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Museum Mystery Tours part of October Fun at Detroit Institute of Arts - Photo exhibition Detroit Revealed opens Oct. 16

Monday, July 25, 2011

(Detroit)—Artist demonstrations, puppet shows, live music, and the popular Museum Mystery Tours are just some of the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) October offerings. An unusual display of sculptures made of canned goods will be on view from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, and the exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 opens October 16.

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit

Guided Tours: Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1, 3 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, Noon–4 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.

Family Sunday, October 2
Puppet Performance: Salsa Cinderella: 2 p.m.
This classic tale is told with a spicy twist. The characters are re-imagined as ingredients in a jar of salsa! Peppers, onion, garlic and tomatoes make up the ingredients of this spicy cast. The salsa thickens when the stubborn Prince refuses to change. His way of dancing is the only way he recognizes—until the big Palace Fiesta. A musical score by John Alexander will have you wanting to mambo in the aisles. A dazzling array of rod and shadow puppets join in the quest to find the foot that fits a simple sandal.

Friday Night Live, October 7
Music: Lightning Love: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Lightning Love is an indie-rock band who made a nice splash with their self-released debut album, November Birthday. They’ve since won the Best Pop Act in 2009 and were chosen to represent the Midwest in the 2011 Billboard Battle of the Bands.

Family Sunday, October 9
Storytelling: Heroic Folks: 2 p.m.
Roan Judd combines mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, acting and dialects to perform tales of heroic folks gifted with the imagination to solve complicated problems. She draws from her cultural background—Native American, Scots-Irish, Italian and French—and respectfully borrows from other cultures, oral tradition and the written word.

Friday Night Live, October 14
Music: Stephane Wrembel and Biel Ballester: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jazz guitarist and Django Reinhardt specialist Stephane Wrembel calls his music "gypsy jam," a hybrid of world music dominated by his gypsy guitar. He will perform music from his forthcoming CD, including his song “Bistro Fada” from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Also performing will be Dave Speranza (bass), Davis Langlois (washboard), Nick Anderson (drums) and Koran Hasanagic (rhythm guitar).

Family Sunday, October 16
Artist Demonstration: Book Illustration: Noon–4 p.m.
Experience the creative process of artist and author Howard Fridson as he recreates the process of illustrating his book Our Family Treasure. Fridson studied art at Wayne State University where he drew a comic strip for the school newspaper called “The Adventures of Captain Bopper.” He majored in fine arts and began painting murals upon graduation. Since then, he has continued to paint and has illustrated books including Maya’s First Rose by Martin Scot Kosins.

Lecture: Seventh Annual African Art Recognition Award: “White, Gold, Black Hands: Ivory Sculpture in Congo”: 2 p.m.
Beginning in the early 16th century, the Kingdom of Kongo gained renown in Europe for ivory sculpture carved specifically for European clientele. Intricately sculpted “Kongo” carved ivory trumpets entered the curio collections of European nobles and clergy from about 1510. In the mid-19th century, European sailors and others in the Atlantic trade began commissioning elaborately decorated tusks and exotically themed ivory figurines from artists along the Loango coast, boosting the popularity of central African ivories. This lecture examines five centuries of this ivory tradition.

Friday Night Live, October 21

Music: Joel Harrison Septet: 7 & 8:30 a.m.
The Joel Harrison Septet will perform music from the Singularity jazz project, commissioned by Chamber Music America’s “New Works” program. Harrison merges his wealth of experience in jazz and world styles with his longstanding interest in contemporary composition to create a sound that is often described as “chamber jazz.” Musicians include Chris Howes (violin), Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Dana Leong (cello), Gary Versace (piano), Stephan Crump (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).

Family Sunday, October 23
Family Performance: Mr. Seley: 2 p.m.
Outgrown Raffi? Graduate to songs written and performed by Birmingham teacher Mr. Seley. Learn songs from his CD Cupcakeasaurus! and sing along with old favorites.

Wednesday–Sunday, October 26–30
Canstruction: On view during museum hours
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Canstruction is a juried competition for metro Detroit architects, engineers and designers to build large-scale sculptures entirely constructed of canned fruits and vegetables. The completed works will be on display in Rivera Court for a week, and afterwards they will be disassembled and donated to Gleaner’s Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Thursday, October 27
Lecture: Photography with Peter Galassi, Curator Emeritus, Museum of Modern Art: 7 p.m.
Peter Galassi, prolific writer, scholar and curator of more than 40 exhibitions from 1991 to 2011 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) will lecture on the influential 1967 MOMA exhibition New Documents curated by his predecessor John Szarkowski. Galassi will discuss work by New Documents photographers including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander.

Friday Night Live, October 28
Music: Aerial Angels: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Aerial Angels conjure up their dark side with a special Ghost Circus for the Halloween weekend. The Aerial Angels are high-flying circus artists performing feats of grace, beauty and strength on the aerial hoop and aerial silk, acrobatics, fire eating and crack bullwhip target taking.

The Museum Mystery Tour: (ages 5 and older, with an adult): 6–10 p.m.
Commune with the spirits of long-departed artists in the American, European and Contemporary galleries. This self-guided tour will explore 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. Costumes are strongly encouraged! For information and self-guided maps please visit the Mystery Tour desk in Prentis Court.  

Saturday, October 29
The Museum Mystery Tour: (ages 5 and older, with adults): 1–5 p.m.
(please see Oct. 28 for details)

Family Sunday, October 30
The Museum Mystery Tour: (ages 5 and older, with adults): 1–5 p.m.
(please see Oct. 28 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 ages 62+, $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. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899