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Summer Fun in June at the Detroit Institute of Arts - Activities include live music, artist demonstration, puppet performance

Friday, March 23, 2012

(Detroit)—Enjoy a variety of fun activities and art experiences in June, including the exhibitions Patti Smith: Camera Solo, opening June 1, and Five Spanish Masterpieces, opening June 21.

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.

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 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

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

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays in June, 6–9 p.m. – Paper-bag sculpture: Make your own paper-bag sculpture using a variety of traditional and nontraditional art-making materials.
Saturdays in June, Noon–4 p.m. – Jewelry: Simple Adornments: Using a variety of nontraditional jewelry-making materials, create one-of-a-kind wearable art pins.
Sundays in June, Noon–4 p.m. – Mosaics: Make pictures and designs from colored glass, clay tiles, stones, marbles and other small objects.

Friday Night Live, June 1
Music: Music from Mexico: (See for details)

Ford Free Sunday, June 3
Sunday Music Bar: TBA: 1 & 3 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Greg Oberle: Noon–4 p.m.
Artist Greg Oberle provides new insights into a medium we normally associate with hopscotch, illustrating why chalk isn’t just for kids anymore. Oberle’s presentation will take place on the DIA’s South Lawn (Woodward and Farnsworth) followed by chalk drawing for all ages, weather permitting.

Lecture: The True Sources of Hiroshige’s Famous Tokaido Series (1832–33): 2 p.m.
Legend maintains that Utagawa Hiroshige based his woodblock-print series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido on his travels along the Tokaido, the arterial road that connected Edo (present-day Tokyo) with Kyoto. Andreas Marks, director and chief curator, The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, CA, demonstrates that the majority of Hiroshige’s designs are, in fact, based on illustrations from travel guides. Sponsored by Asian and Islamic Art Forum

Wednesday, June 6
Lecture: Masterpieces of Boston Furniture at the DIA: 1650–1850: 6:30 p.m.
DIA collections include a dazzling array of early Boston furniture, including a great tall chest signed by Nathaniel Bowen dated 1774, and a sensuous neoclassical center table made for David Sears in about 1820. Brock Jobe, professor of American decorative arts, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE, will explain why these works are so special. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

Friday Night Live, June 8
Music: TBA: (See for details)

Family Sunday, June 10
Family Performance: The Hinterlands Ensemble and PuppetART, Dreamtigers: 2 p.m.
Shadow puppets and live action combine to tell the tale of Isabel, a little girl from Oaxaca, Mexico, who loves science and spends her days learning about the wonders of nature and night after night dreaming of the world laid out in her books. After a terrifying dream that is infiltrated by wild tigers, Isabel vows never to sleep again, and soon the whole family has caught Isabel’s insomnia. Based loosely on the Jorge Luis Borges’ narrative, appropriate for ages 6 and up. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Friday Night Live, June 15
Music: TBA (See for details)

Family Sunday, June 17
Sunday Music Bar: TBA: 1 & 3 p.m.

Storytelling Performance: Hava Jean Delgado: 2 p.m.
Hava Jean Delgado uses creative movement and music to present a variety of Cuban folk tales. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Friday Night Live, June 22
Music: TBA (See for details)

Family Sunday, June 24
Programing: TBA

Friday Night Live, June 29
Music: TBA (See 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.