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Detroit Institute of Arts hosts two contemporary Art events in March - Conversation with glass artist Beth Lipman; tribute to Mike Kelley

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ed. Note: In Conversation with Beth Lipman was cancelled due to a medical emergency in the speaker's family. It will be rescheduled at a later date. 

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) auxiliary Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA) hosts two exciting events this month. 
On Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m., glass artist Beth Lipman will talk about her studio practice, which includes glass blowing, sculpture and photography. Lipman creates still-life tableaus in glass that address the joy and fragility of life. Through the generosity of FMCA’s fundraising efforts, the DIA recently acquired Lipman’s glass installation Still Life with Vines. Lipman will be installing the newly acquired work in the Aviva and Jack A. Robinson Gallery, which is currently closed for renovations; it reopens April 4. The lecture is free, but for planning purposes, FMCA asks that people register at
On Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. FMCA will launch its new “Fourth Fridays for Friends” program, which features in-depth discussions about contemporary art, private receptions and the DIA’s Friday Night Live concerts. The first event is a remembrance of artist Mike Kelley, who died earlier this year. Rebecca Hart, DIA associate curator of contemporary art, Marsha Miro, founding director of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Cary Loren, member of Destroy All Monsters, will share their memories of Kelley in front of his painting Carnival Time. Guests are invited to join FMCA members for conversation and light refreshments at 7:30, and at 8:30 they can enjoy a concert by Barbez. The event is free with museum admission, but for planning purposes, FMCA asks that people register at

About Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, the first auxiliary established at the museum, supports and enhances the DIA's James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art by promoting a better understanding of modern and contemporary art and creating fundraising initiatives for the purchase of important new works of art in diverse mediums.

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. 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.