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 – March 2017

Exhibitions:
“Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate” on view through March 5
“The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals” on view through April 16
“Detroit After Dark” on view through April 23

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.
Response to Thalassa: Friday–Sunday, March 3–5
Inspired by the installation of “Thalassa,” created by artist Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon, this community art project will be created and displayed in the DIA’s Learning Center.
Japanese Stab-Bound Books: Friday–Sunday, March 10–12
Create a simple book using a traditional form of stitching.
Milagros: Friday–Sunday, March 17–19
A milagro is a small item people offer to saints that they feel have assisted them. Use air-drying clay and make one of your own.
Asafo Flags: Friday–Sunday, March 24–26
Asafo flags were created by the people of Ghana during the 17th century to illustrate proverbs. Make one of your own.
Open Studio: Friday, March 31
Create something uniquely personal with a variety of art-making materials in this free-form workshop.

Friday, March 24
Arts + Minds: “Better Living Through Criticism”: 7:30 p.m.
Author and journalist A. O. Scott believes we are all critics. Using his career as chief film critic for the New York Times as a starting point, he illuminates how critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, civil action and our interpersonal lives.
Friday Night Live: Art Lab J: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25
Detroit Film Theatre: A. O. Scott Selects: “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One”: 3 p.m.
Director William Greaves presides over a film crew in New York’s Central Park documenting screen test of two actors performing a break-up scene over and over. A second crew films the first while locals wander into the frame. New York Times film critic A. O. Scott introduces this fiction/nonfiction hybrid in person. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, March 26
Detroit School of Rock & Pop: Time to be determined
Join the Detroit School of Rock and Pop for a concert showcasing the musical talents of Metro Detroiters. Sponsored by Live the Music Foundation. Recommended for families with children of all ages.
Sunday Music Bar: Spencer Barefield: 1-4 p.m.
Guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield performs contemporary works.

Thursday, March 30
Arts + Minds: Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: “Cultural Heritage or Humanity’s Heritage: What’s the Difference?”: 6:30 p.m.
The destruction of temples in Palmyra in present-day Syria, mausoleums in Mali, West Africa and the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan have been decried as acts against global “cultural heritage.” President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno raises question about whether cultural property belongs to an individual nation’s cultural heritage or instead should be thought of as humanity’s heritage.

Friday, March 31
Detroit Film Theatre: 2017 Freep Film Festival: TBA
Documentaries with strong connections to Detroit and Michigan is the focus of this year’s Freep Film Festival. To see the full lineup, visit freepfilmfestival.com, @freep_film_fest, Freep Film Festival on Facebook or dia.org. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
Friday Night Live: Danilo Brito: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Mandolin player Danilo Brito performs choro, the first characteristically Brazilian genre of popular music.

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.

Saturday, April 1
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Squirrel Stole My Underpants”: 2 p.m.
A squirrel turns a lonely, awkward girl’s simple chore of hanging laundry into an adventure through strange lands where she learns to trust her inner strength in this show blending puppetry, dance and theater.
Detroit Film Theatre: Freep Film Festival: TBA
Documentaries with strong connections to Detroit and Michigan are the main focus for this year’s Freep Film Festival. To see the full lineup visit freepfilmfestival.com, @freep_film_fest, Freep Film Festival on Facebook, or dia.org/dft. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, April 2
Sunday Music Bar: Cecelia Sharpe: 1 & 3 p.m.
Cellist Cecelia Sharpe demonstrates the versatility of string instruments, especially the cello.
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Squirrel Stole My Underpants”: 2 p.m
See April 1 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: Freep Film Festival: TBA
See April 1 for description.

Friday, April 7
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Shank’s Mare”: 7 p.m.
“Shank’s Mare” combines Japanese traditional puppetry, video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on the hammer dulcimer, Japanese shamisen and flute to tell the stories of a proud samurai and an aging astronomer as they take their long walk through life. Recommended for families with children eight years and older.

Saturday, April 8
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Shank’s Mare”: 2p
See April 7 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: “After the Storm”: 8 p.m.
An award-winning author gambles away his salary after he struggles to find a lasting place in the life of his young son. On a summer night, the possibility of redemption seems suddenly within his grasp. In Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, April 9
Sunday Music Bar: Bill Meyer: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit-based jazz pianist Bill Meyer performs Motown and jazz standards.
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Demonstration: Bunraku Puppetry: 1­–3 p.m.
Get an up-close look at the traditional Bunraku puppets used in the performance of “Shank’s Mare.” Puppeteers will demonstrate techniques used to manipulate these traditional Japanese puppets and let you try your hands (and feet) to bring these puppets to life.
Detroit Film Theatre: “After the Storm”: 2 & 4:30 p.m.
See April 8 for description.

