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January Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010 (Detroit)—Family performances, potter’s wheel classes and drop-in workshops are just a few of the activities offered in January. Exhibitions Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries and An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs, 1914–1969 are also on display. The museum will be closed Saturday, Jan. 1.

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, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6–9 p.m. – Artist Trading Cards: Artist trading cards are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½” cards. Learn to make you own card to trade.
Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, Noon–4 p.m. – Stencils: Create a simple stencil using colored chalk and black paper.
Sundays, January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Noon–4 p.m. – Printmaking: Use foam printing plates and water-based inks to create one-of-a kind prints on paper.

Family Sunday, January 2
Artist Demonstration: Weaving:
Noon–4 p.m.
Michael Daitch and Jim McCutchen use only yarns of the highest quality to create hand-woven pieces that are both visually arresting and sensually pleasing. In combining lustrous fibers and rich colors with the fine art of weaving, their hand-woven articles possess all the intrinsic characteristics, charm and irregularities of handmade textiles that make each item unique. They also specialize in teaching children Judaic weaving, including special needs children.

Friday Night Live, January 7
Music: (please visit for details)
Family Sunday, January 9
Class: Adult and Child Potter’s Wheel:
(ages 5-8 must be with an adult): 10–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon, 1–2 p.m. and 2–3 p.m.
Try the potter’s wheel in this small class for absolute beginners, complete with plenty of individual guidance. Each child or adult gets to use his or her own wheel with one hour of hands-on clay time. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Members $12, non-members $16. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Brunch with Bach: May Phang: 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Pianist May Phang (pronounced Pong) has received rave reviews for her work as a soloist with orchestra, chamber music and solo recitals. Phang is equally at home with literature from the baroque and classical periods as she is with the modern era.

Family Performance: Jo-Jo Fish and the Magic Pearl: 2 p.m.
Join large-scale hand puppet Jo-Jo Fish and his friends Finn, Spike, Zavy and Lu-Lu as they try to recover the magic pearl from Rex the shark. Excitement and suspense abound as the group travels with Jo-Jo on this underwater adventure, complete with four musical numbers that audience members can sing and clap along to.

Friday Night Live, January 14
Music: Alfredo Rodriguez:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
A recent import from Havana, Cuba, pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is one of the brightest young talents on the jazz scene. His debut album, Sounds of Space, co-produced with Quincy Jones, is receiving rave reviews. Rodriguez has played to capacity audiences at major jazz festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.  Rodriguez will perform with Peter Slavov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums.

Family Sunday, January 16
Family Performance: Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds
: 2 p.m.
Mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects are combined to perform tales about dragons, enchantment and heroic folks who solve complicated problems. To weave these tales, Roan Judd draws from her own cultural background—Native American, Scots-Irish, Italian and French—and respectfully borrows from other cultures’ oral traditions and the written word.

Friday Night Live, January 21
Music: Amir ElSaffar: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Iraqi American trumpeter, santur (stringed instrument) player, singer and composer Amir ElSaffar joins the traditional music of his Iraqi heritage with modern jazz. He will perform music from his Two Rivers project, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America and features Rudresh Mahanthappa on saxophone, Nasheet Waits on drums and Carlo DeRosa on bass.

Family Sunday, January 23
Class: Potter’s Wheel Workshop: (adults only): 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. Class size limited to 12 students. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance: Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds: 2 p.m. (please see Jan. 16 for details)

Friday Night Live, January 28
Music: Axiom Brass:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. It was a winner of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition held at the University of Louisville, KY, and was recently appointed Brass Quintet-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. This concert features the works of Witold Lutoslawski, Victor Ewald, Paquito D’Rivera, Anders Hillborg, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Family Sunday, January 30
Family Performance: Good Mischief with Gemini:
2 p.m.
The musical duo Gemini celebrates the fun, warmth and humor of family life in a performance that abounds with rousing sing-along, tunes with hand motions, folk tales and music from around the world.

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.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899