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Popular Museum Mystery Tours part of October Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Renowned pianist George Winston, world music also highlight October activities

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010 (Detroit)—The popular Museum Mystery Tours are back by popular demand in October at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). In addition to world music performances and several family programs, famed pianist/composer George Winston performs two concerts on Friday, Oct. 15. The exhibition In Your Dreams: 500 years of Scary Prints is also on view.

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, 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, 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 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 their production of Saint George and the Dragon but with an added modern touch: it’s the king’s daughter, disguised as a knight, who conquers the dragon.

Lecture: Modern Math in Medieval Islamic Architecture: 2 p.m.
It has long been thought that girih, a complex set of geometric star and polygon tile patterns, in medieval Islamic architecture were conceived as a network of zig-zagging lines, drafted by designers with a straightedge and compass. Peter J. Lu, postdoctoral research fellow, department of Physics and school of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, shows that by the year 1200 these patterns were reconceived as tessellations (a mosaic pattern formed by using small squares of stone or glass) of a special set of equilateral polygons decorated with lines. These polygons enabled the creation, over time, of increasingly complex quasi-crystalline tiling patterns not understood in the West until the 1970s. Sponsored by the Asian & Islamic Art Forum

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 delivers 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: Pottery:
Noon–4 p.m.
Byron Nemela, a teaching artist in the DIA studio, will demonstrate his approach to clay while using the potter's wheel and making simple hand-built forms, referring to examples of functional ceramics and raku-fired ware as he works. Nemela holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and has worked in studios throughout Michigan and beyond.

Classes: Jewelry: Fabulous and Found (ages 18 and older): 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 in the Netherlands. 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.
Using a variety of puppet sizes, Grey Seal Puppets performs three favorite folks tales from around the world—“The Frog Prince” from Germany, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” from Scandinavia, and “The Three Little Pigs” from England—with refreshing wit and wisdom.

Lecture: Sixth Annual African Art Recognition Award: 2 p.m.
Christopher D. Roy, professor of art history and Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art at the University of Iowa, is the 2010 recipient of the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art auxiliary’s African Art Recognition Award. His lecture focuses on the Mossi and Bwa peoples of Burkina Faso. The Mossi people were originally an amalgam of different groups. Since uniting as a single nation, they have guarded their varied cultural distinctions, resisting change and acculturation. In contrast, the Bwa have been open and receptive to external influences. The lecture includes numerous spectacular photos and videos of Mossi and Bwa art in village contexts.

Wednesday, October 20
Lecture: Detroit through Art, Time, and Space: A Celebration of Art and Literature:
7 p.m.
Author, critic, and academic Vince Carducci presents an evening celebrating Detroit and its literary heritage: the memories of the collective past and the challenges of post urban landscape that are shaping our region. Detroit-based writers consider these issues in the context of the world-renowned artworks in the modern and contemporary wing at the DIA. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Friday Night Live, October 22
Lecture: Randy Bolton: “Yes, Maybe, No” (and Other Recent Prints):
7 p.m.
Bolton creates large-scale digital banner prints and smaller screen prints on paper with nostalgia-evoking imagery appropriated from mass media sources, such as old children’s books, combined with photographs taken on his iPhone. At first glance, his compositions appear to be familiar, playful scenes, but a quick second reading shows them to be ambivalent reflections loaded with multiple meanings and clever ironies. The prints—usually in a diptych or triptych format—gently nudge viewers into a different way of seeing and thinking about how once-trusted subjects can become quite uncertain.

Family Sunday, October 24
Lecture: A Discerning Taste for Japanese Art: The Formation of Charles Lang Freer’s Collection:
3 p.m.
From 1892 to 1907, the arts of Japan—ceramics, prints, Buddhist sculpture, and paintings—became an important focus for Detroit collector Charles Lang Freer. In the subtle glaze tonalities of Japanese stoneware; in the subjects, formats, and styles of Japanese paintings; and in the contemplative serenity of Buddhist sculpture, Freer perceived aspects of universal beauty that informed his collecting of Asian and American art during a critical period in Japan’s emergence as a modern nation. Ann Yonemura, senior associate curator of Japanese art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, gives a talk on this subject.

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.

Museum Mystery Tour: 6–9 p.m. (ages 5 and up)
Get into the Halloween mood and commune with the spirits of long-departed artists with a museum mystery tour of the American art galleries. Guides tell tales and secrets about the artists whose work haunts the DIA. You’ve never seen the galleries like this: eerie lighting and sounds in the dark, but we’ll keep it fun and family friendly, so bring the kids (in costume or not). Tours leave from the Great Hall approximately every ten minutes.

Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Museum Mystery Tour:
1–4 p.m. (See Oct. 29 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


Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899