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There’s Lots Of Action In August At The DIA

Monday, July 05, 2004

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has an incredible array of programs in August to attract visitors of all ages. Kids can take advantage of the creative drop-in workshops and storytelling performances, while adults can listen-in on fascinating artist talks or enjoy a melodic gallery serenade. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities with the symbol (SLI) are presented with sign-language interpretation.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE DIA

Friday nights at the DIA are a great way to spend a summer evening. Visitors can have fun making art and taking tours inside the museum, then step outside for fantastic performances.

August 6: Marshall Field's First Fridays
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Refrigerator Magnets
Create a magnet of your own design.

World Music Series Outdoors: Hardcore Detroit 7 p.m.
Hardcore Detroit is a break dancing collective from the Detroit area. Inspired by old school hip-hop, members of the group perform such feats as a 30-second head-spin and the legendary robot.

Artist at Work
Watch sculptor Sioux Trujillo uses special techniques to carve a sculpture from a block of salt.

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth (Ages 6–14)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings.

Drawing in the Galleries for Adults (Ages 15 and older)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

August 13: Fine Arts Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Refrigerator Magnets
Create a magnet of your own design.

Music Outdoors: Continuum 7 p.m.
The oldest contemporary music group in the U.S., the award-winning and nationally touring Continuum combines undiscovered gems in the history of music and redefines them for today.

Moving Pictures: Cinematic Experimentation and Discovery 1895–1906

Frequently comical, often risqué and sometimes just plain baffling, the 20 films in this anthology challenge the precepts of visual narrative, thereby inventing the photographic and editing techniques that would quickly become the industry’s standard.

Insider's View: African American Art at the DIA
6 & 7:30 p.m.
Join Stephanie James, DIA assistant curator for the General Motors Center for African American Art, for a talk about works by African American artists in the galleries.

August 20: Jazz Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Refrigerator Magnets
Create a magnet of your own design.

Jazz Music Outdoors: Gwen Laster 7 p.m.
Violinist Gwen Laster brings an inventive and eclectic sound to the art of improvisational violin.

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth (Ages 6–14)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Drawing in the Galleries for Adults (Ages 15 and older)
Artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

August 27: Family Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Refrigerator Magnets
Create a magnet of your own design.

Family Performance Outdoors: The Jazzy Dazzy Family Show 7 p.m.
Popular Detroit jazz vocalist Naima Shamborguer and friends present a lively show of singing, dancing, rhythms and instrument demonstrations.

Storytelling: Beyond Storytelling
Roan Judd tells traditional stories from around the world, drawing from her own varied heritage and borrowing from others.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday
Drop-in Workshops for All Ages: Uchiwa Noon–4 p.m.
Visitors can learn the craft of Uchiwa, a style of paper fan common in Japan, as they make a fan of their own.

Saturday, August 7
Masterwork of the Month: Eleonora of Toledo 2 p.m.
DIA education staff member, Jennifer Czajkowski, will discuss the Agnolo Bronzino portrait Eleonora of Toledo.

Saturday, August 14
Storytelling: Around the World and Back Again 2 p.m.
Travel around the world and back again with stories from the best in children’s literature. Local storyteller Judy Sima’s energetic program combines folk, traditional and modern tales with humor, songs, props and lots of audience participation.

Saturday, August 21
Artist’s Choice: Clinton Snider 2 p.m. (SLI)
Detroit landscape artist Clinton Snider discusses his work in relation to favorites in the DIA’s collection.

Saturday, August 28
Storytelling: East Meets West: A Collection of Japanese Stories 2 p.m.
Storyteller Rob McCabe presents a collection of Japanese humorous tales and ghost stories.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday
Drop in Workshops for All Ages: Paper Marbling Noon–4 p.m.
Create marbled patterns on paper similar to those found in books during the late Renaissance.

Sunday, August 1
Storytelling: Around the World and Back Again 2 p.m.
Travel around the world and back again with stories from the best in children’s literature. Local storyteller Judy Sima’s energetic program combines folk, traditional and modern tales with humor, songs, props and lots of audience participation.

Sunday, August 15
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. Bring materials to work on a panel or just come with ideas.

Storytelling: Around the World and Back Again 2 p.m.
Travel around the world and back again with stories from the best in children’s literature. Local storyteller Judy Sima’s energetic program combines folk, traditional and modern tales with humor, songs, props and lots of audience participation.

Artist Demonstration Noon–4 p.m.
Chris Foxwell from Pewabic Pottery will demonstrate the techniques used to make traditional hand-pressed tiles.

Sunday, August 22
Gallery Serenade: Andrea Gullickson 2 p.m.
Oboist Andrea Gullickson has been featured in concerts throughout Canada, England and the United States. She was selected as one of six semifinalists to compete in the Louise D. McMahon International Solo Competition.

Sunday, August 29

Family Performance: Fencing Demonstration 2 p.m.
The Renaissance Fencing Club demonstrates the three techniques of modern Olympic sport fencing: the foil, sabre and epée.

SPECIAL DIA EVENTS

Saturday, August 14
Club Cavalli: A 2004 Fash Bash Production
Fash Bash, the city’s premier fashion event, returns this year in a new location. Club Cavalli: A 2004 Fash Bash Production will be held at the Wintergarden Atrium in the Renaissance Center. The event will include a strolling supper, live auction, fashion extravaganza, entertainment and afterglow parties. For more information and ticket prices, call the Fash Bash hotline at 313.833.6954.

Saturday, August 21
Bal Africain 2004
“Jubilation,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Brown v the Board of Education” Supreme Court decision, is the theme of the 41st annual Bal Africain gala, hosted by the Friends of African and African American Art. Funds raised from Bal Africain support acquisitions for the African and African American art collections, as well as underwriting lectures and programs. For more information, call the Bal Hotline: 313.833.4866.

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Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural center, the Detroit Institute of Arts was founded in 1885 and is recognized as one of the country’s premier art museums. Approximately 60,000 works of art form a multicultural survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA’s collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion.