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July at the Detroit Institute of Arts brings puppet shows, live music and summer camps - Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings opens July 11

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

(Detroit)—A summer of fun continues at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in July with puppet shows, summer camps and live music and special summer exhibitions including Patti Smith: Camera Solo, Five Spanish Masterpieces and the opening of Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings on July 11.

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)
Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Heraldry: Heraldry was a way to visually represent lords and knights during the Middle Ages. Learn more as you create your own miniature coat-of-arms.
Thursdays in July, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Folk Art Toys: Pinwheels: Use a pencil, markers and colorful papers to make your own old-fashioned pinwheel with a creative twist.
Fridays in July, 1 a.m.–3 p.m. – Paper Fans: Uchiwa: Uchiwa is a style of paper fan common in Japan. Learn about the traditions of making Uchiwa as you create your own fan.
Fridays in July, 6–9 p.m. – Paper Flowers: Stroll through the galleries and find artworks that have a floral theme, then come to the studio to make your own paper versions of the flowers that inspired you.
Saturdays in July, Noon–4 p.m. – Bookarts: Origami Star Book: Create this simple book using squares of folded paper. When assembled, the unfolded pages resemble a star.
Sundays in July, Noon–4 p.m. – Sock Puppets: Bring characters from your imagination to life as you turn a simple sock into a fantastic puppet! Don’t forget to check out our puppet gallery.

Family Sunday, July 1
No Programs Scheduled

Friday Night Live, July 6
Music: TBA (See for details)

Ford Free Sunday, July 8
Sunday Music Bar: Gustafer Yellowgold: 1 & 3 p.m.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s show is a multimedia performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling, featuring songs and animation by Morgan Taylor. Yellowgold appeals to both adults and children and has been described as a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.

Friday Night Live, July 13
Music: Concert of Colors: De Temps Antan: 7 & 8:30 pm
De Temps Antan is a band from Quebec that performs time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional Quebec music.

DIA Moment: PuppetSlam Detroit!: 8 p.m.
This puppetry-for-adults event is the first in a new series that features three to four puppet scenes by a variety of puppet artists. The series kicks off with works from Tom Carey and Dan Tower of Rusty Nail Studio, and Naia Venturi with the Dreamland Puppet Troupe, among others.

Family Sunday, July 15
Storytelling: Ivory Williams: 2 p.m.
Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents entertaining, interactive stories for both youth and adults. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Monday–Friday, July 16–20 Summer Camps
Camp Art ‘N Action (ages 5–8, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Have an action-packed art adventure through the world of sculpture, clay, paint and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Camp Art Exploration (ages 9–12, with an adult): 9 a.m.–noon
Get creative with clay, wood, paint, paper, ink, wire and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, click here or call 313-833-4005.

Friday Night Live, July 20
Music: Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade: 7 & 8:30 pm
Miss Tess is a New York-based singer-songwriter inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, country and folk music. Though she draws comparisons to artists such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee and Chuck Berry, she maintains a style all her own. The Bon Ton Parade is made up of Will Graefe on guitar, Danny Weller on bass and Matt Meyer on drums.

Family Sunday, July 22
Sunday Music Bar: Joel Mabus: 1 & 3 p.m.
Joel Mabus has spent his career in folk music intertwining his original compositions with traditional repertoire. Whether he’s singing an old ballad or performing a new composition from his latest release “No Worries Now…,” his music sounds like it has been handed down from generations past.

Storytelling: Of Sufis and Swamis: Stories from India’s Hindu-Muslim Traditions: 2 p.m.
Acclaimed storyteller Latika Mangrulkar presents stories based on mythical Indian gods and goddesses. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Friday Night Live, July 27
Music: TBA (See for details)

Family Sunday, July 29
Puppet Performance: The Nana Projects presents Alonzo’s Lullaby: 2:30 p.m.
The story of Alonzo’s Lullaby is inspired by the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train wreck of 1918. Calling to mind the popularity and excitement that early circus acts inspired, this tragic accident (which made national news when it originally occurred) lies at the center of this tale of madness, passion and intrigue.

Puppeteers (aka lanterneers) use graceful cutouts with overhead projectors to blend the manipulation of objects with the tricks of Victorian Magic Lantern slide shows. An original score is performed live by Ellen Cherry and Nicholas Sjostrom.

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