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February Programs at the DIA Include Black History Month Activities

Friday, December 14, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 14, 2007 (Detroit)—In honor of Black History month, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) offers a variety of activities focused on African American culture. Features include “Zora Neal Hurston” storytelling by Tonya Dallas on Feb. 3, a tour of the African American Galleries with curator Valerie J. Mercer on Feb. 9, and a lecture by this year’s Alain Locke Awards recipient Dr. Deborah Willis for her scholarly and artistic contributions to the field of African American photography on Feb. 10.

 

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

 

Guided Tours

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.

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

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

 

Friday, February 1: Friday Night Live!

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

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

 

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

During the month of February, people from many countries create elaborate costumes to wear in parades or other celebrations. Make your own festive mask for any occasion.

 

Music: Vinx: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Vinx has collaborated with “who’s who” of the music industry including Sting, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Michelle Shocked, and Cassandra Wilson. The Renaissance man’s vocal musical style ranges from interpretations of Hoagy Charmichael songs to a sort of “jungle funk.” 

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Persepolis”: 7 p.m.

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

Persepolis, an extraordinary new animated film from France, brings Marjane Satrapi’s spectacular graphic novels to vivid life on the big screen.

 

Saturday, February 2

Class: Life Drawing Six Session Series: Portrait & Figure Painting (Adults): 3:30 – 7 p.m.

<$210/members, 252/nonmembers>

Paint portraits and the full figure in oil or acrylic from draped and undraped models. Call (313) 833-4249 to register.

 

Lecture: Delicate Diplomacy: European Courts and Meissen Porcelain: 2 p.m.

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, curator of the Arnhold Collection, Dresden and New York, discusses the European aristocracy’s practice of giving porcelain gifts manufactured at the royal Meissen manufactory in Dresden.

 

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

Use foam printing plates, water-based inks, and a pencil to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Persepolis”: 7 p.m.

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

(See February 1 for full details)

 

Target Family Sunday, February 3

Drop-in Workshop: Senufo Painting: 1–5 p.m.

Explore this West African form of painting on fabric.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

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

 

Storytelling: “Zora Neal Hurston” 2 p.m.

Join Tonya “Touchdown” Dallas as she brings the works for acclaimed novelist and folklorist Zora Neal Hurston to life. The performance is encouraging, educational, entertaining, and enjoyable for all ages.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Persepolis”: 4 & 7 p.m.

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

(See February 1 for full details)

 

Thursday, February 7

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “War/Dance”: 7:30 p.m.

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

Set in Northern Uganda, this remarkable new documentary tells the story of three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo. But when they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival, their historic journey to their nation’s capital is also an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste triumph for the first time in their lives.

 

Friday, February 8: Friday Night Live!

Evenings for Educators: What do we mean by identity? Shaping Identity: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

<$15 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 pre-service teacher fee>

Sample a new tour and talk for teachers of students in grades 3–12. Explore how diverse cultures use art to define and communicate identity. African and African-American objects will be featured. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (313) 833-4249.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Celebration Masks: 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Music: Rodney Whitaker: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

A member of Detroit’s rich jazz tradition, bassist Rodney Whitaker has emerged as a member of the world jazz community. This recording artist and sideman has made a name within the new vanguard of young jazzmen dedicated to furthering the traditions of earlier acoustic stylists.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Honeydripper”: 7 p.m.

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

Honeydripper is set among the citizens of Harmony, Alabama in 1950–the heart of the Jim Crow south–as Tyrone (Danny Glover), the nearly broke proprietor of the Honeydripper Lounge, gambles everything to stage a one-night-only gig in order to save the club. In addition to Glover, this musical fable features a large, extraordinary cast, including Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Sean Patrick Thomas, as well as such musical luminaries as Keb’ Mo’ and Dr. Mable John–and an electrifying debut by Gary Clark Jr.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “War/Dance”: 9:30 p.m.

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

(See February 7 for full description)

 

Saturday, February 9

Class: Life Drawing Six Session Series: Portrait & Figure Painting (Adults): 3:30 – 7 p.m.

<$210/members, 252/nonmembers>

(See February 2 for full description)

 

Workshop for Educators: Focus on Special Exhibitions: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the DIA Collection: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

<$40members, $50 nonmembers, $25 pre-service teacher fee>

View the department of prints, drawings and photographs with Curator Nancy Sojka. Then join Kathleen Rashid, artist and DIA studio instructor for several hands-on print making lessons and methods that can be adapted for various ages and levels of experience.

