DIA Events Calendar 2017

DIA Events Calendar 2017 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs. 2017 DIA events calendar. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the DIA Events Calendar 2017 calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

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DIA Events Calendar December 2017

Special Holiday Hours
Sunday–Monday, Dec. 24–25: CLOSED
Tuesday–Saturday, Dec. 26–30: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: CLOSED

Exhibitions
“Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” on view through Jan. 15, 2018.
“D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” on view through Feb. 18, 2018.
“Monet: Framing Life” on view through March 4, 2018.

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 tours, talks and art-making, are offered to adults 55+ along with light refreshments.

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.
Note: Saturday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Drop-In Art-making (for all ages) Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.
Dec. 1–3, Luminaries: Decorate a glass jar you can later illuminate with a small candle.
Dec. 2, 5–9 p.m.: Noel Night Winter Village II: Take part in a community-based art-making project, where participants help create a large rendition of a Winter Village.
Dec. 8–10, Printmaking – Notecards
Dec. 15–17, Paper Snowflakes
Dec. 22–23, Star Books

Special Holiday Week Drop-in Art-making: Puppets
Thursday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, Noon–9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15
Friday Night Live! Miz Corona 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Miz Korona is a critically acclaimed underground artist from Detroit who constructs lyrics that speak honestly to the realities of life. She blends her genuine love for hip hop with a taste of the classic soul of The Motor City to create her own style upon which to express these messages.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Other Side of Hope” 7 p.m.
Two refugees who meet in a Helsinki holding cell are unaware that, at the same time, a middle-aged traveling shirt salesman is fleeing his marriage to try his hand at the restaurant business. At his dive of an eatery—The Golden Pint—these three lives come together in a series of comic, moving surprises. In Finnish, English, Arabic and Swedish with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission, $7.50 seniors, students, DIA Members.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Stories and Dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation 2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone, a Native American champion dancer from the Ho-Chunk Nation, and members of his family, present true Native American culture through dance, song, narration and a display of artifacts with a strong environmental emphasis. For all ages.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Night School” 4 p.m.
This documentary is about three African-American adults who are determined to better their lives by resuming their pursuit of high school diplomas. They are concerned that a GED may not be enough; they want the opportunities they believe will come with a regular diploma. While each of their journeys is distinct, the systemic, poverty-induced obstacles are widespread. Tickets: $9.50 general admission, $7.50 seniors, students, DIA Members.
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Other Side of Hope” 7 and 9:30 p.m.
(see Dec. 15 for description)

Sunday, Dec. 17
Stories and Dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation 2 p.m.
(See Dec. 16 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Other Side of Hope” 2 p.m.
(see Dec. 15 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “Night School” 4:30 p.m.
(see Dec. 16 for description)

Friday, Dec. 22
Detroit Film Theatre: “Lawrence of Arabia” (restored) 7 p.m. (227 minutes, with intermission)
“Lawrence of Arabia,” winner of seven Academy Awards, is a 1962 epic historical drama based on the life of T.E. Lawrence, the Englishman (Peter O’Toole) who sought to unite Arab tribes against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. In addition to Lawrence’s attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and involvement in the Arab National Council, the film delves into his struggles with the personal violence of war, his identity and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and his new-found comrades within the Arabian desert tribes. In 2012, the Cannes Film Festival premiered this frame-by-frame 4K digital restoration. With Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness. Tickets: $9.50 general admission, $7.50 seniors, students, DIA Members.
Friday Night Live! Karen Marie Richardson: Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Celebration 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Vocalist, songwriter and actress Karen Marie Richardson celebrates the centenary of the birth of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. Richardson currently stars in the off-Broadway sensation Sleep No More as jazz chanteuse Stella Sinclair and will appear in the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical Hello Again.

Tuesday, Dec. 26
Puppet Performance: The Winter Wonderland Puppet Concert 2 p.m.
Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe present a cast of puppet characters in an interactive concert of holiday favorites and a few easy-to-learn originals.
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows Awards 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
The British advertising industry presents “British Arrows” awards to recognize the creativity of television ads in the UK. The inventiveness of these British commercials, many of which ingeniously withhold their purpose until the very end, provides a playful, uniquely satisfying kick. Tickets: $9.50 general admission, $7.50 seniors, students, DIA Members.

