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November Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts - Special Thanksgiving weekend puppet shows, drop-in workshops

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11, 2010 (Detroit)—Puppet shows, family performances and classes are just some of the activities offered in November. In Your Dreams: 500 years of Scary Prints is on view through January 2. Don’t miss the upcoming exhibitions Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries opening Nov. 21, and An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs, 1914–1969 opening Nov. 24.

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.
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, November 5, 12, and 19, 6–9 p.m.; Wearable Art Pins: Create one-of-a-kind art pins using a variety of jewelry-making materials.
Saturdays, November 6, 13, and 20, Noon–4 p.m.; Snow Snakes: Learn a traditional Inuit game and decorate a simple stick to look like a snake.
Sundays, November 7, 14, and 21, Noon–4 p.m.; You’ve been Framed!: Decorate a 5x7” frame made from corrugated board with a variety of art-making materials, including beads, markers and colorful wire.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Drop-In Workshops
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 26, 27, 28, Noon–4 p.m.; Puppets:
Create a different type of puppet each day.

Friday Night Live, November 5
Music: Singers from the Michigan Opera Theater:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The DIA and the Michigan Opera Theater (MOT) present performances by singers from the MOT production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. The fully staged La Boheme will be at the Detroit Opera House November 13–21.

Saturday, November 6
Lecture: Curating the New Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University: Renovations, Expansion and Reinstallation:
2 p.m.
Timothy Wilson, keeper of Western art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, England, discusses the transformation of Britain’s oldest museum following a 2009 renovation. The project, which doubled the institution’s size, included a rethinking of the collections in a way that emphasizes the links between the cultures of the past, as opposed to their separateness.

Family Sunday, November 7
Class: Stamp, Tear, Cut, Fold, and Paste
(ages 18 and older): 1–3 p.m.
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 Performance: “Once Upon a Time”: 2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater presents Once Upon a Time, a charming set of three classic tales and songs for young children: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Reynard the Fox and The Three Little Pigs.

Friday Night Live, November 12 - NO CONCERT

Saturday, November 13
Class: Imaginative Dinnerware
(ages 5–8, with an adult): 10 a.m.–noon
Set the table for a fanciful meal using clay dinnerware creatively designed by you. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Members $24; nonmembers $28. To register, email or call 313.833.4249.

Family Sunday, November 14
Artist Demonstration: Muralist Hubert Massey:
Noon–4 p.m.
Muralist Hubert Massey will demonstrate techniques used to create a fresco by recreating a small section of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals. In 1995, Massey participated in a fresco workshop under the tutelage of Stephen Dimitroff and Lucienne Bloch, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. Massey has been commissioned to create works of art in public places throughout metro Detroit, as well as a fresco at Grand Valley State University.

Friday Night Live, November 19
Lecture: Philip Gefter on André Kertész:
7 p.m.
In an encore presentation, author and former New York Times picture editor Philip Gefter will discuss the work of André Kertész in conjunction with the DIA exhibition An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs 1914-1969. The lecture is sponsored by the DIA auxiliary Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

Music: Wiyos of Oz: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Wiyos meld their catchy retro sounds within the thematic framework of the 1939 classic movie The Wizard of Oz.

Saturday, November 20
Classes: Stencil It!
(ages 9–16): 10 a.m.–noon
Design and cut your own stencils and print them on fabric in vibrant color. Members $24; nonmembers $28. To register, email or call 313.833.4249.

Family Sunday, November 21
Lecture: Fakes and Forgeries:
11 a.m.
Salvador Salort-Pons, curator of the exhibition Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries, looks at the ways research, science and technology help discern authentic works of art from fakes and forgeries

Classes: The Potter’s Wheel (ages 18 and older): 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy an introductory potter’s wheel experience in this hands-on class that includes individual guidance and demonstrations. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Members $36; nonmembers $48. To register, email or call 313.833.4249. Please note: class size is limited to 12 students.

Family Performance: Native American Dance, Song, and Stories: 2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone, Native American of the Ho-Chunk Nation, his wife, Marca, from the Paiute Nation, and daughter, Coral Skye, provide a look at Native American culture through dance, song, narration and an artifact display.

Friday Night Live, November 26
Holiday Performance: “Kolobok”:
2 p.m.
In this Russian version of The Gingerbread Man, an elderly couple bakes a butterball boy, Kolobok. Members of PuppetART use an array of floor puppets for this tale of a baked good gone bad.

Music: Patty Larkin: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Folk singer/songwriter Patty Larkin performs songs from her new CD, “25”, which marks her 25 years of making music.

Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28
Thanksgiving Holiday Performance: “Kolobok”:
2 p.m. (please see Nov. 26 for details)

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is 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. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible in part with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.

 Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899