 

Abuakwa African Music and Dance Ensemble: noon

<Tickets are $5>

A piece of West Africa hits the DIA in spectacular fashion in this stunning performance. Established in Ghana in 1998, Abuakwa brings the music and dance elements of diverse African cultures together in a visual and acoustic celebration.

 

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

(See February 2 for full description)

 

Tour of the African American Galleries: 2 p.m.

Valerie J. Mercer, curator and department head of the General Motors Center for African American Art, leads a tour of the DIA’s five new African American art galleries.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Honeydripper”: 7 p.m.

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

(See February 8 for full description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “War/Dance”: 9:30 p.m.

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

(See February 7 for full description)

 

Target Family Sunday, February 10

Abuakwa African Music and Dance Ensemble: noon

<Tickets are $5>

(See February 9 for full description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Senufo Painting: 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Lecture: Posing Beauty: 2 p.m.

Dr. Deborah Willis, a photographer and chair of the department of photography and imaging at the Tische School of the Arts, New York University, discusses the complexities of representing beauty in the history of African American photography. She is the recipient of the Friends of African and American Art’s Alain Locke International Award for 2008 because of her scholarly and artistic contributions to the field of African American photography.

 

Storytelling: “Fables, Fantasy, and Tall Tales”: 2 p.m.

Tonya “Touchdown” Dallas will tell stories about the foolish, clever, and wise.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Honeydripper”: 4 & 7 p.m.

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

(See February 8 for full description)

 

Wednesday, February 13

Lecture: “Marsden Hartley: Gaunt Eagle from the Hills of Maine”: 6:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Kornhauser, curator of American Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will explore the full range of Hartley’s contribution to modernism, including his early post-impressionist landscapes, the influential semi-abstract paintings he completed in Berlin during World War I, and the late primitivist painting completed after his return to Maine.

 

Friday, February 15: Friday Night Live!

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

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Music: Randy Weston: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.

 

Saturday, February 16

Class: Life Drawing Six Session Series: Portrait & Figure Painting (Adults): 3:30 – 7 p.m.

<$210/members, 252/nonmembers> (See February 2 for full description)

 

Workshop for Educators: Social Studies in New American Art Presentations: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

<$40members, $50 nonmembers, $25 pre-service teacher fee>

Enhance social studies with art from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Learn about the new Content Expectations, sample the new DIA American Art student tour, plan classroom activities in break-out sessions in the galleries, and see and other teacher resources.

 

Class: Paint the Sky: Introduction to Painting (Ages 9–12): 10 a.m.–noon

<$20/members, $24 nonmembers>

Study color mixing and expressive brushwork techniques while making a painting on canvas to take home. Class seating is limited. Call (313) 833-4249 to register.

 

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

(See February 2 for full description)

 

Artist Demonstration: LaKela Brown: 1–5 p.m.

Detroit Native LaKela Brown’s current body of work deals with the observation of relationships. She often explores the unprocessed interaction among herself and others by creating a dialogue between the viewer and the works.

 

Target Family Sunday, February 17

Drop-in Workshop: Senufo Painting: 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Storytelling: Madelyn Porter: 2 p.m.

Join storyteller Madelyn Porter for Black History Month as she weaves tales of joy, wisdom, and spirit with an exuberant presentation that brings her stories to life and makes them live on in your memory.

 

Thursday, February 21

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Xala: 7:30 p.m.

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

Zeroing in on the hypocritical posturing by some African leaders on the subject of white colonial policies, this brilliantly witty, devastating satire deals with a self-satisfied, partially Westernized businessman who is suddenly struck with the xala: a curse that renders its victims impotent. One of Ousmane Sembène’s most entertaining, important and powerful films.

 

Friday, February 22: Friday Night Live!

Evenings for Educators: Interpreting Art: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

<$15 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 pre-service teacher fee>

Teachers will be shown how students are led through discussions using a questioning strategy that activates existing knowledge and promotes cooperative learning.

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Celebration Masks: 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

DIA Moment: An Evening with Jessica Care Moore and Aku Kadogo:

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Part theatre, part poetry slam, part dance hall, the performances of these two women from different generations will pay homage to African American poets and performers, including Jayne Cortez, Sonia Sanchez and Ntozoke Shange. DJ Jus will provide musical entertainment.

