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October Programs at the DIA

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

This month take time to visit four spectacular exhibitions. Kenro Izu: Sacred Places (on view until October 12); The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library; Jane Hammond: Paper Work; and Monet to Dali: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art opens Oct. 12. And, prepare to be scared at our Angel’s Night and Halloween activities.

 

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.

 

Thursday, October 2

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: My Winnipeg

My Winnipeg is a personal (and personally narrated) fever dream about director Guy Maddin’s childhood in the wintry wilds of the hometown of his memories. Magical, hilarious and deviously insightful, Maddin’s ruminations on the town that shaped his sensibilities result in a surprisingly sweet and utterly unique memoir. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times.

 

Friday Night Live, October 3

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Scroll Books:  6–9 p.m.

Make a simple book using paper and wooden sticks.

 

Music: Matthew Shipp: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Jazz pianist Matthew Shipp is not an easy musician to categorize. He looks back through music history and seems to channel other jazz piano masters like Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: A Girl Cut in Two: 7 p.m.

Gabrielle, a television weatherwoman, is pursued simultaneously by two very different men. When one of the interests, who is potentially psychotic, steps up his pursuit, Gabrielle begins to question whether either of her suitors is pure in his intentions. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: My Winnipeg

(See October 2 for description)

 

Saturday, October 4

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

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

 

Artist Demonstration: Henna Tattoos: 1–5 p.m.

Ekta Kansara is a highly skilled and accomplished henna tattoo artist. The West Bloomfield resident has worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and has created henna tattoos on celebrities such as Demi Moore and Indian actress Ashwaria Rai. Kansara’s henna demonstration is in conjunction with the exhibition The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: A Girl Cut in Two: 7 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: My Winnipeg

(See October 2 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, October 5

Drop-in Workshop: Sugar Skulls:  1–5 p.m.

Sugar skulls are colorfully decorated with icing, pieces of bright foil, and colored sugars, and usually bear the names of the deceased loved ones being honored. Decorate your own sugar skull and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

 

Storytelling: “Art Spoken”: 2 p.m.

Yvonne Healy uses voice, gesture and story to share weird Irish legends, outrageous family lore, and kids’ tales. The humorous stories of this “wickedly talented” Midwest author-performer-educator open windows to life, as real and tender as it gets.

 

Lecture: John Singer Sargent, Henry James, and the “Pure Tact of Vision”: 2 p.m.

In 1887, novelist Henry James published one of the first extended essays on the painter John Singer Sargent. Marc Simpson, curator of American Art at the Clark Art Institute and associate director of the Williams College Program in the History of Art, taking his cue from James, discusses the delicacy and tact of Sargent’s work, focusing on paintings from the 1870s and 1880s.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: A Girl Cut in Two: 4 and 7 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

Thursday, October 9

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

Directors Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach filmed intense, and sometimes hilarious, encounters with modern/cotemporary artist Louise Bourgeois and her work in both her Brooklyn studio and home starting in 1993. They videotaped conversations where she invited them into the ritualistic process by which her memories become embodied in objects and installations. They filmed her friends and her work through the autumn of 2007. The resulting film is an eye-opening drama of creativity and revelation—an intimate, human engagement with the artist’s world. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times.

 

Friday Night Live, October 10

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Scroll Books:  6–9 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

Music: Fanna-Fi-Allah: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Qawwali is an ancient practice wherein the fire of divine love (ishq) is ecstatically expressed through the mystical verses of Sufi poets, sung in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi and Punjabi. The origins of Qawwali music date back to more than 1,000 years. Taught yearly for almost a decade in Pakistan by the family of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fanna-Fi-Allah performs Qawwali in its true form.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Momma’s Man: 7 p.m.

Mikey is a 30-something father of a newborn who works a nothing job. Visiting his New York artist parents on a business trip away from his family in California, Mikey finds himself unable to leave his childhood home. His indecisiveness and the natural, sweetly overbearing concern of his family cause him to spiral down a path of untruth and abandonment. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

(See October 9 for description)

 

Saturday, October 11

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

(See October 4 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Momma’s Man: 7 p.m.

(See October 10 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

(See October 9 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, October 12

Drop-in Workshop: Sugar Skulls:  1–5 p.m.

(See October 5 for description)

 

Storytelling: “Art Spoken”: 2 p.m.

(See October 5 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Momma’s Man: 4 & 7 p.m.

(See October 10 for description)

 

Thursday, October 16

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: XXY

Fifteen-year-old Alex was born a hermaphrodite. As Alex begins to explore her sexuality, her mother invites friends from Buenos Aires to come for a visit at their house on the magnificent Uruguayan shore, and they bring along their 16-year-old son Alvaro. Alex is immediately attracted to the young man, which adds another level of complexity to her search for identity, and forces both families to face their most disturbing fears. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times.

