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October Brings Avedon Fashion Photographs to Detroit Institute of Arts Photography and video exhibitions, live music, family programs part of fall offerings

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 10, 2009 (Detroit)—The special exhibition Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944–2000 opens Oct. 18. Also on view are Action  Reaction: Video Installations, and Photography—The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA’s Collection (both 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 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 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)
Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 6–9 p.m., Paper Dolls
Friday, Oct. 30, 6–9 p.m., Halloween Masks
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Sugar Skulls
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m., Mosaics

Friday Night Live, October 2
Music: Alturas Duo
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Alturas Duo plays South American and classical music with the unusual combination of the viola, charango (a South American stringed instrument), and guitar, creating fiery programs that move at ease between Bach, South American folk rhythms, and music commissioned by the duo.

Target Family Sunday, October 4
Family Performance: “Rhythm Songs around the World”
2 p.m.
Join Judy Piazza for a global journey via drums, songs, stories, and instruments from Australia, Africa and Egypt.
Lecture: 1939: The Art of Edward Hopper—Ground Swell  2 p.m.
Edward Hopper’s Ground Swell (1939), featuring four men in a sailboat on a gently rolling sea, is one of his most enigmatic works. Alexander Nemerov, professor of art history at Yale, offers insights into Hopper’s painting, relating it to the artist’s other paintings of that year and to world events.

Friday Night Live, October 9
Music: Christen Lien
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Classically trained violist Christen Lien performs music that is a beautiful mixture of East and West, classical and postmodern, and acoustic and electronic.

Saturday, October 10
Class:  Model Magic Marionettes
(ages 5 & older, with an adult) 1–3 p.m.
Your imagination is the only limit as you create a simple puppet on strings using “model magic” an air drying modeling material.

Target Family Sunday, October 11
Brunch with Bach: Yehonatan Berick and Pauline Martin
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Award-winning musicians Yehonatan Berick and Pauline Martin perform music for violin and piano by Beethoven and Brahms. Tickets: Brunch & Concert $35; Concert Only $15.

Artist Demonstration: Kinetic Sculpture Noon–4 p.m.
Matthew Shlian creates kinetic sculpture using his skills as a paper engineer.

Class: Clay Jack-o-Lanterns  (ages 5 & older, with an adult) 2–4 p.m.
Shape and carve your own jack-o-lantern out of clay and get it back in time for Halloween.

Friday Night Live, October 16
Music: Moira Smiley VOCO  7 & 8:30 p.m.
Performing original songs steeped in Appalachian and Eastern European traditions, Moira Smiley and VOCO sing powerful, emotional music with lush harmony and the delicious vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion, and banjo.

Saturday, October 17
Class: Scrap Wood Sculpture
(ages 5 & older, with an adult) 10 a.m.–noon
Recycled wood scraps of all shapes and sizes become horses, cities, creatures or whatever your imagination can assemble.

Target Family Sunday, October 18
Class: Simple Books
(adults only) 1–4 p.m.
Use a wide range of materials to create three simple books for journaling, sketching or to give as gifts. Cost: members $36, non members $48.

Family Performance: “Peter Rabbit” 2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater Company brings to life the adventures of Peter Rabbit as he dares to enter Farmer McGregor’s garden, despite his mother’s warnings.

Lecture: Richard Avedon—The Big Picture 2 p.m.
Nancy Barr, DIA associate curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, looks at Avedon’s life work, including highlights from Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000 and his career as one of America’s most recognized portrait photographers.

Lecture: Stories and Scandals in Bronzes from Old Benin  2 p.m.
In the early 1500s, the divine king of Benin, Oba Ozolua the Conqueror, invited Portuguese musketeers to his city to help with his military campaigns. Barbara Blackmun, professor emeritus of art history at San Diego Mesa College, analyzes the bronze plaques cast by first- and second-generation artists after the Portuguese encounter and reveals how they captured the drama and intrigue of this  period.

Thursday, October 22
Class: Textured Tiles
(adults only) 2–4 p.m.
Explore texture-making as you create a set of tiles out of clay.

Friday Night Live, October 23
Music: Pete Siers Quartet plus One, featuring Pat LaBarbera 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Pete Siers Quartet is joined by Toronto-based Pat LaBarbera, considered one of the finest saxophone soloists working in the John Coltrane tradition.

Saturday, October 24
Drawing Class:  Fashion Trends
(adults only) 1–4 p.m.
Focus on fashion trends related to Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944–2000. Participants will draw and paint from a live model in fashion wardrobe. Materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own drawing and painting supplies. Class fee does not include admission to the Avedon exhibition. Call (313) 833-4005 for Avedon tickets. Class cost: $24 members, $28 nonmembers. Walk-in registrations are welcome day of class.

Target Family Sunday, October 25
Storytelling: “Autumn Tales to Tell Together”
 2 p.m.
When the colors begin to change and there is a hint of a chill in the air, it is time to gather with family and friends and lend a listening ear to Jenifer Strauss’s stories.

Friday Night Live, October 30
Music:  Slowind Quintet
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Made up of soloists from the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra from Slovakia, the Slowind ensemble’s repertoire includes both classical and 20th-century contemporary music, with an emphasis on recent works by modern composers.

Saturday, October 31
Drawing Class:  Fashion Trends
(See Oct. 24 for details)

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