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Inside And Out: The DIA Is Ready For Summer Fun This June

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors this June with activities and performances in the museum and on the front lawn. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities with the symbol (SLI) are presented with sign-language interpretation.

FRIDAY NIGHTS
The DIA has enhanced its popular Friday night events by taking performances outdoors during the summer. On June 11, Fine Arts Friday and the first day of the Detroit Festival of the Arts, visitors can bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy entertaining music performers at the DIA’s Woodward Plaza Café. Located on the north lawn of the museum, the café will offer hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments. The café will be open every Friday throughout the summer, from 6 to 9 p.m. with performances at 7 p.m. If weather is unfavorable, the performances will move inside.

The museum is open until 9 p.m. every Friday; special activities are 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 4: Marshall Field’s First Fridays

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts (for all ages)
Create a handmade book by folding paper.

Artist at Work
Susan Goethel Campbell will combine hand stenciling with relief and intaglio printmaking techniques for an unusual artist demonstration.

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

World Music Series: Amy Denio
6:30 & 8 p.m.
Amy Denio is both a versatile composer and a one-woman orchestra, playing guitar, bass, sax and accordion. This consummate musician, with a four-octave vocal range, uses her skills to merge a range of traditions, from groove-heavy jazz and funk to European folk and odd-metered rock.

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

Adventures in Drawing (ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

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

June 11: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts (for all ages)
Create a handmade book by folding paper.

Moving Pictures: Early Films by Edward Muybridge, Edwin S. Porter, and Thomas
Edison, 1893–1907

This collection of 12 short films surveys cinema’s earliest days with the 1877 motion studies of Edward Muybridge, productions of Thomas Edison’s Black Maria, the actualities of Louis Lumiére, George Méliès’s A Trip to the Moon, and ends with the premiere of a mint-condition print of Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery, complete with the authentic hand-tinting seen by audiences in 1903.

Insider’s View: Nineteenth-Century Etching Revival 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Join Nancy Sojka, the DIA’s curator of graphic arts, for a talk about the French and European etchings currently on view.

Woodward Plaza Café: Motor City Brass Band 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The Motor City Brass Band is a modern take on the British brass band tradition. The band, composed of 27 brass and percussion players, performs a wide variety of musical styles.

June 18: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts (for all ages)
Create a handmade book by folding paper.

Jazz Music at the Woodward Plaza Café: The Music of Louis Jordan
Let the Good Times Roll, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Beans and Cornbread and Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens are all great American songs composed by the legendary saxophonist, vocalist and entertainer Louis Jordan. Call it a style or call it a sound, the music developed by Jordan has affected American musical works far beyond the years of his peak popularity. Wendell Harrison relives this musical journey with Detroit musicians.

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 to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

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

June 25: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts (for all ages)
Create a handmade book by folding paper.

Woodward Plaza Café: Benny Cruz Y La Buena Vida
Benny Cruz Y La Buena Vida, an award-winning Latin band, present a family-oriented program that includes a chance to learn basic Latin rhythms and dance steps and show your talent alongside the band or sing-along as the group takes you on a journey through Latin America, playing favorite Latin standards along with their original compositions.

Storytelling: LaRon Williams 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Celebrated storyteller LaRon Williams brings to life multicultural stories from around the world with an emphasis on African and African American tales. He uses dialect, facial expression, song and movement to breathe life into tales that transcend the boundaries of class and age.

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 in June
Drop-in Workshop: Postcards Noon–4 p.m. (for all ages)
Create your own postcard with watercolor and collage.

Saturday, June 5
Adult Class: Felting 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Find out how to create, with a minimal amount of effort, several small sculptural projects using wool, soap and water.
Members: $44; Non-members: $55; Materials: $20 per person. To register please call 313.833.4249.

