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.

For more DIA Events Calendar information, call 313-833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

DIA Events Calendar April 2017

Exhibitions:
“The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals” on view through April 16
“Detroit After Dark” on view through April 23
Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition on view April 29 through May 28
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 enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.
55+ Thursdays: 1 p.m.
The first Thursday of the month features a guided gallery tour; the second a talk; the third an art-making activity; and the fourth a film. In months with a fifth Thursday, a second gallery tour will be offered.

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.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Spring Break Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Books: Tuesdays, April 4 &18, Wednesdays, April 5 & 19 and Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Fridays, April 7 & 21, Noon–9 p.m.
Create your own book.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Stabiles – Saturday, April 1 & Sunday, April 2, Noon–4 p.m.
Use scissors and colorful cardstock to make a unique, freestanding geometric sculpture.
Kites – Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9, Noon–4 p.m.
Decorative Egg – Friday, April 14, Noon–9 p.m., Saturday April 15 & Sunday, April 16, Noon–4 p.m.
Scrolls – Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, Noon–4 p.m.
Scrolls used in ancient Eastern Mediterranean and Egyptian civilizations were the first form of record keeping. Use paper, wooden dowels and markers to create a version of your own.
It’s a Zoo in Here – Friday, April 28, 6–9 p.m., Saturday April 29 & Sunday, April 30, Noon–4 p.m.
Draw inspiration from animal themed works of art throughout the museum, then create your favorite animal.

Monday, April 24
Arts + Minds: Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture: Leaf Manipulation/Floral Art: 10:30 a.m. $
Bruno Duarte takes a sculptural approach to floral design, physically bending and shaping organic materials and other found objects to create works of art. Durate’s design techniques will intrigue the professional, as well as the amateur, floral designer.

Friday, April 28
Friday Night Live: Håkon Kornstad with Musica Nuda: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Saxophonist Håkon Kornstad is one of a handful of Norwegian artists listed in the jazz magazine “Downbeat”’s Critics Poll and has been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy several times, most recently for his unique solo saxophone recordings. In addition to his jazz playing, he has started to sing opera.
Detroit Film Theatre: “A Quiet Passion”: 7 p.m.
Terence Davies’ film is a personal portrait of American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), a woman who struggled to conquer her demons by finding solace in her art. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, April 29
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Cardboard Explosion”: 2 p.m.
With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower and train adorable animal sidekicks in this energetic, participatory show.
Detroit Film Theatre: “A Quiet Passion”: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
See April 28 for description.

Sunday, April 30
Detroit Film Theatre: “A Quiet Passion”: 1 p.m.
See April 28 for description.

DIA Events Calendar May 2017

Exhibitions
Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition on view through May 28

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 enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.

55+ Thursdays: 1 p.m.
The first Thursday of the month features a guided gallery tour; the second a talk; the third an art-making activity; and the fourth a film. In months with a fifth Thursday, a second gallery tour will be offered.

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.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Hours: Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.
Papel Picado: Friday–Sunday, May 5–7
Have fun as you try this Mexican art of cutting paper.
Container Rattles: Friday–Sunday, May 12–14
Small containers and boxes morph into percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and papers are added.
Art Pins: Friday–Sunday, May 19–21
Create one-of-a-kind wearable art pins using a variety of traditional and nontraditional jewelry-making materials.
Paper Flowers: Friday–Sunday, May 26–28
Take a stroll through the galleries and find paintings and other objects with floral themes. Then come to the studio to make your own paper versions of the flowers that inspire you.

Friday, May 5
Friday Night Live: The Lysander Piano Trio: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio performs music from their 2014 debut recording, “After a Dream,” featuring music by Ravel, Haydn, Schubert, Joaquin Turina and Moshe Zorman. The recording was acclaimed for its “polished and spirited interpretations” by The New York Times.

Sunday, May 7
Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit pianist Pamela Wise’s music blends Afro-Cuban rhythms, R&B and jazz, inspired by the music of her African ancestors.

Friday, May 12
Friday Night Live: Sasha Masakowski: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Sasha Masakowski’s genre-bending style draws elements from jazz, electronic and rock music. Her approach to music is playful, charismatic and spontaneous and has earned her a reputation as a daring, fearless improviser and charming interpreter of music.

Saturday, May 13
Arts + Minds: “The Jazz Age: Paris and Its Influence on Art Deco Design of the 1920s and ’30s”: 2 p.m.
Jazz and the Art Deco style profoundly changed American taste following the tour of 400 objects from a Paris exhibition to eight American museums, including the DIA, in 1926. Sarah Coffin, head curator of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, discusses the influence of European designs on American patronage and museum collections.

Sunday, May 14
Sunday Music Bar: Leslie DeShazor Adams: 1 & 3 p.m.
Classically trained violist Leslie DeShazor Adams has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony. She regularly performs with the Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Flint and Sphinx Symphony Orchestras, as well as jazz ensembles, including Leigh Daniels Ensemble and the Detroit-based Musique Noire.

Detroit Institute of Awesome: Formosa Circus Art: 2 p.m.
The National Association of Asian American Professionals—Detroit Chapter and the DIA’s auxiliary group Friends of Asian Arts and Culture present Formosa Circus Art. This lively circus includes acrobatics, street dancing, juggling, drumming, martial arts and extreme endurance acts. After the performance, the artists invite the audience to participate in a circus-art workshop.

Friday, May 19
Friday Night Live: PUBLIQuartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
PUBLIQuartet brings innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz and world chamber music in a tribute program marking Thelonious Monk’s centennial.

Saturday, May 20
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Bread and Puppet Theater: TBA
Working on a shoestring budget, Bread and Puppet Theater combines puppetry and experimental theater to create elaborate story lines about our current world.

