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Celebrate The Holidays This December At The DIA

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

November 2, 2004 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is celebrating the holidays with great activities during December. The holiday season fun includes Noel Night, card-making drop-in workshops and storytelling performances about Kwanzaa. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning exhibition Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection, which will be on view beginning December 12. Programs are free with museum admission, unless otherwise noted. Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign-language interpretation.

Special Note: The DIA has extended its hours during the holiday so visitors can enjoy the festivities all week long. In addition to the regular museum hours, the DIA will be open Monday, December 27 through Friday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please take notice of the DIA’s special holiday programs.


FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE DIA
The DIA is a great place to escape the winter cold while enjoying great music, fun activities and fantastic tours. The museum is open until 9 p.m. every Friday. Activities are 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


December 3: Marshall Field’s First Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Creative Paperworks (Ages 12 and under, with an adult)
Explore the possibilities for creating objects with paper as you make your own cards and envelopes.

World Music Series: Michael Kaeshammer 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Michael Kaeshammer seamlessly melds boogie-woogie, ragtime, stride and Jelly Roll Morton’s early jazz-stylings into funk-inspired bebop, romantic ballads and modern jazz in a unique piano sound.

Artist at Work: Rachel Reynolds
Emerging artist Rachel Reynolds creates oil paintings that are often inspired by the urban experience.

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth (Ages 6–14)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Drawing in the Galleries for Adults (Ages 15 and above)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under, with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Greatest Hits Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
See the greatest hits in the DIA’s collection by touring Highlights of European and American Art and Art of Four Continents and the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.


December 10: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Creative Paperworks (Ages 12 and under, with an adult)
Explore the possibilities for creating objects with paper as you make your own cards and envelopes.

Classical Music: Muse Quartet 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Kyoko Kashiwagi, Liz Rowia, Eva Stern and Katri Ervamaa play string quartets by W. A. Mozart, Serge Prokofief, Jean Sibelius and Antonin Dvorak.

Moving Pictures: Cut-Up: The Films of Grant Munro
Munro’s talent, humor, passion and all-out goofiness have graced the world of cinema for more than 50 years. Included on Cut-Up are animated classics and live-action films.

Insider’s View: Art and Spirituality 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Join MaryAnn Wilkinson, DIA curator of modern art, for a discussion on selected works in the Art and Spirituality galleries.

December 17: Jazz Friday
Drop-in Workshop: Creative Paperworks (Ages 12 and under, with an adult)
Explore the possibilities for creating objects with paper as you make your own cards and envelopes.

Jazz Music: Urban Transport 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Trombonist/bandleader Vincent Chandler ranks among the top young trombonists in the country and follows in the footsteps of the great Detroit slide master Curtis Fuller. Chandler is joined by saxophonist Dean Moore, bassist Josef Diaz, drummer Sean Dobbins and pianist Rick Roe.

Drawing in the Galleries for Youth (Ages 6–14)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Drawing in the Galleries for Adults (Ages 15 and older)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.
Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under, with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Greatest Hits Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
See the greatest hits in the DIA’s collection by touring Highlights of European and American Art and Art of Four Continents and the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.

December 24, 2004: No Friday Evening Programs

December 31, 2004: No Friday Evening Programs


SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday
Adult Art History Class: Survey of World Art – Part II 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
December 11 through March 5 (no classes Dec. 25, Jan. 1)
Explore masterpieces in the Western tradition from Europe and North America beginning with the Renaissance and continuing into the 20th century. Members and seniors: $80; Non-members: $100; Students (with I.D.): $40. To register, please call 313.833.4249.

Drop in Workshop for All Ages: Animal Sculpture Noon–4 p.m.
Create sculpture of real or imaginary animals.

Saturday, December 4
Studio Class: Sweatshirt Couture 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (For ages 16 and up)
Become a fashion designer by converting a boring sweatshirt into wearable art. Members: $44; Non-members: $55. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Masterwork of the Month 2 p.m.
DIA associate educator Jennifer Williams discusses The Talking Oak by William Maw Egley.

Noel Night 6–9 p.m.
The DIA joins with other cultural center institutions for an evening of holiday entertainment and activities.

Saturday, December 11
Collectors’ Conversation: Murano Glass 1 p.m.
Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, whose holdings of Murano glass form the current special exhibition Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection, discuss the joys and pleasures of collecting.

Storytelling: Stories with Miz Rosie 1:30 p.m. (SLI)
Rosie Chapman (a.k.a. Miz Rosie) has thrilled audiences of all ages with her multicultural folktales. Stories this month will highlight the celebration of Kwanzaa.

Gallery Serenade: Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan 2 p.m.
The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan performs a musical toast to Venice with music and arias by Giuseppe Verdi, W. A. Mozart, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gioacchino Rossini and Franz Liszt.

