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November Programs at the DIA

Monday, September 08, 2008

November highlights include the Arts Alive! Les Arts Vivants! gala on November 8, and NBTV Presents, a full-stage, live-comedy production starring the NB Puppets and an irregular cast of characters. Special exhibitions include The Private World of India’s Mughal Emperors; Jane Hammond: Paper Work; Monet to Dali: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art, and In the Company of Artists: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection.

 

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.

 

Special Arrangements for First Weekend in November

To allow adequate preparation and staging of Arts Alive!, the DIA’s annual fundraising gala, the museum will adjust programming and offer visitors a special discount on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8. They can enjoy a 50 percent discount on all tickets for the special exhibition Monet to Dalí: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

The museum will be open during usual business hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday but there will be no special programming on either day. CafeDIA will be closed, but Grab and Go food service will be available for purchase on the second floor.

 

Café DIA and much of the museum are expected to return to regular use on Sunday, Nov. 9.

 

Saturday, November 1

Class: Graphic Arts: Discovering Art Together (Families with children 5 and up): 10 a.m.–noon.

Through simple printmaking, watercolor and folded book projects, children and caregivers will learn fun art ideas they can make over and over again at home. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Jewelry:  1–5 p.m.

Create one-of-a-kind wearable art pins using a variety of traditional and non-traditional jewelry-making materials.

 

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

Michael Daitch and Jim McCutchen use yarn to create hand-woven pieces that are both visually and sensually pleasing. They also specialize in teaching children, including children with special needs, Judaic weaving. They are artists in residence at several synagogues, camps and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. They will demonstrate their weaving techniques for museum visitors.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Ashes of Time Redux: 7 p.m.

Director Wong Kar Wai’s 1994 romantic martial arts epic was never released in the United States, but after giving the film a major re-edit (including a new score featuring Yo Yo Ma), he has fashioned the original into a visionary, visually splendid tale of a heartbroken ancient Chinese swordsman. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Trouble in the Water: 9:30 p.m.

This astonishingly powerful documentary takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. Incorporating remarkable video shot by an aspiring rap artist trapped in the devastating Ninth Ward, Bowling for Columbine producers Lessin and Deal weave this insider’s portrait with a stunning picture of the disaster’s aftermath. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Target Family Sunday, November 2

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

Create one-of-a-kind wearable art pins using a variety of jewelry-making materials.

 

Storytelling: Tonya Dallas: 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and share time together. Join Tonya “Touchdown” Dallas in the interactive and humorous storytelling series Thanks a Bunch.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: The Inferno: 2 p.m.

The Divine Comedy is the starting point for this early Italian horror film. As Dante Allegheri descends further and further into the nine circles of hell, the film’s imagery becomes more and more horrific. The film reflects the fascination with the underworld and the burgeoning interest in psychology that would shape both film and art in the coming years. The Inferno will be accompanied by a live piano score performed by David Drazin. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Ashes of Time Redux: 4 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Trouble in the Water: 7 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

Friday Night Live, November 7

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

Create your own unique design on a bookmark.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase:

Stranded: I’ve Come From a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains: 7 & 9:30 p.m.

In October 1972, a rugby team from Uruguay boarded a plane for a game they would never play. Their plane crashed in the Andes, but 16 of the original 45 passengers miraculously defied nature by staying alive for 72 days on a frozen glacier. How they did it became a story that shocked the world. Yet director Gonzalo Arjon went beyond the tales of cannibalism that swept the headlines to discover the essence of this extraordinary human drama as told by the survivors themselves. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Saturday, November 8

Class: Graphic Arts: Drawing from the Collection (Ages 9–12) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Create your own drawings with the help of a teaching artist by looking at your choice of artwork in the collection. Members $34, nonmembers $39.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Jewelry:  1–5 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

Arts Alive! Les Arts Vivants!:  6 p.m.

Let yourself go to the Detroit Institute of Arts again for Arts Alive! Les Arts Vivants! Taking inspiration from the French masterworks currently on view in the special exhibition Monet to Dali: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the DIA has put together an evening of all things French. Guests may tour from Monet to Dalí at their leisure. Graceful aerialists adorned in sequins and feathers will swoop above the crowd in the magnificent Great Hall and Rivera Court. DJ Rashida will get the party started with her signature fusion of hip-hop, rock, funk, reggae, and more. French Chef George Perrier will give the party some panache and patrons at the Moulin Rouge level will enjoy an extraordinary, private dining experience in the DIA’s Kresge Court. Big band music will also play with a special performance from a French chanteuse. Ticket prices are $200, $600, and $2,500 per person. For details call (313) 833-7967.

 

Sunday, November 9

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase:  The Human Condition: Noon

The Human Condition is a story of a well-meaning labor boss who tried against all odds to apply humane methods to his grueling military service. It was filmed in three parts over three years with a total running time of nearly 10 hours. The chance to experience new 35mm prints of this legendary Venice Film Festival prizewinner, in a one-day marathon screening, is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for movie-lovers. There will be two intermissions, including a one-hour dinner break. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Friday Night Live, November 14

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

(See November 7 for description)

 

DIA Moment: Meet the Stratford Actors: 6:30 & 8 p.m.

Enjoy a brief performance by members of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s acting company followed by a question and answer session with the artists.

 

Music: Ambrose Akinmusire: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Ambrose Akinmusire has been described as “the trumpet player of the moment” by the music blog Jazz Monster. He is the winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and the Carmine Caruso competition. He is best known for his work as a sideman with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Vijay Iyler.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase:  Patti Smith: Dream of Life: 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Nearly 12 years in the making, Steven Sebring’s brilliant film captures artist Patti Smith’s passionate search through the decades for her muse. It included critical acclaim for her music, obscurity as a mother and housewife living in suburban Detroit, and her reemergence as a political activist. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Saturday, November 15

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

Explore the possibilities of color blending and expressive brushwork while making a watercolor to take home. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Drop-in Workshop: Jewelry:  1–5 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Siddhartha: 4 p.m.

