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Fall into Fun with October Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Mexican Day of the Dead, Halloween activities highlight October events

Monday, August 02, 2010


August 2, 2010 (Detroit)—Storytelling, family performances and classes are just some of the activities offered in October. In Your Dreams: 500 years of Scary Prints is on view thru January 2, 2011

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.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m. NOTE: The Chess Club will not be at the DIA Oct. 15
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 4–6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 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, October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 6–9 p.m. – Sugar Skulls: Decorate your own sugar skull and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.
Friday, October 29, 6–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, October 30,and 31, Noon-4 p.m. – Halloween Masks: Make a spooky or kooky Halloween mask using tag board, markers, beads, and other art-making material.
Saturday, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, Noon–4 .p. m. – Parfleche: A parfleche is a type of carrying case used by Native American Plains Indians. Use brown paper, leather cord, and markers to make your own miniature version.
Sundays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, Noon–4 p.m. – Tibetan Prayer Flags: Learn how Tibetan prayer flags are made and used while you create your own personal flag to take home.

Friday Night Live, October 1
Music: ADULT.: An ADULT. Double Feature: An Evening of Midwestern Horror: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit electronic duo ADULT. presents an evening of two original films with live soundtrack performances. At 7 p.m. ADULT.  performs with their 2008 film DECAMPMENT.  The 8:30 p.m. performance features the premiere of part 2 of their DECAMPMENT TRILOGY entitled TRADITIONS.

Saturday, October 2
Class:  Mixed-Media Wood Sculpture (ages 9–16 with an adult) 10 a.m.–noon
Develop an idea on paper, then use scrap wood and glue to construct an animal or figure that stands on its own feet. Members $24; nonmembers $28. To register, email  or call 313.833.4249.

Family Sunday, October 3

Family Performance: “Saint George and the Dragon”: 2 p.m.
The Paul Mesner Puppets go back to the time of dragons, damsels and dungeons with this production featuring a princess named Georgette. Her father, the King wants her to stay in the kitchen, do her needlepoint and get married. But Georgette has ideas of her own. The story unfolds as Georgette disguises herself as “George the Knight” who fights the earth-shaking dragon. Georgette conquers the dragon with brains and wit, which forces her father to recognize her true talents.

Friday Night Live, October 8
Music: Deolinda: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Deolinda is a Portuguese quartet that draws on the roots of Portuguese traditional and popular music in creating their original songs, animated on stage by vocalist Ana Bacalhau with support from guitarists Pedro da Silva Martins and Luis José Martins, and bassist Zé Pedro Leitão. Deolinda deliver exuberant, sometimes comic performances, with sweet and catchy or softly melancholic guitar melodies, and music littered with emotive references to fado and other musical traditions.

Family Sunday, October 10

Artist Demonstration: Sugar Skulls: Noon–4 p.m.
Mexican American artist Mary Laredo Herbeck will demonstrate her techniques for creating Day of the Dead sugar skulls and Ofrenda art. Herbeck has been pursuing her interests in art and performance for more than two decades, and received both BFA and MFA degrees from Wayne State University.

Classes:  Jewelry: Fabulous and Found (Adults Only): 1–3 p.m.
Have fun creating jewelry using an unusual array of materials. Members $24; nonmembers $28. To register, email or call 313.833.4249.

Lecture:  Frederic Edwin Church:  The Artist’s Mission in the Mountains of Ecuador: 2 p.m.
Church’s most important paintings of South American scenery are Heart of the Andes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the DIA’s Cotopaxi. Dr. Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan will discuss how Church reworked the actual geography of the South American places he visited in order to create these masterpieces. Avery will compare the finished paintings with recent photographs of the sites, as well as drawings and oil studies that Church completed both in Ecuador and after his return to New York.

Friday Night Live, October 15

Lecture: The Concert by Dirck van Baburen: A New Acquisition in Context: 6:30 p.m.
Art innovator and close follower of Caravaggio, Dirck van Baburen was a successful 17th-century Dutch painter in Rome and Utrecht. Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA associate curator of European paintings, looks at the significance of the DIA’s recent acquisition of Baburen’s The Concert in the context of the artist’s oeuvre and in the museum’s collection of European paintings.

Music: George Winston: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist George Winston has been winning over audiences with music that the Boston Globe described as “introspective, mood-setting and, frequently, tranquilizing.  He will perform music from his latest solo piano release, Love Will Come, The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2, along with his original compositions.

Saturday, October 16
Classes: Discovering Art Together (ages 5–8 with an adult): 10 a.m.–noon
Kids and their grown-ups will learn simple but fun printmaking, painting, and folded book projects they can make over and over again at home. Members $24; nonmembers $28. To register, email or call 313.833.4249.

Family Sunday, October 17

Class: The Potter’s Wheel (ages 5 and older with an adult): 1–2 p.m., 2–3 p.m., and 3–4 p.m.
This class is a great opportunity for parents and children, couples, or anyone wanting to give the potter’s wheel a try. In the brief introduction to the wheel, individual guidance and demonstrations are included. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Members $12; nonmembers $16. To register, email or call 313.833.4249. Please note: class size limited to 5 students per hour. 

Family Performance: “Tangle of Tales”: 2 p.m.
Grey Seal Puppets bring to life three favorite folk tales from around the world with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new. Using a variety of puppet styles, "The Frog Prince" from Germany, "Three Billy Goats Gruff" from Scandinavia and "The Three Little Pigs" from England are each told with refreshing wit and wisdom.

Friday Night Live, October 29

Music: Day of the Dead with Cabezas de Cere: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with Mexican progressive rock band Cabezas de Cere, one of the most innovative rock bands in Mexico. Using a variety of unusual instruments to create their unique sound, the trio features Mauricio Sotelo on guitars, bass and Chapman stick, Ramses Luna on wind instruments, including flutes, saxes and clarinet, and Francisco Sotelo on percussion.

Family Sunday, October 31

Museum Mystery Tour: 1–4 p.m.
Commune with the spirits of long-gone artists! Tour the American Art galleries with guides who will tell tales and mysterious secrets about the artists whose work haunts the DIA’s historic American wing. You’ve never seen the galleries like this: eerie lighting and sounds in the dark will put you in a Halloween mood. We’ll keep it fun and family friendly, so bring the kids (age 5 and up).

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
Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899