Wednesday, Dec. 27
Puppet Performance: The Winter Wonderland Puppet Concert 2 p.m.
(see Dec. 26 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows Awards 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
(see Dec. 26 for description)

Friday, Dec. 29
Detroit Film Theatre: Tea Time Theatre: “Napping Princess” 2 p.m.
Three days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Kokone should be studying for her exams but often dozes off, stuck between reality and a dream world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. When her father finds himself in trouble, Kokone realizes that her dreams hold the answers to his dilemma, and she embarks on a journey that traverses dreams and reality, city and country, past and present. This original anime adventure weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of a new generation, showing how following your dreams can be the best way to face the future. Come early, all-ages tea party starts at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows Awards 5 and 7 p.m.
(see Dec. 26 for description)

Saturday, Dec. 30
Detroit Film Theatre: Tea Time Theatre: “April and the Extraordinary World” 2 p.m.
In this sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe, a family of scientists is on the brink of a great discovery when a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April and her cat, Darwin, find themselves at the center of a shadowy conspiracy and are soon on the run from secret agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg-rat spies. Come early; all-ages tea party starts at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows Awards 5 and 7 p.m.
(see Dec. 26 for description)

Sunday, Dec. 31
Detroit Film Theatre: Tea Time Theatre: “Whisper of the Heart” 2 p.m.
Perusing books she has checked out from the library, Shizuku’s curiosity is piqued when she notices a boy’s name that appears above hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of magical incidents. she connects with the boy, who has dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker, while she aspires to be a writer. This masterwork is the only full-length feature by Yoshifumi Kondo, protégé of Hayao Miyazaki (“My Neighbor Totoro”) and is regarded as one of the classics of Japanese anime. In English. Come early, all-ages tea party starts at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Detroit Film Theatre: British Arrows Awards 5 p.m.

DIA Events Calendar January 2018

Exhibitions
“Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” on view through Jan. 15, 2018.
“D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” on view through Feb. 18, 2018.
“Monet: Framing Life” on view through March 4, 2018.
“Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” on view through June 6, 2018

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+, including tours, talks and art-making.

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.

Friday, Jan. 5
Friday Night Live! Awesome Dre, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Highly regarded as a top hip-hop lyricist, Detroit rap pioneer Awesome Dre (Hard Core Committee) has been putting out work for more than 20 years. His debut album, You Can’t Hold Me Back, is considered to be a classic, and he is among the first Detroit emcees to gain national exposure in the golden age era of hip-hop.

Saturday, January 6
Detroit Film Theatre: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian Jewish émigré, was an actress known for her beauty and screen presence, but this documentary looks at another side of Lamarr – that as an inventor. She devised a pioneering “secret communication system” to help the Allies defeat the Nazis in World War II, a breakthrough that became the basis for today’s secure WiFi and GPS. In archival recordings discovered in 2016, Lamarr reveals her struggle to convince the Navy of her invention’s importance and the unexpected directions of her life. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Sunday, January 7
Detroit Film Theatre: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” 2 and 4:30 p.m.
(see Jan. 6 for description)

Friday, Jan. 12
Friday Night Live!: The Michigan Philharmonic: Miniature Masterpieces, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The Michigan Philharmonic performs Francis Poulenc’s Trois Mouvements Perpetuels, Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, Alberto Ginastera’s Impressiones de la Pun and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (arr. By Iain Farrington).
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 7 p.m.
In 1971 Switzerland, women did not have the right to vote. When housewife Nora is “forbidden” by her husband to take a part-time job, she begins to resist the rules of her male-dominated society. She finds herself at the forefront of her town’s suffragette movement, and her celebrity brings threats and marital turmoil. She convinces the women in her village to consider going on strike, and in doing so, makes some discoveries about the meaning of liberation. In Swiss, German and English with subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 13–14
Detroit Film Theater: Animation Club: Kid Flix—the Best Short Films from New York International Children’s Film Festival, 2 p.m.
Kid Flix shows the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. A teenage monster confronts a bully in “Welcome to My Life” (USA), a Japanese-Australian boy finds adventure in his lunchbox in “Riceballs” (Australia), and a competitive swimmer must prove that big talent can come in small packages in “Little Mouse” (Hungary). For ages 8 and up. Tickets are $5, and free for DIA members.

Saturday, Jan. 13
Detroit Film Theatre: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 4 p.m.
(see Jan. 6 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 7 and 9:30
(see Jan. 12 for description)

Sunday, Jan. 14
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 4:30 p.m.
(see Jan. 12 for description)

Friday, Jan. 19
Friday Night Live!: Eszter Balint, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Eszter Balint is perhaps best known for her acting role in Jim Jarmush’s “Stranger Than Paradise” and more recently for her work in Louis C.K.’s “Louie,” Season 4. In late 2015, she released “Airless Midnight,” which features artful, sophisticated songs with a touch of rock and punk influence. Her songs are varied and eclectic with lyrics that tell mysterious narratives with a cinematic feel.

