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June is Jumping at Detroit Institute of Arts Summer camps and family performances just part of early-summer fun

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009 (Detroit)—Enjoy a variety of activities and art experiences in June, including the special exhibition Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky.

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit

For Detroit Film Theatre movie listings call (313) 833-4686, or visit

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

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

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-in Workshops (for all ages)
Pinwheels: Fridays, 6–9 p.m.
Refrigerator Magnets: Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m.
Sandpaper Prints: Sundays Noon–4 p.m.

Camp Days at the DIA for All Ages
Bring your camp group to the DIA this summer for art exploration in the galleries followed by a hands-on art making activity in the DIA Studio. Register your group early, as limited times on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in June, July, and August are available. Choose clay, painting or printmaking projects. (60 students per group maximum) Fee: $12 per student; includes museum admission and studio session. To register, email or call (313) 833-6448.

Wednesday, June 3
Lecture: Masterpieces of Caldwell Lighting and Metalwork in Detroit:
6:30 p.m.
From its founding in 1895 until the 1930s, the New York-based firm of Edward F. Caldwell & Co. was one of the most important manufacturers of high-end artistic lighting and metalwork in the United States. Caldwell designers worked closely with influential architects to create unified interiors that were both functional and beautiful. A dealer specializing in American decorative arts, Margaret Caldwell will survey the history of the company, focusing on Caldwell projects in Detroit including major commercial and residential buildings designed by Alfred Kahn, Louis Kamper, and Horace Trumbauer.

This lecture, part of the Associates of the American Wing lecture series, is supported by the Ida and Conrad H. Smith Fund, which was established by the Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.

Friday Night Live, June 5
Music: Angelica Sanchez Quartet:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist/composer Angelica Sanchez has played with many jazz greats, and leads her own quartet featuring Tony Malaby on saxophone, Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums. Her debut recording "Mirror Me" was chosen as one of the "Best New Releases for 2003" in All About Jazz and made the top ten JazzTimes Critics' Picks list in 2003.

Target Family Sunday, June 7
Bug Sculpture
(ages 5 and older, with an adult): 10 a.m.–noon
Create imaginary bugs and insects using a wide range of art-making materials. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance: “Stories, Songs and Dances of the Metis’ Voyageur”: 2 p.m.
Veteran master storyteller Genot “Winter Elk” Picor shares stories, songs and dances of the mixed blood people (Metis’) of the Great Lakes Region. Descended from the French and Huron nations, Picor brings a playful blend of interactive stories, music and dance steps to celebrate the natural wonders of the Great Lakes, using puppets, interpretive First Nations sign language, voice and movement to excite and delight his audience.

Class: Papermaking (ages 9–12): 2–4 p.m.
Explore the possibilities for creating sheets of handmade paper and paper bowls. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Friday Night Live, June 12
Music: L & O: 7
& 8:30 p.m.
L & O comprises Laure, a singer from the world of opera, and Olivier, composer, violinist and co-founder of the Roma/Yiddish group Les Yeux Noirs. Olivier has composed undulating music, intimate and polished, between ballads, Spanish rhythms, and exotic swing. Laure sings songs about the threads of life, in French, Spanish, and English.

Saturday, June 13
Class: It’s About Balance
(ages 5 and older, with an adult): 10 a.m.–noon
Use interesting art materials and have fun creating mobiles that balance and move. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Class: Personal Mosaics (ages 9?12): 2?4 p.m.
Create a personal mosaic using found objects and other colorful materials. Bring small items from home to use. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Target Family Sunday, June 14
Class: It’s a Sign!
(ages 5 and older, with an adult): 10 a.m.?noon
Make a colorful ceramic plaque with your name on it. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance: “Talkin' Tales & Tunes”: 2 p.m.
Storyteller, singer, songwriter and musician Karen Czarnik combines music and tales to teach, engage, encourage and tickle the funny bone.

Class: Coil-Built Planters (adults): 2?4 p.m.
Using many coils of clay, make a fantastic terra cotta planter for your favorite plant or flowers. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Friday Night Live, June 19
Music: Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra featuring John Clayton:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit-based Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra performs a new composition by 2009 Joyce Foundation Awards winner and seven-time Grammy-nominated bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton.

Target Family Sunday, June 21
Family Performance: “Talkin' Tales & Tunes”:
2 p.m. (see June 14 for details)

Monday–Friday, June 22–26  Summer Camps
Class: Camp Art ’N Action
(ages 5?8, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon.
Hold on to your paint brushes and get ready for action-packed art adventure! Clay, stepping stones, birdhouses, and insect nets are a few of the projects kids will make. Campers will have the opportunity to visit the galleries to gather inspiration for art-making. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Class: Camp Art Exploration (ages 9?12, with an adult): 9 a.m.?noon.
Explore the galleries and your imagination. Using clay, wood, papier mâché, and paint, create fantastic animals and never-before-seen people in a multi-media environment made by you. Members $180, non-members $225. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Friday Night Live, June 26
Music: Pablo Ziegler Trio for New Tango: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Born in Buenos Aires, Latin Grammy-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler is a veteran of Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet. Ziegler formed his own Quartet for New Tango in 1990, which blends classic tango rhythms with jazz improvisations, something that previously had not been part of the tango lexicon.

Saturday, June 27
Class: Clay Vases
(ages 60 and older): 10 a.m.?1 p.m.  Make a vase out of clay using simple slab and hand-building techniques. All skill levels welcome. Members $36, non-members $42. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Target Family Sunday, June 28
Storytelling: “All Things Beautiful”:
2 p.m.
Join storyteller Madelyn Porter for tales of the beauty of nature embodied within ... and without.

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 62+, and $4 for ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


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.

 Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899