 

Friday Night Live, October 17

DIA Halloween 08: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Visit the DIA if you dare for its haunted/mystery tours. Costumed docents and other volunteers will lead visitors from Higley Cottage every 15 minutes, proceed along the outer ring of the other American galleries, and end at the Court of Death painting, providing haunting facts along the way. Lighting is adjusted and other effects are used to create a spooky atmosphere throughout the galleries. Following the guided tour, visitors are offered a Yikes! Gallery guide and a trick-or-treat bag to continue the tour of eerie works of art on their own. At each of the Yikes! Tour stops visitors will receive materials for making a mask that they can assemble in the Loggia at the end of their visit with assistance from DIA staff.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Scroll Books:  6–9 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

Music: Todd Snider: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Balladeer Todd Snider writes songs that combine the wanderlust of a beat poet with the honest narrative of a folksinger/songwriter. His music is catchy, intelligent, articulate, sardonic, sarcastic, and sometimes fantastic.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: XXY

(See October 16 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: The Edge of Heaven

In the course of this extraordinary film children are lost, lost parents are never found, and generational and geographical distances grow wider. Yet at the same time, as the lives of characters cross and entwine, there is a sense of human connections becoming stronger. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times.

 

Saturday, October 18

Artist Demonstration: Carl Oxley III: 1–5 p.m.

Carl Oxley III’s Pop Art paintings are full of color and whimsy with happy glowing characters.  Watch as he does a painting demonstration of some of the characters he’s created.

 

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

(See October 4 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: XXY

(See October 16 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: The Edge of Heaven

(See October 17 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, October 19

Drop-in Workshop: Sugar Skulls:  1–5 p.m.

(See October 5 for description)

 

Storytelling: “Simply Mother Goose”: 2 p.m.

Marjorie Schaefer engages her audience using a call-and-response format with rhymes and using figures from her collection of Mother Goose items. Her presentation will be appealing to an inter-generational audience.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: The Edge of Heaven

(See October 17 for description)

 

Thursday, October 23

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Alexandra

Alexandra ponders the cost of war. Mother Russia herself, a blunt, grimly humorous, and totally unintimidated babushka pays a visit to her grandson’s unit in Chechnya. She rides among the young recruits in a troop transport and later, a tank; she observes the routines of military life in this dusty , sun-bleached landscape, before venturing on a sudden trip to the outlying countryside. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times.

 

Friday Night Live, October 24

DIA Halloween 08: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(See October 17 for description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Scroll Books:  6–9 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

Music: Libby York: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Vocalist Libby York is known for her subtle and understated yet expressive jazzy style. York has recorded three albums: Blue Gardenia, 2004's Sunday in New York (that boasted Count Basie alumni Frank Wess on tenor sax), and her self-produced 2008 release Here with You which features cornetist Warren Vaché and guitarists Howard Alden and Russell Malone.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Alloy Orchestra

Boston’s acclaimed Alloy Orchestra will perform live musical accompaniment with silent classics including the rarely-seen gangster epic Underworld (1927) by director Joseph von Sternberg. Alloy Orchestra is a three man musical ensemble, known for writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Underworld is regarded as a masterpiece of the silent era that still holds up as an exciting and engrossing movie over 70 years later, and which is properly regarded as the first modern American gangster movie. Call the DFT at (313) 833-3237 for specific times and titles for the weekend.

 

Saturday, October 25

Artist Demonstration: Ceramics: 1–5 p.m.

Jeff Blandford’s ceramic work is often a marriage of architecture and interior design using clay as a vehicle. He will create ceramic pieces, display completed works, and discuss his creative process.

 

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

(See October 4 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Alloy Orchestra

(See October 24 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, October 26

Drop-in Workshop: Sugar Skulls:  1–5 p.m.

(See October 5 for description)

 

Fourth Annual African Art Recognition Award: 2 p.m.

Kenyan artist Magdalene Odundo is the 2008 recipient of the DIA auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art’s (FAAAA) African Art Recognition Award. Odundo’s elegant ceramic vessels are characterized by human-like forms and attributes and graceful silhouettes. The smooth, finished surfaces belie the hand-coiled techniques she uses to patiently build up her thin-walled vases and pots. Odundo grew up in Kenya, then lived and studied in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the Americas, and Asia. Through her keen eye and hand, she synthesizes designs from these ancient cultural traditions to produce contemporary forms all her own. Odundo speaks about her work and career during the awards ceremony. A reception follows the lecture.

 

Family Performance: Raas Competition: 2 p.m.

Raas, a folk dance traditional to North India, is known for energetic performances by men and women using decorated sticks called dandiya. The dance has been adapted by American university students and is performed competitively by student teams across the United States. University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Case Western Reserve University will perform in competition in the DIA’s theater. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors: Albums of Painting and Calligraphy from the Chester Beatty Library.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Alloy Orchestra

(See October 24 for description)

 

Friday Night Live, October 31

DIA Halloween 08: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(See October 17 for description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Book Arts: Scroll Books:  6–9 p.m.

(See October 3 for description)

 

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),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and 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