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September Programs at the DIA

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

This month take time to visit two spectacular exhibitions. Kenro Izu: Sacred Places is on view until October 12, and The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library continues until November 16. Both exhibitions are accompanied by complementing activities, including a lecture/book signing by photographer Kenro Izu at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Also, grab a camera and submit a photo for our Detroit’s Sacred Places online photo contest, in conjunction with Kenro Izu: Sacred Places. The winner will receive a signed copy of Izu’s book Light Over Sacred Places of Asia, two front row seats to Izu’s lecture on Sept. 14, and admission for two to the post-lecture strolling supper. Exhibition curators Nancy Barr and Amelia Chau, as well as Kyohei Abe, professor of photography at the College for Creative Studies, will review and comment on a selection of the submissions in a blog at http://detroitssacredplaces.wordpress.com. To enter, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/detroitssacredplaces/. 

 

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the Web site at www.dia.org.

 

Guided Tours

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

 

Drawing in the Galleries (For all ages)

Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, 1–5 p.m.

 

Friday Night Live, September 5

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

Mughal painters decorated the area around their paintings elaborately. Decorate a frame using a variant of markers and colored pencils.

 

Music: Mama’s Licking Stick featuring Quatour Issy: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Wendell Harrison’s Mama’s Licking Stick Clarinet Ensemble collaborates with Quatour Issy in a French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE). These two ensembles will come together to perform compositions by Wendell Harrison, commissioned by Chamber Music America, and the Quatour Issy Ensemble. Quatour Issy is a magnificent clarinet quartet from Paris, France featuring four of the finest clarinetists working in jazz, chamber music and orchestral ensembles.

 

Saturday, September 6

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Three-hole pamphlet stitch:  1–5 p.m.

Make and decorate a simple book using a traditional form of stitching.

 

Artist Demonstration: Scott Hocking: 1–5 p.m.

Focusing on the abandoned areas of Detroit, Scott Hocking gathers ideas, materials and inspiration and creates works ranging from small drawings to large-scale sculptural installations.

 

Target Family Sunday, September 7

Drop-in Workshop: Tibetan Prayer Flags:  1–5 p.m.

Learn how Tibetan prayer flags are made and used while you create your own personal flags to take home.

 

Storytelling: “BaatUnI BIrbal – The talkative Birbal”: 2 p.m.

Latika Mangrulkar tells the stories of Birbal, the witty courtier in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court. This activity complements the exhibition, The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library.

 

Thursday, September 11

Lecture: Present at the Creation: The Rise of the Market for American Art, 1972-2008: 6:30 p.m.

Longtime head of the American Department at Sotheby’s, Peter B. Rathbone, will share his insider’s view of the extraordinary growth of the market for American paintings over the last 35 years.

 

Friday Night Live, September 12

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

(See September 5 for description)

 

Saturday, September 13

Class: Graphic Arts: Stencil It (Ages 9–12) 10 a.m.–noon.

Design, cut, and print your own color stencil on a t-shirt you can take home and wear. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Three-hole pamphlet stitch:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 6 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, September 14

Drop-in Workshop: Tibetan Prayer Flags:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 7 for description)

 

Storytelling: “Autumn Tales to Tell Together”: 2 p.m.

When the colors begin to change and there is a hint of chill in the air it is time to gather with family and friends and lend a listening ear to Jenifer Straus. Autumn is a time for stories about pumpkins, corn, and leaves; or maybe a tale about goblins and ghosts to send a chill down your spine.

 

Lecture/Book signing: Kenro Izu: 2–3 p.m.

Artist Kenro Izu will discuss his photographic work done over the last 10 years featuring imagery from many remote and sacred places throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Images are featured in the exhibition Kenro Izu: Sacred Places on view in the Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography through October 12. For more information, call (313) 833-9830.  

 

Friday Night Live, September 19

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

(See September 5 for description)

 

Saturday, September 20

Class: Zig Zag Photo Albums (Ages 9–12) 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Use your own photos from home to create a fun photo album using a variety of interesting materials. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Three-hole pamphlet stitch:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 6 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, September 21

Drop-in Workshop: Tibetan Prayer Flags:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 7 for description)

 

Family Performance: “Divine Fusion”: 2 p.m.

Indira Satyapriya performs traditional Indian dances in honor of the exhibition, The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library. The dances combine the ancient steps of classical Indian moves with more contemporary music to recreate the essence of the divine. This divine fusion hopes to create a better appreciation of the sublime art form.

 

Friday Night Live, September 26

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

(See September 5 for description)

 

DIA Moment: Guillermo Gómez-Peña: 8 p.m.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña will perform an original spoken word performance. The performance artist/writer resides in San Francisco where he is an artistic director of Pocha Nostra. Born and raised in Mexico City, his pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, “extreme culture” and new technologies. A MacArthur fellow and American Book Award recipient, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico, and a contributing editor to the Drama Review.

 

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

Experience the music of a Russian Folk Festival without leaving Detroit. Well-known in St. Petersburg, Russia and virtually unknown in the United States, the Russian-Celtic Orchestra plays and sings Russian traditional music and songs in post-folk style. They use traditional Celtic and Russian instruments along with more modern instruments.

 

Saturday, September 27

Class: In the Mirror (Ages 13–17) 10 a.m.–noon

Use acrylic paint to create a self portrait on canvas. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Three-hole pamphlet stitch:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 6 for description)

 

Performance Art: Mapa Corpo:  Interactive Rituals for the New Millennium: 8 p.m.

Internationally renowned performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña presents his vision of cultural and political conflict in a post-911 world.  Performance elements include ritualized enactments of oppression and liberation, and mourning and healing set against a constantly shifting background of media images, spoken word poetics and music.  Visitors circulate through the performance space in Rivera Court and are invited to interact with the performers. Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a MacArthur Grant fellow and has been a regular contributor to NPR cultural commentary.  In addition to Gómez-Peña, the troupe of artists includes Roberto Sifuentes, Professor of Performance Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Violeta Luna, Mexican actress and artist, and René García, California-based video artist. Nonmembers $20, members and students (with valid ID) $18. Tickets are available through the DIA ticket office at (313) 833-4005.

 

Target Family Sunday, September 28

Class: Coil Bowls (Families with children ages five and up) 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Make shapes out of many snake-like pieces of clay and create a colorful bowl that you can use. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Performance Art: Mapa Corpo:  Interactive Rituals for the New Millennium: 8 p.m.

(See September 27 for description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Tibetan Prayer Flags:  1–5 p.m.

(See September 7 for description)

 

Family Performance: Reelroad: 2 p.m.

This post-folk group provides a fresh new look at Russian performance folk music. While Reelroad draws its musical forms and inspiration from Russian folk music, the rhythms are modern and identifiable. Every concert of Reelroad is a festival. Reelroad will present Russian folk dance classes at the concert so everyone may experience this new form of performance art.

 

Hours and admission:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at www.dia.org.

 

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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.

 

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

 

Contact:   

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

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