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September Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - First 100 Years of Photography exhibition opens September 2

Thursday, July 02, 2009

July 2, 2009 (Detroit)—In addition to art, music and tours, September features the exhibitions Action Reaction: Video Installations, and Photography – The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA’s Collection, which opens September 2. Both exhibitions are free with museum admission.

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: 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.

For information on Drop-in Workshops,Classes and Friday Night Live music, visit

Friday Night Live, September 4
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Target Family Sunday, September 6
Family Performance: West African History in Rhythm and Song with Mady Kouyate
2 p.m.
Mady Kouyate holds the position of a living history book for the Manding people in the region of Mali, West Africa. Kouyate will play the kora, a traditional 21-stringed lute-harp from Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea played by griot families of West Africa, to bring messages from the past. Kouyate incorporates the audience into an interactive experience with rhythm and songs. This is a truly authentic African program with call and response singing and rhythmic game playing. Children and adults will hear the sweet messages of hard work, peace, respect, and caring for elders.

Friday Night Live, September 11
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Target Family Sunday, September 13
Family Performance:  Trampas: Trickster Tales from South of the Border:
2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater incorporates native songs in Spanish in its original production of Trampas: Trickster Tales from South of the Border, a trio of folktales from South America. Speakers of either English or Spanish will find the two languages seamlessly woven together so that speakers of either language will understand everything.

Whether it’s wily Pedro Urdamales tricking Don José out of all his gold or Cuy the Guinea Pig convincing Señor Antonio, the Fox, that the only way to keep the sky from falling is to hold a large rock over his head all day long, these humorous stories will keep the audience in stitches while introducing South American language and culture.

Wednesday, September 16
Picturing a More or Less Perfect Union: Painting the Civil War and Reconstruction: 6:30 p.m.
The unprecedented and often overwhelming events of the Civil War and Reconstruction challenged American artists as never before. In her talk, Dr. Margaret Conrads, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, will discuss the rich variety of images that mid-19th-century American painters created in order to make the carnage and tumult of their time meaningful.

Friday Night Live, September 18
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Target Family Sunday, September 20
Storytelling:  Quetzalcoatl – The Aztec Wind God and How Music Came To The World:
2 p.m.
Join Hava Jean Delgado for interactive, multicultural storytelling with puppets, percussion instruments and dance scarves. After telling a story, the audience is guided through creative movement to gesture to dance out the narrative of the story. Additionally, they are guided in playing an eclectic array of percussion instruments to enrich their experience. 

Friday Night Live, September 25
Lectures: Forty Years of a Singular Vision:
7 p.m.
Jack Lemon, president and founder of Landfall Press, will speak about the 40-year history and achievements of his highly respected fine art printing and publishing business. Landfall Press has collaborated with artists to produce printed multiples in a broad range of techniques and media. The more than 650 editions created by Landfall Press represent the diversity of trends in contemporary art; yet at their inception, many of these works challenged the boundaries of traditional printmaking. Christo, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Cottingham, Vernon Fisher, Leslie Dill, Kara Walker, and James Drake are just some of the many artists with whom Landfall Press has worked.    

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Target Family Sunday, September 27
Artist Demonstration: D. Victor Pytko – Explorer of Painting:
Noon–4 p.m.
Self-described as an “explorer of painting,” Pytko’s work derives from his physical and emotional reactions to immediate, distant and perceived environments. While seemingly unsettled in painting styles, Pytko uses both representation and abstraction. By incorporating newsprint, found objects, building materials and previously unsuccessful paintings, Pytko demonstrates that reality is not just what meets the eye. Since 2004, Pytko has exhibited in more than 50 solo, grouped and juried shows in Michigan, Chicago, New York, Denver and Alexandria Va., has won numerous awards and has been commissioned for private and public works.

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.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899