Siddhartha is a simple story of a young Brahmin and his search for a meaningful way of life, which takes him through periods of self-denial, sensual pleasures, self-revulsion and eventually the oneness he had been seeking. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase:  Patti Smith: Dream of Life: 7 and 9:30 p.m.

(See November 14 for details)

 

Target Family Sunday, November 16

Brunch with Bach: Tom Wiebe and Pauline Martin: 11:30 a.m.

Canadian cellist Thomas Wiebe, an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, is frequently heard in concerts and on radio broadcasts. Well known to Michigan audiences as soloist and chamber musician, pianist Pauline Martin has numerous recordings to her credit, earning a Chamber Music America/WQXR award in 2000 for Old Acquaintances with the St. Clair Trio and Friends. They will present a recital of works for cello and piano by Bach, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Tickets are $30 for brunch and $10 for the concert only.

 

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

(See November 2 for description)

 

Family Performance: “Mr. Seley: 2 p.m.

Mr. Seley is a third- and fourth-grade teacher who noticed that not many of his songs were “just right” for his students. So he started writing songs for seven- to 12-year-olds. Learn songs from his new CD and sing along with old-favorites.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Le Million: 2 p.m.

A winning lottery ticket in a jacket pocket is given away to a man in need, and the ensuing comic chase forms the structure of the film, which incorporates experimental sound and set design. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase:  Patti Smith: Dream of Life: 4 p.m.

(See November 14 for details)

 

Thursday, November 20

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Days and Clouds: 7 p.m.

A well-to-do couple has a 20-year-old daughter and enough money for her to leave her job to fulfill a longtime dream of studying art history. After she graduates, her father confesses he was fired by the company he founded and hasn’t worked in two months. As the family’s world changes, so does their reaction to it. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Friday Night Live, November 21

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

(See November 7 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: I’ve Loved You So Long: 7 p.m.

For 15 years Juliette has had virtually no contact with her family, for reasons that soon become shockingly apparent. Suddenly reunited with her younger sister, yet still emotionally distanced by the terrible circumstances of their separation, the two are faced with the daunting and all-important task of rebuilding emotional bridges that seem to be irreparably torn. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Days and Clouds: 9:30 p.m.

(See November 20 for description)

 

Saturday, November 22

Drop-in Workshop: Jewelry:  1–5 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

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

Rosa Colimba-Chachalo, a native artisan from Zuleta, Ecuador, creates beautiful embroidery on textiles and blouses that are part of her tradition and culture. Through embroidery, the Zuleta women not only create works of art, but support their families and preserve their culture, which is fading as younger generations stray from traditional dress and customs.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: I’ve Loved You So Long: 7 p.m.

(See November 2 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Days and Clouds: 9:30 p.m.

(See November 20 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, November 23

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

(See November 2 for description)

 

Class: Graphic Arts: Clayworks Masks (Adult) 1–3 p.m.

People everywhere make masks of all kinds for many reasons. Explore these ideas while making a clay mask of your own. Members $24, nonmembers $28.

 

Storytelling: A Stone Soup Feast: 2 p.m.

As the season of feast and festival approaches join Dawn Daniels for the soul-feeding joy and sweetness of connection of storytelling. A radiant artist of the spoken and sung word, this mid-Michigan performer creates a lively circle of warmth and enchantment for audiences of all ages.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’ Or: 2 p.m.

Un Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog) is a sequence of images that are sometimes sweet, other times disturbing, but always riveting, marking the first collaboration between the anarchist director Luis Bunuel and surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The second film L’Age d’ Or (The Golden Age) follows in the same vein of erotically charged imagery in a story of a man and woman in love who pursue their passions despite the interference of society and the church. The film will be accompanied by a live piano score by David Drazin. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50. Both films are directed by Luis Bunuel and feature writing and production design by Salvador Dalí.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: I’ve Loved You So Long: 4 p.m.

(See November 2 for description)

 

Friday Night Live, November 28

Holiday Performance: NBTV Presents: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

NBTV Presents is a full-stage, live-comedy play starring the NB Puppets and an irregular cast of characters. The play is about a new station that has just gone on the air and it shows the audience what really goes on behind the scenes, complete with mishaps and technical difficulties. NBTV is run by Nutty T. Squirrel, the station’s manager and director. Some of the other station members include Chad Owens, Steve and Terri Tuttle, Dr. Von Strudel-nickel, Melody Styles, Bill Oh Really, and Bunny Owens. Call the museum at (313) 833-7900 for ticket price.

 

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

(See November 7 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Trumbo: 9:30 p.m.

Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, delivers forceful, dramatic soliloquies by a battery of distinguished actors including Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Saturday, November 29

Holiday Performance: NBTV Presents: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

(See November 28 for description)

 

Drop-in Workshop: Jewelry:  1–5 p.m.

(See November 1 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Trumbo: 9:30 p.m.

(See November 28 for description)

 

Target Family Sunday, November 30

Holiday Performance: NBTV Presents: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

(See November 28 for description)

 

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

(See November 2 for description)

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Kameradschaft: 2 p.m.

Kameradschaft follows the story of a mine split between France and Germany after World War I. When miners become trapped in the French half, their German counterparts attempt a rescue. Members, seniors, students, $5; general public, $7.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre presented by JPMorgan Chase: Trumbo: 7 p.m.

(See November 29 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), 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