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QUÉ PASA? The Detroit Institute Of ArtsCelebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

This October, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with fun crafts, great performances and fascinating talks.  In addition to the Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, the exhibition The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist is on view, featuring the captivating images of the Ford Rouge plant. Programs are free with museum admission, unless otherwise noted.  Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign-language interpretation.

The DIA has been making considerable improvements to the museum as part of an ongoing renovation, while maintaining a full schedule of exhibitions and events.  During this time, we’ve come up with an exciting new way to present artwork and museum programs to the public.  We’ve condensed the DIA’s world-class collection down to the best of the best, in an installation called Remix, featuring some of the museum’s “greatest hits.” 


GREATEST HITS DURING FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE DIA

Sugar skulls and salsa dancing, Diego Rivera and Charles Sheeler, these are all ways to enjoy a Friday night at the DIA.  Every Friday in October, the DIA has a line-up of entertaining performances, classes and artist or curator presentations. 

The DIA is open until 9 p.m. every Friday. Activities are 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

October 1:  Marshall Field’s First Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

World Music Series:Tribute to Pablo Neruda 6:30 & 8 p.m.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of poet Pablo Neruda’s birth, the group Huara, featuring Lichi Fuentes and Bandolero Duran, performs the music of Chilean composer Claudio Araya.

Artist at Work: George Vargas
George Vargas, professor of art history at Texas A&M Kingsville, will demonstrate the making of miniature altars often used in homes of Mexican and Mexican-American people.

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 younger, accompanied by an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

“Greatest Hits” Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Tour some of the DIA’s great masterpieces in Highlights of European & American Art and Four Continents & the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.

Evening for Educators: The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist 5–7 p.m.
Tour the Sheeler exhibition with DIA assistant curator Nancy Barr, then listen as the Detroit Historical Museum’s Henry Amick connects the DIA’s exhibition with the historical museum’s American Icons: Detroit Designs and 20th-century history lessons.

Members: $15; Non-members: $20; Student teachers: $10. Call 313.833.4249 to register.

October 8: Fine Arts Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

Classical Music: The Verdehr Trio 6:30 & 8 p.m.
An acknowledged leader in the field of new music, the Verdehr Trio has for the past 30 years commissioned over 170 works for violin, clarinet and piano from some of the world’s most exciting composers—known and unknown, young and old, from this country and abroad. 

Moving Pictures: Richard III
Richard III is the earliest surviving American feature film, newly unearthed and restored to its original brilliance by the American Film Institute and with a haunting score by composer Ennio Morricone. Produced as a vehicle for Frederick Warde, a legendary stage actor of the 19th century, Richard III was the most ambitious Shakespearean adaptation of its time.

Insider’s View: Charles Sheeler and the Photographic Legacy of the Rouge
6 & 7:30 p.m.
Join DIA assistant curator Nancy Barr for a tour of the exhibition Charles Sheeler: American Modernist focusing on the artist’s well-known pictures of Ford Motor Company’s Rouge plant. She will also discuss Sheeler’s large Industry mural, re-created especially for the exhibition in Detroit.

October 15: Jazz Friday  
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls  
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

Jazz Music: T. S. Monk Quintet
Drummer, bandleader, composer and vocalist T. S. Monk received the New York Jazz Awards first “Recording of the Year” award and Downbeat’s 63rd annual “Album of the Year Reader’s Choice” award for Monk On Monk, an 80th birthday tribute to his father, jazz great Thelonious Monk.

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

Drawing in the Galleriesfor Adults (Ages 15 and older)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

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

“Greatest Hits” Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Tour some of the DIA’s great masterpieces in Highlights of European & American Art and Four Continents & the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.

October 22:Family Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

Family Performance: Latin American Dancing  6 & 7:30 p.m.
International Institute Latin American Dance and Band members wear colorful costumes for this lively program of dancing and music.

Storytelling: How Music Came to the World 6:30 & 8 p.m.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Hava Jean Delgado from Project Paradigm-Magicweavers uses creative movement, music and storytelling to present the ancient Mexican and Aztec myth When Music Came to the World.

“Greatest Hits” Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Tour some of the DIA’s great masterpieces in Highlights of European & American Art and Four Continents & the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.

October 29: FifthFriday-Arts of Perú
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Sugar Skulls
Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities.

Performance: Eco Del Sur 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Eco Del Sur is an energetic musical ensemble of Latin American artists from various musical backgrounds. They explore and perform ancient Andean music as well as contemporary music from different Latin American regions

Family Program: Andean Music from Perú 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a lively and interactive exploration of Latin America’s oldest musical traditions and instruments from the Amerindians of the Andes, the indigenous population spread across the modern states of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina and northern Chile.

Artist Demonstration: Retablo
Second-generation Peruvian artist Nicario Jiménez demonstrates the traditional craft of the retablo, three-dimensional figurines depicting Peruvian life.

“Greatest Hits” Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Tour some of the DIA’s great masterpieces in Highlights of European & American Art and Four Continents & the Ancient World. Each tour is offered at both times.


SATURDAY’S GREATEST HITS

Every Saturday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Mosaics Noon–4 p.m.
Make pictures and designs from a variety of art materials and found objects.

Saturday, October 2
Special Teachers Program: Cultural Center Open House 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Teachers can plan a field trip, learn about free and low-cost resources, talk with staff and pick up a pass to Cultural Center museums: Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and New Detroit Science Center, all within walking distance of the DIA. For DIA Open House information, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class for Ages 9–12: Wood Sculpture 10 a.m.–noon
Create your own sculpture using recycled wood.

