yvonne Healy tells Christmas stories for all ages with a clear, pure voice full of wonder and animation.

 

December 21: Friday Night Live!

The museum is open until 10 p.m. with special activities from 6-9:30 p.m.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Music: Ken Waldman 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Ken Waldman has drawn on his 20 years spent in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that he combines into a performance uniquely his own.

 

Saturday, December 22

Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 1 for full description)

 

Artist Demonstration: Andy Malone 1-5 p.m.

Andy Malone’s whimsical machines and drawings have been shown in over 30 exhibitions since 1995. He presents his sculptural works and lets visitors test a prototype of his new board game.

 

Target Family Sunday, December 23

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Storytelling: Kwanzaa Tales 2 p.m.

Enjoy Tonya Dallas’ energetic and entertaining storytelling as she tells dynamic Kwanzaa tales.

 

Wednesday, December 26

Holiday Puppet Show: “The Day it Snowed Tortillas” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

Creative problem-solving is the key ingredient in this fabulous folktale from Mexico about luck, love, and lunch.

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Becky Hart, associate curator for contemporary art, discusses works in the exhibition Julie Mehretu: City Sitings.

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

Make a different kind of puppet each day using a wide range of materials.

 

Thursday, December 27

Holiday Puppet Show: “The Day it Snowed Tortillas” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

(See December 26 for full description)

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Dr. Nii Quarcoopome, curator/department head of African, Oceanic & Indigenous Americas art, discusses works in the museum’s African galleries.

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 26 for full description)

 

Friday, December 28, Friday Night Live!

The museum is open until 10 p.m. with special activities from 6-9:30 p.m.

 

Holiday Puppet Show: “The Day it Snowed Tortillas” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

Creative problem-solving is the key ingredient in this fabulous folktale from Mexico about luck, love, and lunch.

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Nancy Barr, associate curator of graphic arts, discusses “The Best of the Best” in New York school photography in the exhibition Best of the Best: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the DIA Collection.

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

Make a different kind of puppet each day using a wide range of materials.

 

Drop-in Workshop: 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 6-9 p.m.

(See December 7 for full description)

 

Music: Don Walden Ensemble 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Don Walden teams with some of his colleagues from the Detroit jazz scene to celebrate the holiday season in style. There will also be a surprise special guest.

 

Saturday, December 29

Holiday Performance: “Stregna Nona & the Magic Pasta Pot” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

See what silliness ensues when a magical pot, a hardheaded helper, and a spell gone wrong meet and fill the streets of a small Italian village with pasta.

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hope Saska, mellon curatorial fellow of prints, drawings, and photographs, will discuss a painting by Henry Fuseli called The Nightmare in the “Era of Revolution” gallery.

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 26 for full description)

 

Target Family Sunday, December 30

Holiday Performance: “Stregna Nona & the Magic Pasta Pot” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

(See December 29 for full description)

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Larry Baranski, associate curator of film and video, will discuss the DIA’s Historical Auditorium and restoration. 

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

(See December 26 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older): 1-5 p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing: (Ages 5 and younger, with an adult): 1-5p.m.

(See December 2 for full description)

 

December 31: Special Monday Hours (Museum open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Holiday Performance: “Stregna Nona & the Magic Pasta Pot” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $

(See December 29 for full description)

 

Curator Gallery Talk: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

George Keyes, chief curator and curator of European paintings, will discuss works in the “Rome” gallery in the Grand Tour of Italy.

 

Puppet Drop-in Workshop: 1-5 p.m.

Make a different kind of puppet each day using a wide range of materials.

 

Hours and Admission

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens and $4 for children ages 6-17. 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.

 

Contact:   

Shekini Jennings (313) 494-5242    sjennings@dia.org

Pamela Marcil    (313) 833-7899    pmarcil@dia.org