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December Programs at the DIA - Special Holiday Hours

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

(Detroit)—Special holiday programs and Target Family Sundays are just some of the highlights of December activities. Outstanding exhibitions are also on view: Jane Hammond: Paper Work; Monet to Dalí: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art; and In the Company of Artists: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection. Master Pieces: Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection opens December 26.

Special Holiday Hours
Wednesday–Thursday, Dec. 24-25     Museum Closed
Friday, Dec. 26                                    Museum Open 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 27, 28            Museum Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 29, 31        Museum Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1                                  Museum Closed
Friday, Jan. 2                                       Museum Open 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4                  Museum Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m
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Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

For Detroit Film Theatre movie listings call (313) 833-4686, or visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp.

Guided Tours
Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays–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, December 5
Chess Practice: The Detroit City Chess Club
: 5– 9 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members of the club have won national, regional, and state competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no teaching between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Drop-in Workshop: Creative Paperwork:  6–9 p.m.
Explore the endless possibilities for creating with paper as you make your own cards and envelopes.

Music: Audrey Luna: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Soprano singer Audrey Luna has performed in theatres, concert halls, and at festivals around the world. Her rich and varied career in opera, concert, recital and chamber music repertoire has taken her to places including Salzburger Festspiel, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Jerusalem Festival. Specializing in French melody and contemporary American art song, her appearance is in conjunction with the Monet to Dalí: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition currently on display at the DIA.

Saturday, December 6
Class: Painting (Ages nine–12) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Try different approaches to painting and discover the joy of mixing colors as you complete your own painting on canvas. Members $34, nonmembers $39. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Drop-in Workshop: Snow Snakes:  1–5 p.m.
Learn about this traditional Inuit game as you decorate a simple stick to look like a snake.

Lecture: Lions, Dragons and Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages, Vessels for Church and Table: 2 p.m.
Aquamanila, hollow-cast vessels, were used by priests to pour water for hand washing before mass and by lay people at mealtimes. For many, they are fascinating because of their always original and sometimes whimsical sculptural forms. Peter Barnet, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Arts and the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will show a video on the medieval casting process. Barnet will also discuss the forms and meanings of aquamanilia, including the DIA’s recently acquired lion. The lecture is sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Target Family Sunday, December 7
Drop-in Workshop: Luminaries:
  1–5 p.m.
Explore the infinite patterns and colors using tissue paper on a simple glass jar that you can illuminate with a tea light.

Storytelling: Season of Stories: 2 p.m.
Using only voice, gesture, and story, Yvonne Healy conjures the pungent smell of pine forests, crackling fires, the comfort of freshly baked cookies, and the spirit of generosity.

Lecture: For Love and Beauty: Akan Combs as Useful and Symbolic Objects: 2 p.m.
In Akan culture, wood-carved decorative hair combs constitute a deeply personal art that transcends social, economic, and political status. A popular hairdressing tool and fashion accessory, combs are owned and used principally by women, though it is frequently men who commission them to present as mementos to lovers and spouses. While comb imagery generally communicates messages of love and affection, some may be biographical, or even intended to elicit responses, as in a dialogue. Curator Nii Quarcoopome presents a lecture on the history and styles of Akan combs, including an exploration of their provocative imagery. A reception follows the lecture and meeting.

Friday Night Live, December 12
Chess Practice: The Detroit City Chess Club:
5– 9 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members of the club have won national, regional, and state competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no teaching between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Drop-in Workshop: Creative Paperwork:  6–9 p.m.
(See December 5 for details)

Music: Kassin+2: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Kassin+2 is made up of Alexandre Kassin, Moreno Veloso (son of Brazilian music legend, Caetano Veloso), and Domenico Lancellotti. These three consummate instrumentalists and producers are known for their unique mix of traditional Brazilian songwriting, quirky beats, loops, and contemporary electronic sounds.

Stage Play: Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration: 8 p.m.
The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s annual production returns to the DIA with a feast of holiday stories and songs celebrating the holidays Detroit-Style. Tickets are $8–$10.

Saturday, December 13
Class: Imaginative Dinnerware
(Ages five and older with a guardian) 10 a.m.–noon
Use your imagination to create fantastic terracotta dinnerware. Members $24, nonmembers $28. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Artist Demonstration: Portrait Paintings: 1–5 p.m.
Bill Murcko, a self-taught painter, will demonstrate painting oil portraits. He has won numerous awards from shows throughout Michigan, and is one of few local artists to be permitted the honor of signing the Scarab Club’s “beam” of notable artists.

Drop-in Workshop: Snow Snakes:  1–5 p.m.
(See December 6 for details)

Stage Play: Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration: 8 p.m.
(See December 12 for details)

Target Family Sunday, December 14
Drop-in Workshop: Luminaries:
  1–5 p.m.
(See December 7 for details)

Storytelling: Kwanzaa Stories: 2 p.m.
Discover the real reasons behind Kwanzaa’s seven principles through stories filled with fun, excitement, and humor. Tonya Dallas brings the African principles alive through a performance that’s perfect for all ages and cultures. Book giveaways will follow the performance.

Brunch with Bach: Yuki and Tomoko Mack: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Japanese born duo-pianists Yuki and Tomoko Mack have dazzled audiences on three continents, delivering two-piano and one-piano, four-hand performances. They are winners of the First and Kodama Prize at the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, and best performance of an American work at the Ellis Two-Piano Competition. Brunch $30; concert only $10.

Stage Play: Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration: 4 p.m.
(See December 12 for details)

Friday Night Live, December 19
Chess Practice: The Detroit City Chess Club:
5– 9 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members of the club have won national, regional, and state competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no teaching between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Drop-in Workshop: Creative Paperwork:  6–9 p.m.
(See December 5 for details)

Music: Gabriel Bolkosky and Michelle Cooker: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky is equally comfortable performing jazz and classical, klezmer, Nuevo tango, and contemporary classical music. He is a much sought-after guest artist, performer, and teacher at schools and workshops throughout North America, including Harvard, Dartmouth, Brandeis, and Princeton. Bolkosky is joined by pianist Michelle Cooker, who has performed for concert series and participated in festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.  She has appeared on PBS and has performed programs broadcast live for WFMT-radio in Chicago and CBC in Canada.

Saturday, December 20
Class: Stencil It
(Ages nine–12) 10 a.m.–noon
Design, cut, and print your own color stencil to decorate a t-shirt. Members $24, nonmembers $28. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Drop-in Workshop: Snow Snakes:  1–5 p.m.
(See December 6 for details)

Target Family Sunday, December 21
Drop-in Workshop: Luminaries:
  1–5 p.m.
(See December 7 for details)

Storytelling: Hanukkah Stories: 2 p.m.
Judy Sima lights up the holiday season with Hanukkah stories about miracles, menorah, and magic dredyls.

Friday Night Live, December 26
Holiday Performance: Kolobok
: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Kolobok is the Russian story of a baked good gone bad with heartwarming twists. An elderly childless couple, wishing they had a son, bake themselves a Butterball boy. PuppetART’s troupe tells the story through two innocent forest creatures and an array of exciting floor puppets, a magical forest and music. Call 313.833.4005 for ticket information.

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Foamcore Bug Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Chess Practice: The Detroit City Chess Club: 5– 9 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members of the club have won national, regional, and state competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no teaching between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Drop-in Workshop: Creative Paperwork:  6–9 p.m.
(See December 5 for details)

DIA Moment: Aerial Angels: 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The Aerial Angels are high-flying female circus artists performing acrobatic maneuvers, fire-eating and other circus-style feats.

Music: Gratitude Steel Band: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Gratitude Steel Band has traveled the United States and overseas, playing and singing Caribbean, Jazz, Latin American, and African music. Join in the fun, celebrate the holidays, and enjoy the music of the steel drum with this family of island music masters.

Saturday, December 27 – THE MUSEUM IS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.
Holiday Performance: Kolobok:
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
(See December 26 for details)

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Pencil Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Artist Demonstration: Sculpture and Drawing: 1–5 p.m.
John Corbin will demonstrate how he creates sculptures that illuminate space and the senses, and drawings that navigate unknown tributaries.

Holiday Performance: Parade: 8 p.m.
This performance incorporates the revolutionary ideas of writer/dramatist Jean Cocteau, choreographer Léonid Massine, painter Pablo Picasso, set to the music of Erik Satie, and featuring Leo Najar’s Bijou Orchestra and the Aerial Angels. The Aerial Angels are high-flying female circus artists performing acrobatic maneuvers, fire-eating and other circus-style feats. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Target Family Sunday, December 28 - THE MUSEUM IS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.
Holiday Performance: Kolobok:
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
(See December 26 for details)

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Felt Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Holiday Performance: Parade: 2 p.m.
(See December 27 for details)

Monday, December 29 – THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FROM 10 A.M.-7 P.M.
Holiday Performance: A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
The play explores the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh as he hums his way through the Hundred Aker Woods. Well-loved stories including the time Pooh eats too much honey and gets stuck in Rabbit’s door, and when little Piglet falls on the balloon he is hurrying to take to Eeyore are perfect for pre-schoolers and elementary school children. David Mosher will provide violin accompaniment for the performance. Call 313.833.4005 for ticket information.

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Rod Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Tuesday, December 30– THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FROM 10 A.M.-7 P.M.
Holiday Performance: A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories:
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
(See December 29 for details)

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Finger Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Wednesday, December 31– THE MUSEUM IS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.

Holiday Performance: A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
(See December 29 for details)

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Workshop: Sock Puppets:  1–5 p.m.
Have fun creating a puppet using a wide range of materials.

Regular Museum 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