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

Monday, May 14, 2012

(Detroit) —Enjoy a variety of fun activities and art experiences in June, including the exhibitions Patti Smith: Camera Solo, opening June 1, Five Spanish Masterpieces, opening June 21, and the final days of our 75th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition, which ends June 3.

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 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: Patti Smith in Concert: 7:30 p.m. THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

Family Sunday, June 3
Artist Demonstration: Chalk Drawing with Greg Oberle: Noon–4 p.m.
Greg Oberle provides new insights into a medium we normally associate with hopscotch, illustrating why chalk isn’t just for kids anymore. Oberle’s talk will be followed by chalk drawing for all ages.

Sunday Music Bar: Blueflowers: 1 & 3 p.m.
Detroit band Blueflowers is led by songwriting duo Tony Hamera and Kate Hinote. They perform songs from their 2011 release In Line With the Broken-hearted, which contains elements of alternative-country, Americana, 60’s girl-pop, folk and psychedelia.

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.
The DIA has a dazzling array of early Boston furniture, including a great tall chest signed by Nathaniel Bowen dated 1774, and an exceptionally 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)

DIA Moment: Behind the Scenes – Detroit Playwrights: 8 p.m.
This new performance series provides a forum for works from Detroit’s theater community. The series kicks off with a focus on contemporary playwrights with staged readings of new works by local writers Audra Lord, Sean Paraventi and Kirsten Knisely. The readings will be followed by a discussion in which the playwrights elaborate on and answer questions about the artistic process behind their work.

Ford Free Sunday, June 10
Sunday Music Bar: Michael Chikuzen Gould: 1 & 3 p.m.
Michael Chikuzen Gould performs on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute usually made of bamboo. Gould studied the shakuhachi in Japan and is one of a few to hold the title “Dai Shihan” (Grand Master of Shakuhachi).

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 who loves everything to do with 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. Inspired by tales from Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz and Julio Cortázar. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

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

Saturday, June 16
Meet Me at the DIA: A Program for People with Early Stage Dementia and Their Caregivers: 10:30 a.m.–Noon
People with early stage dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and their caregivers are invited to participate in gallery discussions about art led by DIA staff and volunteers with expertise in this area. Participants are made to feel welcome and comfortable, and discussions are based on the observations and connections made by the group. The program provides opportunities for social engagement and intellectual stimulation in a safe, inspiring environment. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the discussions; participants leave the DIA with small prints of DIA artworks so conversations can be continued. Meet Me at the DIA is modeled after a successful program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Members $17 per couple, Nonmembers $20 per couple. To register Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan

Class: Clay: Potter’s Wheel Workshop (adults only): 1–4 p.m.
This introductory potter’s wheel experience includes individual guidance and demonstrations. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size limited to 12 students. Members $36, Nonmembers $48. Preregistration and prepayment is required. To register, call 313-833-4005.

Family Sunday, June 17
Brunch with Bach: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: White Nights: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The 19th annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest music in the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this year’s festival presents White Nights, featuring music by composers of Russian and Scandinavian descent. Tickets: Brunch and Concert, 1:30 p.m. performance only, $35; Continental Breakfast and concert, 11 a.m. performance only, $20; Concert only: $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit

Puppet Performance: Squallis Puppeteers, City Comics: 2 p.m.
An adventurous boy named Sam receives dicey advice from his imaginary friend Rupert the Rat. Sam is encouraged to try living out his comic-book inspired fantasies of being a real superhero. After taking a tumble he is given a special gift that will show him a new world right in his own backyard. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Wednesday, June 20
Class: Clay: Toad House (ages 5 and older, with an adult): 10 a.m.–Noon
Create an imaginative home out of clay for your friendly neighborhood toad. Projects will be fired for pick up at a later date. Class size limited to 20 students. Members $24, Nonmembers $32. Preregistration and prepayment is required. To register, call 313-833-4005.

Friday Night Live, June 22
Class: Clay: Pots, Bowls & Vessels (ages 5 and older, with an adult): 6–8 p.m.
Check out the many clay pots, bowls and vessels in the museum galleries, then head for the studio to make your own set of containers. Projects will be fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 20 students. Members $24, Nonmembers $32. Preregistration and prepayment is required. To register, call 313-833-4005.

Music: TBA (See for details)

Saturday, June 23
Class: Clay: Mug Shots (ages 5 and older, with adult): 1–4 p.m.
Using clay slabs and simple tools, make a mug you can actually use and decorated it with the funniest face you can think of. Projects will be fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 20 students. Members $24, Nonmembers $32. Preregistration and prepayment is required. To register, call 313-833-4005.

Family Sunday, June 24
Storytelling: Roan Judd: 2 p.m.
Roan Judd uses mime, puppetry and physically based acting techniques to tell multicultural stories from around the world. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Sunday Music Bar: PanaMO: 1 & 3 p.m.
World, Latin Jazz/Salsa band PanaMO performs original compositions with strong Latin roots and flavor, as well as jazz standards with inventive arrangements. PanaMO is led by Obed Succari, a master percussionist from Panama.

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.
Contact:     Pamela Marcil     (313) 833-7899