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 7 p.m.
In 1983 Czechoslovakia, with Soviet-style Communism in full swing, a middle school teacher and Party official asks her new students what their parents do for a living, then uses the information to wheedle services from each family. The students soon grasp their teacher’s most important lesson: their future success or failure depends on these modest “favors.” This satire casts light on the petty abuses of power, fear-mongering and kowtowing that authoritarian regimes spawn at every level. In Slovak with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 20–21
Art Demonstration: Weaving with Michael Daitch, Noon–4 p.m.
Michael Daitch specializes in creating and teaching others to make handwoven pieces that are both visually and sensually pleasing. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Daitch at work at his loom, ask him questions about the process, and a few visitors may even be able to weave some threads.

Saturday, Jan. 20
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 7 p.m.
(see Jan. 19 for

Sunday, Jan. 21
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 4:30 p.m.
(see Jan. 12 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 2 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26
Friday Night Live!: Miles Davis Tribute featuring Rayse Biggs and Dwight Adams, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
From his arrival on the national scene in 1945 until his death in 1991, trumpeter Miles Davis made music that grew from an uncanny talent to hear the future and a headstrong desire to play it. Davis became the standard-bearer for successive generations of musicians, shaping the course of modern improvisational music more than a half-dozen times. Davis’ music will be explored by a band led by Detroit trumpet masters Rayse Biggs and Dwight Adams.

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 27–28
Puppet Performance: Caravan of Cultures, 2 p.m.
Karagoz and Hacivat, the comedic Odd Couple of shadow puppetry that originated in the Ottoman Empire, travel the ancient Silk Road from Anatolia to China and beyond. Follow their brush with pirates off the coast of Java and their escapades in the Indian trading port of Cochin. Be with them as they stop in the port of Jeddah brushing elbows with pilgrims preparing to make the Hadj to Mecca and Medina, and as they experience the splendors of Baghdad and Samarkand, and much, much more.

DIA Events Calendar February 2018

Friday, Feb. 2
Black History Month: A Night Celebrating Creativity and Movement Noon–2 a.m.
The DIA honors African American artistic creativity with entertainment focused on the theme of movement in the African American community and Detroit. The celebration includes a reading by U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and a performance by Mahogany Jones. Other activities include tours, artist talks and a late-night dance party.
Artist Demonstrations: Movement & Black Activism Noon–2 p.m., 3–5 p.m., 6–8 p.m., 9–11 p.m.
Artist Panel Discussion: The History and Future of African American Artists in Detroit 4–6 p.m.
Collection Tours by Artists, Historians and Activists 1–3 p.m., 5–6 p.m., 11 p.m.–midnight

Friday Night Live!: Mahogany Jones 9 p.m.
Mahogany Jones is renowned as the four-time, undefeated champion of BET’s “106 & Park” Freestyle Friday. She has shared stages with KEM, Les Nubians, The Roots, Moonchild, the late Gil Scott Heron, Lecrae and many others. Frustrated with the objectification of women, Jones leveraged her latest release, “PURE,” to launch a PURE movement in conjunction with Get Jayne and What’s the Irony productions, using media, special events and other campaigns to wage her war against the mistreatment of women.
Late night DJ Midnight–2 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3
Talk: “Body Doubles: Animating Sculpture from Pygmalion to Robotics” 2 p.m.
Modern histories of Western sculpture have shunned extreme illusionism in favor of the austere, white marble statuary of the classical tradition. Emerson Bowyer, Searle Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, explores an alternative narrative, in which artists from the Middle Ages to the present have frequently evoked the living presence of the body. They did so using tactics such as applying color to imitate skin tone, using casts of real bodies, dressing sculpted bodies in clothing, incorporating bodily materials and constructing moveable limbs and automated figures. This talk is sponsored by the DIA auxiliary Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.
Puppet Performance: “Can You Spell Harlem?” 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 4
Alain Locke Award: Willie Cole: Transformer of Everyday Objects 2 p.m.
Puppet Performance: “Can You Spell Harlem?” 2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk: “Monet: Framing Life with DIA Curator Jill Shaw” 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9

Friday Night Live!: The Music of J Dilla 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Family Performance: Cecelia Sharpe & Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble perform Music of J Dilla 2 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 17–18
Artist Demonstration: Hearts of Donald Calloway Noon–4 p.m.
Keeping to the spirit of Valentine’s Day, join Detroit multimedia artist Donald Calloway as he displays some of his work and helps visitors create art using found objects and the heart motif. Calloway’s colorful works are filled with emotion, expression and mystery.

Friday, Feb. 23
Friday Night Live!: Charenée Wade 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 24–25
Festivals of Asia Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy traditional performances, demonstrations and crafts associated with festivals celebrated in Arabic, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Korean cultures. Presented by the DIA auxiliary Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9a–4p Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9a–10p Fridays, and 10a–5p Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 ages 6–17. General Admission (excludes ticketed attractions) is FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and 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.

This DIA Events Calendar 2017 page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

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