Members: $20 per child and per adult;
Non-members: $24 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

This Month’s Greatest Hit: Rivera Court 2 p.m.
Join the DIA’s director of education Nancy Jones as she discusses one of the great treasures of the DIA, Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Saturday, October 9
Studio Class for Adults: Creative Art Quilts 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Learn how to make an art quilt without using patterns.

Members: $44; Non-members: $55. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Studio Class for Ages 9–12: Wood Sculpture 10 a.m.–noon
Create your own sculpture using recycled wood.

Members: $20 per child and per adult;
Non-members: $24 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Family Program:  Latin American Music and Folklore 2 p.m.
Join in a sing-along celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with the rhythms and colors of the traditional music of South America. Take a mystical journey via folklore, legends and traditions, through the evolution of Latin American Andean music.

Saturday, October 16
Special Teachers Programs: Creativity in the Classroom 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Explore a variety of methods for creatively engaging the elementary and middle school student. Instructor Tessa Stein will lead participants through hands-on art-making experiences that examine the concepts of imagination and idea. No prior art experience is necessary. 

Members: $40; Non-members: $50; Student teachers: $25. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Adult Art History Class: Latino Art: Past and Present 1–4 p.m.
Juan Javier Pescador, assistant professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the history and key artists in Latino art.

Members and students: $32; Non-members: $40. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Lecture: Ancient Americas  2 p.m.
David W. Penney, DIA curator of Native American art, talks about objects on view in the Ancient Americas gallery in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Saturday, October 23
Storytelling: Hispanic Heritage Storytelling 2 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by listening to tales about Diá de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, and the legend of Tanga Yu, among others, with Mary Luevanos, a visual artist and storyteller.


SUNDAY’S GREATEST HITS

Every Sunday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Folk Art Toys Noon–4 p.m.
Create simple toys using found and recycled materials.

Sunday, October 3
Family Program: Latin-American Music and Folklore 2 p.m.
Join in a sing-along celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with the rhythms and colors of the traditional music of South America. Take a mystical journey via folklore, legends and traditions, through the evolution of Latin American Andean music.

Sunday, October 10
Brunch with Bach: Yuki and Tomoko Mack 11 a.m.
Born in Japan, Yuki and Tomoko Mack have been winning fans internationally since they originally teamed up as the Mack Piano Duo in 1994. The sisters are known for their flawless performance on two pianos as well as their intricate handwork on a single instrument.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $11 for children and $5 for stair seating (without brunch).  To purchase tickets call 313.833.4005.

Artist Demonstration: Vito Valdez Noon–4 p.m.
Vito Valdez will display his wood sculptures and demonstrate multi-media installations and painting pieces while explaining the process he uses to create them.

Artist’s Choice: Carlos Diaz 2 p.m. (SLI)
Carlos Diaz, a long-time teacher at the College for Creative Studies, constructs his Invented Landscapes by combining black-and-white photographs of amusement-park landscapes with vintage 19th-century steel-plate and wood-block engravings of mechanical inventions. Diaz will discuss how his work relates to the industrial images in the exhibition The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist.

Sunday, October 17
Studio Class for Ages 5–8: Feet of Clay 1–3 p.m.
Find out where your imagination will take you while you have fun creating clay sculpture.

Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Drop-in Workshop: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Staff from the NAMES Project will assist you in making a panel for the Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS. Bring materials to work on a panel or just come with ideas.

Storytelling: Hispanic Heritage Storytelling 2 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by listening to tales about Diá de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo and the legend of Tanga Yu, with visual artist and storyteller Mary Luevanos. 

Sunday, October 24
Gallery Serenade: Myrthala Salazar 2 p.m.
Myrthala Salazar, born in Monterrey, Mexico, has performed recitals and with orchestras throughout Mexico as well as in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, the United States, Greece, Italy, England and the Cayman Islands.

Saturday, October 30
Friends from Storage
Kim Muir, from the DIA’s conservation department, discusses José Gutiérrez Solana’s The Outcasts (Los Desechados).   

Sunday, October 31
Family Performance: Latin American Dancing 2 p.m.
Enjoy a lively program of dancing, music and colorful costumes by the International Institute Latin American Dancers and Band.


SPECIAL WEEKDAY PROGRAMS

Tuesday, October 5
Art and Flowers Lunch and Lecture: Wayne Winterrowd 10:30 a.m.
Wayne Winterrowd, writer and garden designer, is the speaker for the Friends of Art and Flowers’ annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman lunch and lecture program. Winterrowd is internationally known for his gardens at North Hill in Vermont. He will be available to sign his recently published book Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens. The lecture will be followed by lunch in Rivera Court. Lunch and lecture: $45; lecture only: $20. For tickets or more information please call 313.833.6760.


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist
Through December 5, 2004

This exhibition is the first major retrospective to focus exclusively on the photographic work of Charles Sheeler, one of the master photographers of the 20th century. Featured are over 100 rare prints from his major series’, including legendary views of the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge complex, commissioned by Edsel Ford in 1927; images of his house and barns in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from 1916 to 1917; stills from the 1920 film Manhatta; photographs of Chartres Cathedral from 1929; and several images of American industry made for Fortune magazine in the 1930s. This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All photographs were drawn from the Lane Collection. In Detroit, the exhibition is sponsored by Dow Automotive.

This Land is Your Land: American Landscape Prints
October 27, 2004–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, Childe Hassam, Stow Wengenroth, Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell.