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January Programs at the DIA – Special Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 06, 2008

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

Special Holiday Hours
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009               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.

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, January 2
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: Artist Trading Cards:  6–9 p.m.
Create a miniature work of art to keep or trade.

Music: Chuchito Valdes Trio: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Born in Havana, Latin jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes comes from one of the most distinguished musical families in Cuba. He has performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean, across the United States and South America, and throughout Europe.

Saturday, January 3
Drop-in Workshop: Mosaics:
  1–5 p.m.
Create your own simple design.

Target Family Sunday, January 4
Drop-in Workshop: Printmaking:
  1–5 p.m.
Create your own print as you learn about a printmaking process.

Storytelling: The Signifying Monkey: 2 p.m.
This classic folktale includes poems and stories depicting the art of signifying, or telling someone just what you think of them in a roundabout way.

Friday Night Live, January 9
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: Artist Trading Cards:  6–9 p.m.
(See January 2 for details)

Music: Vagabond Opera: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The six-piece Vagabond Opera presents a Bohemian cabaret with elements of vintage Americana, Balkan belly dancing, neo-classical opera, and Old World Yiddish theater.

Saturday, January 10
Class: Fantastic Animals and Fabulous Beasts (For families with children ages five and older) 10 a.m.–noon.
Use your imagination to create creatures from clay. Members $24, nonmembers $28. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Drop-in Workshop: Mosaics:  1–5 p.m.
(See January 3 for details)

Artist Demonstration: Portrait Paintings: 1–5 p.m.
Patrick Kelly Wise of Detroit paints human figure and portraits. He recently led a portrait workshop in conjunction with Alex Melamid’s Holy Hip Hop show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Lecture: Pissarro and the Structuring of the Impressionist Landscape, 1870-85: 2 p.m.
Richard Brettell, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics, University of Texas at Dallas, shows the gradual “structuring”, color, and composition in the landscape paintings of Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne. They brought a careful thoroughness to their landscape depictions of the 1870s that was different from the impressionist landscape work by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. This event is sponsored by the European Paintings Council.

Target Family Sunday, January 11
Drop-in Workshop: Printmaking:
  1–5 p.m.
(See January 4 for details)

Storytelling: Tell-Tales: 2 p.m.
Roan Judd tells stories from near and far with humor, pantomime, drumming and puppets. Join the fun as characters engage in outrageous, fanciful shenanigans and solve their problems in the bargain.

Wednesday, January 14
Lecture: Contemporary Art Market: Buy, Hold, Sell
: 5:30 p.m.
Join Ruth Rattner, Detroit-based art advisor and appraiser; Rhona Hoffman, Chicago-based gallery owner; and Josh Baer, a private dealer and publisher of the Baer Faxt, in a discussion about contemporary art collecting.  Mark Rosenthal, DIA adjunct curator of contemporary art, will moderate. This event is sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Friday Night Live, January 16
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: Artist Trading Cards:  6–9 p.m.
(See January 2 for details)

Saturday, January 17
Class: Watercolor Painting
(For families with children ages five and older) 10 a.m.–noon
Using watercolors, crayons, and brushes, explore a rainbow of colors and create a painting to hang on your wall. Members $24, nonmembers $28. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Drop-in Workshop: Mosaics:  1–5 p.m.
(See January 3 for details)

Target Family Sunday, January 18
Drop-in Workshop: Printmaking:
  1–5 p.m.
(See January 4 for details)

Brunch with Bach: Cameron Smith: 11 a.m.
Cameron Smith, pianist, began his formal training in Farmington Hills. He debuted with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 19 and has since performed in Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, England, and France. Brunch $30; concert only $10.

Storytelling: Tell-Tales: 2 p.m.
(See January 11 for details)

Friday Night Live, January 23
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: Artist Trading Cards:  6–9 p.m.
(See January 2 for details)

Music: Vijay Iyer Trio: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Vijay Iyer, the son of Indian immigrants, is a largely self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz lexicon and draws from a range of Western and non-Western traditions. He was described in the Village Voice as “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years.”

Saturday, January 24
Drop-in Workshop: Mosaics:
  1–5 p.m.
(See January 3 for details)

Lecture: A Paradox of Tastes: Eating and Drinking in England and France, 1500-1900: 2 p.m.
Christopher Hartop, an independent silver scholar, examines the influence of French cooking in England from the 16th to the late 19th centuries, despite the two countries being intermittently at war for much of this period. This event is sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Target Family Sunday, January 25
Class: Clayworks: Bowl Me Over (Adults) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Using simple slab construction methods, explore texture, form, and color while making fabulous clay bowls to keep or give as a gift. Members $34, nonmembers $39. Call 313-833-4249 to register.

Drop-in Workshop: Printmaking:  1–5 p.m.
(See January 4 for details)

Storytelling: The Signifying Monkey: 2 p.m.
(See January 4 for details)

Friday Night Live, January 30
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: Artist Trading Cards:  6–9 p.m.
(See January 2 for details)

Music: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Master Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser teams with young American cellist Natalie Haas to pursue the reinvention of the musical marriage between big and small fiddles, a familiar feature of the music of 18th-century Scotland.

Saturday, January 31
Drop-in Workshop: Mosaics:  1–5 p.m.
(See January 3 for details)

Artist Demonstration: Sculpture: 1–5 p.m.
Sculptor Graem Whyte of Detroit is known for creating works mathematical in nature to more whimsical pieces, like his Chewbacca series.

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