Friday, April 14
Friday Night Live: Nessa: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Nessa, a Detroit area ensemble led by flutist/vocalist Kelly McDermott, combines classical, jazz and Celtic influences with accents of world music and soul.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Cameraperson”: 7 p.m.
Filmed over the span of 25-years, Kirsten Johnson explores the relationships between image-makers and their subjects and the interaction of reality and narrative. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
Detroit Film Theatre: “After the Storm”: 9:30 p.m.
See April 8 for description.

Saturday, April 15
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Film Club: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”: 2 p.m.
Walt Disney Studio’s first animated feature film remains one of its most beloved. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the handcrafted visual detail of this masterwork is breathtaking and the musical score still enchants audiences of all ages. Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Cameraperson”: 7 p.m.
See April 14 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: Afrofuturist Cinema: “United States of Hoodoo”: 9:30 p.m.
Author Darius James explores the continent from New York to New Orleans, discovering the spiritual roots behind African American creative practice. Introduced by guest curator and Afrotopia founder Ingrid LaFleur. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, April 16
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Film Club: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”: 2 p.m.
See April 15 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Cameraperson”: 4:30 p.m.
See April 14 for description.

Friday, April 21
Arts + Minds: Paul Durand-Ruel, Dealer of the Impressionists: 6 p.m.
The success of the artists now known as the Impressionists was largely due to the foresight and conviction of one art dealer in 19th-century France: Paul Durand-Ruel. In anticipation of the Fall 2017 exhibition highlighting the DIA’s “Gladioli” by Claude Monet, Jill Shaw, associate curator of European Art, 1850–1950, explores how Durand-Ruel risked his career to champion avant-garde artists and how his efforts forever changed the nature of the art market.
Friday Night Live: Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Mr. B, originator of an annual Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration in Ann Arbor, hosts an evening of Boogie Woogie piano with an assortment of guests.
Detroit Film Theatre: “David Lynch: The Art of Life”: 7 p.m.
Through interviews recorded over three years, artist and filmmaker David Lynch reveals the experiences that forged his imagination, from his birth in Missoula, Montana in 1946, to the release of his 1977 film “Eraserhead,” as well as the less-well-known paintings and sculptures he continues to create. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Eraserhead”: 9:30 p.m.
Henry Spencer and Mary X, residents of a surreal industrial planet, have a relationship that results in an unusual offspring. They also manage to discover another universe within the confines of a radiator. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, April 22
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Art Demonstration: Calligraphy—Letter Art Harmony for the Soul: Noon–4 p.m.
Calligrapher Vera Smith demonstrates how giving words and letters the beauty of flourish, color, size and placement can be a masterful work of art and discusses how to transform four words that describe yourself into an artistic creation.
Detroit Film Theatre: Pioneers of African-American Cinema: “The Bronze Buckaroo”: 3 p.m.
“The Bronze Buckaroo” features Herb Jeffries as the dashing and brave singing cowboy Bob Blake and Lucius Brooks as his comic sidekick. Also showing is a rare excerpt from Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940, filmed in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, depicting the religious practices of the Gullah people
Detroit Film Theatre: David Lynch: “The Art of Life”: 7 p.m.
See April 21 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Mulholland Drive”: 9:30 p.m.
Eager and ambitious Betty arrives in Hollywood seeking stardom. What she finds is a mystery that carries her into a dreamlike labyrinth, which unfolds into a vision of Los Angeles unlike anything you have seen before. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, April 23
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Art Demonstration: Calligraphy—Letter Art Harmony for the Soul: Noon–4 p.m.
See April 22 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: David Lynch: “The Art of Life”: 7 p.m.
See April 21 for description.
Sunday Music Bar: Natasha T. Miller: 2 p.m.
Natasha T. Miller is a performance poet, author, activist, film producer, and three-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist who believes her purpose is to be an agent for change and forgiveness.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Inland Empire”: 4:30 p.m.
This rarely seen feature is hypnotic; it may—or may not—be the story of an actress who adopts the persona of her character with scary results. With Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux and the voices of David Lynch and Naomi Watts. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

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.

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.