March 7, 2018—Live music, classic and contemporary cinema and the much-anticipated exhibition “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” are among Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs for May.

The DIA thanks its sponsors for the following programs: Friday Night Live! is supported by the DTE Energy Foundation; the Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy's Pizza.

Exhibitions

“81st Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition” through May 14 (Note: formerly DPS Student Exhibition)

“Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” through June 6

“Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA” through Sept. 16

“Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” May 20–Sept. 30

Ongoing

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tour.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.

Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, featuring tours, talks and artmaking.

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 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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Art Making (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, May 3

Panel Discussion: The Spaces in Between with Tyree Guyton, Jane Hammond and Carlos Diaz 6 p.m.

Jane Hammond, Carlos Diaz and Tyree Guyton, artists featured in the exhibition “Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA” discuss the techniques and conceptual approaches they use and the contrasts between local and global thoughts on community building, urban development, and the creation of “home.” Hosted by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Friday, May 4

Friday Night Live!: TRANSIT New Music Ensemble: “Quartet for the End of Time” 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The TRANSIT New Music Ensemble performs the legendary “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen and works by younger composers that deal with existential themes like the Holocaust, eternity and the spiritual universe. The Quartet for the End of Time was premiered on January 15, 1941 in -4 degree temperatures in Stalag VIII.A, a Nazi prison camp, one of the great stories in 20th-century music.

Saturday, May 5

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Noon and 2 p.m.

The DIA's auxiliary Friends of Asian Arts and Culture presents a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through a blend of traditional and contemporary artistry with performances combining song, dance, music, dialogue and narration. A collaboration between professional and community cultural groups—including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Polynesian, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese—showcases the arts of these Asian cultures.

Sunday, May 6

Louder Than a Bomb – Cypher 2 p.m.

The culminating event of Inside|Out Literary Arts Project's “Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB): The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival,” the Cypher features LTAB artists competing for the title of hip-hop supremacy. Featuring renowned Detroit emcees as judges, the young artists will engage in a three-round tournament, putting their written, freestyle and crowd-moving skills to the test in this family-friendly event. Visit https://www.ltabmichigan.com/ for more information and full festival schedule.

Thursday, May 10

Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk with Valerie Mercer, DIA curator of African American Art 1 p.m.

Thursdays at the Museum features programs for adults 55+, with either a tour, talk, movie or artmaking activity. This Thursday, DIA Curator of African American art Valerie Mercer talks about the DIA’s great collection of African American art.

Friday, May 11

Friday Night Live!: Migguel Anggelo 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born singer Migguel Anggelo creates a kaleidoscope of vocal theatrics and poetic storytelling that is both hilarious and touching. Anggelo's music combines Latin, pop and folk music classics with his original compositions and forges a new music-theater experience in an increasingly bilingual world.

Friday, May 18

Friday Night Live!: Corn Potato String Band 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The Corn Potato String Band has delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern U.S.

Thursday, May 24

Thursdays at the Museum: “Casablanca” 1 p.m.

Thursdays at the Museum features programs for adults 55+ with tours, artmaking, movies and talks. This Thursday enjoy the classic 1942 move “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart as a cynical bar owner in Casablanca during World War II who is torn between feelings for his old flame, played by Ingrid Bergman, the easy profits of war and his deeply suppressed instincts to do the right thing in the struggle against fascism.

Friday, May 25

Detroit Film Theatre: “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day” Part One 7 p.m.

German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder made this epic 1972 TV miniseries, which was a hit in Germany, but has never before been seen in the U.S. This melodrama about the family and friends of factory worker Jochen merges private and professional lives as family festivities, job changes, rents, romance, prejudice against immigrants, business fraud, child care and pay bonuses blend into a tapestry of a society redefining itself. Restored in 2017, the complete eight-hour series—in three parts—will be shown over three days. In German with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members. Note: your ticket will admit you to all three parts.

Friday Night Live!: New Music Detroit: Annie Gosfield's The Detroit Industry Murals 7 and 8:30 p.m.

From their first concert in 2006, New Music Detroit has made it their mission to perform the music of living composers. They commissioned Annie Gosfield to write a piece inspired by Diego Rivera's “Detroit Industry” murals. Gosfield has long been inspired by the murals and the industrial elements in her compositional style are uniquely suited to the project.

Saturday, May 26

Artist Demonstration: Printmaking with Jennifer Belair Noon–4 p.m.

Jennifer Belair will show some of her finished artworks and visitors can learn more about the relief printmaking process in addition to table top screen printing. Visitors can also create a print using some of Jennifer's imagery. 

Detroit Film Theatre: Ingmar Bergman: The Centennial Retrospective: “Persona” 2 p.m.

Born a hundred years ago, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman worked in many different art forms, right up until his death in 2007 at age 89. Theatre, television, radio and opera all fascinated Bergman, but it was the nearly 50 feature films that he wrote and directed between 1946 and 2003 that will remain Bergman’s legacy. Throughout 2018, the DFT will present a selection of restored Bergman masterworks.

In “Persona,” a stage actor played by Liv Ullmann has inexplicably gone mute. Bibi Andersson plays the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While there, the women undergo a spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema’s most influential creations. In Swedish with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Detroit Film Theatre: “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day” Part Two 7 p.m.

(see May 25 for description)

Sunday, May 27

Artist Demonstration: Printmaking with Jennifer Belair Noon–4 p.m.

Jennifer Belair will show some of her finished artworks and visitors can learn more about the relief printmaking process in addition to some table top screen printing. Visitors can also create a print using some of Jennifer's imagery. 

Detroit Film Theatre: “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day” Part Three 2 p.m.

(see May 25 for description)

Museum Hours and Admission

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for students, $6 for ages 6–17. 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 residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.