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Whistler, Dawoud Bey, Asia Day And MoreAll At The DIA In May

Monday, April 19, 2004

What do James McNeill Whistler, Dawoud Bey, Asia Day and great storytellers, performers and workshops all have in common? They are all at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in May. The DIA is excited to have such a great line-up of exhibitions to see and fun things to do this month. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Listings with the symbol (SLI) are presented with sign-language interpretation.

FRIDAY NIGHTS
Friday nights are fun and lively at the DIA. Enjoy the museum’s world-renowned collection along with activities for all ages. The museum is open until 9 p.m. every Friday; special activities are 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

May 7: Marshall Field’s First Fridays

Drop-in Workshop: Kites

Create a simple kite from your own design.

World Music Series: Krishna Bhatt 6:30 & 8 p.m.
A prolific composer, Krishna Bhatt has won acclaim for his performances of Hindustani ragas.

Artist at Work: Donald Calloway

Detroit artist Donald Calloway demonstrates his techniques for making mixed-media sculpture.

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

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult)
Museum instructors assist children as they explore 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.

May 14: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Kites
Create a simple kite from your own design.

Classical Music: Robert Dick 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Improviser, composer, author, teacher and inventor Robert Dick has redefined flute playing using free improvisation, classical, blues, Indian, electronic, rock and jazz music.

Moving Pictures: Street of Crocodiles
The Brothers Quay have created visually stunning animation through their passion for detail, command of color and texture and use of focus and camera movement. Using stop-animation, they turn miniature sets into unforgettable worlds; Street of Crocodiles is a nightmarish netherworld that comes alive inside a deserted museum. Directed by the Brothers Quay (United Kingdom, 1986)

Insider’s View: The Work of Dawoud Bey 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Nancy Barr, assistant curator of graphic arts and curator of Dawoud Bey: Detroit Portraits, leads a special tour of the exhibition and discusses working with artist-in-residence Dawoud Bey and the students of Chadsey High School.

May 21: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Kites
Create a simple kite from your own design.

Jazz Music: Steve Wood Octet 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Saxophonist Steve Wood performs music by jazz master George Coleman.

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)
Artist/instructor helps participants design pencil drawings to take home. No experience necessary; materials provided.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger must be with an adult)
Museum instructors assist children as they explore 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.

May 28: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop: Kites
Create a simple kite from your own design.

Performance: Billy Jonas 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Billy Jonas performs his original songs, stories and improvisations with voice, guitar and “Industrial Re-percussion”—a collection of instruments made from found, foraged, and recycled objects.

Storytelling: “Stories from the Heart of the World” 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Take a whirlwind trip with storyteller/actress Yvonne Healy, who uses voice, gesture and story to enter the theater of the imagination.

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

SATURDAY PROGRAMS
Every Saturday in May

Drop in Workshop for all Ages: Phenakistoscopes Noon–4 p.m.
Use your own drawings to create an animated toy.

Saturday, May 1

Asia Day: China 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and explore the arts and culture of China, the Middle Kingdom. Visitors can enjoy great Chinese-inspired performances, fun workshops and delicious cuisine. Visit www.dia.org for a schedule of events and other information.

Saturday, May 8

Classes for Youth: Dyeing for Fun 10 a.m.–noon (Ages 5–8)
Find out where the practice of tie-dyeing originated as you design your own t-shirts.
Members: $10 per child and per adult; Non-members: $12 per child and per adult. Pre-registration is required. Please call 313.833.4249.

Artist Demonstration Noon–4 p.m.
Saffell Gardener demonstrates the techniques he uses for contemporary abstract painting and collage.

Storytelling: “Matrioyshka’s Long Journey” 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Russian-American puppeteer Natasha Khusid presents a lively tale of the smallest Matrioyshka, or Russian nesting doll, that is lost and wants to be reunited with her sisters. The performance features traditional Russian folk dancing, songs and costumes.

Mother’s Day “Eve” at the DIA Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Treat your mother to a delicious dinner, a lecture by exhibition curator Jim Tottis and the exhibition American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers. Please visit www.dia.org for more information.