 

Music: Pyeng Threadgill: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Things haven’t slowed down for Pyeng Threadgill since her 2004 release, Sweet Home: The Songs of Robert Johnson, was named one of the best debut albums of the year. See what all the buzz is about as she spectacularly integrates pieces of traditional spirituals, avant-garde, punk, R&B and soul in her music.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Steep”: 7 p.m.

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

A visually staggering new documentary about a sport that barely existed 35 years ago–big mountain skiing. It began in the 70’s in the mountains of Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt descents so extreme they seemed suicidal.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Black Girl and Borom Sarret”: 9:30 p.m.

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

Ousmane Sembène’s debut feature made a profound impression at international film festivals in 1966 and, in fact, many historians date the evolution of African cinema from this point. It’s the tale of a Senegalese maid taken to the Riviera by her employers, whereupon she begins to realize that she is nothing more than property to them. Also: Borom Sarret (1964), a brilliant short portrait of a day in the life of a cart driver in Dakar.

 

Saturday, February 23

Class: Life Drawing Six Session Series: Portrait & Figure Painting (Adults): 3:30 – 7 p.m.

<$210/members, 252/nonmembers> (See February 2 for full description)

 

Class: Animal Jars: (Children ages 5 and older with an adult): 1–3 p.m.

<$20/members, $24/nonmembers>

Make an animal-inspired covered jar out of clay. Call (313) 833-4249 to register.

 

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

(See February 2 for full description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Steep”: 7 p.m.

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

(See February 22 for full description)

 

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

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

Ceddo – translated loosely as “the feudal class” – remains one of the most important African films ever made. While on the surface Ceddo is a riveting and entertaining political thriller about the kidnapping of a beautiful princess, its deeper subjects include philosophy, fantasy, militant politics and at least two electrifying leaps across the centuries. If there is a film that comes near to evoking the whole of the African experience, it is Ceddo.

 

Target Family Sunday, February 24

Brunch with Bach: Harlem Quartet: 11:30 a.m.

<$30/full brunch and $10/concert only>

The Harlem Quartet is made up of all first place laureates of the Sphinx Competition. In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Senufo Painting: 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 1–5 p.m.

(See February 3 for full description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Moolaade”: 1 p.m.

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

In telling the story of one woman's resistance to the traditional practice of female genital mutilation, Sembène’s final film – quite possibly his masterpiece – offers a rich portrait of a modern African village torn between three religions: spirit worship, Islam, and free-market globalization. This movie has everything - scheming imams and heroic feminists, benevolent mercenaries and Paris-educated tribal chiefs, murder and song and dance. And in the end, incredibly, Sembène's powerful assault on a cruel religious ritual leaves you feeling elated.

 

Lecture: Laylah Ali: 2 p.m.

Massachusetts artist Laylah Ali has made a name for herself with her brightly colored, emotionally tense paintings. Learn firsthand what’s behind a disturbingly ambiguous subject matter that is reflected in a style seemingly influenced by contemporary animation.

 

Storytelling: Madelyn Porter: 2 p.m.

(See February 17 for full description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Steep”: 4 & 7 p.m.

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

(See February 22 for full description)

 

Friday, February 29: Friday Night Live!

Drop-in Workshop: Celebration Masks: 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth and Adults (Ages 6 and older; Children 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult): 6–9 p.m.

(See February 1 for full description)

 

Music: Monica Blaire: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Singer Monica Blaire’s sound can best be described as early soul music inspired by an unconventional sense of rhythm and melodies.

 

Workshop: Wheel Throwing Three Session Workshop Series (Ages 14 and older): 7-9 p.m.

<$100/members, $120/nonmembers>

In this hands-on workshop, students of all skill levels will view objects from the collection and relate them to basic pottery techniques. Demonstrations and gallery visits included. Please bring a towel. Class size is limited. Call (313) 833-4249 to register.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: “Diva”: 7 p.m.

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

Just one simple mistake, and suddenly postman and opera fanatic Frederic Andrei is on the run all across Paris. All because he pirated a recording of a never-recorded opera super-star as she wrapped up a recital and because of an incriminating tape a hooker on the run slipped into his pouch.

 

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