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DIA exterior at night
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Set Aside September For Fun At The DIA

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

As the summer comes to an end, having fun at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is a great way to transition into fall.  September is full of exciting programs for all ages with special activities such as new exhibitions and evening classes for adults.  Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.  Activities with the symbol (SLI) are presented with sign-language interpretation.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE DIA
Friday nights at the DIA are a great way to get a evening full entertainment all in one place.  Visitors can enjoy dinner in CaféDIA, music and artist demonstrations in the galleries, great exhibitions and fun workshops.

The museum is open until 9 p.m.; activities are from 6–8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

September 3: Marshall Field’s First Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: If the Shoe Fits: Paper Shoes
(Ages 12 and under must be with an adult)
Choose a precut pattern or create your own to make a miniature shoe from a variety of art papers of different weights and textures.

World Music Series:The Steve Kuhn Trio 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Pianist Steve Kuhn has played in bands with John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Art Farmer. His tone production and keyboard dynamics set him apart from other pianists and his mastery of soft tones are unmatched in jazz.

Artist at Work:Sabrina Nelson
Sabrina Nelson demonstrates her mixed media processes using paper and sewing techniques.

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 above)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Museum instructors assist children in exploring creative expression through drawing.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

September 10: Fine Arts Friday
Drop-in Workshop for all Ages: If the Shoe Fits: Paper Shoes
(Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Choose a precut pattern or create your own to make a miniature shoe from a variety of art papers of different weights and textures.

Classical Music: Brave New Works 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Brave New Works is a vibrant performing ensemble of 10 musicians dedicated to playing and promoting new music.

Moving Pictures: Peter Pan
James M. Barrie’s timeless play became one of the most popular films of the 1920s, although it has been virtually unseen for decades. The film has been fully restored from original nitrate materials, with authentic color tints and a new orchestral score by Philip Carli.

Insider’s View: African American Art at the DIA 6 & 7:30 p.m.Join Swarupa Anila, DIA assistant educator, for a talk about selected works in the Remix: Masterpieces from Europe and America galleries.

September 17: Jazz Friday
Drop-in Workshop for all Ages: If the Shoe Fits: Paper Shoes
(Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Choose a precut pattern or create your own to make a miniature shoe from a variety of art papers of different weights and textures.

Jazz Music: Angelica Sanchez Quartet 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Angelica Sanchez’s style is subtle, yet filled with gnarled chords, elliptical phrasing, simple folk-music-like melodies and mid-speed solos. She’s well supported by the line-up of saxophonist husband Tony Malaby, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey.

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)
Artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

September 24:Family Friday
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: If the Shoe Fits: Paper Shoes
(Ages 12 and under must be with an adult.)
Choose a precut pattern or create your own to make a miniature shoe from a variety of art papers of different weights and textures.

Family Performance: Wild Swan Theatre 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Wild Swan Theatre presents a lively program that features original scripts drawn from beloved tales and multicultural traditions.  Music, puppets and masks create scenes that excite the imagination and delight the eye.

Storytelling: Let a Story Be Told…Let a Story Be Heard 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Michigan storyteller Jenifer Ivinskas Strauss welcomes audiences to participate in her enthusiastic tales from around the world about the shared human experience.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m. 
Highlights of Europe & America and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday
Tapestry Weaving Noon–4 p.m.
Learn the difference between a “warp” and a “weft” while creating small woven tapestries.

Saturday, September 4
Masterwork of the Month: Study for Painting with White Form 2 p.m.
Steven Niemi, DIA assistant educator, discusses Wassily Kandinsky’s Study for Painting with White Form.

Saturday, September 11
Adult Art History Class: Survey of World Art—Part I 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Saturdays, September 11 through December 4 (no classes Sept. 25 and Nov. 27)
This course provides a broad survey of Western art from the Stone Age to the Renaissance.

Members and seniors: $80; Non-members: $100; Students (with I.D.): $40.  To register, call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Tales from the Middle Kingdom 1:30 p.m
Join storyteller Ming Louie as he presents a program of Chinese stories and fairy tales from the Middle Kingdom. Besides trickster tales and stories about dining, several stories explore the history and meaning of paper-folding in China and are accompanied by a hands-on activity for audience members.
Gallery Serenade: Michael Boyd and Joel Schoenhals Piano Duo 2 p.m.
Michael Boyd and Joel Schoenhals play Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos.