Saturday, May 15

Artist’s Choice: Mary Chase Perry Stratton
1:30 (SLI) & 3 p.m.
Terese Ireland, executive director of Pewabic Pottery, tells the story of Mary Chase Perry Stratton, the pottery’s founder, and draws connections to the art of James McNeill Whistler.

Pro Musica: Manuel Acosta 8 p.m.
Tenor Manuel Acosta has been heard by millions as the voice of the prince in Walt Disney’s animated film Sleeping Beauty. His Detroit debut features Zarzuelas, a type of Spanish song, and favorite operatic arias. A guided tour of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals leaves from the Woodward Lobby at 7 p.m. A reception in Kresge Court follows the performance.

Tickets are $35 and available at the DIA Box Office, 313.833.4005. For more information, call 313.886.5639 or visit www.promusicadetroit.com.

Saturday, May 22


Storytelling: “Stories from the Heart of the World”
1:30 & 3 p.m.
Take a whirlwind trip with storyteller/actress Yvonne Healy, who uses voice, gesture and story to enter the theater of the imagination.

Lecture: “The American Aesthetic Movement” 2 p.m. (SLI)
DIA director Graham Beal speaks on the aesthetic movement in America.

Saturday, May 29

Friends from Storage 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Serena Urry, associate conservator of paintings, talks about Vincenzo Foppa’s Adoration of the Child with Saint Benedict and Angels and the challenges of cleaning and repairing it.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS
Every Sunday in May


Drop in Workshops for all Ages: Photograms Noon–4 p.m.
Experiment with making a photogram, a means of reproducing images on photographic paper without using a camera.

Sunday, May 2

Adult Classes: Creative Canes, Crooks, and Crosiers:
Making Your Own Walking Stick or Staff
1–4 p.m.
Master craftsman David Philpot will help you create your own African-inspired staff made with found objects. Members: $24; Non-members: $30. Pre-registration is required. Please call 313.833.4249.

Storytelling: Stories (Un)folding: Origami Butterflies and Fans
1:30 (SLI) & 3 p.m.
Storyteller Megan Hicks fuses storytelling with origami in a program that includes hands-on paper folding instruction for simple creations, such as the butterflies, fans and other objects James McNeill Whistler often included in his paintings.

DIA Live: Poetry 2 p.m.
Local poets Norene Cashen, Ted Pearson and Leslie Reese read selections from their works, as do two students from Roeper Academy in Birmingham, MI.

Sunday, May 9

Mother’s Day Brunches at the DIA Starting times are 10:30 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.
Treat your mom to a delicious brunch, the exhibition American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers and the choice of a classical music performance or lecture. For more information visit www.dia.org or call 313.494.5230.

Lecture: Whistler’s Mother 2 p.m. (SLI)
Whistler's mother inspired one of James McNeill Whistler’s greatest and best-known portraits, which has become an American icon. Margaret MacDonald, principal research fellow, Center for Whistler Studies at University of Glasgow, Scotland, explores the artist’s relationship with women, including his mother.

Sunday, May 16

Drop-in Workshop for all Ages: 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: “Matrioyshka’s Long Journey”
1:30 & 3 p.m.
Russian-American puppeteer Natasha Khusid presents a lively tale of the smallest Matrioyshka, or Russian nesting doll, that is lost and wants to be reunited with her sisters. The performance features traditional Russian folk dancing, songs and costumes.

Community Choice: European Art 2 p.m.
Join Brian Gallagher, DIA assistant curator of European art, as he discusses several decorative arts objects and other works.

Sunday, May 23

Gallery Serenade: Edwin and Julia I 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Brother and sister duo Edwin and Julia I perform music in Rivera Court with violin and piano by Sergei Prokofiev, Olivier Messiaen and John Adams.

Sunday, May 30

Family Performance: “Whistler’s Father—A Musical Mystery” 2 p.m.
We’ve all heard of Whistler’s mother, but who was Whistler’s father? You’ll laugh and leave humming tunes from this lively, comic mystery-within-a-mystery, musical-within-a-musical by Toledo’s North Coast Theatre.