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Exhibitions and Events June 2004–June 2005

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Exhibitions are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Museum hours are Wednesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Please note that due to construction the closing dates for all exhibitions are subject to change. Visit for updated information.

Through June 6, 2004
This exhibition celebrates the work of artist James McNeill Whistler and his influence on American painting. Among the more than 60 paintings on view is his most famous work, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, commonly referred to as “Whistler’s Mother.” Other signature works, such as Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., as well as the DIA’s own Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, are included in the exhibition, along with works by American artists who were influenced by Whistler’s innovative ideas. This is a ticketed exhibition. For ticket information, call 877.432.8497. This exhibition was organized as After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta with generous support provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In Detroit, the exhibition is supported by the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Kenwal Steel Corp., the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the City of Detroit.

Through August 1, 2004
Contemporary artist Dawoud Bey presents work created during a five-week residency at Chadsey High School in Detroit. The exhibition includes large-format, color photographic portraits accompanied by student texts and a video of Chadsey High students. Bey also conducted discussions, and writing and art workshops with many of the students. A selection of student art from these sessions is also on view. This exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts in collaboration with Dawoud Bey. Support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Through Mid-July 2004
Freight Train, an outdoor sculpture installation by multimedia artist Yoko Ono, is on the museum’s southwest lawn. A boxcar riddled with bullet holes but filled with light and sound, this evocative work was inspired by accounts of the deaths of Mexican migrant workers who were smuggled across the U.S. border in a locked railroad car. Ono said she created the piece as “a work of atonement for the injustice and pain we’ve experienced in this past century, expressing resistance, healing and hope for the next century.” Collection of the artist, Detroit installation sponsored by Lila and Gilbert B. Silverman with the assistance of Fab-ra-cast Concrete Railway Crossing Systems and CSX Transportation. Curated by Jon Hendricks. Thanks to Jorge Starke, Stiftung Starke, Raphel Vostel and Galerie Vostell in Berlin, Fumio Nanjo Associates and Yuko Nishiyama in Yokohama, and Jeffrey Deitch, Deitch Projects, Alanna Heiss, William Norton, P.S.1 and Karla Merrifield, Studio One in New York.

May 26–September 19, 2004
Etching was practiced by such a vast number of artists and developed with such creativity and freedom of expression during the 19th century that the era became known as “the etching revival.” James McNeill Whistler and his British brother-in-law, Seymour Hayden, were central figures in this international movement that invigorated an old printmaking technique. Examples of their work and that of many other artists, such as Charles Meryon, Edouard Manet and Frank Brangwyn are part of this exhibition of over 120 prints from the DIA collection.

June 11–13, 2004
Enjoy the 17th annual Detroit Festival of the Arts, in the heart of the University Cultural Center, with juried artists, performing arts, street performers, unique food, a children's fair, visual arts, and more. DIA admission is free during regular museum hours throughout the weekend. For more information, call 313.577.5088.

June 22, 2004
Join the Detroit Institute of Arts as we kickoff the 25th anniversary celebration of Under the Stars with our Patron Party. This year's event will showcase a reception and fashions from the Oscar de la Renta Collections with a fashion show sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue of Somerset Collection. Tickets for Patrons are $400, and this cost included the Under the Star Gala event on Saturday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $75 for the Patron Party only. For more information call 313.833.7967.

August 14, 2004
The DIA’s Founders Junior Council presents the 34th annual Fash Bash ® fundraiser, which includes 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.

August 21, 2004
“Jubilation” is the theme of the 41st annual Bal Africain gala, hosted by the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art. Funds raised from Bal Africain support acquisitions for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ permanent collection of African and African American art and underwrite lectures and programs. For more information, call the Bal Hotline: 313.833.4866.

September 8–December 5, 2004
This exhibition is the first major retrospective to focus exclusively on the photographic work of Charles Sheeler, one of the master photographers of the 20th century. Featured are over 100 rare prints from his major series, including images of his house and barns in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from 1916 to 1917; stills from the 1920 film Manhatta; photographs of Chartres Cathedral from 1929; and several images of American industry made for Fortune magazine in the 1930s. Of special note are Sheeler’s legendary views from the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge complex, commissioned by Edsel Ford in 1927. This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All photographs were drawn from the Lane Collection. In Detroit, the exhibition is sponsored by Dow Automotive.

October 27, 2004– January 2005
Approximately 100 19th- and 20th-century prints in all media celebrate the diverse regions of the United States. Large selections from three series that have never been displayed at the DIA include John Hill’s Picturesque Views of American Scenery from 1821, George Elbert Burr’s Etchings of the Desert from 1921 and Alex Katz’s Landscapes from 2000. A significant educational component is part of the display; the Hill series consists of multiple states of the same images that illustrate their development from basic etching, to the addition of aquatint and the application of sophisticated hand-coloring on the final proofs. Rounding out the exhibition are many individual prints by artists such as Mary Nimmo Moran, Grant Wood, Childe Hassam, Stow Wengenroth, Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell.

November 13, 2004
Under the Stars has been a premier social black-tie event for 24 years. It’s one of metro Detroit’s grandest annual dress-up parties and benefits the DIA. At this year’s event, celebrate the 25th Anniversary with a dinner dance; guests will be treated in style with an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, dance and desserts. Tickets are $400 for patrons; $7,000 for a corporate table of 12. For more information call 313.833.7967.

December 4, 2004
The DIA’s offerings during Noel Night include performances by storytellers on Kwanzaa and Chanukah celebrations, live music, and an opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa. The museum shop and CaféDIA will also be open.

December 12, 2004–February 27, 2005
This exhibition presents a comprehensive look at Venetian glass making in the 20th century. Organized chronologically, the exhibition comprises approximately 300 outstanding examples of blown glass and explores the nature of modern, artistic Venetian glass in terms of its distinct characteristics and its relation to international design. This exhibition was organized and is circulated by Exhibitions International, NY. The national tour of this exhibition is sponsored by Venini USA.

February 27, 2005–May 22, 2005
Gerard Ter Borch (1617-1681) remains one of the most beloved painters of the 17th century Dutch "Golden Age." Although he began his career representing rustic genre scenes, he shifted his interests to portraiture and refined scenes from everyday life. Ter Borch focused on subjects set in formal aristocratic interiors. He was an acute observer of the world around him and developed a unique ability to render the shimmering effects of fabric--especially the satin dresses worn by the elegantly dressed women who populate his greatest genre subjects. Ter Borch also lovingly renders other costly objects including silver ointment jars and mirrors associated with a lady's toilette. Although his subjects outwardly seem so realistic, Ter Borch interjects a sense of mystery into them. The formal interaction between the ladies and gentlemen in his pictures is surrounded by mystery. What really transpires in his paintings remains unanswered and hauntingly provocative. Herein lies the enduring appeal of Ter Borch--an artist who, like Vermeer, brings Dutch genre painting to its highest level of perfection. This exhibition was organized by The American Federation of Teachers and The National Gallery of Art, Washington.