Saturday, September 18
Adult Art History Class: Survey of World Art—Part I 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Saturdays, September 11 through December 4 (no classes Sept. 25 and Nov. 27)
This course provides a broad survey of Western art from the Stone Age to the Renaissance.

Members and seniors: $80; Non-members: $100; Students (with I.D.): $40.  To register, call 313.833.4249.

Artist Demonstration: Printing Process with Ralph Rinaldi Noon–4 p.m.
Ralph Rinaldi demonstrates printing processes from the 1800s, using a press on loan from the Detroit Historical Museum.

Saturday, September 25
Storytelling 2 p.m.
A storyteller presents a lively program for family audiences.

Gallery Serenade: Phil Lasley 2 p.m.
Veteran alto saxophonist Phil Lasley plays his own style of jazz, reminiscent of the great “jump” alto men of the 1940s, who were his early heroes.


SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday
The Art of the Doodle Noon–4 p.m.
Whether it’s talking on the phone or sitting in a meeting, everybody doodles. Create simple doodle patterns using markers, pencils and gel pens.

Sunday, September 5
Storytelling: Tales from the Middle Kingdom 2 p.m.
Join storyteller Ming Louie as he presents a program of Chinese stories and fairy tales from the Middle Kingdom. Besides trickster tales and stories about dining, several stories explore the history and meaning of paper-folding in China and are accompanied by a hands-on activity for audience members.

Sunday, September 12
Brunch with Bach: Maria Mierelles and the Romantics11 a.m.
Pianist Maria Mierelles performs the work of composers from the Romantic era, including Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children ages 5–12. To purchase tickets call 313.833.4005.

Artist’s Choice:Michelle Andonian2 p.m.
Michelle Andonian is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, award-winning photographer, whose assignments have taken her all over the world. Influenced by Charles Sheeler and Robert Frank, she has been photographing at the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge complex for the past two years and will relate her experiences to the Rouge photographs in the exhibition The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist.

Sunday, September 19
Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1–4 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: Tales from the Middle Kingdom 2 p.m.
Join storyteller Ming Louie as he presents a program of Chinese stories and fairy tales from the Middle Kingdom. Besides trickster tales and stories about dining, several stories explore the history and meaning of paper-folding in China and are accompanied by a hands-on activity for audience members.

Community Choice 2 p.m.
Susan Troia of the DIA’s education department discusses several paintings in the portrait gallery. Come and vote for your favorite.


SPECIAL WEEKDAY PROGRAMS

Thursday, September 9
Lecture: The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist 8 p.m.
Join Karen Haas, curator of the Lane Collection, Boston, and co-curator of the exhibition The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist, for a lecture and presentation on the photographic work of American artist Charles Sheeler. Haas uses images from Sheeler’s major series, including the 1927 photograph of the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge complex, to discuss the artist’s development as a photographer. The lecture is underwritten by a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area, an affiliate of the National Park Service, and is co-sponsored by the Graphic Arts Council.

Thursday, September 16, 23 & 30
Studio Class for Adults: Life Drawing 5–7:30 p.m.
Develop your drawing skills by working with draped and undraped models in a series of short and long poses. Members: $100; Non-members: $125. To register, call 313.833.4249.


EXHIBITIONS

September 8–December 5, 2004
The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist
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 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. Of special note are Sheeler’s legendary views from the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge complex, commissioned by Edsel Ford in 1927.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.

Through September 19
The Etching Revival in Europe: Late 19th and Early 20th Century French and British Prints

Etching was practiced by such a vast number of artists and developed with such creativity and freedom of expression during the 19th century that the era became known as “the etching revival.”  James McNeill Whistler and his British brother-in-law, Seymour Hayden, were central figures in this international movement that invigorated an old printmaking technique. Examples of their work and that of many other artists, such as Charles Meryon, Edouard Manet and Frank Brangwyn are part of this exhibition of over 120 prints from the DIA collection.