Sunday, May 21
Sunday Music Bar: Britney Stoney: 1 & 3 p.m.
Britney Stoney is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and playwright born and raised in Detroit. Her sound is a mixture of neo-soul, alternative, R&B and folk.

Detroit Institute of Awesome: Bread and Puppet Theater: TBA
See May 20 for description.

Arts + Minds: From the Village to the Academy: Experiments with Uli Art in Eastern Nigeria: 2 p.m.
The African Uli graphic symbols painted on Igbo women’s bodies and decorating walls of houses and compounds in Eastern Nigeria have provided inspirational for artists. The visual repertoire of these symbols offered a rich vein for artistic experimentation among the mostly male artists in Nsukka, Nigeria. Artist Adenaike shares the Uli story and his work from the vantage point of an insider.

DIA Events Calendar June 2017

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 enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.

55+ Thursdays: 1 p.m.
The first Thursday of the month features a guided gallery tour; the second a talk; the third an art-making activity; and the fourth a film. In months with a fifth Thursday, a second gallery tour will be offered.

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.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Hours: Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.
Sandpaper Monoprints: Friday–Sunday, June 2–4
Use wax crayons, sandpaper, and your imagination to create one-of-a-kind prints on fabric.
Picture Frames: Friday–Sunday, June 6–11
Rhythmic Ribbon Batons: Friday–Sunday, June 16–18
Open Studio: Friday–Sunday, June 23–25
Create something uniquely personal with a variety of fun and interesting materials in this open-ended drop-in workshop.

Friday, June 2
Friday Night Live: Page of Madness: 7 p.m.
Frank Pahl, Terri Sarris and Doug Shimmin, members of the band Little Bang Theory, will perform an original score on toy and handmade instruments for the film “Page of Madness.”

Saturday, June 3
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Artist Demonstration: Quilting with April Anue: Noon–4 p.m.
Join local artist April Anue, for an afternoon of quilting. Anue will display several of her completed works and guide visitors in creating their own quilting experience.

Sunday, June 4
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Artist Demonstration: Quilting with April Anue: Noon–4 p.m.
See June 3 for description.
Sunday Music Bar: Obed Succari: 1 & 3 p.m.
Percussionist Obed Succari performs original compositions with Latin roots and jazz standards with inventive arrangements.
Arts and Minds: From Traveler to Aesthete: Charles Lang Freer and Indian Art: 2 p.m.
Charles Lang Freer’s pioneering aesthetics positioned Indian art as “fine art” in an era when it was relegated to just ethnographic or archeological interest. Join Brinda Kumar, assistant curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for a discussion on how India and Indian art influenced the formation of one of the finest early collections of Asian art in America.

Thursday, June 8
Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Time TBA
As part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival, featuring some of the most notable new features, short films and documentaries from film festivals the world over, including Sundance and Cannes, the DFT presents Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour. Four days will be dedicated to rarely seen, international cinema classics newly restored at the legendary Immagine Ritrovata Laboratories of the Cineteca Bologna in Italy. Cinetopia screenings will take place at venues in multiple locations, including Detroit, Ann Arbor and Dearborn on June 8, 9, 10 and 11. The festival schedule is at www.cinetopiafestival.org and ww.dia.org.

Friday, June 9
Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Time TBA
See June 8 for description.
Friday Night Live: Grant Green Tribute: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
American jazz guitarist and composer Grant Green is celebrated by his son and other notable musicians interpreting nine of Green’s original songs.

Saturday, June 10
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “The Spinach Dip Pancake Show!”: 2 p.m.
Join Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe on the DIA’s South Lawn for this interactive puppet event that features stories and songs created by the audience. All ages welcome.
Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Time TBA
See June 8 for description.

Sunday, June 11
Sunday Music Bar: Tia Hanna & Elden Kelly: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit-born jazz violinist Tia Hanna and guitarist Elden Kelly perform in Kresge Court.
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “The Spinach Dip Pancake Show!”: 2 p.m.
See June 10 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Time TBA
See June 8 for description.

Wednesday, June 14
Arts and Minds: The Mahogany Connection: From Rainforest to Parlor in Early America: 6:30 p.m.
Furniture made of mahogany imported from the Caribbean was all the rage in the 18th-century American colonies. Jennifer Anderson, professor of history at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, discusses the fascination with this tropical hardwood and explores the consequences of the commercial competition surrounding it.

Sunday, June 18
Sunday Music Bar: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 1 & 3 p.m.
The 24th Annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Artistic Director Paul Watkins performs various works from classical musical literature and contemporary pieces for this year’s festival.
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Club: 2 p.m.
The DFT Animation Club offers classic, modern and international family films that are sure to capture everyone’s imagination. Tickets are $5, free for members.
Arts and Minds: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Contemporary Art at the DIA: 4 p.m.
Get to know Laurie Ann Farrell, curator of the DIA’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art, as she shares highlights from her 20-year career in the arts and discusses her vision for contemporary art at the DIA.

Friday, June 23
Friday Night Live: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
See June 18 for description.

Saturday, June 24
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Dance Performance: Dancing Sculptures of India: 1 & 3 p.m.
Lalitha Ramamoorthy and the School of World Music and Dance invite you to explore Indian culture and traditions as they demonstrate the link between live dance and the dancing seen in Indian sculpture. Audience participation is encouraged.

Sunday, June 25
Sunday Music Bar: Stefan Kukurugya: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit pianist Stefan Kukurugya performs jazz, pop, R&B and classical standards in Kresge Court.

Detroit Institute of Awesome: Dance Performance: Dancing Sculptures of India: 1 & 3 p.m.
See June 24 for description.

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 $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 ages 6–17, and 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.

For more DIA Events Calendar 2017 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.