Saturday, December 18
Community Choice 2 p.m.
Andria Derstine, DIA Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the department of European art, talks about several works in the Art and Individuality galleries


SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Printmaking Noon–4 p.m.
Have fun making your own edition of prints.

Sunday, December 5
Studio Class: Sculptural Boxes 1–3 p.m. (Ages 5–12)
What’s inside? What’s outside? Create whimsical sculptures using a simple box. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Stories with Miz Rosie 2 p.m.
Rosie Chapman (a.k.a. Miz Rosie) has thrilled audiences of all ages with her multicultural folktales. Stories this month will highlight the celebration of Kwanzaa.

Lecture: Akua’ba: Beauty, Fertility, and the Female Icon in Akan Art 2 p.m.
Nii O. Quarcoopome, DIA curator of African Art, Oceania, and Indigenous Americas, discusses the diverse manifestations of the akua’ba, one of the most recognizable forms in African art, in the contexts of fertility and beauty, and examines the reasons why the representation has become so central to Akan aesthetics.

Lecture: Exploring the Borders of Art: American Period Frames of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries 3 p.m.
Suzanne Smeaton, director of New York’s Eli Wilner & Company gallery, discusses the evolution of American frame design from 1820 to 1920 and the relationship of picture frames to interiors and decorative arts.

Sunday, December 12
Brunch with Bach: Elena Martín and José Melitón 11 a.m.
José Melitón and Elena Martín perform music of their native Spain for two pianos. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and $5 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Artist’s Choice: Elayne Gross 2 p.m. (SLI)
Join metro Detroiter Elayne Gross as she discusses her favorite works in the museum and how they have affected her own photography.

Sunday, December 19
Artist Demonstration: Scott Hocking 12–4 p.m.
Focusing on the abandoned areas of Detroit, Scott Hocking gathers ideas, materials and inspiration from these environments, and creates works ranging from small drawings to large-scale sculptural installations.

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Staff from the NAMES Project will assist visitors in making a panel for the Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS.

Storytelling: Stories with Miz Rosie 2 p.m.
Rosie Chapman (a.k.a. Miz Rosie) has thrilled audiences of all ages with her multicultural folktales. Stories this month will highlight the celebration of Kwanzaa.

Sunday, December 26
Gallery Serenade: Robert Jones and Matt Watroba 2 p.m.
These two artists combine their blues and folk music talents, experience and knowledge of American roots music into a musical presentation.


WEEKDAY PROGRAMS

Thursday, December 2

Marionettes 2–4 p.m. (Ages 9–12)
Make your own marionette puppets. Members: $10 per child; Non-members: $12 per child. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Thursday, December 9
Studio Class: Handmade Cards 2–4 p.m. (Ages 5–12)
Create a variety of cards to share with loved ones and friends. Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.


SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Sunday, December 26–Friday, December 31
Puppets Noon–4 p.m.
Make your own puppets from a variety of materials. A different type of puppet will be featured each day.

Monday, December 27–Thursday, December 29
Family Performance: Child’s Play Greatest Hits 2 p.m.
Combining the imaginative writings of children with the talents of professional performers, Chicago-based Child’s Play brings to the DIA favorite songs, plays and dances from their vast repertory of stories and poems created by young people over the last two decades.

Thursday, December 30 & Friday, December 31
Storytelling: World Tales 2 p.m.
Storyteller Adam Mellema combines song, humor, choreography and drama to create a highly imaginative performance of stories from around the world.


SPECIAL EXHIBITION

This Land is Your Land: American Landscape Prints
Through January 30, 2005

The diverse regions of the United States are illustrated in approximately 100 19th- and 20th-century prints in all media. Large selections from three series that have never been on view at the DIA include John Hill’s Picturesque Views of American Scenery from 1821, George Elbert Burr’s Etchings of the Desert from 1921 and Alex Katz’s Landscapes from 2000. Visitors will also be able to see an aspect of the printmaking process: the Hill series consists of multiple states of the same images that illustrate their development from basic etching, to the addition of aquatint and the application of sophisticated hand-coloring to the final proofs. Rounding out the exhibition are individual prints by such artists as Mary Nimmo Moran, Grant Wood and Childe Hassam.

Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection
December 12, 2004–February 27, 2005

Glass from the Venetian island of Murano is prized for its splendor, grace, and extraordinary craftsmanship. With 200 exquisite examples, the survey explores the development of modern Venetian glass and evidences the lively dialogue between the Italian masters, international design and the Studio Glass Movement in America. Drawn from the collection of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, these stunning works are among the finest examples of Murano glass in the world. This exhibition was organized and is circulated by Exhibitions International, NY. The national tour of this exhibition is sponsored by Venini USA. Tickets are: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5–17, $8 each for groups 20+ and free for DIA members. To order, visit the DIA Box Office in the Woodward lobby of the DIA or log-on to www.dia.org. Tickets go on sale the first day of the exhibition.