Masterwork of the Month: La Santa E Gloriosa Carne 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Detroit artist Ed Fraga will discuss the meaning behind the symbols in his painting La Santa E Gloriosa Carne and how the bed, landscape and calla lilies deal with the natural cycles of birth, death and resurrection. Fraga will also discuss the creative process along with the inspiration for the painting.

Saturday, June 12
Storytelling: “The Art of Folktales” 1:30 p.m.
Sumarah Karen Smith presents a lively program of multicultural stories from around the world.

Community Choice: European Art 2 p.m.
Antonia Bostrom, DIA assistant curator in the European art department, discusses highlights in the collection of European sculpture and decorative arts.

Saturday, June 19
Adult Class: Creative Art Quilts 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Try something new! Learn how to make an art quilt without using patterns. Members: $44; Non-members: $55. To register, please call 313.833.4249.

Artist’s Choice: Anne Harrington Hughes 1:30 p.m.
Anne Harrington Hughes’ installations exercise the interplay between everyday objects and materials and the way in which they can carry layers of meaning to create an environment for the viewer. Objects in the DIA inspire her and become represented in much of her work.

Saturday, June 26
Storytelling: “The Art of Folktales” 1:30 p.m.
Sumarah Karen Smith presents a lively program of multicultural stories from around the world.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday in June
Adinkra Cloth Noon–4 p.m.
Using rubber Adinkra stamps, create a sample cloth of your own design.

Sunday, June 6
Storytelling: “Miz Rosie” 1:30 (SLI) & 3 p.m.
Rosie Chapman (a.k.a. Miz Rosie) has thrilled national and international audiences of all ages with her African, African American, Native American and other folktales.

DIA Live: The Mr. B Trio 2 p.m.
Mr. B’s dynamic style of boogie-woogie piano has earned him a reputation as one of the best at this vanishing art form. He learned the craft firsthand from masters like Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red and Blind John Davis. Mr. B’s Trio gives the tradition new life and transcends rigid categories.

Sunday, June 13
Point of View: “The Role of Arabic Calligraphy in Islamic Art” 1:30 p.m. (SLI)
Hashim Al-Tawil, artist, calligrapher and historian of Islamic art at Henry Ford Community College and the University of Michigan, Dearborn, explores the use of Arabic text, in the form of calligraphy, in the religious and secular art of Islam. The presentation also includes a demonstration of the six major styles of traditional Arabic calligraphy.

Sunday, June 20
Brunch with Bach: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival 11 a.m.
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents some of the finest chamber music performers in the United States for this month’s Brunch with Bach. Brunch is $20 per person, please call 313.833.4005 for reservations.

Artist Demonstration Noon–4 p.m.
Matthew Bierl makes a model for a lost-wax casting and explains this sculptural process.

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.

Youth Classes: Pulp it Up! 1–3 p.m. (ages 5–8, with an adult)
Have fun creating sheets of handmade paper and paper bowls. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register please call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: “The Art of Folktales” 1:30 p.m.
Sumarah Karen Smith presents a lively program of multicultural stories from around the world.

Sunday, June 27
Youth Classes: Mirror Mirror 1–3 p.m. (ages 5–8, with an adult)
Create and personalize your own hand painted mirror. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, please call 313.833.4249.

Gallery Serenade: The Woodland Trio 2 p.m.
Kerstin Allvin on harp, Caroline Coade on viola and Jeffery Zook on flute play music ranging from the 18th century to contemporary pieces.

SPECIAL WEEKDAY PROGRAMS

Wednesday, June 23 & 30
Youth Classes: Lumieres 10 a.m.–noon (ages 9–12)
Create your own clay votive using lab slab building techniques. Members: $20 per child and per adult; Non-members: $24 per child and per adult. To register, please call 313.833.4249.

Thursday, June 24 & July 1
Wood Sculpture 10 a.m.–noon (ages 9–12)
Create your own sculpture using recycled wood. Members: $20 per child and per adult; Non-members: $24 per child and per adult. To register, please call 313.833.4249



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.

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 $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313.833.7971.